Monster Postcard Templates and Cardboard Mailbox Center

We created our own mail center in our schoolroom and play room because my kids love getting the mail. They love to send letters to friends, teachers, and

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Logic of English Foundations

A few weeks ago, I overheard my kindergartner talking to his baby sister. “Are you an i, u, v, or j?” he was saying in his sweetest voice.

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A Picture Book Lesson to Teach Metaphors in Poetry

I’ve been creating units for kindergarten using picture books to introduce the poetic concepts of rhythm, rhyme, and metaphor. Today I thought I’d write about another picture book

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Easy Ways to Practice Spanish with Picture Books

We have not done a formal study of Spanish this summer. But, I did not want to lose all that we have studied in the past year. So, it has

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Goal Setting Compare Contrast Writing

In Tia Isa Wants a Car and A Chair for My Mother, kids work towards earning money for a goal. Although they are very different stories, the goals

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Crackers! Holiday Compound Words

Holiday “crackers” are getting more and more popular in the USA, so we had fun with holiday compound words by putting the broken “crackers” together during our hands-on Language

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Duck Craftivity

Since my daughter likes ducks so much, I decided to do some mini-units on ducks. One thing I decided to do was prepare a small craft and writing (“craftivity”)

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Strong Reading

My son is strong reader, so I’ve decided to institute a “strong reading” project each week to make sure he practices those skills he’s developed. You see, although

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Figurative Language, Similes and Metaphor

This week’s Mentor Monday (a link up feature at The Reading Tutor/OG blog) is about using text to help teach figurative language. I realize I am a day

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Three Lively Leads: Writing Ideas

Click this link for a linky full of other suggestions! The students in my co-op writing class (who are in first to fourth grade) really struggle with starting

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Small Moments Writing with Frog and Toad

I’ve decided to link up with my teaching/blogging/TPT friend Emily for her new weekly linky about mentor texts. This week’s topic is about writing about the small moments.

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Learning to Write…Line upon Line + A Writing Prompt Freebie

Since November is NaNoWriMo, I figured that this was the perfect time of year to talk about how my writing class is going at my weekly homeschool co-op.

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