Tuesday, December 17, 2019

December Reading!

It’s that wonderful time of year again where we’re near a child’s favorite holiday: Christmas!!  What better way to celebrate the holiday season than by cuddling up with your class and reading  wonderful Christmas books to them?  From the Santa stories to books about reindeer, the books are sure to excite the kids and get them ready for the spirit of Christmas! All books can be found on Scholastic or Amazon.  Check them out and enjoy!

When Santa was a Baby!
That’s Not Santa!
How Santa Got His Job.
How Santa lost His Job
Things You Never Knew 
About Santa Claus
Santa’s Underwear

Olive the Other Reindeer
Red and Lulu
A World of Cookies for Santa
A Little Christmas Tree
Snowmen at Christmas

Monday, December 9, 2019

Christmas Around the World Fact Booklets

Some of the most memorable holiday experiences for me were the wonderful Christmas holidays I celebrated in Germany!.  I was so fortunate to experience Christmas in Europe and enjoy the numerous customs of the holiday season .  There were wonderful Christmas markets that were  held outdoor in most towns and cities during the four weeks of the Advent season leading up to Christmas.  The markets consisted of decorated wooden huts that sold toys, jewelry, dolls, ceramic dishes, scented candles, and so much more ! Not only was shopping an activity to enjoy, but there were traditional foods and drinks to savor. 

Right next door to Germany – in the Netherlands – one could enjoy the sites and sounds of their holiday traditions.   The following products are some of the resources found in my store about Christmas around the world! 

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Christmas Giveaways

This is the time for giving and sharing therefore we will  be hosting not one but TWO holiday giveaways. I’m excited about sharing these giveaways where two lucky teachers will receive a TPT Gift Card  for the amounts of $100 and $300 each.  This should help with the purchase of Christmas and winter resources.  This $300 gift card giveaway will run from December 6 and end on December 14. 

The second giveaway for the $100 gift card will also run from December 6 and end on December 13.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

TpT Cyber Sale!

TpT is throwing a sale all educators will love!  We’re getting ready for our two-day Cyber Sale to support educators with the resources they trust and love. The sale starts on Monday, December 2nd at 12:01am ET and runs through Tuesday, December 3rd at 11:59pm ET. Educators can save up to 25% on resources sitewide! So save the date for December 2 and 3!  My TpT store will be up to 25% off.  Check out my products in the link below!

2019 December Products

Can you believe December is here? It’s the season for holiday fun in the classroom! Teaching during this time of year can be busy, stressful,  and very exhausting so I have a few fun products that  can get you through this hectic and exciting time! Check out this month's resources for getting into the holiday spirit! 

Friday, November 29, 2019

Home for the Holidays $500 Teacher giveaway

Happy Holidays!
Our group of teacher-authors wants to celebrate this holiday season by giving away $500 in CASH plus a $100 TPT Gift Card. The giveaway runs from November 30th – December 8th, and you can enter more than 60 times! You can enter using the link below!

Wishing YOU an AMAZING holiday season!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Using Nursery Rhymes

Who remembers growing up with nursery rhymes? I’m going to assume almost everyone. Nursery rhymes bring back such fond memories of being a child and having someone read you a story, listening to the rhymes in songs and even seeing them played out in small productions. Nursery rhymes can bring us such comfort of childhood memories but there is so much more to them than just nostalgia. Learning the rhymes was one of the very first steps in our education! They taught us about stories, other people and places, morals and consequences. It was probably the very first time we all learned how to comprehend what was being told outside of normal day to day tasks such as being hungry and asking for food. We learned to be careful of our surroundings so that we don’t get hurt. We also learned the sounds different animals make and how to count on a clock. 

Now days, does it seem there is a decline in teaching, learning, knowing nursery rhymes? Probably so! Teachers are being told to focus so much time and effort into preparing a child for testing that a lot seem to want to skip over the rhymes and story telling to devote more time to test practices. It is truly an unfortunate choice for the kids. Studies have shown that nursery rhymes can help children with language and listening. How important are those two things for kids? Hearing new stories and memorizing them will help children with communication and learning new words and how to count. By helping kids sing or say these rhymes over and over, you are helping them to understand the best methods of memorization and concentration.
Nursery rhymes not only help with skills for better education but they also help children understand how to have better self control, social skill, learn their love for music and also get those jitters out with play and acting which helps brain development. Each nursery rhyme has characters that have a different background, situation and thought process; this will also show children that they are relatable and can use the lessons learned from the story in their own similar circumstances. Now, if you ask me, it sounds like nursery rhymes are the very first steps in testing prep! Let’s make sure that we give our children the opportunity to learn as much as they can while having fun! Not to mention, we’re giving them the first glance into the joys of reading!  Check out my Nursery Rhyme products!