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Engaging Winter Craftivities For Primary Students

Wintertime is such a fun season when it comes to learning. It begins with the holidays and a fresh, new year — and a fresh new start!  It’s a time full of fun and possibilities! Whether we are heading toward the end of your semester/term/school year, or already jumping into the

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Building Strong Number Sense For Little Learners

We all know that a solid foundation in mathematics is important to a child’s overall educational success. But helping our students go from just knowing numbers and basic concepts, to really understanding how to apply those concepts independently, and in a way that makes sense to them, is a process. 

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Teaching New Vocabulary Through Writing

Isn’t it exciting watching our students as they’re learning to read and actually comprehend what they’re reading? Once a child can read independently and absorb what they are reading, it becomes fun for them and opens the door to endless learning opportunities. When we bring in writing instruction that supports

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Letter Sounds Bootcamp for Little Learners

No matter what your curriculum looks like, phonics instruction for primary grades is a big undertaking. One super effective way I initiate my phonics instruction each year with my first-graders is with a Letter Sounds Bootcamp. I usually spend most of September teaching and reviewing letter sounds that were taught

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Activities to Help Apply Sequencing Skills to Reading and Writing

It’s true that sequencing is so common in our day-to-day life, recognizing patterns and putting things in order usually comes naturally for our students over time.  Even at home, whether they’re putting toys in order from biggest to smallest, or recognizing daily patterns and predicting routines; sequencing can become almost

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5 Things I Never Leave Out Of My Weekly Teaching Plans

Every week, every day, every hour of teaching is dynamic and always changing. But one thing stays the same for me: I always include the same five elements in my weekly plans:  Hands-On Games  Individual Work Technology Movement Community Building  Each week might look a little different in terms of

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Nonfiction Passages for Your Primary Classroom

Picture books and fictional stories can be so much fun to read with primary students, but it’s also important to expose kids to plenty of nonfiction passages. Becoming familiar with informational texts is an important “real world” reading skill, and it prepares students for upper elementary and secondary school when

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5 Simple Class Management Hacks

Classroom management—it’s one of our biggest issues as teachers. Without a solid classroom management plan, kids can quickly get off-task and disruptive, which isn’t exactly conducive to a productive learning environment. Since I know teachers can always use more tricks up our sleeves, today I’m sharing my top five teacher

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Learning Centers – Love Them or Fear Them?

Are you still resisting the idea of using hands-on centers in your classroom? I get it! I was pretty nervous to implement centers. I had so many questions: how would I manage my students’ behaviors? Won’t it take a ton of prep? I don’t have time! As with many new

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