Friday, August 16, 2019

2019 Back to School Give Away!

It is not a secret that teachers care about their students' happiness, well-being and life in and beyond the classroom. We know that investing yourself in your students creates a positive atmosphere in the classroom that enhances your relationship with students and makes them feel important.  

  A great teacher does not make it a secret that they care. AND they take it beyond the classroom and extend their caring ways by sharing, helping, and supporting teachers.  One way to show our support is by doing a monthly giveaway to help with the purchasing of Back to School resources for a teacher’s classroom.  One awesome lucky teacher will win a TPT gift card!

Simply enter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, the higher your chances of winning!!
Raffle Starts:  Friday, August 16, 2019  and ends  Aug. 24,  2019..


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Kinder Start?

What is the right age for a child to begin their academic career?  We’ve been trained to believe that each step in school is ordered by age and time. But what if we were to change the way we do things by changing when our kids start school? Most children are enrolled into Kindergarten along with the year of their fifth birthday. It’s a great age because they are just learning their ABC’s and 123’s but what else are they trying to learn? A very important part of school is learning. No kidding right? But children need something very important in order to learn things and that’s attention. Of course, the attention of their parents, teachers or other guardians but more importantly, their own attention.

 A child at the age of five is most likely a rambunctious little one with a fire for play time, snack time and occasionally, a small amount of time for retaining information. Studies across the world have shown that a child starting their education at such a young age could cause issues and hinder them in their learning capacity over the next few years. Beginning Kindergarten at age five versus age six won’t keep them from attending an Ivy League school or alter their grade point average in high school but for the first few years of elementary school, they may have a better handle on retaining the information being given to them. The studies coming from Stanford University have shown that holding a child back for about a year, and introducing them to Kindergarten at age six instead of five could potentially give the child the opportunity to better grasp their instructions.

Not only will it help the child in academics but it can also give the child a better sense of self control and this understanding of their own selves has been shown to stay with the child for years. Yes, one year doesn’t seem like a lot but in comparison to the disposition of a five year old to a six year old, I’m sure we could all notice the difference in self reliance as well as behavioral maturity. A six year old may be better suited for a classroom because they may be able to understand how to focus on, comprehend and execute what the teacher is relaying to them. 
With any change to a the academic career of a child, even the slight changes in teacher work days or when the appropriate time for breaks are; it’s hard for some families to be able to accommodate. When it comes to delaying the school age of a child, it means that the child won’t be attending free education but will still need supervision. For some families that’s not feasible because no school will mean daycare or day time sitters while their parents or guardians work. But if your household is able, do you see a great benefit for holding back your child for a year to start their school career? 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Back to School TIEKS Giveaway!

Happy Back to School Season! It’s that crazy, exciting time of the year again! Getting your classroom ready, organizing a million papers, and preparing for a new group of kiddos to love on for the year is exhilarating, but can exhausting if you don't practice self-care.

As teacher-authors, we are so grateful that you allow us to be a part of your classrooms and lives and want to give you a big virtual hug in the form of a giveaway. We know that teachers can use a little bit of extra love this time of year, and I have teamed up with some amazing teacher-authors to show one lucky teacher LOTS of love with a pair of the brightest and most comfy teacher shoes ever, a pair of Tieks! AND a 2 $175 gift cards (one to Teachers Pay Teachers and one to Amazon!!!!)!!! Whoop! 

You can enter the giveaway up to 66 times!!! I'm not kidding! Enter now in the Rafflecopter below! Best of luck!

Prize: One winner will receive a $200.00 Tieks Gift Card, a $175 TPT Gift Card, and a $175 Amazon Gift Card.

Entry: Use the Rafflecopter below to enter! The giveaway runs August 3rd-August 11th. The winner will be announced and contacted on August 12th.
You may enter the Rafflecopter HERE!

Co-Hosts: A special thank you to the following for participating in this fabulous teacher giveaway! Be sure to check out their TPT stores! 

 Southern Drawl, Color Me Kinder, Real Life in First Grade, History at Home, Sugar Cube Learning, Wild Child Designs, Lindsey's Classroom Creations, Learning and Loving It - Andrea Rodriguez, Elementary Island, Tried and True Teaching Tools, Thinking Outside the Lines, Lory Evans, Coast 2 Coast Teacher, Kim Heuer, PrintablePrompts, Tara Hardink - My First Grade Zoo, Contemporary Teaching, Teaching Superkids, There's No Crying in Teaching, Krejci Creations, Julie Davis - Big Ideas for Little Hands, Bethany McClure - Teaching for Fun, Teach Without Tears, Emilee Ray - For the Teacher, Stefbub, Teaching in My Flip Flops, A Library and Garden, Literacy and Lattes, Teach Me T, Reading is My Jam, The Beezy Teacher, Memoirs of an Educator, Bailey's Corner, Savvy Teaching Tips, Krafty Teacher, The Marvelous Middle, Teacher Gameroom, Mentoring in the Middle, Laura Kelly Classroom, Teaching Tidbits and More with Jamie, Rainbow City Learning, Saved by a Bell, The Happy Bilingual Classroom, Tina Peyerk, Primary Fairy Tales, Sparkle in Second, Kinderbrations, Setting the Standard, Priscilla Woodard - Tasked 2 Teach, Catch My Products, Learned Lessons, Primary Planet by Hilary Gard, My Kinder Garden, The Resourceful Apple, Mrs. Richard EE Resources, A Spot of Curriculum, Teaching is a Gift by Sidney McKay, Pocketful of Centers, Barbara Kilburn, Kindergarten Rocks, Taryn's Unique Learning, Adventures in Room 109, Smith Safari Adventures 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

August the New September? Products

August is here! So when does your  school start? Is it too early, too late or just right?  I know some districts have found that they are not able to get in 90 days of instruction before the winter break. Others feel it’s too hot to start in August and others feel June is too late to end the school year!  Whichever it is, I’ve posted some summer products as well as products for a September start! Check them out! 

                      August Resources:

September Resources:

All resources can be found at: