I recently taught a three session specialty class themed “Caring Kids.” Through books, songs and activities, the children in the class (ages 2.5-5) engaged in social emotional learning with topics such as recognizing emotions, solving problems and being a kind, empathetic friend. I knew I wanted to use my own book, Grow a Heart, to […]

Books, Printable Activities

March 26, 2023

Caring Kids

I use lots of positive reinforcement in my classroom. Praising and rewarding students for good behavior is much more effective than focusing heavily on what not to do. I had this in mind when I created Grow a Heart. After reading Grow a Heart in my classroom, we discuss the many ways we can grow […]

Grow a Heart

September 20, 2022

Grow a Heart – Positive Reinforcement

I created these banners to be used at home or at school. They can be used to make a celebration out of breakfast or an afterschool snack, as a prop in first day photos or placed in the hand of a favorite stuffed animal or toy to give extra encouragement… there are lots of options! […]


August 30, 2022

Back to School Free Printables

Since mud & magnolia is a multi-passionate business, I decided to create this blog dedicated to all things kid inspired. I’ll post activities, art projects, printables, Grow a Heart stuff and more!


July 7, 2022

First Blog Post!