3 Free Technologies to Help Students Learn to Read

 



There are several free technologies available that can help students learn to read, each offering unique features to enhance the learning experience. Here are three notable ones:


1. Starfall

   I use Starfall, an educational website that offers interactive reading activities for young children. Founded in 2002 by the Polis-Schutz family, Starfall initially focused on teaching children to read using phonics. Over time, it has expanded its offerings to include mathematics and other subjects. Starfall's engaging and interactive content makes learning to read fun and accessible, particularly for young learners. It caters to different learning styles with visual and auditory elements.


2. Epic!

   Epic! (Get Epic) is a great option for early reading. This digital library is designed for children, providing access to a wide range of books and learning videos. The site includes audiobooks, learning videos, and quizzes and comprehension tests to enhance learning. It's limited free access for students through their teachers. Educators can sign up for an Epic! School account, which allows students to access a library of books and educational videos for free during school hours (7 am to 3 pm local time, Monday to Friday). This is particularly useful for classroom settings. It covers a wide variety of genres, catering to different reading levels and interests. The platform also provides personalized recommendations based on the child's reading history and preferences, making it easier for kids to find books they'll enjoy. Its Read-to-Me feature helps early readers by providing audio support. 


3. Teach Your Monster to Read

   I also recommend Teach Your Monster to Read, a free online game that makes learning to read fun for children. This engaging and interactive platform aligns with many phonics programs used in schools. It covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences. The web version of this platform is free, however, apps for iOS and Android are paid.  It offers progress tracking to monitor student development which makes it a very useful platform.


These technologies are an asset when it comes to the teaching of reading. They provide valuable resources for educators and parents to support children's reading development Your kids will have fun while learning to read in a fun way.


Science PNG Clip Art Images for Engaging Worksheets and Posters


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Creating engaging science worksheets and posters for young learners can be a fun and exciting way to introduce them to the wonders of science. High-quality clip art images can transform your educational materials, making them visually appealing and easier for children to understand. In this blog post, we introduce our 5 top science PNG clip art images sets that are perfect for spicing up your worksheets and posters.


Parts of a Plant Clip Art


This set contains 42 parts of a plant images (22 colored and 20 line art). This includes: bean seeds (whole and open), beans in pod, seedlings, leaves, stem, roots, plants, flowers, male, (stamen), female (pistil)


Parts of a Flower Clip Art


This is a set of 16 (8 colored and 8 blackline version) images. These beautiful and versatile clip art images can be used in worksheets, flashcards, posters, anchor charts, bulletin boards and many more. The transparent background makes them easy to drag and drop into your project’s layout.




The Atmosphere Clip Art


This is a set of 26 atmosphere images of the five (5) layers of the atmosphere including elements. The layers are troposphere, stratosphere, mesophere, thermosphere and the exosphere. Also included are both labeled and unlabeled images. These beautiful and versatile clip art images can be used in worksheets, flashcards, posters, anchor charts, bulletin boards and many more. The transparent background makes them easy to drag and drop into your project’s layout.





Soil Profile (Soil Horizons) Clip Art



This is a set of 24 (12 colored and 12 blackline version) images. This set includes the 3 main soil horizons (O, A, E, B, C, and R) with word art images. These beautiful and versatile clip art images can be used in worksheets, flashcards, posters, anchor charts, bulletin boards and many more. The transparent background makes them easy to drag and drop into your project’s layout.






Electricity Clip Art


These are 40 realistic electricity clip art images. These beautifully crafted and versatile clip art images can be used in worksheets, flashcards, posters, anchor charts, bulletin boards and many more. The transparent background makes them easy to drag and drop into your project’s layout.






Using high-quality science clip art images can greatly enhance the educational experience for young learners. These sets are designed to make your worksheets and posters more engaging, helping students develop a love for science. Incorporate these vibrant and educational illustrations into your teaching materials to inspire curiosity and foster a deeper understanding of scientific concepts.

For access to these clip art images and more, go to my TPT store!




8 Simple Hacks to Relieve the End-of-School-Year Stress



Tweet: "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade"; try to make the most out of the situation. Throughout the school year,  the classroom becomes a hub of learning and many great relationships are forged. As the year comes to a close there are lots of emotions as teachers bid their students farewell. The lemons of sadness soon overwhelm us more than our students. As educators, we are truly blessed to forge that bond with so many children each year.

Easing the squeeze at the end of the school year can help both teachers and students manage stress and make the transition smoother. Just as it is important to start the year focused and prepared so it is with the closure. Here are 10 activities teachers can incorporate to help students feel comfortable and excited as the school year comes to a close:


1. Meet and Greet




Organize a special time where students can meet their new teacher and classmates for the next school year. Alternatively, you can schedule a short visit to the next level classroom or invite the next year's teacher to your class to say hello and talk about what to expect.


2. Not to Worry in a Hurry




Address any worries students might have about the upcoming year. You can have a class discussion where students can ask questions about next year. Answer their questions and reassure them that everything will be fine.


3. Make a List, Check it Twice




Create a checklist of everything that needs to be done before the school year ends. You can work with students to make a list of tasks, such as returning library books, cleaning desks, or finishing projects. Check off each item as it's completed. This can be done in the last few weeks of school so that your current students get their belongings and you can begin to declutter your classroom.



4. List Work




Encourage your students to write lists of their favorite memories from the school year. Give them time to reflect on their favorite activities, lessons, or events. Have them write these down and share them with the class.



5. Rules Rule




Review classroom rules and discuss why they are important. Have a class discussion about the rules they followed this year. Talk about which rules were most important and why, and how these rules will help them next year. You can also discuss some things that did not work well this year so that you can improve on it for the new class.


6. Pass the Torch




Allow students to share advice with the next year's class. Have students write letters or make a video giving tips and advice to the incoming students. This helps them feel like leaders and eases the transition for new students.



7. Early Bird Birthdays




Celebrate students with summer birthdays early. Plan a special day to celebrate all the summer birthdays with a small party, cards, or special activities. Yes! Students whose birthday fall within July and August are usually left out of class birthday celebrations. Have one grand celebration for those students and make it special for them. You may choose to do this with your new students or with your students who would leaving your hands.



8. Summer Treats





Have a fun summer-themed activity where your students can enjoy summer-themed snacks like popsicles or lemonade. Use this time to talk about fun plans for the summer.

By incorporating these activities, teachers can help create a positive and smooth transition for students as they move into the next school year.