August 2018 - Miss Kindergarten

Using a Rug-Ed iPad Case

When it comes to using iPads in the classroom, a durable case is a MUST! Recently, I received the Rug-Ed ProLock 9.7 to test out and it did not disappoint! It has all the necessities of a protective iPad case but is not bulky or heavy. I'm excited to have found this amazing case and share with you all my favorite things about it!

Disclosure: I received compensation and/or products in exchange for writing this review, however all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. 

Here's a look at the Rug-Ed ProLOCK 9.7!

The ProLOCK9.7 is super lightweight but incredibly durable! I especially appreciate the handle which makes it really easy to carry around and reduces the risk of dropping {but it's nice that the iPad case comes equipped with bumper corners to provide superior drop protection in case it is dropped, an absolute must for little hands!} The handle also allows for easy handling during a presentation or collaborative work.

The iPad case is quick & easy to assemble! Simply insert your iPad and attach the clear back with the lock in pins. As I was assembling the case around the iPad, I found that the locks in the back were very tight and hard to push in. I KNOW the iPad will stay put inside the case and no risk of it falling out! 

I also appreciate that the removable stand can rotate so the iPad can sit up horizontally and vertically.

The ProLOCK is compatible with iPad Mini 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad 5th Gen (2017), and iPad 6th Gen (2018). All of the buttons and ports are still easily accessible and the thin design ensures that it will fit into all major charging carts!

My two-year-old daughter was excited to test out the iPad at home!

She was easily able to carry it around the room and the free tempered-glass screen protector gave me peace of mind from the iPad getting damaged or direct screen impact.

    The stand held the iPad at the perfect angle for her and she learned quickly how to push the stand in when it was time to put the iPad away.

    We give the Rug-Ed ProLOCK 9.7 case an A+! Thank you Rug-Ed for letting us try it out!

    Interested in using this iPad case in your classroom? Not only is it extremely durable, but also extremely affordable! Rug-Ed also works with schools/districts to offer the best repair support if needed. You can find the iPads on their website and use my code missk10 for 10% off through December 2018.


    Laminating Classroom Materials with Mead

    As a kindergarten teacher, a functioning laminator is a top ten item I need in my classroom! It helps our learning material stand up to lots of wear and tear and keeps me from having to recreate our centers and classroom decor year after year. So I was really excited to Mead asked me to test out their  brand new line of personal affordable laminators for the back to school season.

    Disclosure: I received compensation and/or products in exchange for writing this review, however all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. 

    I received the HeatSeal Pro Thermal 12.5 inch pouch laminator as well as the EZAlign™ 3 mil Thermal Lamination Pouches. I am loving the laminator so far! The sleek, white and gray exterior looks great and matches any home office or classroom decor!

    One of my favorite features is the laminating carrier. This is perfect for small items you need laminated and you don't want to waste a whole sheet of lamination. You simply cut out exactly what you need, place it in the laminating carrier, and run it through the machine! The remainder of the pouch can be used for any future lamination needs. 

    I used the machine to laminate some name practice cards from my Morning Work tubs. If you look closely at the laminating pouches, you'll see an EZAlign™ grid that disappears after lamination for crystal clear results!

    This laminator can be used with 3mil and 5mil pouches on the hot setting, as well as a cold setting! It also comes equipped with a jam release lever that quickly clears jammed or misfed pouches. We all know what a pain jams can be!

    The laminator warms up in as little as 3 minutes so you can quickly get to work. Time is of the essence as you're prepping for your students, so this is great!

    The laminating pouch fed through the machine quickly and smoothly.

    It was warm when it finished, but cooled down fairly quickly.

    You can see after the pouch went through the machine, the grid lines disappeared!

    Cutting was really easy as well. I was able to cut right up against the card stock and no peeling occurred.

    Now time for the dry-erase marker test! Because we do a lot of tracing with dry-erase marker for our morning work tubs as well as several other times throughout the day, this test was super important! I needed to make sure the marker would show up clearly and also erase sufficiently. 

    I'm happy to let you all know it passed the test!

    Thank you Mead for letting me test out your new laminating machine! It is an absolute perfect addition to my classroom!

    You can order your own Mead HeatSeal laminator on amazon or

    Mead Laminator, Thermal, 9.5" Max Width, HeatSeal Lamination Machine