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The Bright Minds are Back (and Better than Ever)

I am SO excited to announce that I am returning for another year of color inspiration as a Bright Mind with the Astrobrights ambassador program. There is incredible power in color. It ignites the imagination and creativity in students. It also makes any lesson or classroom activity a whole lot more interesting!

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celebrate color in the classroom with Kinder Craze and the Bright Minds from Astrobrights

You already know how much I LOVE incorporating color into my kindergarten classroom. Whether it’s lively decor, a brightly printed parent note that’s sure to grab their attention, or colorful materials for classroom activities, color is the backdrop of everything that happens in my kindergarten world – which is why I am so excited about my continued partnership with Astrobrights. I rely on paper so much for my classroom activities. My students and I are instantly more excited for an activity when it comes on bright paper. Just look at how much more exciting sight word flash cards are when they come in such vibrant colors. (You can grab a free download of these printable labels in this blog post.)

bright flashcards free printables

So what exactly does it mean to be a Bright Minds Ambassador? That a lot of color inspiration is coming your way! You may remember that I joined forces with Marsha from Differentiated Kindergarten and Reagan from Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits last year. The three of us shared creative ideas and free printables to help other teachers incorporate colors into their classrooms. We even flew to Atlanta to help Astrobrights prepare for the 2015 launch of the #ColorizeYourClassroom challenge.

Maria Manore Gavin, Marsha McGuire and Reagan Tunstall from the Astrobrights Bright Minds team  Brights Minds summit

Last year’s partnership with Astrobrights was amazing and I am certain that this year will be even better. More of my favorite teacher-bloggers have also been added to the Bright Minds team. You may already know Jennifer from First Grade Blue Skies, Jodi from Fun in First, and April from A Modern Teacher. I told you this year was going to be better than ever!

Bright Minds Ambassadors 2016 5

So what can you expect from this year’s Bright Minds? Creative inspiration for the classroom all year long! The ambassadors will be sharing our favorite ways to use color to enhance classroom learning. We will also let you know how you can engage with Astrobrights and #ColorizeYourClassroom. The fun starts in a few short weeks! Be sure to follow @Astrobrights on Instagram the week of February 29 for a Bright Minds takeover. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes peek at who we are and why we love color!  To learn more about the Bright Minds, visit

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)


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