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Dolch Sight Words

 Teaching sight words is one component of well-balanced literacy instruction.  For many decades, we see a constant swing back in forth in the primary methods for reading instruction.  On one end of the pendulum, we taught phonics as the "be all, end all" to teaching children to read.  But phonics (especially in the English language) does not help a child with words that don't play by the phonetic rules we teach.  Eight-seven percent of ...

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Color-Coded Weekly Planner Printables for Teachers and Parents

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PilotPenBackToSchool #PowertothePen #CollectiveBias It is Back to School time and, whether you are a teacher or a parent, organization is KEY during this crazy season!  Keeping track of lesson plans and center activities in your classroom can be a chore...even if you still write in your lesson plan book.  And don't get me ...

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Chalkboard First Day of School Signs (Preschool through Senior Year)

 We have a lot of "firsts" coming up in our family.  My oldest son will start his first day of middle school next week.  My baby starts kindergarten the following week.  It's the end of an era for me having kids at home during the day and I am not quite sure what to do with myself!  One of my very favorite things to do is look back on all the "first day" pictures of my kids over the years.  I have to admit, it ...

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Zoo Scavenger Hunt Your Kids Will Love

 We absolutely love going to the zoo (especially now that we renewed our zoo pass)!  We normally just enjoy meandering from one exhibit to the next, but this time I thought it would be fun to trying something new and put together a zoo scavenger hunt. Try A Zoo Scavenger HuntI used some of my dad's amazing photographs from Zimbabwe (as well as a few others licensed as public domain) to create this printable Zoo Scavenger Hunt.I printed ...

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Handprint Art Ideas Worth Keeping!

Handprint Art is super fun to make and it becomes something to treasure for years to come.  Honestly, how can any parent can discard anything with your child's handprints on it!  Those little hands are just too precious...Mother's Day Handprint ArtNeed an easy and inexpensive, yet still adorable and practical gift to make for Mother’s Day?  Grandmas and moms will love using these handprint tulip dish towels that the kids ...

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Summer Camp Packing List and Printable Hygiene Checklist

Summer Camp Packing List and Printable Hygiene Checklist  My boys (11 and 9-years old) are going to church camp for the first time ever.  Aside from staying with grandparents, they have never even been to a sleepover much less been gone from home for an entire week!  Needless to say, I am panicking just a bit! Although each summer camp will undoubtedly have its own directions on things to bring and things to leave at home, ...

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