Kindness Bulletin Board

Kindness Bulletin Board

I just love doing activities that promote kindness.  Here is a Kindness Bulletin Board I recently did and some free pages so you can do it too. I started with this great new picture book a couple of months ago that is one of my new favorites. It's called Cara's...

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Martin Luther King Videos

Martin Luther King Videos

Some topics are difficult to talk about in kindergarten and first grade.  We want to teach kids about history, but we don't want to share some of the horrific details because it is just not developmentally appropriate.  And so here is a teacher approved list of Martin...

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Arctic Animal Videos

Arctic Animal Videos

Are you teaching about arctic animals and looking for some appropriate videos to show?  There is so much great footage out there but we really need to be careful because we don't want to be showing animals mating or eating each other in kindergarten.  And so here is...

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Snowman Dot to Dot ABC’s

Snowman Dot to Dot ABC’s

Welcome winter with a snowman! This fun printable worksheet gets kids sequencing their alphabet while making a cute snowman they can decorate themselves. Dot to dot activities work on fine motor skills through pencil control while having them follow along a sequence...

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Snowball Addition Game

Snowball Addition Game

Kids LOVE snow. I would be lying if I said I didn't too. (Although I am sure part of my love for snow is that it does not happen very often here in Texas.) To tap into that love and excitement for snow, I thought these Snowball Addition Game would be a fun, hands-on...

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Snowy Trees in Winter Art Activity

Snowy Trees in Winter Art Activity

Winter is such a fun time to explore nature and snow with art don't you think? Here's a fun winter craft that uses few supplies and can be prepped ahead of time or done in stages by kids. And we all know that kids love to have something different every now and then to...

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Read, Count and Color Christmas Printables

Read, Count and Color Christmas Printables

Christmas is almost here! We just know your students are super excited about pretty much anything that is Christmas related. We love encouraging kids to read so we prepared a festive little learning Read, Count and Color Christmas printables set just for that. Read,...

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Elf on the Shelf Classroom Ideas

Elf on the Shelf Classroom Ideas

If you are looking for more Elf on the Shelf Classroom ideas, you MUST check out their new Scout Elves at Play Kit.  I absolutely love the idea of this kit. It is loaded with photos of ideas and special props that you can use to make your life easier...

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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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Teaching: New Year, New You

Teaching: New Year, New You

No one ever said that you have to keep your classroom exactly the same way all year and mid-year is a great time of year to implement some of those changes that could really impact the climate and culture of your class!  It's a new year so be a new you with your...

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Kindergarten Christmas Gift Ideas

Kindergarten Christmas Gift Ideas

So many great holiday projects and gifts were shared in the Simply Kinder Teacher Facebook Group that I wanted to do a roundup of all of the great ideas!  So here is our list of Kindergarten Christmas Gift Ideas that are approved by real kindergarten teachers and I am...

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Kindergarten Activities for December

Kindergarten Activities for December

December is always a a fun time to teach kindergarten!  So here are some Kindergarten Activities for December the teachers in the Simply Kinder Teacher Facebook Group shared this month! Ms. Metz-Clark from Phoenix, Arizona shared this fun bulletin board.  Students cut...

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Classroom Elf Pros & Cons

Classroom Elf Pros & Cons

Seems like having an elf on the shelf is the latest craze these days and it has become very common to use the elf in the classroom too.  But if you have never done a classroom elf with your class you might have some questions and really need to see the pros and cons...

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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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99 Things Teachers Really Want for Christmas

99 Things Teachers Really Want for Christmas

99 things a teacher really wants for Christmas. Numbered but in no particular order of importance. to not get sick to not be thrown up on to have enough trash cans for all the students throwing up to get my trash can back from the nurse for students to be sent home...

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Snowmen With Crayon Carrot Noses

Snowmen With Crayon Carrot Noses

I wanted to share with you one of my FAVORITE winter projects!   We always make snowmen this time of year, but about 5 years ago when 'arts and crafts' was taken way I had to get creative.  So, we make these super cute snowmen, the students write stories for thier...

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More Classroom Elf Ideas!

More Classroom Elf Ideas!

Do you do the Elf on the Shelf in your classroom?  Here are some more Elf on the Shelf Classroom Ideas. Not sure about a classroom elf?  Read about the Pros and Cons of Having a Classroom Elf. Sleeping in the homework box... sorry can't turn in your homework today!...

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Milk Carton Gingerbread Houses – A How To with Freebies!

Milk Carton Gingerbread Houses – A How To with Freebies!

Here you have it.. a how to on making those fun milk carton gingerbread houses!  It is a fun activity for your students, but requires a lot of little details falling together in order to run smoothly! Gingerbread houses in our class are an academic activity!  Students...

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Gingerbread Exchange

Gingerbread Exchange

 Every year the  Simply Kinder Facebook Group For Teachers hosts a big Gingerbread Exchange.  It's super fun and we always have really great participation from all over the country.  It's easy, you sign up, make gingerbreads with your class, and mail them to a...

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Gingerbread Exchange Sign Ups

Gingerbread Exchange Sign Ups

It's  Gingerbread Exchange time again! GINGERBREAD EXCHANGE SIGNUPS ARE NOW OPEN. It's that time of year, the Simply Kinder Gingerbread Exchange.  In a nutshell, your class will make gingerbread people and write letters or stories about them.  You will package them up...

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New Year’s Resolution Freebie!

I have to admit.. I am not one for New Year's Resolutions!  To be honest.. I never really understood this as a holiday... but don't get me wrong I will use any reason I can to get together with friends to celebrate! But I have big dreams and big goals and I am working...

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Giant Wiggly Eyes & Elfs & Ornaments!

There is no other term for this post except randomness!  Ornaments & Elfs & Eyeballs! This year I decided I wanted to try something different for my parent presents. Aren't they just beautiful! So I got these great little cardboard ornaments at Michaels at...

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12 Days of Christmas Freebie!

How about a Christmas Song!   On the 1st day of Christmas Simply Kinder gave to me: I created this activity because... well... no one is going to tell me I can't do something!  What.. we can't do gingerbread houses anymore because they are not academic?  Not in...

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December Freebies & Gifts for Teachers!

December Freebies & Gifts for Teachers!

I also got my son's teachers presents in the mail yesterday!  I am so excited because they are so cute!    (Yes I had to get 4.. his regular ed teacher, speech teacher, resource teacher, and occupational therapist!) They are incredibly durable, look just as the...

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