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Differentiated, Versatile, and Thoughtful Teaching Resources



Letter Formation

Learning to write is an exciting step for all young children, but it is also very developmental.  Different children learn to write letters at different ages and that is ok!

Letter Formation

How can you support your child’s writing at home? Here are a few activities and projects you can do to help your child learn to write letters.
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Tens Go Fish

Understanding ten is HUGE in development of place value.  Kids should quickly be able to identify all of the ways to make 10 (2+8, 4+6…).  This should be automatic and playing a game is a great way to practice. Continue reading “Tens Go Fish”

7 Fun Ways to Practice Sight Words!

Sight words are those words that appear all the time in text, but are often difficult to read because you can’t use reading strategies to figure them out.

That is why children need to memorize sight words and learn them with automaticity! The more a child reads, and rereads a particular sight word, the more automatic it becomes.  This helps them to become a better, more confident reader.

But, drilling sight words with flashcards can be B-O-R-I-N-G!!!!!

Here are 7 Fun, Quick, and Easy Activities to help your child learn their sight words.


Please click on the image above to download this freebie from my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Continue reading “7 Fun Ways to Practice Sight Words!”

Pattern Block Mats

Need a quick, easy, and engaging activity to help students practice counting and cardinality?  Check out my pattern block mats in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.


My students LOVE playing with pattern blocks! There is something very calming and satisfying in manipulating the different shapes and building beautiful designs.  I wanted to create a way for them to use this math manipulative, while also working on their number sense. Continue reading “Pattern Block Mats”

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