Monday, October 27, 2014

Building Confidence

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I came across this article about how to build your child's confidence through activities.  Once you get through the back story about teeth (relevant as it may be...) there is a nice list of ideas.  This is something I have run into frequently as the academic requirements of kindergarten have become more rigorous.  Five and six year olds want to do it 'right' and if they can't, they are often afraid to try.  We spend much of the first semester (and possibly longer) encouraging children to make those academic try, to do what they can, to do THEIR best - not the 'grown up' best.  And once student's discover the freedom in making mistakes, they are able to learn so much more!  I hope you find some great ideas in this article as well!  

Saturday, January 11, 2014

10 Tips for Boosting Language and Reading Skills

I love this list!  As we get more and more into our reading work at school, this is a great list of some simple and effective things you can do to promote reading at home!  You are probably doing some of them already!  Thank you for your continued support of your child's learning!  Enjoy the list!
Ten Tips for Boosting Language and Reading Skills

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

An Amazing Tip!

I came across this tip and HAD to share it with you! There is not only a video posted on this site, but also step by step pictures/directions.  What a great Christmas gift for a kindergarten teacher ;)  Hope you find some success with it!  Good luck!
Teach Your Child To Tie Shoes In 5 Minutes

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A Little Magic

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I have a slight addiction to Pinterest.  Have you used it?  I think it's wonderful and I have found SO MANY amazing ideas on there for home and for school.  I recently came across this one and had to share it with you...

At our house, Madison recently realized that she had her first loose tooth!  This has led to just a little bit of excitement, as I'm sure you can imagine!  We've read several books about loose teeth and talked (A LOT) about how it wiggles, why it wiggles, why it falls out, how long it takes to fall out....the list of topics goes ON and ON (trust me!). 

Anyway, in my quest for more information to fill her 5 year old brain, I came across a little magic (and who couldn't use more of that in their life!).  Did you know that you can get a picture of the tooth fairy visiting your child?!  No really, it's 'true'!  And so much fun!  Just click on the picture to be taken to the link that will show you how. Just a little something fun that I had to share! :)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Books, Books, Books!

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Ok, so who doesn't love a great deal!?  However, when I find books for my kiddos (either in my classroom or at home) I kind of become a sucker...a book is the ONE thing that I find a hard time not purchasing if I find a great one, or one of particular interest to my kiddos.  But when I find awesome books AND get a great price, how could I possibly turn that down, right!?  So we go, my central Wisconsin parents...I'm going to let you in my secret (if you haven't discovered it yourself already).  I have found MANY great books at great prices at Big Lots AND Dollar General!  $3.00 or less at Big Lots for hard cover books like The Story of Rosa Parks (for the classroom) and a book about Tractors, for my Jack :), plus several others.  We found one called Wide Awake Jake (so cute!) that was perfect for my Jack too...about a little boy who can't fall asleep and keeps coming downstairs (tell me I'm not the only parent who goes through that!!)  We also got one that was an Alphabet of Animals with fantastic illustrations and it even came with a CD and a poster.  For $3.00!  My kiddos LOVED it!  At Dollar General I found books for $1.00 about the classroom, at the table, in the library (thought I could use these at school and at home!).  Yes, I am a children's book junkie, but really, at these prices, who could turn them down!?
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Drive to Learn!

Here is a great FREEBIE from Making Learning Fun!  Print out these great Highway ABC letters and use cars to trace them!  So simple and kiddos can practice their uppercase or lowercase letter knowledge, they can practice their first or last name, or they can practice basic sight words!  She has some other fun ideas listed in this post as well...just click on the picture to get to them!  What a fun way to learn! :)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

FREE Labels & Notes!

Hello Parents!  Have I found something fun for you!  I actually stumbled upon this little gift and planned to use it for my own child as she enters her kindergarten year, but then thought 'Hey, what a great thing for ALL parents!  I must share!' it is, and a FREEBIE no less!  What could be better!  These little labels can be printed on label paper and stuck to a baggie or envelope as shown OR printed on regular printer paper and stapled/paper clipped to a baggie/envelope.  Perfect for field trip money, lunch money, school store money, etc....all those little things that have a way of finding their own 'home'.  :)    Click on the picture to go to the blog that offered this amazing printable!  There is actually another little gift there, as well.  She has also designed a very cute, printable, FREE 'note for school' which is just as great and includes all those 'details' that you may not have time to write on a busy morning. 
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