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Every year I love teaching my students about Thanksgiving. I teach them songs and funny poems all month. We talk about traditions from the past that are still here in the present. Students perform for their families on stage or in the front of the classroom. We invite the parents to bring food in after the performance and share our classwork with them during the feast. After having many teachers ask me to share my play, I decided to write it out step by step to help them learn the program without having to have me right there beside them. I wrote every detail! It has sign language, poems, posters, programs, editable invitations, headbands for pilgrims, Native Americans, turkeys and so much more! It includes music by Jack Hartmann with his special permission. Check it out if you want your class to shine this holiday season!
Fall is one of my favorite times of year! Not only does the weather feel nice, but the fall activities for Halloween are so much fun for children and adults to participate in during this season. Here are some ideas for family fun crafts or classroom centers when you are celebrating the holiday. This is my sweet daughter sporting a spider hat she personalized with a bow. There is also a witch hat a child could add. I let my students go outside and gather fall leaves. Then they use the leaves to paint and press to drawing paper to make leaf prints. You can add writing to it to hit some more standards. Want some low prep or no prep simple centers? Check out the Halloween Centers Pack full of fun ideas like puppets, books, letter id games, pumpkin math, and so much more. Another fun activity is for the students to read Where’s my Mummy by Carolyn Crimi. You can find the story on You Tube, if you don’t have the book. Have students make their own mummy and use the printable to help them make a Text to Self connection after reading the book. It makes a cute bulletin board or window display for your parents to enjoy! No matter what have fun with the children!
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Primary students learn when best using all their senses. I always like to provide a hook for each math lesson. The hook can be a simple two minute video, a short puppet show, a physical object that connects the learner to the lesson and much more. Then, I like to get them moving before they have to sit and do an activity. Counting jumping jacks or hops supports the skill of counting while getting their blood pumping. In kindergarten, it is so important for students to have a strong foundation of numbers in order to prepare them for many life skills and their school future. Here are some fun and cute printables to help guide your students to understanding counting and cardinality.
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Making a great Open House for parents is actually pretty easy with all the tools and technology today. I like to use simple scavenger hunts for students to help show their parents around the room. Taking pictures of families helps keep you busy and not be too available for any “parent conference” type of conversations. I direct parents to the conference sign up sheets. I also don’t let volunteers come in the room until after Open House. In kindergarten, this helps the kids learn the routine without relying on parents. Some teachers create easy slideshows to show rules, routines or student’s pictures. I usually have a few All About Me items out, including an All About Me Journal where the parents are encouraged to sit and write a note to their child at the end of the night. Students make Mini Me Persons that I tape to their chairs that help the room look adorable! Smile a lot, and show off what you have helped their children learn in the short amount of time they have been with you.
Students in primary grade levels need all the help they can get at their finger tips. Desk name tags have always been used to help students discover how to spell their name with proper handwriting. I prefer to use tags that students can use in lessons as a reference. Tags that have the alphabet, numbers, colors and show right vs. left are some of my favorite useful tools to have at my student’s reach. We sing the alphabet and students point to each letter. We do the same with the numbers, colors and hands. I’m so glad that I waited a week to put the kid’s names on these tags because we were over-crowded and added a new unit in Kindergarten this year. What kinds of desk tags do you use in your classroom?