FREE 100th Day and 120th Day of School Resources!

I have teamed with some other authors to bring you FREE resources for your 100th and 120th Day Celebrations! When teaching PreK and Kindergarten, the 100th Day of School was one of my favorite days of the year to celebrate! Whenever teaching 1st and 2nd graders, 120th Day became one of my favorites. While teaching as an Interventionist for K-2, I got the best of both!

We did all sorts of things for those numbers. One of my students’ favorites was having a “Mad Minute”. This is where we came up with as many things our brains could think of for one minute that had to do with 100 or 120. Kiddos are so funny and would think of things (besides numbers) I never would have thought of. One of my favorites of all times was, “My mom says my dad acts like a 100-year-old man when she asks him to wash the dishes but acts 20 when he drives too fast!”  

Here are some FREE resources for the 100th and 120th Day of school to help you celebrate and keep $ in your pocket!

Here is mine from The Fun Factory. Click HERE to see other 100th Day and 120th Day resources.

FREE 120th Day of School | Read and Color to Follow Directions and Math

100th Day of School Activity MOBILE FREEBIE

100th Day of School Activities Color by Number & Writing Pages FREEBIE

100th Day of School Writing Prompt (Before I'm 100 Years Old, I Want To...)
FREE 100th Day Mini Activity Page Series Pack {Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs}

Teacher Appreciation for the Holidays

Spread the Holiday Cheer for Teachers!

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EDITABLE, FREE, Developmentally Appropriate Homework Calendars

PK-Kindergarten Homework Calendars!

I just want to share this with you in case you want to print them and have them ready to hand out when you return from the holidays. If you want a different activity, simply click and make your own.

Enjoy and have a GREAT break! You deserve it. P.S. Please be kind and leave feedback if you download. It is very much appreciated when we give FREE items! Thank you in advance.

If you would like these calendars sent directly to your mailbox each month, click HERE to tell me where to send them.

Developmentally Appropriate activities for PK and Kindergarten. Real-World learning!!

Christmas FREE Printables and Lessons for Kids

FREE Holiday Printables

This is such a busy time of the year and we ALL need a little break! It is so hard to keep our kiddos focused and still learning. It is especially hard for teachers but our students struggle too!

For this reason, I have teamed up with some great TpT authors to give you FREE TEACHING CHRISTMAS resources!

Just choose what you would like and click on the photo. It will take you to that resource to download from TpT! Please be kind and leave feedback for the author. Let them know how much you appreciate their hard work in your feedback or blog comments so we are encouraged to keep the freebies flowing! Have a great holiday season! I hope we have made your life a little easier!

Hanukkah  FREE
Christmas Activities | 3D Tree
Free Holiday Christmas Cards
Christmas Activity with Reindeer ABC Order FREEBIE
Winter Math Worksheets Free
'Twas the Night Before Christmas- I Have Who Has {Freebie}
Snow Globe Narrative Writing Freebie
Free Number Sense and Number Gift Coloring Game!
FREE Christmas Multiplication Activities
Making Ten to Add  Holiday FREEBIE Mega Math Practice CCSS 1.OA.6A
Christmas Memories Ornament

Why Singing, Chanting, and Moving are Important for the Classroom

Must We Sing and Dance?

In today’s academic world riddled by standardized testing and accountability, administrators and teachers sense there is no time to sing or use movement during the school day.  It tends to look like we are “just playing” when we should be learning.  When teaching our youngest learners, this could not be any farther from the truth.  Having fun is not only beneficial academically but emotionally and physically as well.

Brain Development Research is on Our Side!

Within the last twenty years, brain development research has given credibility to our profession as Early Childhood Educators.  We no longer have to “gut-teach” (teaching intuitively), which was the way we taught because it “seemed” to work or because it “felt” right.  We now have the advantage of all the exciting new information which allows us to truly understand the meaning of “developmentally appropriate”.  Therefore, we are empowered to offer children the best possible strategies for learning new information.

Play is the Most Vital Element in any Early Childhood Program

According to developmentally appropriate practices, play is the most vital element of any early childhood curriculum.  Through play, children develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills.  Music and movement are interrelated with play.  Consequently, they are essential to a child’s development.

Play is the most vital element of any early childhood curriculum!

One of the best ways to incorporate music into the early childhood classroom is to relate it to other areas of the curriculum (Spodek & Saracho). Dodge and Colker agree that children’s exposure to music can have an impact on three key aspects of development. These three aspects are cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development.  Music also allows teachers to cultivate the emotional development of their students.

A bird doesn’t sign because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

Songs and chants can make transitions engaging so that children pay attention.  They teach children what, when and how to do something. Songs can also introduce new skills and concepts.

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Music helps children hear rhyme and since music has a rhythm, they learn to hear patterns created by the beats (or syllables) in words. This builds early-stage literacy. Add movement with the songs and you are adding the kinetic modality to language acquisition. Every time we use a movement for words and phrases, you are adding to their knowledge about language.

According to Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, the more senses we use in the learning process, the faster we learn the information and the more information we retain. Use finger plays, chants, and songs!

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FREE! Completely editable, developmentally appropriate homework calendars sent right to your inbox each month of the school year with a special “freebie” will be sent in June and July. Click HERE to tell me where to send your calendars. NO SPAM, I promise!

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Digraphs and Blends

4 Questions I Hear Most Often About Blends and Digraphs

The number one question I hear teachers asking:

1. “What is the difference between blends and digraphs?”

          A BLEND is when each sound of two or more consonants can be heard as they are blended together. For example, /pl/ as in play. You say (and teach) /pl/ but the /p/ and /l/ can be heard as separate phonemes. Each letter within the blend is pronounced individually, but quickly, so they blend together.

A DIGRAPH is when two consonants together make a single sound. For example, if you tell someone to be quiet by saying “shhhhhh”, you say it as one sound. You don’t say /s/ /h/.

2. What are the most common blends and what order should I teach them?

BLENDS

The most common beginning consonant blends include: bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fr, tr, fl, gl, gr, pl, pr, sl, sm, sp and st.

Click to download a FREE Beginning Blends Poster. Beginning Blends Posters, pdf

There is a great deal of variance as to which blends to teach first. Even many basal reading programs disagree. Yet, it is thought that the following is a good guideline of which to teach first: gr, pl, bl, st, br, sp, tr, cl, fl, sl, fr, sn, thr, cr, dr, sm. HOWEVER, this differs with the level of students you teach and the most important thing to remember is to teach intentionally!

There are also ending consonant blends in words such as fast.

Click to download a FREE poster for Ending Blends Poster. Ending Blends Poster

Some blends contain three consonants (clusters) such as str,spl, spr, shr, scr, squ, str. It is thought that these clusters along with nk and sk should be taught later rather than at the beginning.

3. What are the most common digraphs and what order should I teach them?

DIGRAPHS

We like to call the most common consonant digraphs the “h” brothers. The most common are sh, ch, th, and wh but there also is ph. The most common to teach first are the “Big 4”! Many reading programs introduce blends before the digraphs. The main thing to remember is you need to teach whatever your district says! This goes for blends (clusters) AND digraphs.

Click to download a FREE Digraph Poster. Digraph poster, pdf

 

4. What is the correct spelling and pronunciation of DIGRAPH?

It is spelled d-i- g-r-a-p-h and pronounced dī- graf. There is no “a” as in d-i-a-g-r-a-p-h. It is not pronounced dī-uh-graf.

In conclusion, learning digraphs and blends are important in learning to read. Go by your district, your campus, or your reading program to guide you with when and how to introduce them. We all have our opinions but we must go by the guidelines our employers give us.

FREE Digraph Resource

Click HERE for a FREE digraph resource with activities and worksheets aimed at 1st-2nd graders and upper Kindergarten students.

If this works well for you, there is a 329-page bundle for the digraphs ck, kn, ph, wr, sh, ch, wh, th with activities, center activities, and worksheets. The bundle is more than 20% off with a FREE assessment pack. The assessment pack is only available as part of the bundle deal. I don’t think you will need anything else for the entire year to teach digraphs. If there IS something else you need, just email me at thefunfactoryontpt@gmail.com and tell me what you need. I will try my best to accommodate your needs. Click HERE or the picture to take a look!

Digraph BUNDLE

This has just been loaded on to Teachers Pay Teachers. At this time of the year, we need to review and assess our students’ knowledge of digraphs. Take a look at this 105-page review and assessment packet.

 

Renew Your Spirits

Your Sense of Purpose

We all need a sense of purpose and need to take time out to renew our spirit. How do you do that? So many of us experience burn-out. We need to ease stress and recharge.

I came across this article by Todd Finley and thought I would share. Teachers need this!

De-stress!

Not only does the article give you ways to recharge, it gives 3 tools to
help you improve your response to stress.

Enjoy!

https://www.edutopia.org/article/use-winter-break-to-renew-spirits-sense-of-purpose-todd-finley

Dollar Sales, Black Friday Sales and a FREEBIE!

Hello Fun Followers!

It’s the time of the year for us to pause and be thankful for our families, friends, jobs, health and much, much more! I am thankful for our profession and for YOU!

As part of showing our thanks for all you (we) do, there are several events coming up. I have teamed up with some awesome authors to bring you some hashtag sales. RIGHT NOW through tomorrow, we have $1.00 resources. Search TpT for #turkeydeals. The Fun Factory is offering the following:

If you need something last minute or want to stock up for next year at this price, grab this.

 

 

 

Next, if you are ready to plan for next month, these are now $1.00.

   

There is also a Black Friday hashtag sale from the 22nd through the 24th. #bf50 is what you search for 50% off resources. The Fun Factory will have these 2 for 50% off:

In addition, these 2 will also be 50% off!

Hanukkah 2018 will begin in the evening of Sunday, December 2 and ends in the evening of MondayDecember 10. 

Thank you for looking through this post. Here is a FREEBIE for you. Teach your students to play a dreidel game and use it in your Math Center! Great way to practice math… OR send it home for students to play over the holidays. They will be practicing math on their vacation! A WIN-WIN for everyone, in my book. Just click on the picture, download and enjoy. (It would be nice if you would leave feedback if you like it.) Thanks in advance.

FREE Hanukkah Dreidel Game

Enjoy! Let’s all be thankful! Happy holidays.

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

Susan

The Fun Factory

Celebrate Veterans Day

3 Reasons to Celebrate Veterans Day and a FREEBIE

  1. My number 1 reason to celebrate Veterans Day is the fact that my dad, brother, father-in-law, brother-in-law, and son-in-law are all veterans. Everyone is touched by a veteran in some way. This is a time when we should reach out and thank them.
  2. No matter what your political views are, these men and women have sacrificed something to help protect ME (us). All of them have stories to tell but most won’t share those stories. Growing up I did not understand nor appreciate what all my dad sacrificed. I didn’t understand (and still don’t) what he buried deep inside (psychologically) or the physical pain he endured but never complained about.
  3. Our children need to know about Veterans Day. Let’s teach our children. Reach out and thank a veteran this week, this month, this year.

So……..to all the veterans in my life, thank-you! However, my biggest thank-you goes to my HERO, my DAD! Thank-you. I love and miss you!

Do you have a special veteran in your life? Tell us about them! We will give one lucky person your choice of one of our American History resources! Meanwhile, click on the picture below for a simple, FREE resource for anyone teaching grades K-5.

If you are looking for a simple, easy-to-understand resource to help you teach about Veterans Day for Kindergarten – first grades, take a look at this for only $3.50!

Teacher Informational Text

Emergent Reader

Activity/WorksheetsIf you are interested in Grades 3-5, this informational resource is excellent to teach about Veterans Day. Check it out here.

Grades 3, 4, 5

Reading for Details

Writing Activities

Informational text with real photos!

I hope you enjoy the freebie and please, please, please, thank a veteran!