Friday, July 19, 2013

Weekly Activities to Connect Home and School

I am beyond thrilled about my newest product!  I first started brainstorming ideas for this in June and have actively been working on it for a couple of weeks now. 
I struggle every year with trying to get parents more involved in their child's learning.  I have found that many times, parents want to help, but they just do not know how.  I created these weekly activities to help form a bridge between home and school.  Each Monday, I will be sending home an activity for students to do with their families.  There are 35 activities in the packet.  The activities include a variety of reading, math, and writing activities that are meant to be used in an "educational family fun night" type setting.
 
Here are two examples of the activities included.


You can find all of these activities by clicking below.

 
The other day on my Facebook page, I posted "A real teacher can tell it's a full moon without ever looking outside."  Then, I asked people to complete the sentence, "A real teacher..." 
Congrats to Tammy & Jen.  I have sent you an email.
 


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  1. A real teacher can carry 20 things into the school, unlock the door and never spill a drop of her...pop, coffee, tea! Tammy
    First Grade @ Storybook Cafe
    dtklinger@gmail.com

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  2. A real teacher gets hungry at "snack time" even when school is out.
    True story. Our first grade team got together to work a couple days after school was over and at about 9:30 (right around our regular snack time)our stomachs were growling!

    wiardmolly@yahoo.com

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  3. A real teacher spends more birthday money on her classroom than herself.

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    1. Haha! Glad to know I'm not the only one! :)

      caseyford711@gmail.com

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  4. A real teacher gets excited when they see school supplies on the shelves in July!

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  5. A real teacher stocks up on crayons, pencils, markers, etc so no child ever goes without.
    stephanierobertson2010@gmail.com

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  6. A real teacher would do her job even if there were no pay involved. Ashleybowlesreed@hotmail.com

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  8. A real teacher knows that the best love letters don't always come from his/her "significant other". alicegchandler@gmail.com

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  9. A real teacher knows that even though you might have a bad day with a child, tomorrow is a new day full of promise. Or in 5 minutes the kid does a 180. Turns around a smiles. Then goes to Chili's for a cheap therapy session after school.

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  10. A real teacher knows how to train their bladder to make it until the next break or lunch time!

    renetowens@sbcglobal.net

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  11. A real teacher knows the school day doesn't end at 3:00!

    Christine
    Preslar's Place

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  12. A real teacher is never caught without some good grading markers!

    Erin
    theatrebabe@hotmail.com

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  13. A real teacher knows how to lovingly meet the needs of every student.

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  14. A real teacher can adapt to anything and everything!!
    amyhudson@live.com

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  15. A real teacher takes her class pet, Andy (a stuffed dog), on vacation to Europe with her and blogs about it on her classroom website so her students can follow Andy's European Adventure all summer long. http://bonnieadams.weebly.com/adventures-with-andy.html

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  16. a real teacher can't think of a better emotion than the look on a child's face when they "get it" and they hadn't before!
    ksennis@gmail.com

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  17. a real teacher never walks past a garage sale or thrift shop without checking for books and games for her classroom.
    Erin
    evrmoi21@gmail.com

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  18. A real teacher had an endless supply of school supplies in her purse at all times because you never know when you're going to need some glitter or a glue stick!
    Jkroske@gmail.com

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  19. A real teacher isn't afraid to tell the kids at the neighborhood pool to walk before someone slips and gets hurt.

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

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  20. A real teacher can read a child's writing and understand it even when there are no words spelt correctly :)

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  21. A real teacher is always looking for a bargain no matter where she is because who buys the supplies for the classroom, the teacher!

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  23. A real teacher jumps up and down with giddiness when finding out she can use all of her coupons at one time at Jo-Ann's!

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  25. A real teacher cares about students as PEOPLE...not just as learners.

    - Katy
    firstgradekate@gmail.com

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  26. A real teachers raids the Target dollar section on a regular basis! And/or has an abundance of storage containers!

    Teacher at Heart
    teacheratheart123@gmail.com

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    1. SO TRUE!!! Do you have a Dollar General near you? if so check out their teacher section. It's small but there are several bargains. I got wipe off clocks with the face and hands and a section to write in the digital time. They also had some really nice 2inch letters for the bulletin board.

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  27. A real teacher can wait to use the restroom for a looooong time.
    Sarah
    Srhv21@yahoo.com

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  28. A real teacher knows that even on a day you look terrible a sweet voice will say you look so pretty today Mrs.......:)

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  29. A real teacher...never has a summer, weekend, or holiday off~they are ALWAYS looking for and learning new ideas for their class!

    Renee
    Sreneestewart13@gmail.com

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  30. A real teacher LOVES the Staples Back-to-School commercial, "It's the most wonderful time of the year..." - because for a real teacher, it really is!!!
    jchanstein@hotmail.com

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  31. These activities look so fun!

    A real teacher can wolf down lunch in 10 minutes so that there is still time to go to the restroom, make copies, and check your email before you pick up the kids.
    walliswilson@hotmail.com

    Wallis
    First Grade Wolves

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  32. A real teacher knows you never REALLY get a summer 'off'! A real teacher will never say "I'm all caught up..." (and really mean it!)
    Your packet looks wonderful! I would love to win it~
    jennifer.steinacher@meeker.k12.co.us

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  34. A real teacher spends more on her students and classroom than on herself! :)
    Bforbes89@gmail.com

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  35. A real teacher can create something educational from anything in the Target Dollar Bins.

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  36. A real teacher runs to the store "real quick" without their hair done or any makeup and run into 3 different students. Getting stuck in conversations while frantically thinking "I wish I had dressed more appropriately for this rendezvous!"

    tennisluvr4lyf@hotmail.com

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  37. A real teacher can go shopping with her friends and buy nothing but things for her classroom.
    Ruthanne rarace81@gmail.com

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  38. A real teacher is an instructor, counselor, nurse, parent and champion for every child in his/her care.

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  39. A real teacher can match a sniffle, pencil drum beat, or the sound of dragging feet of a reluctant learner to a student without looking around.

    JLHowell33@gmail.com

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  40. A real teacher can have 30 people in their office at one time, all of whom had different needs, and some of whom didn't want to be there and were causing trouble, and without assistance, had to treat them all with professional excellence for nine months.

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  41. has love for her students and flexibility to meet their needs.

    kimberlycollatos@comcast.net

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  42. a real teacher has patience, humor and creativity!

    antbonna_belle@yahoo.com
    Bonnie Gilbert

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  43. A real teacher can read e-mails, call parents, make copies, and eat (ahem, scarf) lunch... all in 25 minutes!

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  44. A real teacher gets excited when they can finish their lunch without interruptions.
    teecher4life@gmail.com
    Kinders on the Block

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  45. A real teacher is a master of all trades, caring for the physical, emotional, and academic needs of ALL children.....not just those in their own classroom.

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  46. A real teacher not only teaches but loves every student in their classroom! A real teacher knows and tries to meet every need their students have!

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  47. A real teacher not only teaches but loves every student in their classroom! A real teacher knows and tries to meet every need their students have!

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  48. A real teacher thinks that there is NO WAY that she can possibly love next year's class as much as she loved this past year's class...and always does...

    Lori @
    Bee the Change
    Mrs. Faas’ First Grade

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  49. A real teacher leaves on the last day of school knowing those challenging, apathetic, hard-to-love students were the ones who taught her the most...and the ones she'll remember the longest;)
    geteacher@hotmail.com
    SynonymRolls&AntonymMoments

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  50. A real teacher uses everyday items in unusual and creative ways to make learning fun. she spends more on her students on herself. The size of her family varies from year to year. bboyer@faithlafayette.org

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  51. A real teacher knows that bandaids can fix almost any ouch and you don't need to be bleeding to need one.

    rita@serendipityschool.com

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  53. A real teacher sees unusual items in the store and asks, "How could I use this in my classroom?"

    Teresa
    tmburgess@roaneschools.com

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  54. A real teacher realizes that all children learn in different ways and is willing/able to make adjustments based on the specific learning abilities of each child.

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  55. A real teacher knows the value of caffeine and humor! Thanks for your fabulous blog!

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  56. A real teacher makes a difference everyday!

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  57. A real teacher does not work from 8-3 with "summer off!" A real teacher is working 24/7 on helping children to succeed!

    Amy

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  58. A real teacher puts children first!

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  59. A real teacher keeps her hair up and her eyes peeled for little critters.....just in case....

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  60. A real teacher believes that every student can be a leader to the world one day no matter the challenges they come to us with or the ones they will face.

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  61. ...is also a nurse, mother/father... ;)
    lorepuckett at verizon dot net

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  62. A real teacher shares a little piece of his/her heart with each and every student, and sends it with them as they leave at the end of the year. And does this year upon year!
    cynthiajohnso@yahoo.com

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  63. A real teacher doesn't go to work each day, she goes to school

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  64. A real teacher makes every student feel like they are the only one that matters!

    Ms. Cranfill's Class

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  65. A real teacher has the priviledge of being loved by 20 extra people for 180 days of each year!

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  66. A real teacher finds joy in every day, humor in every situation, and potential in every child.

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  67. Loves going to work every single day-no matter what the day holds!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  68. A real teacher sees the potential in every child and nurtures it.
    aafiya_smile@yahoo.com

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  69. I love that these resources can be sent home with students as well! One of the big take-aways from this blog for me is the amount of count full resources that can be used daily. From morning routines to reading, math, writing, social studies and science- every subject link there has something different to offer. Definitely resourceful to use in my classroom. :)

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