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Arts & Crafts 

How to Dye Pasta for Preschool Crafts
How to Dye Pasta for Preschool Crafts

Using pasta for preschool arts, crafts, and sensory tables can enhance creative play and increase fine motor skills. Making noodle necklaces, designing pasta collages, and exploring the different shapes and colors make for a super fun time that every toddler is sure to enjoy! Creating a rainbow of colorful pasta is quick and easy. Multi-colored
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Common Core Standards 

Math: Teaching Each Foundational Component
Math: Teaching Each Foundational Component

by Diana Remick, Monthly Columnist Whether you are using Common Core or state standards, math is an overwhelming content area with so many basic skills that need to be acquired before “moving on”. Teachers are responsible for teaching the grade level standards, but must go back to foundational skills that students may lack or have
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Grades 4-6 

What’s The Purpose?  15 Activities to Reinforce the Author’s Purpose
What’s The Purpose? 15 Activities to Reinforce the Author’s Purpose

Identifying an author’s purpose for writing can be a tricky skill for some students.  Help them out by providing opportunities to write in different ways.  The ideas below offer some quick and easy ways to reinforce the difference between writing to inform, entertain, and persuade.  They’re perfect to use in your classroom writing center or
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Grades 7-9 

Creative Writing for Middle School Students
Creative Writing for Middle School Students

Encouraging middle school students to write is by no means an easy task. The trick, according to intermediate grade teachers, is to engage students’ senses and make the writing process an interactive experience. The ideas below all come from Sixth Grade Teachers who know, first-hand, the challenges of such a task. Their insight and wisdom
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Grades K-3 

From Picture Clues to Textual Evidence
From Picture Clues to Textual Evidence

Guest post by Jessica from Astute Hoot. Using picture clues or detecting, is a key strategy for beginning readers. Pictorial clues can serve as a bridge to decoding strategies such as sounding out and blending and also compensate for weak decoding skills in struggling readers. Pictures can also increase comprehension by providing elaboration for a
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Music 

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.

Preschool 

10 Indoor Rainy Day Games for Toddlers
10 Indoor Rainy Day Games for Toddlers

Rain, rain, go away; come again another day! When the weather isn’t cooperating, toddlers can become bored or anxious being stuck inside. Because finding fun activities for children to do inside can sometimes be a challenge, here are ten indoor rainy day games for toddlers.