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5 Pumpkin Crafts for Toddlers
5 Pumpkin Crafts for Toddlers

  With autumn fast approaching, crafts involving pumpkins are a fun way to get preschoolers engaged in the change of the season. Toddlers will have a blast making and experiencing a variety of pumpkin projects and activities. Here are five fun pumpkin crafts to get your early childhood learners celebrating autumn in no time!

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 

5 Tips for Organizing Preschool Classroom Supplies
5 Tips for Organizing Preschool Classroom Supplies

Organization is a priority for the preschool classroom. By keeping everything in order, a successful learning environment for both teacher and students can be created. In turn, there will then be more time available for teaching and less time spent searching for the necessary educational tools.   Here are five helpful tips to design a well-managed
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