Showing posts with label Teach 'em Young. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Teach 'em Young. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Dr. Seuss's Biography , Crafts and Treats

Do you love anything Dr. Seuss? I certainly do. I must admit some books don't make sense to me. I love the graphics , colors and quotes. The first book that Lucy read all by herself was Hop On Pop. Now Lily enjoys the repetitive and silly words.

A year ago Lucy asked me who exactly was Dr. Seuss? So here's a short bio.

Theodor Seuss Geisel: born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Parents: Theodor Robert Geisel, a successful brew master and Henrietta Seuss Geisel.
Age 18: Mr Geisel left home to attend Dartmouth College, where he became the editor in chief of its humor magazine, Jack-O-Lantern. When Geisel and his friends were caught drinking in his dorm room one night, in violation of Prohibition law, he was kicked off the magazine staff, but continued to contribute to it using the pseudonym "Seuss." After graduating from Dartmouth, Geisel attended Oxford University in England, with plans to eventually become a professor.

1927: He met his future wife, Helen Palmer. Dropped out of Oxford and they returned to the United States.  In the same year he begun his career as an illustrator and cartoonist for Vanity Fair, Life, and various other publications. He also worked as an illustrator for advertising campaigns,and as a political cartoonist for the New York newspaper PM.

1937 : He published his first children's book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.  After the war, Geisel focused on children's books, writing classics such as If I Ran the Zoo (1950), Horton Hears a Who! (1955), If I Ran the Circus (1956), The Cat in the Hat (1957), How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1957), and Green Eggs and Ham (1960). He published over 60 books during his career, which have spawned numerous adaptations, including 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical, and four television series. He won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958 for Horton Hatches the Egg and again in 1961 for And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. Geisel's birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.

1967: His wife Helen died of suicide upon hearing his affair with their longtime friend Audrey Stone Diamond

September 24, 1991 : He died at the age of 87, in La Jolla, California. 1997, the Art of Dr. Seuss project was launched.

Biography Source: Here and here.
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Saturday, September 3, 2016

8 Great Free Resources for Teachers and Homeschoolers

   Who doesn't love free resources? I certainly do. I use it as a supplement for our eldest daughter, she is now in First Grade. She attends school and when we have free time, we still do supplement here at home. I homeschool our youngest and we do preschool at home. Next school year, will be an amazing milestone for us, as she will be entering Kindergarten. I will surely miss that little pumpkin of ours! I am excited though for all the new things that Lily bug would experience at school. New friends for sure!

I am over at My Joy Filled Life sharing these FREE and great resources  for teachers and homeschoolers!

  They are all fun, educational and the lessons goes beyond a regular workbook. Most of it has free lesson plans and printables too!   If you are also looking for a very useful and great blog on homeschooling, My Joy Filled Life is highly recommended by me. You will also get occasional offers for your homeschooling needs. Not a homeschooler? Not a problem, as Sarah's website can also be use as a supplement and offer a ton of encouragement for moms.

You might also love this post where I shared 35 FREE Learning websites.  A free printable list is also provided so you can use it as an easy reference , I sure can not remember all of those awesome sites.

Feel free to pin and share to others can use them too.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

41 Dolch Sight Words for First Grade

If you missed the 40 Dolch Sight Words for Pre -Kindergarten , you can download it HERE and the 52olch Sight Words for Kindergarten, download it HERE. Reading, repetition and tracing are the key learning tools I used for our daughters.  Use Letter Tiles to make it more interesting by letting your child form the sight words.

Print the flashcards on card stock, you can also laminate them to make it more durable, punch a hole in a corner and use a Book Ring.

This way you can always have it handy. You can easily throw it in your purse and while waiting for an appointment or waiting in line, your child can practice their sight words.

You can also print these on card stock and laminate, so your child can use it over and over again. I've always used sheet protectors to save money. Let your child say the sight words to you while tracing.

and finally, how about a matching game! Our girls enjoy any matching game, make it fun by using a timer and an incentive! You can also do a hide and seek a sight word game. Spread and hide the sight words in your front room and let your child find them! Be creative and use this matching game in anyway that your child might love.

FREE PRINTABLE First Grade Dolch Sight Words

How to teach kids about safe touch.

Getting Ready for back to school- tips and organization

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

First and Last Day of School Sign Printable

Aren't you amazed how time just quickly goes by? It felt like yesterday I was planning for our summer fun and in a few more days's back to school again! Our soon to be first grader is just over the moon excited. I am however having a boiling pot of emotions. Excited for sure for all the new things that are in store for her. More,new and fun things to learn. New and old faces. A new door for her. I am also worried for safety. I think of her new teacher, how will she or he can affect our child's life, will they be a teacher who passionately cares for her students. 

I can go on and on. I know this is familiar territory for most parents. All I know is that we can rest into God's hands. He is in control. I pray that the Lord will bless her with new and good friendships. I pray that she will be a light to other students who don't know Jesus. May she stand firm for the weak and be a blessing to others. May she  keep that burning desire for learning lit. I hope and pray that she may know that she is more than just a school grade.

Let's document these special milestones! Preschool to 12th grade, just click on the image to print. You don't have to print all of it of course just choose the page (or grade) that you want.

First Day of School Sign - Free Printables (Preschool to 12th grade)

and let's not forget the last day of school. I am always in awe of how much they have matured and grown in a school year.

Last Day of School Signs- Free Printable ( Preschool to 12th grade)

Stay tuned for more back to school printables! Meanwhile, are we friends on Pinterest?

Back to school Tips

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Monday, June 20, 2016

5 Ways to Help Your Teen Find Their Career Path

     I felt a “calling” to be a teacher early on as a child. I just KNEW I was meant to be a teacher and teaching was God’s plan for my life. However, after a decade of teaching 12th grade, I realize that there are a lot of students that are truly clueless as to what career path is right for them. Often times, this overwhelms students as they start looking at colleges and people begin to ask them what field they plan to go into.

   Parents and teachers can and should help guide these students through this process. From my experience working with 12th graders, here are a few things that both parents and teachers might want to try to help students figure out what direction their future holds.

 1. Prayer Parents should pray for their teenagers but also pray with their teenagers for God’s direction in their life.

   Teenagers need to be reminded that God has a plan for their life and they should be seeking His Will instead of their own. Remind them of verses like Jeremiah 29:11-13 and Matthew 7:7-8.  I think it is very important for teenagers to know and see that their own parents are trusting God for the future & this will encourage them in their walk with the Lord. Teenagers respond much better to being shown than to just being told. If your teenager is struggling for direction, schedule a time that you can pray with them regularly for guidance in this area. Even if they aren’t struggling, what a great way to bond with your teenager than to pray together regularly!

    Parents, do know that there are a lot of us, Christian teachers, out there that are praying with you for the success of your child and are eager to help them find their path. Christian teachers, make sure you are doing your part in praying for your students and being the Christian role model that you can be on a daily basis. As a professor in college once told our class, “You don’t have to walk everyone down the Roman Road for them to know you are a Christian.” Your actions and treatment of students, colleagues, and employers speaks much louder than your words.

 2. It isn’t the 1950s anymore.

   Remind teenagers that we don’t live in a society anymore that expects you to pick a career and stick with it for the next 40 years. The thought of “what am I going to do with the rest of my life,” is incredibly overwhelming, especially for a 17-18 year old. Today, people change jobs and career fields regularly. Many people are going back to school to learn new fields in their 40s, 50s, & even 60s. There is nothing wrong with this so students should focus on their interests right now, not what they think they will want to do at the age of 50. Remind them they have plenty of time to do all sorts of things in their life and this one choice isn’t going to limit them from doing all the other things they want to do in life.

    Although students should focus on their interests right now, do help your child to be realistic. Yes, the idea of being a professional athlete is great but is this really realistic? Even if it is, everyone should have something to fall back on when obstacles in life present themselves. Even though teaching is a very realistic profession, I originally wanted to teach music but my parents made me realize that schools usually only need one music teacher so I might want to find something else that I could do in addition to music so I would be more marketable. They didn’t say that I shouldn’t teach music but they just encouraged me to make myself as marketable as I could so that job opportunities would be there when I was ready for them.

3. Find opportunities to explore your interests.

   Students should try to find ways to explore their interests. Part-time jobs and volunteer opportunities are great ways for teens to explore potential career fields. Instead of working a typical teen job, like fast food, encourage teens to find jobs based on their interests? Do they like animals? Children? Healthcare? Mission work? Have them find jobs or volunteer opportunities at a veterinary clinic, humane society, daycare, after-school program, hospital, church, non-profit organization, etc. Even if places aren’t advertising for help, I can’t imagine someone turning down a young adult that comes in asking to help out for free in exchange for learning more about the career field.

 4. Encourage the use of contacts.

   Do you, as a parent, have a friend or family member that you know does a job in a field your child is interested in? Why not see if this person would mind taking the time to talk with your child? Even if you don’t have someone you know in this field, could you ask around and see if someone you know does? You never know who your friends or family members might know that could be a real asset to your child. It is a wonderful learning opportunity to talk with a person that is doing a job your child ‘thinks’ they want to do in the future. I think most professionals would be quite flattered and willing to speak to a young person wanting advice and insight into their profession.

 5. Help your child discover their strengths and weaknesses.

   Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and typically parents know their children well enough to know what these are. For example, my younger sister struggled to find out what career field she wanted to go into. She took different routes in college trying to find her niche. I know it was hard for her since I had always just KNOWN what I wanted to do. However, my sister ultimately ended up doing the exact job that my mother had said she was going to do since she was a little girl. My mother knew that my sister loved money and not in the kind of way that you probably are thinking. While I was teaching my stuffed animals in my make-shift school, my sister was playing with her cash register & checkbook. She absolutely loved filling out checkbooks and learning how to handle money. She was pretty good at math in school and was good at budgeting her allowance money and later on her paycheck in high school. Skip to present day, my sister is an accountant. My mom saw her interest and ability in dealing with finances long before she even did. Additionally, my mother could have told you twenty plus years ago that I would NEVER be an accountant because that just wasn’t me. I struggled in math, didn’t like numbers, and to this day I hate dealing with finances.

   As a parent, you should know your child better than anyone. You have watched them grow, seen their successes and failures, and have been through all of their interest phases. Use this knowledge of your child to help them find the things that interest them and they excel at. However, make sure you are also being realistic about their weaknesses. I have had students that seriously struggled in math class and their parents just swore they would be an engineer one day. Not to criticize the parents, but I saw how this struggle was painful for the student. The parent had decided that despite the difficulties the student had, they were going to get past it and go into this field no matter what. I definitely think students should be taught to work hard, whether they are good at something or not, but I do think a parent should be realistic and not place an undue burden on their child. Give your child room to succeed and be applauded for their successes, not defeated for their short-comings.

   Deciding on a career path can be a challenging and overwhelming process for some young adults. Parents and other adults in a teenager’s life can help facilitate this process by using some of the strategies I mentioned above. Realize teenagers are overwhelmed, scared, and excited all at the same time. They are going through so many emotions and need guidance to weed through it all. These 17-18 year olds may look like adults but when it comes to making these big decisions, they still need guidance from those adults in their life they trust. Be ready and available to be this adult and help them make the choices they need to make!

 For additional resources on this topic, I encourage you to check out some of these books for your teenagers. (Affiliate links included)


Also, for Christian parents, my pastor mentioned this book recently and highly recommended it. I also have included a copy of his sermon notes on the topic, which I think would be highly beneficial for you to read over. He addresses not only the reasons why children leave the faith but also some  strategies for keeping them from leaving it! 
 Sermon Notes on How to Keep Kids in the Faith

Title Image courtesy of stockimages at Font on images courtesy of Kevin and Amanda Fonts. 
About the author:
 April Cullom is a high school social studies teacher in Birmingham, Alabama. She is going on her 11th year as a classroom teacher. She has been happily married to the love of her life, James, for 6 years. She suffers from multiple chronic illness and was told six months ago that she would have to give up her teaching career due to her health. However, through the Grace of God, a second opinion resulted in finding the “miracle” pill that has enabled her to continue in the classroom. She is praising God daily for this “miracle.” While dealing with her illness, she started using a website, Teachers Pay Teachers. Now that she is feeling better, she wants to help other teachers, like herself, that could use time-saving lessons and activities. 

Connect with April!

She also has a Facebook group specifically for Christian public school teachers called Teacher Time.   
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