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Monday, October 31, 2016

Hello Fall! Reading corner redo for Fall



Hello ya'll it's Fall! Well here in the south its still 90 degrees, but they are selling pumpkins on the corner, so the seasons must be changing somewhere. At least seasons are changing in the classroom. Checkout our Fall makeover for the reading corner. A few simple touches will re-energize your reading corner and inspire young readers to curl up with their favorite book.








Check out the OTC blog for resources and ideas to transform your reading corner for Fall!


Monday, October 3, 2016

Apple themed grammar centers for Fall


Crisp cool weather will soon be on its way. Welcome in Fall with some fun reading workshop centers. My students love interactive rotations so this fun common and proper nouns activity is just perfect to get them excited and engaged during workshop.



To create this fun game, just add some address labels to small apples. These apples came from oriental trading, they are actually stress toys. Next, create two containers, one for common and one for proper. Have students read and sort the apples into the proper bins.

Read more at the Oriental Trading Blog and grab your free printable to get started today!





Monday, August 29, 2016

Color your world with these fun map activities



Get your year started off with a review of map skills. I am amazed each year when I ask my students what state or country they live in and some have trouble recalling. I love reading Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney. It breaks down the map piece by piece starting in the bedroom all the way to a look at our planet we call Earth.


I found these adorable Where I'm at on the Map kits from Oriental Trading Company. They are such a time saver. They come pre-sorted, cut and ready to color.

My students loved putting together the 3D town as well. A great activity for teams, each one can take on their own part of the town and then work together to assemble their town.



A great writing extension activity, have students write down 5 complete sentences giving directional clues to a specific building. I encourage my students to incorporate their directional words like North, East, South and West. You can even hide something within the town and have teams try to find it based on the written directions.


I spend a lot of time teaching about the continents each year, my kids love singing this song...

Continents, Continents do you know your Continents?
Continents, Continents let's sing them today.
Europe, Asia
North and South America
Africa, Australia, Antarctica too!

We toss our inflatable globes around and if it lands on you when the song ends you have to point out a given continent on the map.

Check out product links and the full post at Oriental Trading's Blog

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How do you teach map skills, what are your favorite items to use while teaching?


Monday, July 25, 2016

Let the adventure begin...


I could not be more excited to finally unveil my latest theme for my room...


To see more details on this comfy, colorful reading corner visit me at Oriental Trading.

Check out my ideas for my room on Pinterest.







Go buggy for Math this summer!


Go buggy for math this summer with some quick math review. I found these paint chip strips at Oriental Trading. They are so versatile and you get a ton in the box. They make the best flash cards, number practice, fact family practice the possibilities are endless.



I recently found these erasable colored pencils for my little ones and I am in love! I plan on using these this year in my classroom, they erase without ripping the paper and the kids can color their work without the mess of markers or the waxy buildup from crayons. They are perfect for everyday use!


To grab your free worksheet from simply sprout come see the full post on Oriental Trading's Blog.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Some big news from Simply Sprout!


Simply Sprout has some big news! We have teamed up with Oriental Trading Company to bring you creative ideas for your classroom. I just spent the last few days in Omaha meeting with the education, marketing, creative and e-commerce teams. I can't wait to share all of the amazing products they are creating just for teachers!


If you haven't received your new catalog in the mail be sure to check those teacher mailboxes. Not only does Oriental Trading Co. have a new look the catalog has had a total transformation. Easy to find subject tabs, themed collections that are easy to accessorize and educational resources that are perfect for a teachers budget. You can view the new catalog here!


I am busy working on some new classroom themes and resources for teachers so be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram so you don't miss out on some fun freebies and giveaways.


And if you are ever in the Omaha area you have got to check out the Henry Doorly Zoo. Such an amazing place for field trips. We went on a behind the scenes tour and had a chance to feed the giraffes and go behind the scenes a bit. Did you know that the Omaha Zoo is adding a public school that will have Pre-K, Kindergarten and Juniors and Seniors. How cool would it be to go to school at the zoo!



We got the royal treatment riding in style from exhibit to exhibit.










The Alaskan Adventure splash pad area was just added to the Omaha zoo. All of the animals on the splash pad area are found on the Alaskan coastline. They are life sized statues with interactive water features that the kids and adults alike were enjoying the day we visited. You can hear sounds of bears and sea lions as you meander around the splash pad. Such a fun way to cool off on a hot day.






Simply Sprout Loves Oriental Trading we go together like PB&J....I mean seriously how cute are those reading buddy hats



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Can't wait to see what Oriental Trading educational products are your favorites!





Friday, July 15, 2016

Stay cool with some summer science!



Summer is the perfect time to start a science journal. Make the most of your child's summer by encouraging them to keep a journal of simple experiments or investigation questions. My little ones enjoyed their first science investigation of the summer with popsicles in hand. They were eager to find out why some popsicles melted faster than others. So we conducted our own little test.





My little investigators took 3 popsicles and headed outside. They watched them and every 5 minutes recorded what they saw in their journals. They determined that the red one melted the fastest and the yellow was the slowest to melt. They decided that the darker the color the faster the popsicle melted. When they were all done I helped them organize their findings in their journals.

I used washi tape to segment off areas of the journal so they could easily record what they had done. I love using washi tape, it's colorful and has so many practical uses....I might be a washi tape addict....shh! don't tell anyone!







This was my daughter's final journal. She was so very proud of her work. I find the secret to science is to give your students time to freely explore and come to their own conclusions through those explorations.

To grab your free science investigation activity cards and see the whole post visit me at Oriental Trading.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Create your own Interactive Spelling notebook


School is back in full swing and sight word list and spelling homework assignments are being sent home each week. Some kids pick up spelling words quite easily and others struggle to remember the words without reinforcing them throughout the week. My daughter's school is using the McGraw-Hill Wonders Reading Series. So I have developed an interactive spelling notebook to help reinforce those spelling skills at home as well as in the classroom. Encouraging your children to interact with their words instead of simply just copying them 3 times each on a piece of handwriting paper will develop those memorization skills and help them to recognize spelling patterns and sounds, boosting their reading abilities. Having your little ones practice their fine motor skills through cutting, coloring and using their pencils to trace and write will also develop those fine motor skills that are sometimes overlooked in today's "workbook centered" classrooms. Both critical skills to developing reading skills.


To create an interactive notebook, reduce print size to 75% or 80%
depending on the size notebooks you use. I like using a composition notebook. Have students cut out the different items and glue them into their notebooks.
Great for reinforcing spelling, ABC order, sight words and more!

Here is a sample of how we use these resources:

Monday: Color the words on the strips, trace them (we practice rainbow writing where she traces it with 3 different colors saying the letter each time she traces it) then write the word.
Cut the strips out and then glue them into the notebook. Only glue the corner so you can create a flap that opens.

1 sight word page



Tuesday: Under the strips write a sentence for each spelling word, underline the word used.

1 sight word page

Wednesday: ABC Page, color the crayons, cut them out and put them in ABC order, Glue them into the notebook in ABC order.

1 sight word page

Thursday: Read it, Write it, Highlight it! Have students read the word, write it and then read the sentence and highlight their spelling word.

Get ready for that spelling test by taking a pre-test and writing a sentence.

1 sight word page



Friday: Celebrate spelling test day with a special treat like a new book!

To Purchase this kit please visit my TPT store

Even if you don't follow this reading series you can still utilize these word lists and sight word sheets, you do not need to use the Wonders series to find this kit beneficial.

Units 2 - 6 will be released over the next few months so check back and be sure to sign up to be a follower.