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10 Simple Memory Tricks to Help Kids Learn the Alphabet Posted on 30 Nov 11:48 , 0 comments

Sometimes, kids have trouble learning the alphabet.  And when this happens, teachers and parents will use anything and everything to help them learn.  And often, inventing a mnemonic device (also known as a memory trick, a memory booster, or even a gimmick) about the more difficult letters can really help!  In this article, I'm going to share the little tricks I use to help my kids that struggle remember the letter NAMES.

A Brand NEW Set of Rhyming Games! Posted on 19 Oct 09:20 , 0 comments

Learning to rhyme often requires SO MUCH repetition, so I created a new rhyming game, and then, I created a whole NEW SET of activities just like the first set that we already have, but with different words!

Glue & Salt Painted Pumpkins: A Fun NO PREP Fall Project! Posted on 12 Oct 10:24 , 0 comments

Here is a fun art project for fall that takes (almost) no prep at all, is super fascinating for most children! It incorporates a bit of science in it, since the children get to see how the salt absorbs the water, and then how the colors diffuse and travel up the salt covered lines. This project can be adapted to suit just about ANY theme!

Push Pin Names and Letters for Fine Motor Fun! Posted on 14 Sep 10:36 , 0 comments

A great way to practice the alphabet and kids' names, while also strengthening fine motor skills!  We've been calling it Push Pin Letters or Push Pin Names, and my kids really LOVE it!

The Name Game: A Whole Group Game for Back to School! Posted on 31 Aug 10:20 , 0 comments

The Name Game is a fun and easy whole group game that helps children recognize and read their name and the names of their classmates!  It helps kids practice letter sounds, phonics, and beginning reading skills, too. 

FREE Rules for the iPad Poster (Updated!) Posted on 10 Aug 09:50 , 0 comments

Here's a newly updated Rules for the iPad poster all freshly updated for you! The poster has five simple rules in a positive PBIS format with some cute little illustrations to help non-readers, and it is FREE for you to download and print!

Best Free and Paid Apps for Kindergarten & PreK Posted on 27 Jul 13:50 , 2 comments

Here's a list of my favorite free and paid iPad apps for Kindergarten and Pre-K for the 2018-19 school year!  These apps include skills such as alphabet recognition, beginning reading skills such as letter sounds, sounding out words, and learning sight words, as well as early math skills such as numbers and numeracy, shape recognition, matching sets, patterning, addition and subtraction, etc.  

New! Alphabet Trace and Sound Circle Worksheets! Posted on 20 Jul 10:09 , 0 comments

Here is a brand, new product for those of you that teach the letters and sounds, especially within the "Letter of the Week" format:  It's our Alphabet trace and Sound Circle Worksheets!  I love these because they are simple, straightforward, and to the point, and can usually be done in ten minutes or less. 

Cooperative “Live” Tic Tac Toe: A Fun Problem Solving Game! Posted on 13 Jul 15:38 , 1 comment

A fun, interactive, whole group game for young children that boosts problem solving skills and cooperative learning! Kids practice self­-regulation skills, thinking ahead, cooperation, following directions, and boosts social skills. You can’t beat that, right?

A Muffin Man Nursery Rhyme STEM Project! Posted on 29 Jun 09:52 , 0 comments

Here is a great Muffin Man themed STEM project to add to your nursery rhyme unit! It is creative, fun, & only takes a few basic materials. All you need are some leftover muffin liners of various colors & designs, paper, markers or crayons, glue, and some imagination! TK, kindergarten, STREAM, learning songs, easy