Counting and Cardinality in Kindergarten

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.numbers-1-10-chicken-egg-square

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Before and After Classroom Pictures and a LABOR DAY SALE for Hard Work

Teachers are gearing up for a great school year!  I moved from first grade to kindergarten this year and had to move rooms.  Well, after teaching for almost 20 years, let’s just say I had a lot of stuff.  I threw out a lot and gave good stuff away to the new teachers.  When I arrived to set up my new class, all Labor Day Sale logomy items were piled high in the center of the room.  I had NO CLUE where to start and just stared at the pile for about 10 minutes.  Then, I did a Facebook Live video and got lots of sympathy, which motivated me to make my room into a “Learning Oasis.” I don’t even know why those words came out of my mouth on the video, but they did fly out like a bee attracted to Grandma’s perfume! So, I’m going to show you my before and after photos AND offer you 20% ALL DAY at my Teachers Pay Teachers store on Labor Day, so you can start your school year off right!  Thank you for teaching students (even the difficult ones.)  You all inspire me to keep making new products.  It’s because of all the dedicated teachers out there working hard that our society will expand into a caring community of self-motivated learners.  Have a great year!

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Properties of Matter - Science by Teacher's Brain     Mini Me Square Cover   Fun Glasses BUNDLE Printables     Life Skills Character Building Posters   The Kissing Hand Home Connection Activity - First Week of School    Biography Book Report

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Making a Great Open House

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 Mini Me Square Coverconference 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.

Useful Desk Name Tags

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 oFullSizeRender (65)f 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?

WIN up to SIX Gift Cards

I teamed up with some of my FAVORITE Teacher Authors to giveaway SIX $10 TPT gift cards to help kick start your shopping for the TPT Boost sale (going on AUG. 22) at ANY STORE! Follow the link to enter and then leave a comment to let us know what you’ll be using your gift card for and, of course, share the LOVE and Tell lots of teacher friends! *****Giveaway ends at midnight tonight and all 6 winners will be emailed their gift card code first thing Monday morning! Good luck and have a great school year!

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Help Young Students Transition from Home to School

Starting school for some students can be a rough transition.  I have seen temper tantrums, full day crying episodes and disengagement from learning because they can’t stop thinking about home.  These students do need some extra attention.  To make the day smoother for all parties involved, I have a few tricks I’ll share with you to help ease the process.FullSizeRender (63)

  1. First let the student and parent know that these reactions and emotions are normal.  Every student adjusts differently to beginning school.  Also, let them know there are steps each person can take help make school a positive experience.
  2. A parent can try some role-play at home.  Use puppets or stuffed animals and have them act out coping strategies.  For example, “Lizzy doesn’t want to leave mom and go to school.  What can she do to make herself feel better when she is gone?  Maybe talk to the teacher or counselor.”
  3. Parents need to make their “Goodbyes” quick.  This is the MOST important advice I give parents.  If a child sees you are upset too, or hanging around the class window, it validates their fear.
  4. Parents should attend Meet Your Teacher events and visit the school for a tour prior to school beginning.  Knowing your environment helps calms everyone’s fears.
  5. Teachers can also do role play and other activities to let the whole class know how to solve normal stress in school.  Ask other students how they deal with being away from home.  The first week of school, you can read The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.  Then, I send a home connection activity  where parents add a picture and personal sweet message to their child.  We refer to it all year, as needed.
  6. Let children talk about their fears.
  7. Have a “Safe Place” in your class, where a student can go when they are upset.  Have calming breathing exercises, or some stress balls there for them to  focus on to distract them from their fear.
  8. Read books about other kids starting school.  The Night Before Kindergarten or Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten are great books.

Thanksgiving School Play – Includes Music with Jack Hartmann

Do you want your students to SHINE this year?  Children are so adorable when they are performing for others!  This is a school play I’ve used with my whole grade level on our school’s stage.  You can modify it to just your classroom.  Whatever fits your needs.  Jack Hartmann, one of my favorite musicians in education, has three songs in this play that your students can sing along to while making those parents snap Thankful Festivalphotos! You can find his music HERE.   If you are lucky to live in Florida, he will come to your school to perform.  He is magical with students! There are 70 pages loaded with easy to follow step-by-step directions.  You will also find signs for the students to hold, headbands, editable invitations, editable programs, poems, sign language and tips.  It is nice to have parents stay after to eat lunch with their child.  This way you can get them in to see the student’s classwork.  It is loaded with suggestions to help you be successful.   I hope your parents enjoy it as much as mine do!

If you like this one, I also have an ocean themed play I like to use at the end of the school year.

Mood Changing Bottle Labels

Are your students nervous to take that big test?  Do you know a child who hates to speak in front of the class?  How about a student who comes to school sleepy?  Well, use these labels on your hand sanitizer, lotion bottles, or water mist bottles to boost their mood in a positive direction.  I keep these on my desk and by the front door.  Even though it’s the placebo effect, it works!  You can find them by clicking here.  I have schools who order them for the entire staff during state tests.  Have fun creating the happy moods in your classroom! Print on a full sheet of label paper, cut and stick or use rubber cement to glue to a bottle after printing on copy paper.  Mood Labels SQUARE

Drum Role…. The Winners of the Back To School Giveaway are…

Thank you to everyone who entered this giveaway.  Over 4,000 of you entered and could use some Gift Card Love!  We will do another Give Card Giveaway near the holidays.  Remember today (Aug13891972_1075577729146402_3656017342967168112_n. 1st), and tomorrow is the HUGE TpT sale! Get all those goodies you have been waiting for in your Wish List for this school year. Visit my store at Teacher’s Brain Store!

 

Back To School GIVEAWAY for Teachers

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