Outstanding New Picture Books, Summer 2014

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As Todd Parr says, It's Okay to Make Mistakes. Like when Very Little Red thinks the Wolf is a Foxie or the birds don't quite get the message right (or even close) in Mac Barnett's book, Telephone. Discover more outstanding stories and silly mistakes in these new picture books. The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn, illustrated by Aron Nels Steinke How can the siblings resist not … [Read more...]

7 Gifts Your Teacher Actually Wants #QuakerUp

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As a paid Quaker Classroom Ambassador, I’m inviting you to join Quaker in supporting teachers nationwide. Over the years, I’ve gotten some awesome gifts that I’ve cherished, but I have also gotten some very uh, . . . unique gifts that I haven’t been able to use. (Apple earrings, apple ornaments, apple aprons, apple pins . . . ) While I always appreciated the thought, I … [Read more...]

DIY Washi and Duct Tape Gifts for Teachers

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Make your new teacher a special gift she or he can use in the classroom -- out of washi tape or duct tape. I LOVE duct tape and washi tape. So do my kids. We found that even us not-so-crafty types can follow directions like nobody's business. Our most recent get-our-craft-on books? Duct Tape Mania by Amanda Formaro (affiliate link) and Totally Washi!  by … [Read more...]

Back to School Clothes Shopping at Target

Target giveaway for back to school

I don't know about you but back-to-school supplies and clothing help my kids get excited. Because summer was fun. It's hard for it to end. We need enthusiasm about what's coming up -- and school shopping helps. Printable Back-to-School Shopping List I suggest getting organized before you head to Target for clothes. What do you you need? I always shop with lists or … [Read more...]

Storytelling Games That Will Get Your Kids Thinking Out of the Box

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When I teach kids how to write stories, we generally start out loud. In other words, we think, plan, and share orally before writing silently. Of course, not all kids are oral processers but sharing out loud helps organize our thoughts and gives us feedback from friends if the story is missing anything or on the right track. Here are three delightfully engaging storytelling … [Read more...]

How Tiggly Improves Geometry, Spacial Reasoning, Motor Skills, and Creativity

Tiggly Educational Math App

Tiggly shape toys partner seamlesly with FREE Tiggly educational apps so children engage visual and kinesthetic learning modalities while teaching basic mathematical skills. I was so impressed with the flawless way the Tiggly shapes work with the apps. Press the shape and it zings onto the screen in milliseconds. The app options for Tiggly shapes totally engage my kids (and … [Read more...]

Why Kids Need to Read Non-Fiction Books

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Kids (and adults) usually gravitate towards fiction or non-fiction. But it's important to read and develop skills with non-fiction and fiction both. Here's why it's important to read non-fiction: More Informational Text in Older Grades & College The big reason kids need to practice reading non-fiction (informational) text is that as they progress in school and life, most … [Read more...]

Support Teachers with #QuakerUp

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As a paid Quaker Classroom Ambassador, I’m inviting you to join Quaker in supporting teachers nationwide. Teachers spend more than $1 billion a year stocking their own classrooms, and they’re buying more than just school supplies! Teachers are buying food. Why? Well, three in five K-8 public school teachers say their students regularly come to school hungry, and as a … [Read more...]