Help kids develop fine motor skills while building fact families

Posted under 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, Bulletin Board, Centers, Common Core, Kindergarten, Math, Pre-K.

When kids really “build” fact families, they remember them well. Here’s a tip from Common Core Connection for helping kids develop fine motor skills while learning math facts. Awhile back, I saw a great idea on Pinterest where the students were using clothes pins and craft sticks to build sight words. I loved the idea… Read more »

Gobble up these Thanksgiving freebies

Posted under 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Bulletin Board, Centers, Classroom, Holiday, Homeschool, Kindergarten, Math, Parents, Pre-K, Social Studies, Writing.

The holidays are a stressful time. Let us help make holiday planning in the classroom a breeze! Here are some of our favorite free Thanksgiving classroom activities. Free Thanksgiving Toddler Mini Printable from Preschool Printables Writing, coordination and counting activities for pre-K/K. Save the Turkeys! A Fun Craftivity from Wild About Firsties Writing prompt plus… Read more »

Tech Tuesday: Free math apps for your students!

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In today’s post, Krazyaboutteaching shares a list of her favorite math apps for students. Students love technology. Using free educational apps in the primary grades is an excellent way to get children excited about learning. Today’s focus will be on math apps. Krazyaboutteaching shares 7 free math apps for iPhone/iPad that are fun and educational!… Read more »

Speech and language enhancing therapy tips

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Here are some tips for enhancing speech and language skills in early communicators from Twin Speech, Language & Literacy LLC. 1. Provide prompts to help stimulate communication Having toys and/or prompts that encourage the act of mimicking vocalizations can be beneficial. Prompts that can be utilized are old cell phones, a WhisperPhone, microphones (toy echo microphones… Read more »

Thinking about Thanksgiving?

Posted under 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Bulletin Board, Centers, Holiday, Kindergarten, Pre-K, Science.

Thanksgiving is traditionally a time we teach about Native Americans, pilgrims and harvest traditions in U.S. elementary schools. But, there are also excellent ways to incorporate science seamlessly into a Thanksgiving unit. Shopkeeper STEM Roots shares how in today’s post. Do you know the secret behind the first Thanksgiving harvest success? Science! There’s a plethora… Read more »

Tech Tuesday: Educational space resources

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There are so many space resources out there for educators, and TinySpaceAdventures put together this list for some of the best resources for students. Here is a teaser of some of my favorite space websites and resources to use in the classroom. The full list is available as a free download from my shop. Astronaut… Read more »

Help us Sock It to Cancer!

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Every day 42 children are diagnosed with cancer. 1 in 8 will not survive. Have you ever had a student become diagnosed with cancer? Have you taught any survivors? Have you ever wondered how you can help? Teacher’s Notebook is partnering up with CureSearch on their Sock It to Cancer program. What is CureSearch? CureSearch… Read more »

Learning wall

Posted under 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, Bulletin Board, Classroom, Kindergarten, Pre-K.

Can You Read It shares an idea to help primary grade teachers keep students on track with their learning goals with a “let’s learn wall.” As kindergarten teachers we have always worked so hard and had so many daily goals for our students. Yet because many of our activities can appear to be just play,… Read more »

Simple strategies that can help your child become a math superstar

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You don’t have to cringe at the thought of math. Here are some simple, real life activities suggested by Algebra for Everybody that you can incorporate in your regular routine to help you and your child become more comfortable and competent with math. Reading, writing and arithmetic are the three most essential skills your child… Read more »

Extrinsic motivation: A key variable in enhancing intrinsic motivation

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There has often been debate on extrinsic motivation versus intrinsic motivation. Some educationists are of the opinion that external rewards tend to stifle and hinder the development of intrinsic motivation, while others believe this is the exact opposite. TeachToTell shares her thoughts on the subject below and provides some best practices for shopkeepers creating new… Read more »