Friday, September 13, 2019

Character Counts More Than Ever!

It's amazing how much falls on a teachers' shoulders. Not only are they handed the smallest of tasks like educating your child and keeping them safe. They're also given the responsibility of promoting good character. No wonder teachers are so tired and in need of a break! There are two avenues to teaching students about character. One is by example and the second is through planned actions and

So, what are the characters you want to instill in your child? The basics come to mind, like, trustworthiness, loyalty, responsibility, respect, courage, caring and the list goes on. There are so many ways to focus on these great character traits and what's even better is to get the kids involved. At home and in the classroom, ask your children what they think are good and wholesome character qualities and make a list. From that list, each week or month, make it the focal point where they are actively looking for ways to display courage, politeness, integrity and so on. You can even get involved! Every night at dinner or for ten minutes at the beginning of the class, discuss ways you have worked on this character trait and let them give examples of ways they have been working it as well. 

Everyone has a role model and kids will find one whether an adult helps or not. Take this opportunity to enforce a proper role model to them and show them why these people deserve their admiration. Make the search for a role model fun! Find out the traits the child thinks are important and have them search and find a role model that exhibits those traits. You could even have them put on a play of mimicking their new role model!

It may not be a very popular saying but it's a good one nonetheless. "Character is built with helping hands." Getting kids off the TV, away from computers and putting the cell phone down and getting out is so important! Introduce kids to volunteering and watch them cultivate an amazing character. With volunteering, kids will be able to understand that there is a bigger world outside of their own. They will be able to see that there are people and animals out there that are less fortunate and even more fortunate than they are right now. Volunteering will open their eyes to the fact that this world needs more helping hands that come from a child with good character. 

There are so many excellent ways to show and grow good character in children. The main point is that we lead by example and we never stop focusing on their character as a child because this will be their driving force as an adult.

Friday, September 6, 2019

International Literacy Day Give Away

International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8, and shines awareness on global literacy needs.   ILA advocates for a literate world by empowering educators, inspiring students, and encouraging leaders with the resources they need to make literacy accessible for all. 
To help with the purchasing of literacy resources for your classroom, a team of amazing teachers and I have grouped together to gift ONE awesome, lucky teacher with a TPT gift card!

PRIZES INCLUDE 1 x $250 TPT Gift card

REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, the higher your chances of winning!!

 This Raffle CLOSES: Saturday 14th September 2019 12am

The second give away card is also a TPT card for $100.
The giveaway starts at Midnight on September 6th.  

Thank you and Good Luck!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Labor Day Giveaway!

A group of amazing teacher-authors have come together to help one lucky teacher win a $225 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card. Wouldn’t this be great to help with your school year needs??!! 

Enter the raffle here:

👉 Raffle Ends at 12:00 AM Central Time, Tuesday, September 3rd (9/3/19).  The lucky winner will be announced by 9/5/19.

👉 You must be an educator to win and provide proof by providing your school name and grade level within 48 hours after contacted or a new random winner will be selected. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, or Teachers Pay Teachers. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this page and not to Facebook , Instagram, or Teachers Pay Teachers. No Purchase Required.

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Back to School with a BOOM!

Well everyone should be well into their first few days of the start of school and as I posted last month, many of my products are perfect for the month of September as well.  But two new products I forgot to  mention were the BOOM Cards! 

To use Boom Cards, you must be connected to the Internet. Boom Cards play on modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge). Apps are available for Android, iPads, iPhones, and Kindle Fires. For security and privacy, adults must have a Boom Learning account to use and assign Boom Cards. You will be able to assign the Boom Cards you are buying with "Fast Pins," (play provides instant feedback for self-grading Boom Cards). Fast Play is always a free way for students to engage with Boom Cards decks. For additional assignment options you'll need a premium account. 

If you are new to Boom Learning, you will be offered a free trial of our premium account. Read here for details:

These 24 digital task cards on the BOOM Learning website cover letter recognition, letter sequencing, and upper and lower case letter matching. This is a perfect back to school extension activity, intervention and RTI groups. The activities are fun and engaging literacy and word work centers!

This product includes:
A link to access 24 Digital Task Cards on Apple letter skills on the BOOM Learning℠ website
Teacher Notes on how to use these BOOM Cards™ in your classroom
These task cards feature 4 different types of questions:
Cards 5-9 focus on matching upper and lower case letters (drag and drop option)
*Card 1-4 cards are a preview of the options.
Cards 10-14 focus on recognizing letters (multiple picture choice)
Cards 15-19 focus on identifying the missing letter (drag and drop)
Cards 20-24 focus on letter sequence (drag and drop choice)

These 24 digital task cards that are also on the BOOM Learning website cover counting, number order, number sense, and identifying 2-D shapes. 
This product includes:
A link to access 24 Digital Task Cards on Apple Math skills on the BOOM Learning℠ website
Teacher Notes on how to use these BOOM Cards™ in your classroom
These task cards feature 4 different types of questions:
Cards 5-9 focus on counting apples (multiple choice option)
Cards 10-14 focus on matching shapes (multiple picture)
Cards 15-19 focus on number order (drag and drop)
Cards 20-24 focus on number sense (multiple choice)
Cards 1-4 are a preview of the options included! Check them out!

Friday, August 16, 2019

2019 Back to School Give Away!

It is not a secret that teachers care about their students' happiness, well-being and life in and beyond the classroom. We know that investing yourself in your students creates a positive atmosphere in the classroom that enhances your relationship with students and makes them feel important.  

  A great teacher does not make it a secret that they care. AND they take it beyond the classroom and extend their caring ways by sharing, helping, and supporting teachers.  One way to show our support is by doing a monthly giveaway to help with the purchasing of Back to School resources for a teacher’s classroom.  One awesome lucky teacher will win a TPT gift card!

Simply enter here:

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REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, the higher your chances of winning!!
Raffle Starts:  Friday, August 16, 2019  and ends  Aug. 24,  2019..


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Kinder Start?

What is the right age for a child to begin their academic career?  We’ve been trained to believe that each step in school is ordered by age and time. But what if we were to change the way we do things by changing when our kids start school? Most children are enrolled into Kindergarten along with the year of their fifth birthday. It’s a great age because they are just learning their ABC’s and 123’s but what else are they trying to learn? A very important part of school is learning. No kidding right? But children need something very important in order to learn things and that’s attention. Of course, the attention of their parents, teachers or other guardians but more importantly, their own attention.

 A child at the age of five is most likely a rambunctious little one with a fire for play time, snack time and occasionally, a small amount of time for retaining information. Studies across the world have shown that a child starting their education at such a young age could cause issues and hinder them in their learning capacity over the next few years. Beginning Kindergarten at age five versus age six won’t keep them from attending an Ivy League school or alter their grade point average in high school but for the first few years of elementary school, they may have a better handle on retaining the information being given to them. The studies coming from Stanford University have shown that holding a child back for about a year, and introducing them to Kindergarten at age six instead of five could potentially give the child the opportunity to better grasp their instructions.

Not only will it help the child in academics but it can also give the child a better sense of self control and this understanding of their own selves has been shown to stay with the child for years. Yes, one year doesn’t seem like a lot but in comparison to the disposition of a five year old to a six year old, I’m sure we could all notice the difference in self reliance as well as behavioral maturity. A six year old may be better suited for a classroom because they may be able to understand how to focus on, comprehend and execute what the teacher is relaying to them. 
With any change to a the academic career of a child, even the slight changes in teacher work days or when the appropriate time for breaks are; it’s hard for some families to be able to accommodate. When it comes to delaying the school age of a child, it means that the child won’t be attending free education but will still need supervision. For some families that’s not feasible because no school will mean daycare or day time sitters while their parents or guardians work. But if your household is able, do you see a great benefit for holding back your child for a year to start their school career? 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Back to School TIEKS Giveaway!

Happy Back to School Season! It’s that crazy, exciting time of the year again! Getting your classroom ready, organizing a million papers, and preparing for a new group of kiddos to love on for the year is exhilarating, but can exhausting if you don't practice self-care.

As teacher-authors, we are so grateful that you allow us to be a part of your classrooms and lives and want to give you a big virtual hug in the form of a giveaway. We know that teachers can use a little bit of extra love this time of year, and I have teamed up with some amazing teacher-authors to show one lucky teacher LOTS of love with a pair of the brightest and most comfy teacher shoes ever, a pair of Tieks! AND a 2 $175 gift cards (one to Teachers Pay Teachers and one to Amazon!!!!)!!! Whoop! 

You can enter the giveaway up to 66 times!!! I'm not kidding! Enter now in the Rafflecopter below! Best of luck!

Prize: One winner will receive a $200.00 Tieks Gift Card, a $175 TPT Gift Card, and a $175 Amazon Gift Card.

Entry: Use the Rafflecopter below to enter! The giveaway runs August 3rd-August 11th. The winner will be announced and contacted on August 12th.
You may enter the Rafflecopter HERE!

Co-Hosts: A special thank you to the following for participating in this fabulous teacher giveaway! Be sure to check out their TPT stores! 

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