Pirate Unit- Smmer

Resources For An Amazing Pirate Unit! Argh!

Pirates are so much fun to learn about. I especially like doing this unit as the weather gets warmer in late Spring or Summer. Pirates are fun and interesting to children but they provide a lot of meaningful learning topics! Start by reading some pirate books from your local library. My Favorite Pirate Books There are soooo many awesome pirate…

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Active Ways to Practice Letters

Simple and Fun Ideas To Help Your Child Learn Letters

You may be a classroom teacher, homeschooling mom or a parent who wants to give your child some meaningful activities at home. Mastering the basics of creating letters and being able to recognize them is key for ensuring reading success letter on! These ideas are fun, low-prep and great practice. 8 Active Ways to Practice Letters 1. Write Letters in…

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How to Socialize Virtually

Ways to Socialize Virtually

Even though we are all stuck inside right now, we still need social interaction. Whether you live alone or with your spouse and kids, chances are you’ll want to reach out and interact with others outside your home at some point. Here are some creative ways to have fun with friends and family while still practicing social distancing. 1. Make…

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Engaging Activities For Home

Simple Activities To Engage Kids At Home

Kids are going to be spending a lot of time stuck at home over the next few weeks. The key to keeping them engaged and not driving you crazy is to provide a variety of different activities for them. Don’t sit them in front of technology all day (even if they are on educational websites). That much screen time is…

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Games for Your Classroom

Great Games for Your Classroom

The games/activities below can be used with any grade, any vocabulary list, in any subject. Slap! This is a great game to reinforce vocabulary. Line 3-4 pictures up in a row on your smartboard (or just print pictures and stick to the wall). Bring up two students at a time. The teacher says a word and the students try to…

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How to Teach Your Child to Read

Ultimate Guide to Teaching Phonics

The word phonics can sometimes seem abstract or overwhelming. Parents and teachers alike often feel afraid they won’t teach reading in the “correct” order and then what they are doing won’t be effective. Here I will break down the basic steps to teach a child to read using phonics. Phonics is all about helping children understand the parts/sounds of a…

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All Things Halloween!

With Halloween coming up students can’t help but feel excited and a bit distracted. Rather than trying to fight them why not embrace the holiday for a few days and try some of these great activities in your classroom. 1.Build a spooky Halloween town. It’s a great Stem activity that also encourages teamwork and a positive classroom culture. You can…

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Why Teachers Need to Take Care of Themselves

Why is it so hard for teachers to take a break? There’s a teacher in my school now who recently hasn’t been eating or sleeping because all she does it work. She gives up her weekend and time with her boyfriend, to work. Some teachers might look and say:  “well, that’s just part of the job”. But, I reject that…

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Great Literacy Centers for ESL Students

Writing/Literacy centers are pretty common in mainstream American classrooms but how about for ESL students? Hands-on activities are still very helpful and possible for students just beginning to learn English. I just finished introducing all the letter sounds with my students. And we are working on putting those sounds together to form 3 letter words. I do centers in my…

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Easy Ways To Assess During a Lesson

1.Ask students to stand up by table or group. I’m writing this from a Reading/ESL teacher perspective but I imagine you could easily tailor it to other subjects. I use this approach when I want to hear how my students are reading and pronouncing a set of words. If I have them all say the words together I can’t really…

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