Stress-Free Classroom Management: Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Classroom Culture

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Before any learning can get done, students need to feel secure and welcome in their classroom culture. This may seem obvious, but it’s so important that it could make or break your classroom management for the year. If you’ve ever felt like a fish out of water, you know that staying positive and focused in that environment can be difficult. In this article, we’ll talk about ways to set up and maintain a welcoming and inclusive classroom culture for all students. We’ll end with some real life examples to help you visualize what the fruits of this labor will be. 

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Growing Foundational Reading Skills with Decodable Books

We are excited to announce a new book series designed to support your classroom phonics curriculum. The Growing Readers series in Footsteps2Brilliance Level 2 and in Footsteps2Brilliance Central™ offers highly-effective multi-sensory practice with immediate feedback to support students in developing phonics skills. Even better, all of the phonics games are automatically scored so that teachers can easily monitor student growth.

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The Lion and the Mouse

This week, you and your children will put on a puppet show based on the Aesop’s fable The Lion and the Mouse. This fun activity is a great way to practice the skill of speaking out loud while learning social-emotional lessons from the story. Read our step-by-step guide to make the puppet show come to life for this social-emotional activity.

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El león y la ratona

Esta semana, usted y sus niños presentarán un espectáculo de marionetas basado en la fábula de esopo El león y la ratona.  Esta divertida actividad es una gran manera de practicar la expresión lingüística mientras aprenden lecciones socio-emocionales del cuento. Lea nuestra guía con los pasos a seguir para darle vida a su espectáculo de marionetas.

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Stress-Free Classroom Management: Establishing Clear Rules and Expectations

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The new school year is starting and you’re feeling ready: your pencils are sharpened, kids’ name tags are printed, the floors are freshly waxed. The only thing left to do is welcome your new students into a classroom where they can thrive academically and socially. And while you may feel pressure to jump right into curriculum, the absolute best thing you can and should do in the first few weeks of school is establish the foundation that will make classroom management a breeze the rest of the year.

In this Teacher Tip Tuesday series, we’ll break down everything you need for year-long, stress-free classroom management. You can subscribe to our blog and follow us on social media to never miss a tip!

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Ilene the Iguana

This week’s Family Friday is a twist on the classic game Pin the Tail on the Donkey. After reading Ilene the Iguana in our Alphabet Animals series, your children will learn fun facts, like the fact that iguanas can regrow their tails!  After coloring in their iguana, blindfold your children and see if they can pin the iguana’s tail in the right place. Have fun with this interactive animal craft!

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Ilene La Iguana

Para este Viernes en Familia, haremos un juego clásico. Después de leer Ilene the Iguana en nuestra serie Alfabeto de Animales, sus hijos aprenderán que las iguanas pueden volver a crecer. ¡Después de colorear su iguana, vea si su hijo/a puede fijar la cola de la iguana en el lugar correcto!

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Happy Obon!

In this week’s Family Friday you will make a lantern for the Japanese holiday called Obon which takes place from the 13th to the 15th of the seventh lunar month. This year, the holiday will be celebrated from August 13 to 15. Obon honors and remembers people who have died. Families place candles in lanterns and float them down the river. Read our step-by-step guide on how to make your own Obon lantern at home to celebrate!

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¡Feliz Obon!

Este Viernes en familia harás un farolillo para la fiesta japonesa llamada Obon, que se celebra del 13 al 15 del séptimo mes lunar. Este año, la fiesta se celebrará del 13 al 15 de agosto. Obon honra y recuerda a las personas que han fallecido. Las familias colocan velas en linternas y las flotan en el río. ¡Lea nuestra guía sobre cómo hacer su propia linterna en casa para celebrar!

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Counting with Geraldine the Giraffe

For this week’s Family Friday, we will do a counting game. In Geraldine the Giraffe, children will learn all about how Geraldine uses spots to identify her mother. Children will then practice their counting skills by rolling dice and identifying the spots that have the same number shown on the dice. Read our step-by-step guide on how you can play this interactive counting activity with your child at home!

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