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Biography and Research: James Robertson

Biography and Research: James Robertson

Each time I begin to create a new resource, I check the state standards to see what my kids need to learn.  Because I have a passion for history, that’s usually where I go when I’m ready to get creative.…

How To Teach More Than One Subject At Once

How To Teach More Than One Subject At Once

Keeping up with state standards can be a strenuous task anytime of the year.  But, during the holidays?  Over the years I’ve found ways to tie in multiple subjects with our thematic units. Because of the high level of interest,…

Christmas Themed Phonics and Spelling

Christmas Themed Phonics and Spelling

With the Thanksgiving leftovers still in the fridge, I begin thinking about Christmas.  No, not getting out the Christmas tree and the wreaths, but putting together Christmas themed lessons.  My Little Pixie is getting ready to study vowel team patterns.…

Native American Units

Native American Units

When I plan out my school year, I always check out the state standards. I use these skills to drive my curriculum.  Since I love teaching by thematic units, I use the social study standards to help build these units.…

Fall/Scarecrow Lesson Plans (Free Resource)

Fall/Scarecrow Lesson Plans (Free Resource)

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  Here are lesson plans for your Scarecrow week.  Reading, writing, math, treats and crafts make this easy for parents and fun for kids.  I even have a free little file…

Short Vowel Word Work

Short Vowel Word Work

Last school year I wrote up a Short Vowel Word Work packet to provide fun and confidence to my reluctant writer.   This pack has been a great reinforcement for short vowel words!  As with most short vowel lessons, we start…

An End To The Summer Slide

An End To The Summer Slide

Have you heard about the summer slide?  Many children, especially struggling readers, forget what they’ve learned over the summer.  There are many different strategies to prevent this from happening, and some can not only prevent learning loss, but also bring…

20 + Books To Teach Grit

20 + Books To Teach Grit

This month our Teacher 2 Teacher Facebook challenge has been to find ways to teach GRIT in our children.  There have been many fascinating talks and research about GRIT, but how do you teach it?  In my quest to find…

A Book To Love: Better Together

A Book To Love: Better Together

Last month I shared a Christian parenting book I found inspiring.  This month I have another Christian inspired book just for moms.  This book had me soaking up every piece of advice and scripture to help with my relationships with…

6 Ways To Promote Life-long Readers

6 Ways To Promote Life-long Readers

As a classroom teacher reading was one of my favorite subjects to teach. I was never much impressed with the curriculum I had as a classroom teacher, so I was always trying to find ways to liven up and add…