There is no denying that the easiest way to keep students engaged is to have themed days in your classroom. Typical days I participate in are Polar Express Days, Snowed-In Days, May the 4th Be With You, The Ocean Festivals,The Thankful Festivals, and a Fall Festivals. The Fall Festival is where our team teaches the same fall lesson with a craftivity to the entire kindergarten as they rotate to each room. Another great day which involves math, science, reading, writing and critical thinking skills is a SPY Day. This themed day motivates and rewards your students while sneaking in learning. Students dress up like secret agents, are given a mission to find a stolen object, walk through lasers, learn how to lift fingerprints, make memorize a new alias and work as a team to discover clues to solve the mystery. Allowing the kids to dress like secret agents, really gets them engaged. I keep the lights off and have them do their work with flashlights. I also invite parents to participate in the fun. When students see their parents having fun, they can’t help but be more positive about learning. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have extra help these days too! I’ve never had one themed day where there was a child not participating. It’s a lot of prep work for the teacher, but well worth the work. So, if you want your students engaged in learning, try to make learning fun by introducing a themed day. Click the picture below to find the printables for this themed day. Read more
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Groundhog Day is celebrated in America on February 2 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. The legend is that the groundhog comes out of his burrow and if it sees it’s shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If it is cloudy and there is no shadow, it is an indication of an early spring. Each year we create crafts and make predictions about groundhogs in my kindergarten class. Here are some ideas:
Pass out sticky notes and have a chart to make predictions on if the groundhog will see it’s shadow or not on February 2.
Go to the Groundhog Web site to share the history of Punxsutawney Phil and watch the video LIVE STREAM of Punxsutawney. http://www.groundhog.org/ (You can see the replay here also.)
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all of you! You all deserve this winter break to relax and spend time with your family. To make your holiday sparkle a little more, we are offering a couple $25.00 TpT Gift Cards to some lucky winners. In addition to the gift cards, we are having sales in some TpT stores taking place on December 25-26. Follow this link to see the store link ups – APPLETASTIC LEARNING
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Thanksgiving break is just around the corner, and it’s safe to say most of us are ready for a break with some great family time! Several of my Teacher Author Friends have teamed up to bring you a chance to win $50.00 in Christmas CASH! The Give Away is HUGE! Just click the link below to have up to 50 chances to enter the raffle. You may enter Sunday, November 13th through midnight on Tuesday, November 15th. Prizes will be awarded on Wednesday, November 16th. Please share this on all your social media sites with you teacher friends. There are plenty of chances to win! 11 winners will get $50.00 in Gift Cards. Good Luck! I hope it is one of you!
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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 toset up my new class, all my 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 aFacebook Live videoand 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 myTeachers Pay Teachers storeon 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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Hello World! I attended my first TpT conference in Orlando, Florida last week. It was more than I expected. I was a little nervous about going to a conference all by myself. It didn’t take long until I met a lot of nice like-minded educators. I’ve blogged for years under RockingEducation, but after attending this powerful motivating conference, I realize it’s time to commit to TEACHER’S BRAIN as a blog spot! The work