Name Rocks

Name Rocks

Name Rocks!  How much fun are these?  Rocks are the latest crazy it seems like and so it only seemed like a fun activity to help students learn their own name and the names of their peers! We wanted our rocks to have a clear name put on them, so we added some lines so...

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Paint Stick Names

Paint Stick Names

Practicing names seems to be a great way to begin to learn letter names and sounds.  Here is a fun DIY Paint Stick Names activity to help your students become proficient with their name! What you need, with Amazon affiliate links so you can easily prepare to make...

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Back-To-School Counting Clip Cards

Back-To-School Counting Clip Cards

Are you looking for a simple and engaging math activity for your students to do at the beginning of the school year? These Back-To-School Counting Clip Cards are not only an easy and interactive way for children to practice counting and identifying number, but they...

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Disney Classrooms

Disney Classrooms

  We are HUGE Disney fans! We thought it would be fun to gather  a bunch of fun Disney inspired classroom themes from our teacher friends in our Simply Kinder Facebook group. Mrs. Hogne had an amazing family friend that designed and built this castle! The builder...

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Rainbow Fish Paper Plate Craft

Rainbow Fish Paper Plate Craft

Rainbow Fish Paper Plate Craft I really love this Rainbow Fish Paper Plate Craft. The Rainbow Fish series of books are some of my favorites to read in Kinder and I find that they are a great way of starting a great discussion about friendship and sharing. Every year...

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Free Printable Teddy Bear Color Puzzles

Free Printable Teddy Bear Color Puzzles

My students always enjoyed playing with teddy bear counters during centers. To tap into this love for those cute, colorful bears, I created these Teddy Bear Color Puzzles for you and your students. This free printable will be the perfect addition to your centers this...

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School Supply Scavenger Hunt

School Supply Scavenger Hunt

The first day of Kindergarten is all about getting to know our new students and teaching them all about school. One way that I teach my students where things are located around our classroom is by doing a Classroom Supply Scavenger Hunt. It is a fun and easy activity...

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Back to School Kindergarten Star Classroom Printable

Back to School Kindergarten Star Classroom Printable

Back to School Kindergarten Star Classroom Printable This fall many kids will be returning to class after a fun summer break while others will be stepping into the classroom for the very first time. Welcome them with a little treat on their desk letting them know that...

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Dear Parents…How to Get Your Kindergartener Ready

Dear Parents…How to Get Your Kindergartener Ready

  Dear Parents, Summer vacation is drawing to a close. Some of you may be thinking 'No!!' while others are thinking "Yay!!". That's okay either way! But, I was thinking as I went out shopping for school supplies today that you might be a little bit nervous about...

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Free Printable Letter Matching Game

Free Printable Letter Matching Game

This free printable letter matching game is always a hit at the beginning of the school year. Anytime the kids get to play a game but are secretly learning is a win for me! This game will help the students match their uppercase and lower case letters. The game is very...

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Monthly Journal Writing Prompts for the School Year

Monthly Journal Writing Prompts for the School Year

Monthly Writing Prompts for the School Year Start the school year with a monthly writing journal for kids. Each month from September to June gives kids the opportunity to draw or color a picture and write short sentences. The prompts are easy for kids to understand...

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Apple Alphabet Match

Apple Alphabet Match

Back to School and apples go hand in hand. Why not start the year off right with this Apple Alphabet Match printable. Apple Alphabet Match comes with 26 different match-up cards, for every letter of the alphabet. Getting Apple Alphabet Match Ready After printing on...

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Professional Development Books for Kindergarten

Professional Development Books for Kindergarten

Are you looking for some Professional Development Books for Kindergarten or early childhood teachers?  We've gathered a list of the most popular PD books out there right now. These books are great to read during summer, back to school, or really any time of year (a...

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Chester the Raccoon Paper Plate Craft

Chester the Raccoon Paper Plate Craft

At the beginning of the school year, I’m always looking for books to read to my students. One of my favorite books is The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. It’s a sweet story about a young raccoon named Chester who is nervous about starting school. Mrs. Raccoon shares the...

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Back To School Tips: 6 Things to Do Now to Make B2S Easier

Back To School Tips: 6 Things to Do Now to Make B2S Easier

Do you need simple ways to prepare for back to school over summer break? We've got 6 back to school tips that will make your teacher life easier in the coming year! A little work now will make a HUGE difference later. Click through to see our tips and FREE printables....

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Class of Free Printable

Class of Free Printable

Happy end of the school year friends. Just a quick little freebie for your that is located in our Teachers Pay Teachers store! Use one of these free "class of" printables as a cover a memory book or writing journal or to just relax and color at the end of the school...

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Back to School Apple Tree Classroom Decoration

Back to School Apple Tree Classroom Decoration

Back to School Apple Tree Decoration We recently had a fun contest at my son's school that included decorating the classroom door for the teachers. My son is a Kindergartner and I was in charge of decorating the door with my fellow room-mom. We did an apple tree theme...

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Fall Sensory Play Sight Words

Fall Sensory Play Sight Words

Fall Sensory Play Sight Words I love using colored rice with my kinders and you will often find it as part of my centers. This fall sensory play sight words center is one that I like to have ready for back to school.  The rice will last for a really long time if you...

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Teacher Approved Math Videos

Teacher Approved Math Videos

Are you looking for great teacher approved math videos for counting, addition and other math concepts in kindergarten? This was a very popular topic of discussion on the Simply Kinder Facebook Group  recently and there were some great recommendations. We've taken...

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Working Through Teacher Anxiety

Working Through Teacher Anxiety

Are you a teacher?  Do you have anxiety? (Those answers are both yes for me).  Whether you deal with anxiety on a day to day basis or are just anxious about the many stressors that comes with teaching, here are some ways for Working Through Teacher Anxiety. Allow...

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Alphabet Crafts & Printables Notebooks

Alphabet Crafts & Printables Notebooks

I am SO excited about this new unit that I wanted to share it all with you on Simply Kinder. This Alphabet Crafts & Printables Notebooks came about because one of my favorite units to make are my research close read units. These are close reads, graphic...

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Disney Classroom Decorations

Disney Classroom Decorations

If you follow Simply Kinder, you will know that I am a HUGE Disney fan.  There is something about Disney magic that just warms my heart and so, of course, I have a special place in my heart for Disney Classroom Decorations.  This year we teamed up with Eureka Schools...

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Back To School Videos for Teachers

Back To School Videos for Teachers

The first day of kindergarten is so exciting for everyone.  For many kids there are lots of new experiences they will like lining up and making new friends.  And so here are some Back To School Videos for Teachers to show to talk about rules, expectations, making...

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How Teachers are Like Pineapples

How Teachers are Like Pineapples

My latest obsession is pineapples.  And it got me thinking, how are teachers like pineapples?  How can I teach like a pineapple.   I did a little thinking and thought to myself teachers are like pineapples. Every day teachers stand tall, we wear a crown on our head,...

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