Tuesday, June 20, 2017

3 Must-Have BACK-TO-SCHOOL- Teaching Resources - Get Yours Now and [Enjoy Summer!]

Back to School Teaching Resources

3 Back-to-School Teacher Resources to find NOW
... so you can relax and enjoy summer!

#1 Editable Teacher Binder with Important Forms, Calendars and Letter Templates

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 Everything, Everything Teacher Binder includes:
monthly calendars
     26 cover designs to choose from

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 Everything, Everything Teacher Binder 
6 templates for weekly lesson plans to build your binder
important forms to use the whole school year

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Get Your Teacher Binder  HERE because It Saves Time and
Keeps You Organized All Year Long
FREE Updates for Life!

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Forms for Important Information 

important forms to use the whole school year
everything will be right where you can find it
easy templates for you to use
back-to-school letter templates
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Your ‘Everything, Everything’ Teacher Binder Includes Everything!!
When you purchase this teacher binder, you will get FREE updates for LIFE!!!
This teacher binder is currently dated through August 2018.  As I add new forms and update the calendars, you will be notified so you can access the update and new pages for FREE!  Your editable teacher binder can be used this year but also year-after-year without ever purchasing a new one! 

Your teacher binder will be fun to build as you have many covers, colors and designs to choose from... you can even change them whenever you 'd like! 
Brighten Your Day!  Save Time!  Get Organized! Stunning clip art!
200 essential pages to keep your school year running smoothly!

Your  Editable Teacher Binder includes:
ØCovers and Dividers for your teacher binder – 26 Designs
ØColorful spine covers for your teacher binder
ØWeekly Lesson Planner - [4 styles]
ØWeekly Lesson Planner for 6-day rotation
ØMonthly Calendars - 2 styles
ØOne page daily schedule – at- a-glance
ØNumber Circles for Class # Assignments
ØMonthly Newsletter Templates with clip art

Forms for Important Information include: [keep these forms in one place and ready to use]
one page daily routine at- a- glance
class roster
student medical information
Individual Student form
IEP student form
Small Group Lesson form
Guided Reading Student Snapshot form
Guided Reading Lesson Plan
Guided Math Lesson Form
Writing Lesson Form
Writing Conference form
Guided Reading Notes (individual student)
Parent Communication Log
Meeting Notes
To Do List
7 recording sheets for grades
Transportation Home List
Emergency Plans - Fire Drill and Lockdown
Seating Charts
Labels for Tables
Codes and Phone Extensions
Website Log-In Form
Behavior Forms - Think Sheet, Action Plan

ØEditable Letters for parent communication: [these letters save time! And they are editable to place YOUR information within the context of the letter]
-Back-to-School Parent Information Letter
-Parent-Teacher Conference Form
-Field Trip Permission Slip

Do You Love Collections?
Your “Everything, Everything” Editable Teacher Binder is organized [of course] in 7 different collections.  This is by design so you can find the pages you need instantly.  This is all about being organized and me , helping you, do just that!  Make your beautiful “Everything, Everything” Editable Teacher Binder your own style.   Everything is here for a simple click, download and print.     You may wish to print out your daily schedule or lesson planner on 2 sides… it is the best format to make your notebook.  However, these are yours to use in the way that makes you happy! 

Teacher Binder Collection 1 - Cover for Teacher Binder, Dividers for Schedule and Forms
         Spine covers for your notebook

Teacher Binder Collection 2 - Weekly Lesson Planners, editable and there is also one weekly lesson plan grid that was made for a 6-day rotation if your school were following that type of schedule.  These weekly planners spread across your teacher binder.  They are fully editable on your computer, but you can also print them out and hand write in the grid as you wish.

Teacher Binder Collection 3 - Curriculum Assessment Forms and Grading Recording sheets.
  I personally keep a 2nd teaching binder for my grading forms.  Simply type in your class list on the form; then print out.  Keep these in your notebook and add grades as you go.  Forms include those for student evaluation, guided reading, small group instruction, writing conferences, math groups, IEP information.

Teacher Binder Collection 4 -  Classroom Management Forms for behavior, seating charts, labels for tables, number circles, field trips, medical information, codes for copy machine, birthdays, transportation home, emergency procedures meeting notes, and more.  Many of these forms are helpful when you have a substitute as it shows important information in one ready-accessible place.  

Teacher Binder Collection 5 - Letters to Parents - Back to School letters, field trip permission, parent communication log, schedule summary, letterheads, templates for letter for back-to-school.  All of these teaching resource pages are so helpful when starting a new year at school.

Teacher Binder Collection 6 - Calendars – There are 2 Calendar designs - Choices of a calendar with lines at the bottom for notes, or grid style calendar.  I insert the month before my weekly lesson plans in that way I have a glance at the entire month and more details in the weekly schedule pages. Here you have the choice of a 1 page calendar or 2 pages that spread across your binder.

Teacher Binder Collection 7 - Monthly Newsletter Templates - Each month you will have a one page newsletter template that you can easily edit and type in your news! Fun clip art can be used, deleted or copied!  Keep your parents informed of the valuable and wonderful things that happen in your classroom! and be sure to put a copy in your Principal’s box!

I continue to make more updates and revisions for this teacher binder as I need them and you will receive all the updates --FOR LIFE-- as I create them.  You will also find that you have more time when you are organized with an editable teacher binder.
And I am happy to take requests if you really need a specific form for your binder,
I will zip-zap, zap it right over to you.  You can email me at MrsQuimbyReads@gmail.com or write your request in the feedback. 

 Thank you for previewing my product.  Check back as I am always creating new resources to make a teacher's life a bit easier.

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#2 Back-to-School Pages, Activities and Writing Prompts for the First Week  Grades K-2 [21 pages]
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You Can Grab These Pages HERE
 Back-to-School pages, activities and writing prompts for Grades K-3. These pages will give your students “get-to-know-you” pages for the first week of school.  It will give you the bit of time to acquaint yourself with your new class. 

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These pages are suitable for Grades K-3.  They are perfect for the first week of school.  You will be happy to have these!  I place 2 pages on their desks on the first day.  They like to settle in and get started.  I like to see them happy back at school.  These pages give me the time to circle the classroom and say hello to each student, also collect any forms needed, lunch $, and see if we are all in the right classroom.  Right next to these pages are brand new crayons, pencil and ruler! Great way to have a terrific first week of school and meet and greet each other. Some of the pages require the students to walk about a bit so choose the pages you like for the very first day.  I like having them seated as we can establish a very quiet and organized work environment... which is exactly how I want my students to feel about the upcoming school year!
See the preview of this back-to-school teaching resource here.  

       #3 Brag Tags - Everyone is Bragging About Them!
                                       Get YOURS Here!

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Everyone’s Bragging about Brag Tags! So I made some!!! You can get yours here.
This is a great way to improve behavior in your classroom. Students strive for excellence in academics and citizenship. It’s a collection of ‘good deeds’ and academic achievements rewarded with a small tag to place on their backpacks or keep in a collector’s notebook! So fun!
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Characteristics and Attributes in this set:

Super Reader

Quiet Writer
Act of Kindness
Helping Friends
Responsible Classmate
Respectful Classmate
Math Wizard
Excellent Speller
I am read to learn
Good Listener
Listened with Your Heart
Asking Thoughtful Questions
Science Inquiry
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Problem Solver
   Independent Worker
I love to Read!
I follow Directions
100% Super Day All Around
Hallway Excellence
Good Thinking
Playground Safety
Stellar Behavior for the Substitute
I did my homework!

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1500 Brag Tags
     100 pages
15 on each page
download and print when you need them

Kids Love These!

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     Stunning Clip Art! 
     Students Collect Them
     For Good Citizenship
     For Quality Student Work
     Clip on to backpack with a link chain
     Keep in a Collector's Notebook
     Make a Classroom Display

Friday, June 16, 2017

5 for $5.00, Get 5 FREE [Children's Books]

 Teaching reading to elementary school children using children's literature is powerful and rewarding. It sets the stage for reading experiences to be enjoyable and meaningful.  I have always told my students that a good book will "make us smarter and nicer people". Teaching children to read starts with book choice
10 Reasons Why You Should Include Children's Literature in Your School Reading Program
1. Children's literature is authored by people that have a passion for stories.  Anthropologists always knew that storytelling is a universal feature of every country and every culture. People tell stories! Telling stories plays a vital role in our socialization.  Being passionate creates rich experiences.  2.  Reading literature cultivates the imagination.  Imagination leads to creativity. Creativity leads to thinking.  Thinking grows the mind. 3.  Writing and talking about literature and stories provides opportunities to work with words and language and become more skilled in communication.

 4.  Reading the many genre in children's literature helps students to compare and contrast different books and formats.  Practice in analyzing the different books helps children to question, to notice details and to make sense of the author's story and message.  Children as young as preschool can make evaluations, predictions and connections when engaged with good books at school.
Children's book authors present characters in real-life situations as well as the make-believe world.

5.  Story characters allow us to "try on their shoes" and feel.  Empathy for characters found in plots that are not black and white evolves when we talk about these book characters.  Is it okay when Marty lies? Is it okay when Marty kidnaps Shiloh from his rightful owner?  The many, many book characters can show us the way of 'who we want to be' and 'what kind of character' we would like to become. 

6.  Understanding of story characters and story events may be the goal in reading.  Books can change us.  Books can touch our hearts. Books can teach us.   Real books by real authors for real children.  So many reading programs do not have these real authors' stories within their covers.  Authors usually do not sell their stories in this format because their works stand alone. Even small children can tell the difference; and the reading teacher knows this too. It is evident in the listening and the expression on the children's faces they see Big Al caught up in the net!

7.  Teaching with children's literature can engage students in a better way than the standard program approach.  Literature circles and student book choice empowers students in their own reading.  Students feel valued and respected. This leads to independence in their reading and promotes life-long reading.  

8.  Talking about books and sharing perspectives about their reading becomes contagious. and then, one book leads to another... During a read aloud once, one of my 3rd graders said as he pulled his chair close to mine for this especially favorite part of our day, he said, "Mrs. Quimby, this book is better than a movie!'  and it was, the book was, Where the Red Fern Grows.  And that very same book made us cry!  All of us... 24 third graders and their teacher! a true author can make the emotion and sometimes nothing has to be said or written; as you just know and feel. 

9.  Literature can show us the many cultures and ways of people in different parts of the world. We can travel the world without leaving our home or classroom.

10.  Children find reading is fun!  It is entertaining and it is a worthwhile activity!  When children find reading fun, they tend to do it more... and when they engage in reading more often, their reading achievement improves!
So my goal this summer is to extend some great books to teachers who would like to build their classroom libraries.  I have many, many books to share...  
You can join in... Buy 5 books for $5. and Get 5 FREE...  I will be listing new ones all summer but all good things come to an end...so don't miss out... grab some books for your classroom library... picture books, chapter books...grades PreK - 5.  Find them HERE

Friday, June 2, 2017

5 Easy Practices In Reading Instruction [for Preschoolers]

                                               Some Food for Thought
Preschoolers are wonderful people.... they are just that ... FULL of wonder! If you listen, I mean really listen to your preschooler, you will hear comments that show evaluation and insights that rise high in the taxonomy of thinking. and most preschoolers CREATE!   They make things in the sand, they create with play-doh and clay, they make things with food.  It's a nice thought, don't you think, that these children are so capable!  Remembering this when reading with your preschooler is important!  Don't dumb it down, let them rise to the top of the pyramid!  

When you are reading The Three Little Pigs or The Little Red Hen, your preschooler can certainly evaluate which little pig was the wisest and why; and if the dog, pig and goose are lazy characters in The Little Red Hen.