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Highlighted Handwriting Paper

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One of the biggest things that early writers struggle with is using the appropriate letter size.  All of a student’s letters start looking the same size, making the writing difficult to read.  Traditional primary paper includes dashed lines, but sometimes this isn’t enough to keep kids writing their letters neatly. What is it? Highlighted handwritingRead more

How School Administrators Can Improve the Staff Development Experience

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Ask any teacher what they think about their regular staff development meetings and you’ll likely hear a course of groans.  It’s not that teachers are opposed to professional development.  In fact, most teachers would classify themselves as “life-long learners.”  But those weekly face-to-face staff meetings are dreaded by many and loathed by the rest.  WhyRead more

Matching Kids to Curriculum

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Matching Kids to Curriculum Oftentimes schools and districts will purchase a set of curriculum and teachers are asked to use it, regardless of whether or not it meets the needs of their students. Homeschool parents, and teachers with more flexible administrators, may have the ability to make purchasing decisions and/or supplement their prescribed curricula. HereRead more

Do You Have the Right Skills To Homeschool?

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Making the decision to homeschool is a difficult one for most people. Sure, there are some parents who know from the get-go that homeschooling is their path, but the “unlikely” homeschooler is becoming more common. Here’s what it takes (and doesn’t take) to be a good homeschooler. It Doesn’t Take – Experience Sure having aRead more

Hundreds Chart Shake-Out

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Hundreds Chart Shake-Out Here’s a quick and easy activity for your class, small groups, or individual math students. Use your pocket chart with individual hundreds cards (as you can see from the picture, I have had to re-create a few of mine over the years). In front of your students (they love this part), invert yourRead more

Note-Taking By Hand

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Learning how to take notes is an essential academic skill, yet is often falls by the wayside as teachers struggle to cover a large amount of content in their subject areas. Who Should Teach Note-Taking? It is unclear who should teach note-taking skills – is it the responsibility of English teachers, or does it fallRead more

Number Line Cooperative Group Activity

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Number Line Cooperative Group Activity Here is a low-prep math activity that will get your students working together and talking about math.  It is a great way to set the tone for your math class.  While the math work itself is very easy for most students, it will provide a great challenge because it isRead more

Growth Mindset in the Real Classroom

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Growth Mindset for Kids By now, most teachers have incorporated some aspects of “Growth Mindset” into their classrooms.  Students are taught to take strategic steps to build up areas that are harder for them.  Students are given positive language to use when tackling challenges. But students don’t live in a bubble.  They watch kids and adultsRead more

Value of a Number Dice Activity

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Dice Place Value Activity (Value of a Number) Here is an easy and low-prep group or solo activity for 2nd – 6th grade.  I used this with a 5/6 combo class as a quick place value review.  It is super easy to differentiate and the kids had a great time playing. Give each group ofRead more

50 Reasons People Homeschool

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Why Do People Homeschool? After working with homeschoolers for a 20+ years, we have encountered many types of children and families. Homeschooling is not a rare or strange occurrence anymore – it is mainstream and here to stay. Some of the reasons we have heard for homeschooling are wonderful, and some leave us wondering. OfRead more