School Closings – Coronavirus – Free Teacher Resources

As the coronavirus continues to spread, more and more schools are closing for an extended period of time. This is leaving schools and parents frantically trying to come up with a plan to keep students learning and engaged while schools are closed. We are here to help with FREE resources.

If you or anyone you know needs to know what to say to children preschool (PK) through second graders, here is something you might find helpful. It includes original handwashing songs to teach children (other than singing Happy Birthday 2 times).

This is a homework calendar with developmentally appropriate activities that caregivers can do with young children, preschool and Kindergarten. This calendar is completely EDITABLE so you can change any of the activities. One version is ready to print and hand out! Go HERE if you need the March version. 

If you would like monthly calendars sent automatically  to your inbox each month, go HERE to tell me where to send them. I also send special freebies out during the summer months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These times are unprecedented and it is scary for all of us all over the world! Because of this, we want to save you time hunting for activities to send home. Several Teacher-Authors have come together to give you some FREE resources to help you plan for the extended school closures. Many of us have waived our Terms -of- Use so that you can share resources with families through email or a secured online platform.

Just click on the logos below which will take you to each store’s FREE category. Download away. Additionally, there are links below which will also take you to FREE resources. I hope these will help you. 

AND….Please remember to be kind and leave the authors nice feedback. It is VERY much appreciated!

Fabulous Teacher-Authors Offering FREE Resources 

More FREE Resources!

PK-1

Primary Economics 

Fruit and Vegetable Sort

Sight Words, Level 1

K-2

Plants Graphing and Writing

Animal Classes Reference Chart

Spring Math Games – First Grade

Linking Language to Math

2nd – 4th

Dog or Cat Journal Activity

Word Search Puzzle

Multiplication Math Fact Practice

Thank you Teacher-Authors!

Leap Into Learning Blog Hop

I’m so glad you’ve stopped by my blog. Some bloggy friends and I have joined together for an old fashioned FREEBIE BLOG HOP! Not familiar with a blog hop? Here’s how it works…

Each blogger has a “forever” freebie to offer you. That means it is not seasonal but can be used in your classroom at any time of the year. The freebies range from PK-5th grades. You start here and “hop” to the other blogs to download the resources that are appropriate for you and then end up back here at my blog. It’s a giant circle that will give you 23 awesome resources if you go to them all! There are 14 for PK-2.

Along the way, you will see pictures of and read about each freebie. You can download them all (to save for later) or only the ones that you need right now. If you don’t have time to go to all 23, click on one of the buttons below for your grade level.

FREE NO PREP Digraph Worksheets for K, 1st, and even some 2nd Graders

MY freebie is a packet of NO PREP digraph worksheets and activities. If your students need more practice working with digraphs, this FREE resource has a PRINT and GO activity or worksheet for each of the digraphs TH, WH, WR, PH, KN, SH, CK, and CH. These are perfect to use for assessment, homework, in a center, individual classwork, for small group instruction, or intervention!

Students read, write, draw, graph, cut, glue and analyze various words that include the digraphs. All of the skills are presented in a fun engaging format.

Go HERE (or click on the circle below) to hop to the next blog to grab another freebie!

If you and your students enjoy this FREE packet, you might want to take a look at the comprehensive 352 + page money-saving BUNDLE which is more than 30% off!

For more information and FREEBIES for digraphs and blends, click here.

FREE Valentine’s Day Activities & Printable Resources For Teachers

Teachers if you are looking for some FREE  Valentine’s Day activities, printables, and resources I have you covered!

Take a  look and find resources that will meet the needs of YOUR students!

PreK and Kindergarten teachers check this out! If you would like FREE PRINT & GO EDITABLE Developmentally Appropriate Homework Calendars delivered to your inbox each month, go here to tell me where to send them!

See your FREE Valentine’s Day Activities, Printables, and Resources below.

PreK-Kindergarten Teachers:

FREE Patterning Center Activity

Free Heart Pattern Center for PK-K FREE Patterns | Repeating and Growing Pattern Center | Hearts

CvC Word Work Worksheet Free Sample Heart Theme

Kindergarten-1st Grade Teachers:

Valentine's Day Activities

Candy Hearts Graphing Fun

Valentine's Day Sound Boxes (Elkonin Boxes)

First and Second Grade Teachers:

Valentine's Day Activities No Prep Fun and Writing Pages FREEBIE

Place Value Color by Code Mardi Gras Picture Activity FREEBIE

Valentine's Day Math Worksheets: FREEBIE

Any Grade!

Valentine Treat Bags Freebie Craft

If you are interested in reading a post on Digraphs and Blends (with freebies), click this link.

Celebrating the 120th Day of School in February? Check this out!

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.