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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Sight Word Name Cards

Sight Word Name Cards

Have you run out of ways to practice sight words? We have a fun activity with these Sight Word Name Cards that is here to help!  At this point in the year, all of my lessons and activities seem to revolve around worksheets or repetition that bore the kids. So I tried...

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Mother’s Day Questionnaires

Mother’s Day Questionnaires

Are you looking for a special Mother’s Day gift for your students to create for their moms, grandmas, or aunts this year? These Mother's Day Questionnaires make the best presents. They are heart-felt and the kids’ answers are always adorable. Parents will love looking...

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go Printable

Oh, The Places You’ll Go Printable

One of my favorite books is Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss.  It's such a fun that has such a great message for people of all ages.  I also love the illustrations and colors the book uses, so fun and upbeat.  And so here is a free Oh, The Places You'll Go...

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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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Scrap Art and Writing

Scrap Art and Writing

The other day I had a ton of construction paper left over from my class making turkeys the week before Thanksgiving. I had given them the body but they got to use paper and make the turkey feathers, feet, and snoods all on their own. But with this huge pile of...

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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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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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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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Free Summer Journal

Free Summer Journal

We have worked so hard to get our students writing this year and I always worry that it will be lost over the summer.  So I created this Free Summer Journal to send home with your students so they can write a little bit each day. I made them with a half page and full...

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Classroom Disney Ideas

Classroom Disney Ideas

Those who know me know that I am a huge Disney geek and that 100% carries into my classroom.  I know I am not alone - Teachers Love Disney!   And I am always looking for good Classroom Disney Ideas! I am pretty convinced that Disney loves teachers too because they...

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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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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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Fun with Peeps!

Fun with Peeps!

Fun with Peeps!!!  Here are 10 activities to do with your students and those tasty treats Peeps! 1.  Eat them and describe how they taste!  Use your senses! {The above Senses Activity can be downloaded for FREE from the preview from our Peeps Science Journals!) 2....

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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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St. Patrick’s Day Free Activity

St. Patrick’s Day Free Activity

Our St. Patrick's Day Free Activity  has been lots of fun for the teachers in the Simply Kinder Facebook group!  It was part of a Pen Pal Project that teachers participated in all over the US!   Classes were partnered up, made a class leprechaun book, and then mailed...

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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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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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Ninja Day!

Ninja Day!

We are officially in the last days of school and that means some fun themed days!  Today was.... NINJA DAY!  We started with the fun book Nighttime Ninja.  It was a great book that had very little words and great pictures so it kept the kids interested!  Great...

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A Peek Inside My Writing Lab

A Peek Inside My Writing Lab

One of my favorite parts of my class is always my writing lab!  I love having spaces or centers for kids to go work and this one is that no matter what school I am at I have ready to go on day 1 because it really is so versatile! So here it is… my writing lab....

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Mother’s Day Frame & Gift Book with Freebies!

Mother’s Day Frame & Gift Book with Freebies!

I am so excited to share this super adorable Mother's Day gift that a group of teachers at my school does each year!  This is seriously the best gift I have ever made or got from my own child for Mother's Day so I am sure you will love! Isn't it adorable?  They are...

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Earth Day, Kinder Registration, DIBELS & Freebies!

Earth Day, Kinder Registration, DIBELS & Freebies!

Here's what's happening now in my little world!  Wheh… there has been so much the last week or two but I have even more fun stuff coming in the next few weeks!  SO excited!  Anyways. I did a post last year about what we do in my class for Earth Day and we are doing...

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