Keep the Learning Alive-Tips and Free Resources- COVID 19

We are all facing uncertain and unprecedented times. We have never faced something like this before, but we must all work together and support each other any way we can.  With so many school closures and cancellations, parents are left juggling with how to go about working from home and caring for their children. They want to keep their kids happy, healthy, and safe while continue learning. The new term "social distancing," has been ingrained into our vocabulary. Parents are left with active children and wonder what to do and how to keep them busy playing and learning during "social distancing."  Some families struggle with providing nutritious meals for their children. Schools are working to be sure that families that depend on school breakfast and lunch will get what they need. Teachers' intentions are to "Keep the Learning Alive," and the focus will be on getting resources available to send home or teach remotely for our students. Teachers care deeply about their students and their overall well being. Our classrooms are tight-knit communities full of respect, honesty, collaboration and love. We all can't wait for things to get back to the way they were just a few weeks ago. We hope and pray that scientist will find a cure and this virus will dissipate in the near future.  As I wait for the directive from administrators and how to go about this in my district, I have looked into how to go about this endeavor on my own. I also have found a few tips and quotes along the way as I make some preparations that I'd like to share. 


1. Be sure not to judge people on how they are dealing with this crisis or parenting during it. Do what you feel is right for your family! Teach if you want to and don't if you don't want to. Don't shame people for doing one or the other. We are all in this together so let's not alienate each other.

2. Keep kids happy and healthy and let them play outside, the more natural and distant from each other, the better! Being outside does the body good as the outside air may be a natural disinfectant. Please do not invite other children for playdates. Social distancing is imperative if we want this virus to stop spreading.  Check out this article on how fresh and sunlight may be helpful with COVID 19.

3. Give kids some space and structure. Do what you can to balance your schedule. Here is a great sample schedule I found  from Face Book(credit unknown) 

3. Students should take this time to follow their curiosity and find their niche. Take this time to research interests online and read books.  Reading should be the number one academic priority. Whether or not the students read to self, a sibling or caregiver, listens to books read aloud or on a computer; it is important that this is done daily if possible. Keep a reading log of all the books read and hand it back to your child's teacher. They will deeply appreciate all their hard work. 

5. There are many companies offering free resources due to school closings. Here is a link to a great list I found from Kids Activities. com

6. I just signed up to get FREE access to ABC MOUSE and Reading IQ at as part of my Contingency Plans should we continue to not have school for more upcoming weeks ahead. My student especially love Reading IQ as there are thousands of leveled books to access. I am thrilled to know that they can use this for free during this difficult time.

7. Many TpT authors, myself included,  have put together FREE resources.  The simpler the better, as families have so much to cope with during this stressful and difficult time.  When sending home materials, think of things that your students can do again and again. Students should be completing reading logs, practicing sight word flashcards, math facts flashcards, journal prompts, and hands-on games. 

Here are a few free resources that I am offering at my store to keep student writing during the spring, continue eating healthy and most importantly keeping safe.

Please be safe and take care!

Back to School Giveaway and Sale

Enter to Win a 10.00 Gift card and grab a free Back to School Interactive Notebook

I hope you had a fantastic summer! I can't believe it's almost coming to an end.  I am hoping to start on Sept. 15th. Due to COVID, our school system is still deciding what the school year will look like.  To kick off the new school year, I thought I would do a giveaway for a $10.00 Teacher's Pay Teachers gift card. You many want to use this money for the upcoming sale on TPT. You can save up to 25% off using the code BTS20.  I also wanted to showcase this temporarily FREE  Back to School Interactive Notebook.   Before entering this giveaway in the Rafflecopter below, I first just want to highlight this Back to School Interactive Notebook product that I am particularly proud of and can't wait to share it with you. I have a variety of interactive notebooks that can now be used on a digital devise as well as be printed out for use within the classroom.

    Students will have fun putting together this Back to School interactive notebook as they introduce  themselves and get to know  classroom routines and expectations.  This is a   fabulous way to get your students practicing their skills and show off what they have   learned. It has  very simple cut-outs that make  it super easy for young students who are just   getting used to using scissors. Students will cut  on the dotted lines and fold on the solid lines and paste into a standard sized 8.5" X 11" Notebook. Students will draw under flaps to   answer responses and not have to worry about cutting out small pieces that just get lost. You can find this product embedded within   the Kindergarten Literacy Interactive   Notebook or you can get it as a free Bonus file  as part of Kindergarten Interactive Notebook Bundle which includes Literacy, Math and Science skills.

This summer I've been working hard at updating my products so they can be used  digitally or be printed for use within the classroom. You can easily upload these digital files to Google Classroom. The best part is that you can change the directions on the digital overlay to differentiate instruction to best meet the needs of your students.   Be sure to use the code "BTSBONUS19" as you checkout to save up to 25% off.  My entire store will be on sale including all of my BUNDLES. Best of luck with the Rafflecopter Giveaway. Happy Shopping! Have an amazing school year!

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Incorporating Interactive Notebooks for the Next Generation Science Standards for Kindergarten and First Grade

Are you looking for a new ways to empower you to implement the Next Generation Science Standards with your students?  These new research based science standards give teachers the flexibility to create classroom experiences to enliven student interest that will serve them throughout their lives
as they deepen their thinking and become more curious. Many educators are scrambling about trying to find meaningful science activities and lessons that align with these new standards. Several districts do not have up-to-date resources on hand that will support teachers as they create lesson plans that incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards. Keeping this in mind, I developed this Science Interactive Note with young students in mind. I researched each standard for kindergarten and first grade and designed this Science Interactive Notebook. I have utilized these activities in my own classroom with lots of success. Students are naturally curious and once you provide them with opportunities to make discoveries on their own they will flourish. Interactive Notebooks are a great way for students to show of their knowledge.  In this notebook,  you will find activities in Weather and Climate, Ecoystems, Forces and Interactions, Engineering Design, Heredity, Earth's Place in the Universe, Light and Sound, and Plants and Animals. You will be excited to see over 60 different topics covered. You can find a full list of topics by checking in out here. 




Have you tried Interactive Notebooks in your classroom? I gave it try with my Kindergartners and it was a HUGE SUCCESS. Interactive Notebooks are a fantastic, fun way for students to learn and interact with new information as well as a great way to practice and review skills introduced. By adding an interactive feature, learning becomes more meaningful and will spark interest. This type of learning involves so much more than just simply listening to the teacher and then filling out boring worksheets. Keeping interactive notebooks in the classroom helps kids to be more responsible and take an active part in their learning. Unlike worksheets that go home and often don't ever get looked at again, interactive notebooks stay in the classroom as students work in them to build upon and review skills. It is also great for all those paras and incoming teachers that come into the classroom because they will have a better sense as to what topics you are learning about and what needs to be reviewed and taught. 

Interactive Notebooks provide a way for students to think and plan and use their creative side while they write, draw, color, cut, and glue. You can use different interactive notebooks in so many ways in all subject areas at any grade level. You may think that all this cutting and gluing might be a little scary especially, for the little ones. However, if you plan things out right while thinking about where your students are developmentally and let the students work at their own pace, it can be done!  

When creating my interactive notebooks for kindergarten, I thought about being sure that my activities did not require a lot of complex cutting skills. I made sure that there was not any complex folding or the notebook did not contain too many flaps. I also thought about not having lots of lose pieces that can easily become lost. I've seen some really cool interactive notebooks with pockets to keep pieces in, however I think that this may cause a problem with little ones, as pieces will just fall out and get lost. If you teach kindergarten or first grade, then you know how upset students can get if they lose something. They can cry so easily. 

So far, I've created six interactive notebooks. A couple of years ago I introduced my Alphabet Notebook and Number Sense Notebooks to my students. Students used them in small groups during either literacy center time or RTI time. At first, you need to slowly show students where to cut and fold. My interactive notebooks are very simple and easy for students as they are asked to cut only on the dotted lines and fold on the solid lines. After they fold, there is a large enough area for students to paste down in order to make simple flaps. lt is so important to provide an example of what your expectations are before the kids get started. Once they get the hang of it, they can work more independently. Once they finish a page, they can work on the next one until literacy or RTI time is over. "NO MORE, I'M DONE, NOW WHAT DO I DO NEXT."  I love interactive notebooks because it keeps students busy in a meaningful way while you are able to give your attention to other students who may be struggling. You also get a chance to run a small group for guided reading or RTI instruction. My groups are never more than four or five students to keep things manageable. 

If you are interested in viewing my collection of Interactive Notebooks for beginners, you can check them out by clicking on the following pictures that have a direct link to each product.  
Alphabet Interactive Notebook
 Alphabet Interactive Notebook
Number Sense 1-10

Kindergarten Literacy Interactive Notebook

Number Sense 11-20

Kindergarten Math Interactive Notebook

Science Interactive Notebook

If you are interested in purchasing my Kindergarten Interactive Notebook Bundle to save money check out the following link. It includes Literacy, Math and Science Activities. This Bundle will save you 35% off as these products would cost $38.00 if sold separately. It also includes many of the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards for the Entire Year! It is a fabulous way to get your students practicing their skills and show off what they have learned.

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Spring is Here!

   Ahhh! Finally Spring has officially arrived. I am hoping for more days with some warm sunshine. Some snow may still be  on the ground, but I refuse to let it get me down.  Spring is such a great time to watch students really begin to blossom as they develop all those skills that you have taught them throughout the year. Personally for me, it is especially exciting to watch my kindergartners shine as they begin to read books with several lines of text on each page and write more than one sentence about a given topic using inventive spelling. I've been busy designing some new Spring themed products for my stores that will get my students excited about showing off some of their skills. If you are interested, the best part is that they are all high quality items that are priced $2.00 and under. This is amazing!  Check out the many positive reviews on these products. I have kept them priced low so you can take full advantage of the savings. I also have many Easter products that you may be interested in. 
     Now that most of my students have really started to take off with their writing skills as they  use their knowledge of high frequency words paired up with inventive spelling, they can respond to lots of writing prompts. This week I'll be introducing my new Spring Writing Fun packet as we say "Goodbye to Winter" and "Hello to Spring."
     During literacy center time and RTI, my students will be busy with lots of short vowel practice. Next week, we will be introducing our final short vowel sound which is short u. My last year's class just loved my  "Umbrella and Raindrop Short u Word Sort"  activity in which they sorted raindrops under the correct short u  word family umbrella. They also loved reviewing all their vowel sounds with the "Spring Chickens Short Vowel Sort."
    In math, I can't wait to introduce my latest "Spring Time Addition and Subtraction Number Stories," and review those tricky teen numbers with " Spring Teen Fun."  I've been super busy uploading new products to my stores just in time for spring.  I would love for you to check them out and let me know what you think. This is just a small sampling of some of the Spring products you will see. I hope you can find that special something that will enhance your classroom or lessons you teach.

New Year's Sale and Goal Setting Ideas for your students

I want to wish each of you a happy and blessed new year! May your upcoming year be filled with magic and dreams and personal growth. I hope you find good health, happiness and lots of love. To kick off the New Year, I will be having a sale in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Everything, including my bundle sets will be 20% off. These past few days I have been busy updated a few things and creating more products. You can check out some of my latest creations and this special sale here:  

As I create new products I always keep my own students in mind and work diligently to fulfill their individual needs. I look forward to tomorrow as I can't wait to see their smiling faces and I know they will be eager to share about all their holiday adventures. After a much needed winter break, I hope my class will be eager to come back and show me that they are ready to learn. It is a time to start out fresh and feel invigorated as we set personal goals for ourselves and our students. Starting off the new year is the perfect time to re-establish classroom expectations and procedures. Over the winter break I took a look at some of the data I have collected on each student and I made some changes to my RTI groupings in order to best suite the individual needs of my students. 

The second half of the year with kinders can be exciting as the student's skills really start to take off. Students love showing off their reading skills as they conquer simple text in books all by themselves. As weeks go by, students become more fluent and have a great sense of pride. The kiddos begin to write sentences about a given topic using inventive spelling and their knowledge of the high frequency words introduced. Students are learning many strategies to solve math problems and are beginning to write number sentences to go along with number stories. Keeping all this in mind, during my winter break I did work on creating and updating a few products to continue to strive forward and build upon these skills to enhance student learning. If you are interested you may want to check out my teacher store to see my latest creations.
This is the perfect time of the year for students to start thinking about their own learning and what it is that they need to improve upon. Kinders do need some guidance with this as they start composing goals. They may not have the language skills to put together their ideas on their own. Begin by discussing with students some of the things that they feel that they are really good at and some of the things that they find challenging.

Students need to know that setting goals without a plan is only a dream. They need to be thinking about how they plan on attaining their goals. What types of skills do they need to practice to reach their goal and if they get stuck how can they seek out help?

Teaching youngsters to learn how to set goals is an important lifelong skill that is sure to bring your students some success. You can check out the charts I prepared for the students so they will be able to set goals and track their success.
You will receive charts for the months of September through June to track letter naming, letter naming for upper and lowercase letters, letter sounds, counting objects, writing numbers up to 20 or 30, and high frequency words. You will also receive Goal Met cards to laminate and attach to lanyards so students can proudly let your whole school know that they reached their goal and can ask about it.

Cyber Sale on Teachers Pay Teachers~ Awesome Savings!

I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving break with family and friends. As you head back to school tomorrow, be sure to get some shopping done on Cyber Monday and Terrific Tuesday on Teachers Pay Teachers. Grab all the items on your wish list and take advantage of some great discounts. I've created many engaging, fun activities to help you along these very hectic weeks ahead.  Happy Shopping! 

Check out my store for some holiday ideas your students will love.

$10.00 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway and Sale

This week I've been busy setting up my classroom.  Summer  will soon be behind us. School begins next week. To start off this school year I am having a 20% off sale off on my entire store including bundles. Take advantage of the annual Back-To-School Boost from the Teachers Pay Teachers site wide sale and be sure to  use the code  BTSBONUS to earn an extra 5%.  My sale will continue on until Wednesday.  If you win you can use it on the sale. Winner will be announced on Wednesday! Please comment below on what you plan on purchasing for your classroom at this sale.

Good Luck!

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