Sunday, May 13, 2018

Memorial Day Ideas for Kids

Memorial Day is a thoughtful time to honor American heroes.

How can young children observe this day?  

Kids can realize that Americans are safer because our soldiers 
will protect them anywhere in the world.   And that, sadly, 
some of those soldiers will give their lives fighting to help us.

Kids can go to a Memorial Day parade, or watch one on TV.  
Or go to a Memorial Day event such as boarding an aircraft carrier and

meeting active soldiers.

They can visit a veteran at a Veteran’s hospital or nursing home,

and take homemade food or cookies, a book to read, 
or a homemade card.
A number chart robot is a great way to integrate math and language arts with social studies.

By all means, have a picnic or barbeque with the family.  
And remind kids that Memorial Day is also a day to reflect on the heroes

who gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can be free to enjoy the day.
If you'd like more ideas on how to use your Memorial Day Craft Box, they are here.

I'm wishing you a thoughtful and a memorable day.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Teacher Resources Sale!

It's a Teacher Resource Sale at TeachersPayTeachers:

Up to 25% OFF -- STOREWIDE!

It's a perfect time to stock up on Year-End Goodies:

Greeting Card: A Beautiful Hand printable card for all occasions, with dozens of suggested messages included.

A Mother's Day Card,  Graduation, Congratulations, Good Luck,  Inspiration, Birthday, Thank You, Appreciation Day, Memorial Day, Father's Day, Self-Esteem, Art Lesson and more...

 Greeting Card for all occasions
Ideas for your graduation:

 Kindergarten Graduation Song and Resources
Or looking forward to the new school year:

Nothing beats great teacher stuff on sale!  I can't wait to go window shopping, too--so I'll see you there! 

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Kindergarten Graduation Song - A Rousing Finale

Your kindergarten graduation song should be a joyous, rousing, show-stopper!

...a dazzling finale!

...a send-off that's fun and forward-looking.
Whether your kindergarten graduation ceremony is in an auditorium, gymnasium, or outdoors; in chairs or on bleachers, this song hits the mark.

It's set to the tune of "New York, New York" and it's easy to learn.  

Go simple or big...

I've created a kit with:
  • Full lyrics to your Kindergarten Graduation Song
  • Suggested dance movements
  • Ideas for an exciting processional
  • Exciting EXTRAS -- props to make your presentation PUNCH!

For delicious pizzaz, you can download the karaoke soundtrack for “New York, New York” from YouTube, or purchase it from Spotify, SoundCloud or iTunes.  Search: New York New York KaraokeA rousing version is the Frank Sinatra style.

My kit will explain EXACTLY how to download and use the musical accompaniment. 

I'll also show you how to teach any song quickly and easily.

Would you like more ideas for your kindergarten graduation?
 Kindergarten Graduation Song and Resources

I'm wishing you a warm and wonderful final memory of kindergarten and graduation day! 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Poetry Writing for Kids

Kids ARE poetry.  
Poetry writing is...a piece of cake for kids!
When kids drop their inhibitions and let the ink flow, they'll write you an ocean.

All you've got to do is give them the rapturous recipe, and they'll cook.

Teach them to free-associate, use delicious adjectives and adverbs, repetition, alliteration, and a host of other poetic devices.

Then teach them how to go deeper, and explore the heart and personal emotions of their theme.  Yes, even a five-year-old can go there...

Red/ Fire truck shiny honk/ Apple is/ a juiciest/ sweetest/ tastiest treat/ lipstick red it/ is sticky and shiny/ perfumed chemical!
...and when they do, they'll see poetry everywhere, and share their glittering new world with you.

If you'd like 16 writing lessons that reveal the inner jazz in your kids, it's here: Free Verse Creative Poetry Lessons.

Teachers are poetry, too--despite long, hectic days of planning and showtime, tests and grading, working lunches and behavior glitches...or maybe BECAUSE of them, we NEED poetry.

Rebecca Gettelman is featuring teacher's poems on her blog--including yours truly, on April 15th and 24th.  

I'm wishing you a world of poetry every day!