Apple Science and Stem Activities

Apple Science and Stem Activities

Apple week is really one of the first times you get really do a good thematic unit for the new school year and so it is a favorite amongst teachers everywhere.   And Apple Science is one of my favorite parts to Apple Week and so I wanted to share with you some of the...

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Free Johnny Appleseed Hat & More

Free Johnny Appleseed Hat & More

Simply Kinder loves hats and so we could not pass up the time of year for a Free Johnny Appleseed Hat! The hat comes with several options.  First option is for both hats and that is to allow the kids to color or print the pieces onto color paper.  I give you the...

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Teacher Approved Apple Videos

Teacher Approved Apple Videos

  It does not really feel like Fall unit you have taught apple week in your classroom.  Apples are such a fun topic because it really is the first time for the school year you get to do a fun thematic unit where the kids get to integrate science and do some taste...

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Labor Day for Kindergarten (Preschool and First too!)

Labor Day for Kindergarten (Preschool and First too!)

I don't know about you, but I feel like if the students are given a day off for a holiday that I am obligated to do a little mini lesson on.  But Labor Day, what do you say without getting into a big old Community helpers unit?  And so here are some ideas for Labor...

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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 to “DEAL” with Student Allergies

How to “DEAL” with Student Allergies

You just found out you are getting a child with a severe food allergy.  Now what? How do you "DEAL" with Student Allergies?  We all know that there are some pretty severe reactions that can happen to these kiddos, but did you also know food allergies can effect a...

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ABC’s of Your Class Freebie

ABC’s of Your Class Freebie

Are you already planning an preparing for the back to school season?  If so, then you will definitely want this ABC's Of Your Class free download.  I have used this letter for years to give my families the must know information about my class - and being a...

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Do NOT Buy These Back to School Supplies (For Real)

Do NOT Buy These Back to School Supplies (For Real)

  Consider this article a public service announcement on behalf of early childhood teachers everywhere.  With the back to school season upon us, we want everyone to get the best value and the best quality for their money.  And so, here is our Do NOT Buy These...

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Books About Apples

Books About Apples

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing, and the apples are growing! What better way to celebrate this glorious season than by reading books on apples? There are numerous books available, but be sure to take advantage of these kindergarten favorites.  Here are some...

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Do You Still Have A Crier?

Do You Still Have A Crier?

Do you still have a crier in your class? Here are some ways to deal with it as a kindergarten teacher! 1.  Love, love, love!  Some kids just need love.  Make them feel special and wanted once they do get calmed down so the next day they have not anxiety over being at...

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What To Plan on The First Day of Kindergarten!

What To Plan on The First Day of Kindergarten!

Ahhh... the first day of kindergarten!  It's such an exciting day!  An exhausting day!  But what do you plan for that day?  So many things you are excited to do with your students, but you have to remember it's the first day and keep it all in perspective!  ...

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What Would You Tell Your First Year Teacher Self?

What Would You Tell Your First Year Teacher Self?

Ms. Jones says:  "Don't worry so much about what other teachers think. You were hired for a reason. Be that person! (But take advice as needed.)" Ms. Dueck says:  "Be gentle with yourself!   Not every lesson plan or art project will go as smoothly as you thought or...

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Banned Books Kindergarteners Will Love!

Banned Books Kindergarteners Will Love!

It's Banned Book Week and there are tons of 'banned' books that you and your kindergarteners will love! Some have officially been banned for certain reasons, some have made me stop and think how will I handle a certain question or comment, some I find humorous or...

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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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First Day Chalkboard Bulletin Board Set – How It Works

First Day Chalkboard Bulletin Board Set – How It Works

I get lots of questions about how my Back To School Bulletin Boards work so I thought I would do a quick post about them to explain! The above it a Jennifer from First Grade Blue Skies welcome board using this set.  It's interactive in that the students stand in front...

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Alphabet Formation Poems

Alphabet Formation Poems

We all have a reading wall  or some sort of corner that is the hub to our reading lessons.  My contains everything from alphabet charts, to blending cards, to our alphabet formation poems! So let's start by sharing my Reading Wall. It includes all the elements of the...

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D and B Reversals – Bright Ideas Hop

D and B Reversals – Bright Ideas Hop

It's Bright Ideas time again!  So here's an easy idea to help kiddos with the common error of switching d's and b's! I actually have 3 doors in my small room!  Two of those doors we use every day.  So we now have a d door and a b door!  (We used to just have a d for...

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Teaching Story Elements: Free Literacy Posters

Need to teach story elements to your Kinders? We’ve got activities, videos, games, and suggestions for teaching character, setting and plot with your students. Includes FREE printable literacy posters. We will also be touching on fiction and non-fiction books. Click...

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