Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fidgety Kiddos Need Busy Fingers

Do your kiddos have trouble with paying attention? Most of the time, it's because they need to fidget. When able to twiddle a pencil, squeeze a stress-ball, or wiggle their toes, focus usually improves. I know that for myself, too. When I was at the EDexpo last month, I was instantly drawn to this booth, with all of the fun textures.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Speaking and Listening Giveaway

Do your kiddos know how to SayIt!? I am obsessed with this game. Really. Obsessed. I have played this game with my struggling third graders 3 times per week since returning from the EDexpo in Atlanta a few weeks ago.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tactile Learning Fun!

I love these Phonics Pebbles! They are perfect for tactile learners.
Teachers *love* manipulatives, especially to engage our tactile and kinesthetic learners! Today I'm sharing some amazing materials from Yellow Door US that are so helpful for young learners. This company is headquartered in the UK, and have expanded to the US, so you might not have heard of them before. Truly, they are an awesome company that focuses on developmentally appropriate materials for young learners. They sent me a couple of items to look at, and a set to share with you. Check out their website:!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Power of Attention

Let me tell you a story about a student. For today, I will call her Quanisha. Trust me, that is not her real name.

Quanisha looks like any other student, but everyone says she is mean. Before Quanisha begins in your class, you are warned by 3 teachers. Watch out for that one. She always causes trouble, and is mean to the other kids. You get introduced to her social worker, who fills you in on Quanisha's situation: the gaps in housing; the absent parents; the constant trouble in school; the rebellious older sister.

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Reading Game ~ Review and Giveaway

Last week I received a copy of The Reading Game (2nd Edition), and I have to tell you, I was pretty excited about it! I saw the game at the ED Expo 2015 in Atlanta, and I need to share the brilliance of this product with you. The Reading Game truly is a game that helps children develop confidence in reading.
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