Friday, September 13, 2019

Character Counts More Than Ever!

It's amazing how much falls on a teachers' shoulders. Not only are they handed the smallest of tasks like educating your child and keeping them safe. They're also given the responsibility of promoting good character. No wonder teachers are so tired and in need of a break! There are two avenues to teaching students about character. One is by example and the second is through planned actions and

So, what are the characters you want to instill in your child? The basics come to mind, like, trustworthiness, loyalty, responsibility, respect, courage, caring and the list goes on. There are so many ways to focus on these great character traits and what's even better is to get the kids involved. At home and in the classroom, ask your children what they think are good and wholesome character qualities and make a list. From that list, each week or month, make it the focal point where they are actively looking for ways to display courage, politeness, integrity and so on. You can even get involved! Every night at dinner or for ten minutes at the beginning of the class, discuss ways you have worked on this character trait and let them give examples of ways they have been working it as well. 

Everyone has a role model and kids will find one whether an adult helps or not. Take this opportunity to enforce a proper role model to them and show them why these people deserve their admiration. Make the search for a role model fun! Find out the traits the child thinks are important and have them search and find a role model that exhibits those traits. You could even have them put on a play of mimicking their new role model!

It may not be a very popular saying but it's a good one nonetheless. "Character is built with helping hands." Getting kids off the TV, away from computers and putting the cell phone down and getting out is so important! Introduce kids to volunteering and watch them cultivate an amazing character. With volunteering, kids will be able to understand that there is a bigger world outside of their own. They will be able to see that there are people and animals out there that are less fortunate and even more fortunate than they are right now. Volunteering will open their eyes to the fact that this world needs more helping hands that come from a child with good character. 

There are so many excellent ways to show and grow good character in children. The main point is that we lead by example and we never stop focusing on their character as a child because this will be their driving force as an adult.

Friday, September 6, 2019

International Literacy Day Give Away

International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8, and shines awareness on global literacy needs.   ILA advocates for a literate world by empowering educators, inspiring students, and encouraging leaders with the resources they need to make literacy accessible for all. 
To help with the purchasing of literacy resources for your classroom, a team of amazing teachers and I have grouped together to gift ONE awesome, lucky teacher with a TPT gift card!

PRIZES INCLUDE 1 x $250 TPT Gift card

REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, the higher your chances of winning!!

 This Raffle CLOSES: Saturday 14th September 2019 12am

The second give away card is also a TPT card for $100.
The giveaway starts at Midnight on September 6th.  

Thank you and Good Luck!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Labor Day Giveaway!

A group of amazing teacher-authors have come together to help one lucky teacher win a $225 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card. Wouldn’t this be great to help with your school year needs??!! 

Enter the raffle here:

👉 Raffle Ends at 12:00 AM Central Time, Tuesday, September 3rd (9/3/19).  The lucky winner will be announced by 9/5/19.

👉 You must be an educator to win and provide proof by providing your school name and grade level within 48 hours after contacted or a new random winner will be selected. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, or Teachers Pay Teachers. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this page and not to Facebook , Instagram, or Teachers Pay Teachers. No Purchase Required.

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Back to School with a BOOM!

Well everyone should be well into their first few days of the start of school and as I posted last month, many of my products are perfect for the month of September as well.  But two new products I forgot to  mention were the BOOM Cards! 

To use Boom Cards, you must be connected to the Internet. Boom Cards play on modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge). Apps are available for Android, iPads, iPhones, and Kindle Fires. For security and privacy, adults must have a Boom Learning account to use and assign Boom Cards. You will be able to assign the Boom Cards you are buying with "Fast Pins," (play provides instant feedback for self-grading Boom Cards). Fast Play is always a free way for students to engage with Boom Cards decks. For additional assignment options you'll need a premium account. 

If you are new to Boom Learning, you will be offered a free trial of our premium account. Read here for details:

These 24 digital task cards on the BOOM Learning website cover letter recognition, letter sequencing, and upper and lower case letter matching. This is a perfect back to school extension activity, intervention and RTI groups. The activities are fun and engaging literacy and word work centers!

This product includes:
A link to access 24 Digital Task Cards on Apple letter skills on the BOOM Learning℠ website
Teacher Notes on how to use these BOOM Cards™ in your classroom
These task cards feature 4 different types of questions:
Cards 5-9 focus on matching upper and lower case letters (drag and drop option)
*Card 1-4 cards are a preview of the options.
Cards 10-14 focus on recognizing letters (multiple picture choice)
Cards 15-19 focus on identifying the missing letter (drag and drop)
Cards 20-24 focus on letter sequence (drag and drop choice)

These 24 digital task cards that are also on the BOOM Learning website cover counting, number order, number sense, and identifying 2-D shapes. 
This product includes:
A link to access 24 Digital Task Cards on Apple Math skills on the BOOM Learning℠ website
Teacher Notes on how to use these BOOM Cards™ in your classroom
These task cards feature 4 different types of questions:
Cards 5-9 focus on counting apples (multiple choice option)
Cards 10-14 focus on matching shapes (multiple picture)
Cards 15-19 focus on number order (drag and drop)
Cards 20-24 focus on number sense (multiple choice)
Cards 1-4 are a preview of the options included! Check them out!