50 Strategies for Differentiation, Adaptation, and Support for Early Learners

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50 Strategies for Differentiation, Adaptation, and Support for Early Learners

Whether there are 40 students or 5 in a classroom, there are always differences in how kids learn and what they need in order to be successful.  The longer you work with children, the more tools you’ll have in your toolbox and you might think you’ve got it all figured out, until the day that you don’t.  Students’ needs vary widely and what works for one year’s class might not work for another; what has worked for the 150 students you’ve taught over the last 7 years might not work for the new student who arrived last week.  To help you build your toolbox, here are 50 strategies for differentiation, adaptation, and support for early learners. Read More

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Superhero Unit

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Superhero Unit

During the last week of our Apple Unit, I sat down with the kiddos and asked them what they wanted our learning theme to be next.  We’d gotten to know each other and the school routines well enough that I could start stepping back into the teacher-as-facilitator role and the kiddos could take a more active role in constructing their own interest-driven learning.  We came up with a bunch of ideas:  dinosaurs, princesses, cats, Batman.  Then one of the kids suggested “Superheroes” and they all agreed that it sounded like a great idea.  So, Superheroes it was! Read More

Star Wars Drawers (Free Printable Labels)

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Star Wars Drawers (Free Printable Labels)

If your kiddos are anything like mine, you’ve seen the chaos that is getting dressed in the morning.  Clothes fly everywhere and all of the neat, tidy stacks of folded laundry end up in a jumbled, crumbled, wrinkled mess.  Here’s a secret about me:  I HATE folding laundry.  It is my least favorite chore.  A close second is finding something clean, mostly stain and hole free, and somewhat coordinated for the Tiny Human to wear to school.  I figured out a way to solve both problems in one fell swoop:  Draw labels and dividers. Read More

Magic Sprinkles Behavior Supports

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Magic Sprinkles Behavior Supports

I noticed during our first few weeks of school that there were some behaviors happening with the kiddos that were making our days more challenging.  I’ve used Quiet Spray before and it worked wonders, but I wanted something smaller so I could make a few different versions and they wouldn’t take up a bunch of space.  I was visiting my favorite teacher supply store (The Dollar Tree) and spotted some plastic salt and pepper shakers.  I got two sets and got to work. Read More

Apple Unit (Preschool)

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Apple Unit (Preschool)

This was the second learning theme of our year.  I selected it, unlike the themes that will follow.  This theme started on the third week of school, so I started planning during week one.  At that point, we were all still learning about each other and settling into routines, so I didn’t feel like the kiddos were ready to vote on a theme quite yet.  Even though it was my choice, the kids still enjoyed all the fun activities. Read More

Preschool Catch Phrases for Teaching Children Appropriate Social Interactions (With Literature Connections)

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Preschool Catch Phrases for Teaching Children Appropriate Social Interactions (With Literature Connections)

I noticed today when I was debriefing with a parent and child that I have a lot of catch phrases.  Seriously, there are so many.  Being both a parent and a teacher, I end up saying them so many times a day that I hardly even think before the words are out of my mouth.   Read More