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 How to Make the Pumpkin Life Cycle Meaningful & Fun for Students

Real life and hands-on experiences are some of the best ways to teach concepts, therefore […] Read more about this blog post

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Teaching the Signs of the Fall, Autumn Season

Teaching the Signs of the Fall, Autumn Season

Fall is one of the prettiest seasons here in the northeast and I always love teaching young students about the fall colors and signs of the season.  We start off talking about and listing things that the students already know about the season. Then, I like to […]  Read more about this blog post

 Differentiated Fall Counting Practice Using Pic Collage & Seesaw

Fall Counting Practice Using Pic Collage and Seesaw

Read how I combine hands-on learning with technology using 2 of my favorite free apps – Pic Collage and Seesaw. […] Read more about this blog post

Candy Science Experiments & STEM Challenge

 

Candy Science Experiments & STEM Challenge

These science experiments are the perfect way to get rid of leftover Halloween candy or to just add something sweet to your science curriculum! […]  Read more about this blog post

Water Cycle, Rain Cycle Science Experiments and Craftivity

3 Simple Water Cycle, Rain Cycle Experiments

Let’s Learn About the Water Cycle! 3 Simple Water Cycle Experiments & a Craftivity

Here are 3 of my favorite water cycle experiments and craftivity.  These science experiments are simple to set up and use common household items. The water cycle wheel craftivity gives students a visual representation of the stages of the water cycle and how they repeat over and over again. […]  Read more about this blog post

Fun Alphabet and Handwriting Practice

Fun Alphabet and Handwriting Ideas

I wanted to share with you today some favorite and fun ideas for teaching the letters of the alphabet and handwriting. Over the years teaching the alphabet has changed quite a lot due to the increase in standards. However, the fact that young children can get overwhelmed with learning both the uppercase and lowercase version of each letter of the alphabet, their sounds, and how to write them has not changed.[…] Read more about this blog post

How to Dye Pumpkin Seeds & Dyed Pumpkin Seeds Activities

How to Dye Pumpkin Seeds and Dyed Pumpkin Seeds Activities

Dyed pumpkin seeds make great manipulatives for learning and can also be used for fall art projects.  I have tried 2 different ways of dyeing pumpkin seeds.  Both methods require dried pumpkin seeds.  Place seeds in the oven or microwave to dry them out prior to dyeing. Method 1: Dye Pumpkin Seeds in a Ziploc  […] Read more about this blog post

Pumpkin Learning Activities and Books

Pumpkin Learning Activities and Books

 

It’s pumpkin palooza this month!  Love teaching with pumpkins and taking a trip to the pumpkin patch!  Here are some of my favorite educational pumpkin activities: […] Read more about this blog post

Letter & Letter Sound Match in the Pumpkin Patch

Fun Fall Letter & Letter Sound Practice Print & Digital Ideas

I love creating seasonal centers and activities for festive and fun learning. I was in need of a fun way to assess my students’ letter and letter sound knowledge and since my students’ were very excited about visiting the pumpkin patch later in the […] Read more about this blog post

Christian Pumpkin Carving Activity

Christian pumpkin carving activity

 

This special way to carve a pumpkin is perfect for Christian schools, Sunday School classes, etc. It relates the pumpkin carving experience with Jesus. […] Read more about this blog post

Free Halloween Student Gift Tags

Free Halloween Student Gift Tags

I was recently asked to come up with a few non-candy treat options for Halloween parties. I found 3 ideas and created cute Halloween student gift tags for each that I wanted to share with you. […] Read more about this blog post

How I Motivated Students to Learn Their Alphabet Letters

How I motivated my students to learn their alphabet letters

Let’s face it, learning 26 letters and their sounds can be a daunting task for young children.  Even though at 4-6 years old they are in the middle of a language explosion and their minds are like sponges, it is still a lot to learn and process.  This is why I love to reward and […]  Read more about this blog post

Motivational and Fun Addition and Subtraction Practice

addition and subtraction equation boards

After working on addition and subtraction with manipulatives, math talks & stories, I needed to find a fun way for students to practice fluency to meet the core standards. As we all know, for them to become fluent means practice, practice, and more practice! So I didn’t want to just have one or two ways […] Read more about this blog post

Brag Tags that Motivate Students to Learn Numbers, Shapes, & Colors

How to encourage and motivate students to learn numbers, shapes, and colors.

After seeing the success I had with brag tags for alphabet letters (you can read more about that here) and how motivated and excited students were about learning the letters and receiving a tag for each one, I decided to create some for numbers, colors, and shapes too. With the ever increasing demands on young […]  Read more about this blog post

Student Gift Ideas & Gift Tags for Positive Reinforcement, Testing, Motivation

student gifts, student gift tags that reward, encourage, & motivate students

Throughout the school year I like to surprise students with a little something extra special to recognize their hard work and effort, improved behavior, achievement of a milestone like learning all of their sight words or numbers to 100, or to celebrate the completion of a big project on which they worked very hard or testing/assessment.  You would be surprised how much a simple trinket with a positive, encouraging note means to a young child and how important it is to them that you noticed their efforts.  […] Read more about this blog post

Teaching the Signs of the Fall, Autumn Season

Teaching the Signs of the Fall, Autumn Season

Fall is one of the prettiest seasons here in the northeast and I always love teaching young students about the fall colors and signs of the season.  We start off talking about and listing things that the students already know about the season. Then, I like to […]  Read more about this blog post

 Differentiated Fall Counting Practice Using Pic Collage & Seesaw

Fall Counting Practice Using Pic Collage and Seesaw

Read how I combine hands-on learning with technology using 2 of my favorite free apps – Pic Collage and Seesaw. […] Read more about this blog post

 Fall Leaf Activities & Books

Fall Leaves Learning Activities and Books

After teaching students about the signs of the fall season and taking a fall walk to take pictures of signs of fall that we find (you can read about that here), I like to take them on a fall leaf walk a week or so later after the pretty autumn leaves have fallen to the ground.  We were lucky enough this year to have unseasonably warm temperatures in the 70’s so we took full advantage of it and went out on a mission to collect leaves in all of the fall colors. […]  Read more about this blog post

Water Cycle, Rain Cycle Science Experiments and Craftivity

3 Simple Water Cycle, Rain Cycle Experiments

Let’s Learn About the Water Cycle! 3 Simple Water Cycle Experiments & a Craftivity

Here are 3 of my favorite water cycle experiments and craftivity.  These science experiments are simple to set up and use common household items. The water cycle wheel craftivity gives students a visual representation of the stages of the water cycle and how they repeat over and over again. […]  Read more about this blog post

Fun Alphabet and Handwriting Practice

Fun Alphabet and Handwriting Ideas

I wanted to share with you today some favorite and fun ideas for teaching the letters of the alphabet and handwriting. Over the years teaching the alphabet has changed quite a lot due to the increase in standards. However, the fact that young children can get overwhelmed with learning both the uppercase and lowercase version of each letter of the alphabet, their sounds, and how to write them has not changed.[…] Read more about this blog post

How to Dye Pumpkin Seeds & Dyed Pumpkin Seeds Activities

How to Dye Pumpkin Seeds and Dyed Pumpkin Seeds Activities

Dyed pumpkin seeds make great manipulatives for learning and can also be used for fall art projects.  I have tried 2 different ways of dyeing pumpkin seeds.  Both methods require dried pumpkin seeds.  Place seeds in the oven or microwave to dry them out prior to dyeing. Method 1: Dye Pumpkin Seeds in a Ziploc  […] Read more about this blog post

How to Make a Pumpkin Volcano

How to Make a Pumpkin Volcano

This fun pumpkin science activity is always a hit with students.  They love watching the pumpkin volcano explode and erupt!  I usually add it as an activity on the day we are carving/exploring pumpkins, but it can be done anytime during the fall season. Materials Needed: pumpkin (can use a small baking pumpkin or abaking soda
dish soap
vinegar
cookie sheet or pan
food coloring (optional)
small container that will fit inside pumpkin (optional)  […] Read more about this blog post

Letter & Letter Sound Match in the Pumpkin Patch (Print & Digital)

Fun Fall Letter & Letter Sound Practice Print & Digital Ideas

I love creating seasonal centers and activities for festive and fun learning since young students are very motivated by seasonal and holiday materials. I was in need of a fun way to assess my students’ letter and letter sound knowledge and since my students’ were very excited about visiting the pumpkin patch later in the […] Read more about this blog post

How I Motivated Students to Learn Their Alphabet Letters

How I motivated my students to learn their alphabet letters

Let’s face it, learning 26 letters and their sounds can be a daunting task for young children.  Even though at 4-6 years old they are in the middle of a language explosion and their minds are like sponges, it is still a lot to learn and process.  This is why I love to reward and […]  Read more about this blog post

Motivational and Fun Addition and Subtraction Practice

addition and subtraction equation boards

After working on addition and subtraction with manipulatives, math talks & stories, I needed to find a fun way for students to practice fluency to meet the core standards. As we all know, for them to become fluent means practice, practice, and more practice! So I didn’t want to just have one or two ways […] Read more about this blog post

Brag Tags that Motivate Students to Learn Numbers, Shapes, & Colors

How to encourage and motivate students to learn numbers, shapes, and colors.

After seeing the success I had with brag tags for alphabet letters (you can read more about that here) and how motivated and excited students were about learning the letters and receiving a tag for each one, I decided to create some for numbers, colors, and shapes too. With the ever increasing demands on young […]  Read more about this blog post

Student Gift Ideas & Gift Tags for Positive Reinforcement, Testing, Motivation

student gifts, student gift tags that reward, encourage, & motivate students

Throughout the school year I like to surprise students with a little something extra special to recognize their hard work and effort, improved behavior, achievement of a milestone like learning all of their sight words or numbers to 100, or to celebrate the completion of a big project on which they worked very hard or testing/assessment.  You would be surprised how much a simple trinket with a positive, encouraging note means to a young child and how important it is to them that you noticed their efforts.  […] Read more about this blog post

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