Penguin Activities

Penguin Activities

Are you teaching about penguins?  Simply Kinder has some great penguin activities that are great for your preschool, kindergarten, and first-grade students. Penguins Interactive Book This is a simple story where each page has some sort of interactive activity.  Add...

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Free Kindergarten Homework

Free Kindergarten Homework

As teachers we want homework to be meaningful.  We want homework to enrich what you do in the classroom.  And let's be truthful, we want homework to not be a burden to the teacher.  And so here is two weeks of Free Kindergarten Homework that I am sure will take all...

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Mouse A Cookie Word Searches

Mouse A Cookie Word Searches

You know and love the book and so I wanted to share with you some fun sight word activities to go with it.  And so here are some (affiliate) If You Give A Mouse A Cookie Word Searches to use with your students. You can use these printables in class during your...

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Christmas Around the World Books

Christmas Around the World Books

  It’s the hap-happiest time of the year. What books will you be reading aloud to celebrate the winter holidays? The holiday season has a way of bringing out the best in everyone, and it presents a unique opportunity to promote appreciation for people of all...

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Election Books for Kindergarten

Election Books for Kindergarten

It's election time and that means teachers are in need of some good Election Books.  These books are appropriate for preschol, kindergarten, and first grades and include everything from campaigning, to voting, to becoming the president. Snoopy for President by...

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Halloween Books for Kinder

Halloween Books for Kinder

Every theme we teach has a set of books that you personally love and so this is my must read Halloween Books for Kinder.  We store our books in a big black cauldron like bucket I picked up at a Halloween store.  The kids thinks it's fun to have them be separate from...

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Books About Writing: Growth Mindset Read Alouds

Books About Writing: Growth Mindset Read Alouds

Teaching writing is one of the most challenging aspects of kindergarten and the lower grades. The ability levels in any given classroom vary widely, and we all know that standards are ramping up quickly. Whether you are using writing workshop, the Work on Writing...

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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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Fish Friends Alphabet Game

Fish Friends Alphabet Game

There are so many fun learning opportunities with the movie Finding Dory that I could not resist sharing some learning ideas and making a Fish Friends Alphabet Game for you all! Finding Nemo has always been one of my favorite movies and  so we naturally LOVE Finding...

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Free Summer Reading Logs

Free Summer Reading Logs

Motivating students to read during summer can be a tricky task especially as the teacher.  And so I made some free summer reading logs to share with you and have some ideas for you to set up your students to be successful during the summer. Sign your students up for...

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The Best Free Kindergarten Apps For Reading One of the questions that gets asked a lot in the Simply Kinder Teacher Facebook Group is about Kindergarten Apps for Reading.  So we compiled a list of FREE apps that are recommended again and again into one big list...

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Nonfiction Panda Activities

Nonfiction Panda Activities

I don't know many kids who don't love going to the movies, and so when cool movies come out like Kung Fu Panda I can't help but find ways to weave the pop culture into my classroom!  I have found over the years that kids love learning about nonfiction and so  I...

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Ornament Sight Word Center

Ornament Sight Word Center

As a teacher it is so important to find exciting ways to have your students practice the same old skills and the holiday season has some many fun opportunities to do this! So here's center your students are sure to love - decorating a tree with sight word ornaments...

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November Kindergarten Projects

November Kindergarten Projects

So many fun and exciting lessons, projects, and activities happen in the month of November in kindergarten, preschool, and first grades.  And the  Simply Kinder Teacher Facebook Group has over 7000 dedicated early childhood teachers (representing preschool,...

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Insider Tip – Reading

Insider Tip – Reading

Teaching Kids to Read - Insider Tips from Teachers One of the essential skills we teach to kindergarteners is reading!  So many great ideas come up in the Simply Kinder Teacher Facebook Group that we thought it would be great to put together some insider tips to teach...

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Reading Intervention – Word Whammer

Reading Intervention – Word Whammer

Coming up with different reading intervention activities is definitely one of the tricky tasks we have as teachers!  We know that what worked in whole group did not work for these children and so we have to constantly mix it up when we pull them for small groups or...

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Teaching Nonsense Words

Teaching Nonsense Words

What are nonsense words to you?  Are they just an assessment you give 3 times are year or are they really important and meaningful in the continuum of learning to read.  Many people have thoughts and opinions on this topic, but if you do a little research you will...

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5 Must Have Alphabet Songs For Kinder

5 Must Have Alphabet Songs For Kinder

Using music in kindergarten is so important!  Songs will help your students to be actively engaged in the learning, help them to remember the concepts better, and create an overall climate of fun in your kindergarten classroom!  So you should have an iPod is FULL of...

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How to Teach the Alphabet

How to Teach the Alphabet

Teaching the alphabet is core of what we do in kindergarten for many months! There are many moving parts in the classroom that work together to get kids learning the alphabet. So The Kindergarten Connection, Sweet Sounds of Kinder, Kindergarten Smorgasboard, and I...

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Sight Words in 3 Steps!

Sight Words in 3 Steps!

Here is my 3 step approach to teaching sight words!   Practice sight words EVERY DAY! That's right, practice sight words every, single day.  Repetition is one of the keys when tackling all of the words children are expected to know everyday.  Practicing words they are...

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Working with Struggling Readers in the Early Years

Working with Struggling Readers in the Early Years

By now you have identified there are some students in your class who either don't do well at reading or just don't like it!  As teachers... we want to inspire them to like and love books because "reading opens so many doors" but what do we do for these kids to get...

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Chapter Books for Kindergarten

Chapter Books for Kindergarten

Chapter books are a great addition to your kindergarten classroom!  They are good to read to your students and you may even have some kiddos who are ready to read some of them on their own!  So here are 12 chapter books your kindergarteners will love!   Frankies...

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Alphabet Hat Sample & Instructions

Alphabet Hat Sample & Instructions

I get lots of questions about my Alphabet Hat... are they easy, how much time to they take, can the kids do them, etc.  So I thought I would show you a sample hat and let you try for free!  (And you can also purchase at a discount for the next 7 days!) My students...

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Back To School Read Alouds

Back To School Read Alouds

Stopping by with a peek inside my back to school read aloud list! Who does not love Pete The Cat?  It's just like the song... students will love and easy to add movements! Monsters who go to school for the first time!  Super funny and a great book about making good...

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