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"What can I do at home to help my child learn to read?" As a Reading Specialist, I hear this question frequently from parents. I created this guide to give parents information, activities, and suggestions for helping their children at home. This guide is perfect for parents because it explains early reading concepts in clear, easy-to-understand language. You don't have to be an education professional to understand this parent guide!

Parent's Guide to Reading: First Grade Edition

Two Studies Supporting Brain Breaks for Improving Thinking

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FREEBIE Addition and Subtraction Pick, Flip and Check Cards by Games 4 Learning - The fun way to review addition and subtraction facts!

Addition and Subtraction

These catchy and fun lyrics and melodies make learning effortless for achieving life-long educational goals. I wrote these songs and created these activities to teach my students for life; therefore, I use an innovative method for reaching multiple learning styles. My music has reached and impacted every student that has been in my classroom. The inter-connectivity of my plan allows you to create an engaging and fun learning environment.

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Free Reading Websites ~ Great link to share with parents before the holiday break!

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FREE Elementary Printables ~ phonics, sight words, writing, spelling, and MORE! - This Reading Mama

Free Elementary Printables

A list of the 12 best ipad apps for kids. #Reading apps and math apps for elementary children.

12 Great iPad Apps for Elementary School Kids

What does your state do best?

Infographic: What's your state good at?

Great tips for searching!

Google like a boss…

Punctuation game - fun way to review plus it is FREE!

Teach123 - tips for teaching elementary school: Punctuation Day

A social studies unit that helps students learn map skills. Includes: • Letter & Number Grid Maps (for the classroom, school, and neighborhood) • Map of North America (for labeling and understanding essential map components) • Where did your Ancestors Live? (to help students trace their heritage) • Rural, Urban, and Suburban (description and compare and contrast) Each of these sections are built with scaffolding and help students move from oral language production to written work.

Map Skills & Location {Social Studies Unit}

Inspired by the movie Frozen, you receive 5 different bookmarks absolutely FREE! I have included bookmarks with 5 different characters from the movie Frozen. Your students are guaranteed to love them!

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This blog post discusses a great app for teaching blends. The app includes speech-exercise videos that show all the tongue and lip movements required to produce consonant blends.

Cinnamon's Synonyms: Technology Thursday: Speech App

Using a Science Experiment to dye your Easter Eggs ~ Kids love this!

Volcano Easter Egg Experiment

Walk the and easy to prepare!

Primarily Speaking: A Fun {and Easy} Math Game

Great list of learning websites for kids ~ Free.

Learning Websites for Kids: 10 Free Online Websites for Children

The A-List: Copy Jim Burke's list of the 15 most essential academic vocabulary verbs.

The A-List: Verbs to Live By | Jim Burke

Free Activities for Nets of Cubes #math

Nyla's Crafty Teaching: Free Grid Paper Pages

Ever seen this anchor chart for prepositions and wished you had a copy to print off yourself? Now you can!!!


Mrs. G the grammar teacher

Top 10 Grammar Tips for Every Business | B2B Insights Blog

bright student vs. gifted learner...

Bright student or gifted learner?

Free Resource! What is an effective way to get your students thinking at a deeper level? Let me share what works well for my students! Free Resource for your classroom! Rachel Lynette has my idea posted on her blog! 1. Lesson Plans for any book (2 pages) 2. List of Character Traits for student notebooks (2 pages) 3. Possible Themes poster or printable 4. Evidence Web 5. Critique Questions (2 pages) 6. Reasoning Web 7. Example questions 8. Book Response Reasoning Printable ROCKIN RESOURCES

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The Best Way to Teach Sight Words - fun ideas

Mrs. Thompson's Treasures : The Best Way to Teach Sight Words

Fun game to practice sight words or any spelling words.

First Grade Smiles: Bright Ideas for Kinesthetic Learning

February Printable Packet - Kindergarten Literacy and Math. Missing letter worksheet for Valentine's Day.

February Printable Packet - Kindergarten Literacy and Math