Monday, July 27, 2015

Back to School Giveaway!

It's time for the 2nd annual Back to School Giveaway from Green Apple Lessons! Enter below for your chance to win a $100 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card! 

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That's it! Don't forget to do both steps for a valid entry into the contest! Have a great school  year and be sure to stop by Green Apple Lessons for some creative and fun teaching resources!

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Congrats to our winner!  Joan C! Your prize is on the way!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Homeschooling Moms

There are the millions of home school teachers who are quietly doing the job of educating the next generation.  And we have learned from research they are doing a pretty good job. Home schooled students often rank high in college preparation exams.

If you are considering becoming a homeschool teacher, the task is not as intimidating as it seems.  And the potential benefits to your children are great. 

When you set out to becoming a home school teacher, you have a huge amount of flexibility in how you structure the learning environment.  If you have a room you can set aside as the "classroom", that is a nice set up because you and your child know that when you go into that room, learning will happen there.  

It is also a myth that home schooling will become expensive.  In fact, you can virtually set up a perfectly valid year long curriculum for very little cost.  By logging into the public school's system, you can find the curriculum for the grade your child is in school and what must be learned to finish that grade.  In many cases, local public schools and many private schools have programs to help you get started so that your child follows a similar educational path that is going on down the street in the public schools.  

Materials can often be obtained for very little expense as well.  Many times a textbook that is being used for a particular subject will come out with a new edition.  When that happens, you can pick up copies of the previous edition, now out of date to the public schools, for very little cost and often for free.  The topics in the text book are just as valid in the previous edition so you can conduct full year of classes using that textbook and not face any serious cost investment at all.

By looking for ways to take advantage of public facilities like the computers at the public library and of programs offered by churches, public schools and other institutions to help home school teachers like you be successful, you can set up a program at home that will help your child succeed as a student in this educational setting.  It will be an adventure for you.  And you will see a new appreciation come in to your child's eyes when he or she suddenly realizes that mom is still mom but she is also an outstanding teacher as well!

Tips for Teaching Kids to Love Learning

Children at their earliest ages should learn the importance of education in their lives. How can you motivate your children to treat education as a necessary preparation for their future? Here are some practical suggestions.

Teach the value of education early on in a child’s life. Children are naturally curious and observant. Your children should catch you reading! They may be wondering why you love reading books or magazines. Encourage them to develop a love of reading by taking them to the local library on a weekly basis.

Seek out educational places to visit. Instead of taking them to the malls to walk around, why not take them to a museum, a science center, or a zoo for a change? Follow up the visit with books to continue to learning. 

Wait to introduce the computer to children. Computers never fail to amaze people, especially young children.  Instead, set aside quiet time for reading and play. Limit technology with young children and carefully monitor their activity on it.

Most importantly, don't forget to integrate learning into your daily activities. You can incorporate math into your daily errands. For example, take them to the grocery store and ask them buy certain items (like 5 apples, 10 oranges etc...). 

Last but not least, enroll your children to the most reputable and effective schools. Traditionally, parents treat schooling of children as investments. If you want them to love education, make sure to place them into an environment that would foster comfort, fun, and learning at the same time.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

First Day of Kindergarten

The first day of kindergarten will be here soon!  While teachers are busy preparing their classrooms for the new arrivals, I have put together a really fun first day of kindergarten activity bundle. Your new kindergarten students will love these activities! There is enough to do to stretch these activities out for the entire first week of school!  Be sure to check out this First Day of Kindergarten Activity Pack in my store!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Kinder Tribe Giveaway!

Calling all kindergarten teachers! Stop by the new KinderTribe collaborative blog and enter one of the giveaways! 

Lots of kindergarten teacher bloggers are teaming up to bring you the best resources and teaching ideas! Click here to enter the giveaway!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How to Organize Your Classroom for the First Day of School

One of the most significant days for both teachers and students is the first day of school. As exciting as this day can be, it can still be quite overwhelming. The following article will look at the major factors that you should keep in mind when starting a new school year.

Create a friendly environment

When your students start entering your class, they must find a welcoming and friendly environment. A good way of creating this kind of environment is by setting up a bulletin board that is specifically dedicated for the students only. You can start with names and later on add some pictures. For classes with limited space for a bulletin board, then you can try decorating the door instead. There are some great ideas for both decorating a door or bulletin board on my Teaching Ideas Pinterest board that you can check out and use.

Organize classroom supplies

For schools that require their students to come with their own school supplies at the start of the school year then you can also organize those. Just create a few drop-off points with bags or boxes labeled clearly using both pictures and words. This enables students to learn where they are going to be leaving their supplies every time. In effect, this saves you from the hassle of having to sort through the whole classroom’s supplies once the class ends.

Set up class routines

It is good to set a clear routine or schedule that your class will follow. However, since most students that are just starting kindergarten cannot read, you can provide visuals so as to assist them in understanding the schedule. This is the right time to set your expectations and standards. Ensure you show them the way they should enter the class, where to place their bags, where to sit down and also how to request for permission to go to the bathroom. Learning these routines is important for ensuring your class operates smoothly.

Reducing tears

Going to school is tough on both parents and kids as well. A good practice of easing both the parents and the kids into the learning environment is by inviting them to attend the tour of the class on the first day. However, when the parents leave some students will definitely cry. A good way of reducing tears is by having stuffed animals in the class for any student who is feeling sad. Eventually, such students get engaged by the enjoyable activities of the elementary school and new friends that they forget about crying.

These are only a few of the various ways you can plan your first day of school. Now you only need to be get mentally prepared and start decorating! You can find tons of back to school classroom decor at

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Books for Boys

Do you have a favorite book series for boys?  As a parent of three sons, I searched high and low for books that would encourage my sons to develop a sincere love of reading.  Here is an interesting blog article about 50 of the best books for boys.  

While my sons enjoyed many of these, their favorite series was the Sugar Creek Gang series by Paul Hutchins. This series was written in the 1940s and is wholesome and full of adventure for boys! Check out this blog post about the top 50 books for boys.

Check out a sample story on CD of the Sugar Creek Gang! You won't be disappointed! We got ours here for $3.95 and that is that is what got my sons hooked on this series!

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