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How to Create a Beach Dramatic Play Area

How to Create a Beach Dramatic Play Area

  Let’s go to the shore! By setting up a beach themed dramatic play area, children can enjoy the surf and sand no matter what time of year. Winter or spring, rain or shine, spending “a day at the beach” will get little learners to engage in role-playing and make-believe. These actions are essential to
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Back to School Parent Meeting with a Twist

Back to School Parent Meeting with a Twist

  It’s hard to believe, but before you know it you’ll be welcoming back students and parents.  This year, try something new to make all of your families welcome.  This idea by Heidi Samuelson of Swamp Frog First Graders is one way to do just that.  Originally posted in 2011, Heidi’s ideas hold true years
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How to Create a Music Center

How to Create a Music Center

  During early childhood, exploring music can enhance children’s ability to express themselves through voice and body. Music allows for the discovery of sound, movement, and self-expression at any age. Creating an early learning music center gives young children the opportunity to appreciate and value the role that music plays in everyday life.


10 Water Table Tips for Preschool Fun

10 Water Table Tips for Preschool Fun

Water tables are a fun and functional way to engage early childhood learners in new sensory experiences.   Supporting physical, social, and emotional development, water table play facilitates learning in many areas of growth. By encouraging the use of motor skills, children strengthen their muscle movement and coordination.   Understanding how water works allows children to acquire
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Tell Us Tuesdays – Rules, Terms, and Conditions

Rules, Terms, and Conditions for Tell Us Tuesdays on Facebook 1.  Eligibility The Tell Us Tuesdays promotion is offered by Really Good Stuff and open only to residents of the U.S. and Canada who are 18 years or older at time of participation to win. 2.  How to Enter Comment on the pinned Facebook post
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5 Must-Have Books for Your Kindergarten Library

5 Must-Have Books for Your Kindergarten Library

Going to the library was one of my favorite things to do in elementary school.  The room seemed enormous and the stacks upon stacks of undiscovered stories and information captured my imagination.  It was my favorite special of the week and even to this day the library gives me the same feeling of excitement.  I
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Encouraging Learning Outside the Classroom

Encouraging Learning Outside the Classroom

  Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom.  The tips and tricks from the Really Good Teachers in #TeachChat  on June 10th, 2015 showed how teachers can encourage students to explore their interests. With a little bit of creativity and a whole lot of heart, a teacher’s influence can stretch far beyond the classroom walls. 
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Establishing Classroom Rules

Establishing Classroom Rules

Finding out what works and what doesn’t work at the beginning of the school year is always a tricky proposition.  Each class is so different and each student brings something new to the table that you may not have experienced before.  One of the keys to creating a successful year is establishing a strong set
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How to Foster Fluency in Young Readers

How to Foster Fluency in Young Readers

Reading fluency is the ability to read a text quickly, accurately, and with comprehension.  While it may sounds easy enough, developing fluency skills is not always easy.  Students often struggle with it and really good teachers know that it takes more than just a quick lesson to foster.  This clever idea from Deborah, a 2nd
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Informational Text is a Hoot!

Informational Text is a Hoot!

Get your students to hoot and holler over informational text with a shared research unit. In my classroom, I created Owls Are A Hoot: An Informational Text Unit to engage students in rigorous, complex text. Before the unit, I gathered a variety of leveled informational text sources, purchased owl pellets, and created cute owl folders
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