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WHY I TEACH ANALOGIES TO PRIMARY STUDENTS

What is an analogy? An analogy is simply a comparison of two things that are usually thought of as being different, but are similar in some way.  They are written in a specific format such as  apple : fruit :: carrot : vegetable.  It reads: apple is to fruit as

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Self Checking Phonics Games: Slip It and Flip Its

  What are Slip It and Flip It self checking phonics games? Slip it and Flip Its are fun, engaging, hands-on self correcting games. They provide independent practice designed to purposefully and meaningfully reinforce skills and concepts taught in the classroom. Because they are self correcting, students receive immediate feedback.

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Flip That Flop! Turning Mistakes Into Opportunities

The Importance of Mistakes  “Mistakes are GOOD!”  The first time I said that to a class of second graders, they looked at me like I was crazy.  They were incredulous.  “You mean you actually want us to make mistakes?” they asked in disbelief.   Yes I do!  The truth is, mistakes are

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FONT HACK FOR TEACHERS – USING FONTS WITHOUT THE DOWNLOAD

Are you obsessed with fonts? Do you hate making classroom materials on your school computer because you can’t install all those fabulous fonts you find on Teachers Pay Teachers and other websites? Do you have cute fonts on your home computer, so you make everything at home instead of school?  Despair no

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CELEBRATE EARTH DAY WITH MISS RUMPHIUS

Wow!  Can you believe it’s the middle of April already?  I can hardly believe Earth Day is almost here.  I wanted to do a quick post to share one of my favorite picture books and how you can use this book to celebrate Earth Day with your students. Note:  Keep

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