I'm Sherry Clements, a kindergarten teacher. I have taught kindergarten for 22 years, and I love it! It is amazing to see students enter the classroom not even knowing how to hold a pencil and seeing them learn to read and write by the end of the year. I love teaching in small groups and rotating students with literacy centers and math centers.
Woo Hoo! Who doesn't love a giveaway? Everyone should love this one. Although I hate going, it's nice to have some extra money to help get you out the door after all of that shopping! Enter for your chance to WIN a $25 Walmart Gift Card! There will be two winners. Winners will be chosen next Sunday 07/08/18. Giveaway ends on Saturday, July 7, 2018!
Happy summer everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer break. Some of you may be teaching summer school or have to start back early like me (July 23rd). He is a one page freebie that may help you out during these summer months. This freebie includes word problems, counting sets, ten frames, solving equations, and missing numbers. This resource would best fit kindergarten students or low level first graders. I hope you and your students enjoy it!
I don't know about you, but my summers seem to get shorter and shorter. School calendars change adding more breaks during the year, but making summer break a short, fast paced time to get a lot of things done. I get a few days of catching up on sleep, and then it seems I'm right back to the hustle of being a mom, wife, cook, Dr. Mom, appointment scheduler, house cleaner, grocery shopper, and errand runner, not to mention making resources for my store on TPT.
Summer for teachers, or for me anyway, seems to just be a transition from one job title to another. Whether it is scheduling annual exams for me and my family such as eye exams or a trip to the dentist, which always seem to need to be done during the summer break, or cleaning a little extra to try and get ahead of the the new school year, it is important to remember to take time for yourself!!
We all need a break, and let's face it, if we do not get it during summer, then it will probably not happen at all. Just today, I tried to schedule a pedicure, a gift card given to me for Mother's Day by my boys, and I was put on hold for over five minutes. Upon calling back, I kept getting a busy signal (forever)! So in the meantime, it's back to cleaning the house. I just called again and finally got it scheduled 12 days from today!
Be sure to make some time for yourself during the summer whether it's sleeping late, wearing PJ's all day or getting a pedicure. Other things to do to try and unwind a little are reading a good book, watching that TV marathon series you have been wanting to see, visiting family and friends, going on a date night, getting a beach trip or two in, going fishing, yard selling, or shopping. Just little things like going to the strawberry patch can give us a break.
Make sure to do something for yourself, whether big or small, because summer will be over before you know it. Then it's time to put the teacher hat back on.
Who wants to read in the summer when you are on break from school? Not me! At least that’s how some students feel during summer time. When students don’t read during the summer, they lose some of their reading performance and this builds up over time. Here are a few ways to help encourage your child to continue the habit of reading during the summer months.
Start by visiting your local library to check out books with your child if you don’t have many available at home. Let your child pick out books that interest them. You don’t have to read all day. Just be sure your child reads at least 20 minutes each day. Make reading fun by going to the park and laying on a blanket as they read or reading after a picnic lunch. Set a good example by reading something such as the newspaper or a magazine during the time your child is reading each day. Reading to and with your child provides time for you to interact with your child and ask your child questions about what you are reading. Ask questions such as “What do you think is going to happen next?” “What did you notice?” “What was your favorite part of the story?” or “What are you wondering as you read?” Reading with your child shows your child that reading is important and that they are important when you are interacting with them during reading. You can also incorporate reading while following recipes or while driving down the road and reading signs or looking for certain letters. Instead of demanding a set bedtime or naptime, allow your child to take a book to bed and read until they fall asleep.
No matter what you read, where you read or when you read, make reading fun and your child will develop a habit of reading. Then you won't even have to ask them to read. Continue to read, read, and read some more during the summer to help your child accelerate their reading growth.
Here are some resources that may help prevent the summer slide!
Also, check out these FREEBIES below! ENJOY!
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This reading comprehension freebie can be used as a whole group activity with teacher led activities if your students are lower level or it can be used in guided reading groups with students who can read the passage more independently.
Students can use different colored crayons or pencils for each sentence as they look back into the passage to find the answers to complete each sentence correctly. Students should underline the sentence as they find it with the same color they are using to write the word to complete the sentence to show the evidence of where they found the answer.
My students love completing these passages. I hope your students do too!
Peter Cottontail will be hopping down the bunny trail very soon!
How about a FREEBIE for your classroom? This is a one page writing activity for Easter. Do you need students to add details to their writing? Adding details helps students expand their daily writing. This writing activity with questions will help your students think of a few details to include in their egg hunt adventure. I hope you and your students enjoy it! Please leave me some feedback on TPT after downloading. Thanks so much!
I can't believe spring is right around the corner, and Easter is only two weeks away. My kindergarten students always look forward to this holiday every year. Spring is my favorite season because everything is coming back to life. I'm ready for some warmer weather!
How about a FREEBIE for your classroom? This is a one page math freebie for Easter. This one page freebie includes word problems, counting sets, ten frames, solving equations, and missing numbers. I hope you and your students enjoy it!
While you are here, take a look at my Write the Room resources. I just created an Easter Write the Room Bundle that I know your students are sure to love. My students love going to my Write the Room Literacy Center each week. It's one of their favorite centers. You can find many more Write the Room resources in my store for Counting Sets, Ten Frames, CVC Words, Missing Numbers, Missing Letters, and so much more with many themes available. Just visit my store and check out the custom categories on the left side of my page to find what you are looking for.
Who wouldn't want to win a $50.00 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card? If you are like me, after Christmas I am on a tight budget. Winning a $50 TPT gift card would really be beneficial right now.
Simply click on the link below and follow the directions to enter. It only takes a very few minutes to enter! Don't forget to send your friends over for a chance to win also! You have one week before the giveaway closes
Who wouldn't want to win a $100.00 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card? If you are like me, the beginning of the year is not far away and you have a lot on your to-do list and shopping list. We start back on July 24th, so 3 weeks doesn't give me much time to think and prepare. I hope you have more summer time left than I do.
Simply click on the link below and follow the directions to enter. It only takes a very few minutes to enter! Don't forget to send your friends over for a chance to win also! You have one week before the giveaway closes (ends 07/08/17)!