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Showing posts from August, 2013

A Labor Day Mini Book For Little Kids

This is a mini book that offers a simple explanation of Labor Day for you to relate to your kiddos. Each fact is supported with the relevant graphics needed for your students to get a clear picture of what Labor Day is all about. It can be used to support your Labor Day unit or it can be used as a standalone lesson. After using this mini book, it can be placed in your literacy centers. This resource contains two copies per print. Please note that the vocabulary may be difficult for the young ones so I suggest that students are not left to attempt to read them on their own. Guidance is key! If you are interested in purchasing this mini book click HERE for further details.

A Contract Mini Book For Serious School Kids

Here's a mini book that can support your first week of school activities. It was created for kids from pre-k to grade 2. Click on the picture below for further information.

Readiness For Kindergarten

I know that some parents are concerned about their children's readiness for Kindergarten. I also know that kindergarten teachers are busy planning their checklists and programs to ensure that ALL students are well on the way to learning. Whether a child starts off on the ball or lingering behind the teacher's main task is to get them all on the same boat. So what is readiness? How important is it in the life of a school child? What do teachers look for? Well, today I am going to give you some idea of what we teachers look for in each child when we meet our new class. What is Readiness? School readiness is the child's state of having the ability to learn and cope with the school environment without undue stress. A child who is ready is identified as the child who shows that he is able to function as he is expected to in a school setting. As teachers we look out for any difficulties or behaviors that trouble the student. Some students show problems wit

Building Student Responsibility With Classroom Jobs

Classroom jobs are a great way for your students to take responsibility for their classroom. It helps them to gain a collective sense of pride and to show others how much they care for their learning environment. Students learn to work cooperatively  with their peers in the class community. For these reasons and more I think that every class should have a well organized classroom job system. After all, what a better way to teach our students to be responsible than to give them responsibilities. Organizing a Classroom Job System Here are a few ideas that I have gathered which will assist any teacher in beginning to use a class job system.   Plan Before School Starts If you are not back to school yet, then now is the best time to start. Make a list of all routine tasks from the beginning of the school day to the end. Some tasks may require little manpower while others may need a heft. Some may need a long time to complete while others may be short. Depend

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Teachers Pay Teachers Sale 2013

Well it's about time! The great Teachers Pay Teachers Back To School site-wide sale is finally here! This is the time when you can get great savings when purchasing your much needed resources. So I'm joining the super opportunity at my Teachers Pay Teachers store A Teacher's Idea to hone in on the action!  This phenomenal  sale will take place from Sunday, August 18th through Monday, August 19th .  Everything in my store will be at a whopping 20 % off ! TPT gives you an additional 8% off . That makes it a total of 28% off ! You can get these AUGUST best sellers at the lowest prices ever!   All you do is simply go through my store and select those resources that you wish to purchase. **Wait till the Sunday through Monday sale to checkout !** When checking out use the promo code, BTS13   to get additional savings.  Remember to click on the "Apply" button after entering the promo code to ensure that the savings goes through. So hop

Making Connections As We Read

  Have you ever had the experience of listening to a child read quite well, but, at the end of it he was unable to answer higher order questions? As you look at his face you see a completely blank expression, almost as if he was in no way connected with what he just read. In most cases, he probably really wasn't! There are many kids who pretend to read by simply modeling the behaviors of a successful reader. Those kids 'call out' the words successively and successfully, however they are unable to complete the reading act which is understanding those words on the page. In order to get them to make connections as they read we need to give them much needed support and guidance. Helping children to make connections as they read can be done by teaching them how it is done. The ' schema ' theory explains that we make connections with text through our experiences . The things that we know, the things that we experience and the things that we understand can all hel