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20 Jan
Sight Word Learning Activities and Extra Practice

A quote from the Journal of Educational Research: “The most convincing rationale for teaching sight words is that if they are well selected they will, because of their high frequency in printed materials, have high utility at all levels of reading development. Furthermore, they help to make possible a focus on meaning as well as decoding in early reading, and at the same time they can serve as a basis for analytic phonics instruction.” Here’s a free activity sheet for you today. Did you download this CRACK THE CODE???  Here is another way to review!  It is a cut, paste, trace,... 

19 Jan
Valentine's day Party Centers and Activities

Are you thinking about Valentine’s Day?  Are you a teacher or homeroom mom that has to plan the party?  You are in luck —  here are some of my favorite party ideas.  Many could be used as Valentine’s Day centers as well!  Have fun! The best classroom bingo around.  I love this because it will mean - Everyone’s Engaged Bingo!  The nice thing about this game is that every picture called will be on the card (just in a different order) – this allows for everyone to cover a picture at every turn but still just one winner.  (Keeps all engaged knowing they must find the... 

11 Jan
Yoga Balls In The Classroom

One of the perks of subbing is seeing so many ideas (some good and some not so good) from many teachers in many grades.  I was in a classroom a few weeks ago and the teacher used the Yoga balls for her teacher led reading groups and for her computer chairs.  I have used the squish disks when I taught special education to keep squirmy kiddos in their seats and it worked… so why can’t we use them in the regular education classroom. This deal on Amazon for today was posted and I had to share…  50% off the balls and disks for today.  Here is the link! Yoga Balls Deal on Amazon Here... 

10 Jan
Left Right Center Valentine's Day Party Game

Hey everyone!  Hope your New Year is off to a great start.  I am happy to announce that the Teaching Heart Facebook Fan Page is at 60,000+ fans.   If you are a fan, thanks for being there and if you are not, come join us.  As much as I love Facebook…  I hate that those who want to see all my posts on Facebook, will not…  because Facebook only let’s you see some unless you click over to the page and scroll through it to see what they did not put in your newsfeed. We will celebrate anyhow with a giveaway in this post… so keep reading! Before I get to the giveaway I... 

1 Jan
New Years Wish Teaching Heart 2015

Hey Teaching Heart Peeps.  Thanks for being here in 2014 and now in 2015.  Teaching Heart is in the 16th year of being online.  Each year brings changes; some good and some not so good…  but as God plans and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Not sure where the site will go in 2015 since I have decided to go back to teaching full time in 2015-16 school year (if I get lucky enough to land a job).  Even if I do not post enough in 2015, there still are 16 years of ideas scattered all through the website and I don’t plan to remove the resource!  Thanks... 

16 Dec
Gift of Reading Props

I shared this idea a few years ago from my son’s third grade teacher.  Now, my daughter was lucky enough to get the same teacher for third.  I just love this idea, I had to share it again!!! First she sent home a letter explaining that each student would be sharing the gift of reading with a first grader.  They would be selecting a book to read to the first graders.  After they read the book they would be giving them a gift to open that would contain small items that matched the story they read.   They were to bring five items to school that matched the story in a unwrapped box. You... 

14 Dec

Merry Christmas to you!  I asked the Teaching Heart Facebook fans to share how they know Christmas break is almost in their future.  The answer were funny and some heartfelt.  You will have to go to our Facebook page to read them all.  I selected my favorites that I will share with you in this post!  First support Teaching Heart and make the last few days fun and educational for your students not to mention stress free for you!!   Make life easier with out winter games bundle for Kindergarten to Second Grade!  Games that you can easily print and use!  Click here to learn more! Now to... 

1 Dec
Roll, Double + 1, and Cover Game

So many of you loved the free Roll, Double, and Cover game that I made and shared here.  I had a few requests for a Roll, Double +1, and cover game.  I made a winter themed game of both Roll, Double, and Cover – and Roll, Double + 1, and Cover.  You can see an example of both games below.  The files contain a dice you can make or you can use a numbered dice you already have.  Each game has four different cards.  I suggest you let students play in groups of 2-4 players.  Players take turns rolling the dice and either doubling their roll or double + 1 their roll.  Then they cover up... 

22 Nov
Snowballtoss game

The printables to make the game seen at this post can be found in this set: I had some snowman ping pong balls that I made to use with this sensory table left over…  I put them to use to create a new game for my daughter’s Holiday Party at school. To play: Fill-Up the Snowman Cup (Throw Game) – This game can be set-up on a table or the floor. Pick a student to be the score keeper. Everyone else lines up. The score keeper will write down the final score for each player (on score sheet provided ). Five balls are needed to play. TO PLAY: Students take turns throw/ bounce 5 snowball... 

21 Nov
Gingerbread Cookie Relay Party Game - Homeroom Moms Come See!

Walking around the dollar store a few days ago and trying to come up with a classroom relay for the Holiday Party and I saw these cut-outs of Ginger Cookies and thought a Gingerbread Cookie relay would be fun for a party.  Inexpensive too.  Everything can be found at home or bought at the dollar store. YOU NEED: Two Cookie Sheets Two Spatulas 10 Gingerbread Cut-outs Two plates Tape for a turn around line… Gingerbread Cookie Race (Hall Relay Game) Make two relay lines. START – with the cookie sheet at the end (5 Gingerbread Shaped Foam Shapes on it and a spatula) and a turnaround... 

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