Saturday, September 9, 2017

My Favorite September Buys!

Now that the back to school chaos has settled down, I wanted to share my two favorite September products found on my Teacherspayteachers store.  The first one is the Fact Booklet - Constitution Day.  Constitution Day is commemorated on September 17th.  How do you explain the Constitution of the United States in language young children can understand?  Introducing the concept of the Constitution in VERY simple terms usually gets the general idea across that four, five, and six  year olds can relate to. The Fact booklet about Constitution Day is a non-fiction book on Constitution Day.  It is a great resource to use for doing a research project on the constitution with your pre-k/kindergarten class. 
Included in this product is a black and white informational book about the constitution, a worksheet for note-taking and the research forms to be filled out by the child.

My second favorite September buy is the Rotation Timer.  This 12 minute automated timer may be used for any rotation groups in your classroom during Daily 5, guided reading groups, guided math groups and literacy centers.  The timer file is made in PowerPoint and is automated.  Just click on the animal and choose 2, 3, 4 or 5 centers!

This product has been tested on Windows 7 and newer versions. Functionality of this product is not guaranteed on older operating systems.

Check out my store for these two products!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Sight Words Can Be A Challenge!

After 38 years of teaching early childhood levels, one of the most challenging skills to teach young ones is SIGHT WORDS!   Teachers and parents find it difficult because the majority of work is a matter of practice, practice, and practice; therefore, not all students get enough exposure.  

Simply giving them flashcards can get quite boring and with the demands on our school day, there just isn’t enough time to do it all during the school day!   With that in mind, I created this product for parents and teachers to use at home and at school. I wanted to include as much practice with a motivating twist. The ultimate goal is to learn all the yellow leveled words, and when they’re ready – the parent will email or send a note to the teacher saying their child is ready to be tested by the teacher.  The incentive is to earn the right to wear a colored shirt for that level.  During the course of learning sight words – the students can be rewarded with dollar words that may be traded in for small incentives.  

If earning to wear a shirt is not a possibility, the product includes the following incentives:  crown,  paper t-shirt award, certificate and candy award.  What I do, is have one t-shirt of each color; when the student learns his/her words – I simply take a picture of them in the earned colored shirt and add their picture in the weekly newsletter.   I’ve included many options to choose from – and that way a teacher can pick and choose what you feel is appropriate for you.  This allows children to work at their own pace.  Those that need more time can be given the time and those that are ready to move on can do so.  

The words come from the Dolch word list and words taken from the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (BAS).  The levels include:  

You can grab this bundle at my TpT store or also check out the individual levels!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Bittersweet Goodbye

This Thursday will be my last teaching day. I have tears in my eyes as I write this post and wonder where the years went. Living and teaching overseas has been an incredible journey for me. The memories, both happy and sad, the traveling, the German community and military families have enriched my life in so many ways.

Germany has been home and the children I teach; their families and my friends and co-workers have been my “family” for so many years. The many people I have met and worked with have left a positive mark on my life and I hope I have done the same for them, especially the many young children who have entered my classroom. Teaching overseas has been challenging at times and adapting to these challenges has helped me to grow to be a better teacher and person. I have learned that people are the same everywhere and our fears, hopes, happiness and tears connect us all.

As I reflect on my experiences, I am so thankful for the opportunities to travel and see the rich history and cultural experiences Europe offers and have never regretted my decision to live and work overseas. It has been a wonderful life that many may say they never had. I may be retiring as a teacher, but I will carry these countless adventures and experiences with me as I begin the next journey in my life. And although I will miss living in Germany…it is time to come home.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Favorite German Towns

I may be leaving Germany, but I am encouraging all of you to come and visit so you can experience yourself the amazing sights, countryside and history Germany has to offer.  I have lived in several areas of Germany and have traveled to many more. From the metropolitan cities to the quaint villages, I have enjoyed them all. Some of my favorite places that I recommend are areas that are close to where I have lived. These include Trier, Bernkastel, and villages along the Mosel River. I also recommend Garmisch for the mountains and beautiful countryside as well as Rothenburg to experience a step back in time within the walled city. It’s never too late to travel to Germany whether you are retired or not!!

Here are a few of my favorite out of the way places that you may want to visit:

Traben Traubach



Mosel River Valley

Rothenburg ob der Tauber


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