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Ten Seasonal Freebies

It's that time of year when the special days come one right after the other, and I'm getting ready!
 
Ten Seasonal Freebies! There are ten FREE resources to help keep learning happening in your primary classroom from mid-January through February!

I thought I'd give you a taste of several upcoming special Days!

Sometimes I think all these special days are the only things that get me (and the kids) through these New England winters! 
 
The Super Bowl is indeed coming up, which means many of our students will have football fever! 


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Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (Thanks, Dr. King for all you did for peace as well as the day off!)  Here's a popular freebie to get the kids thinking about justice! See the image below for Just or Unjust!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Just-or-Unjust-a-Civics-Sorting-Activity-190743?utm_source=blog%20post&utm_campaign=Just%20or%20Unjust


Some of you have already passed the halfway point.  
For us it's tomorrow (if we have no snow days).  

Celebrate the concept of one half! Explore the image for the link to this freebie, or see here: Halfway Day!


Ten days later, we'll be celebrating the 100th day of school!  I have a little tradition I started years ago, I take my kiddos from class to class singing Day 100 songs.  Here's a link  for one of my songs: 100 Days Smarter!

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Another Day 100 treat, a math game for active kiddos!  
Here's a link to this freebie:  Beanie Toss to 100!

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That groundhog will be peaking out of his burrow in just a couple of weeks! (I sure hope spring comes early, I've had enough!) Check out the link here:  Groundhog Consonant - l-e Sort!

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I often begin doing research projects with my students mid-year. The ABC book is a great way to present the information! ABC Booklet

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Pretty soon, we'll be celebrating our presidents! Here's a fun one: Presidents Day Mini Books Freebie!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Presidents-Day-Mini-Books-and-Mapping-Freebie-547937


Here's another way to celebrate our presidents! See the image below for President Writing Prompts
 
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And, of course, Valentine's Day is less than a month away, and the kids are getting excited about that too!  Valentine's Day Mini-Books

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Wow, we have some busy days ahead of us!  I hope these 10 freebies help you through!


Ten Seasonal Freebies! There are ten FREE resources to help keep learning happening in your primary classroom from mid-January through February!

January Freebies!

Looking for some freebies for the month of January?  

I know where you can find some: right here!

January Freebies!  Here are five different freebies that can be used in your elementary classroom during the month of January!

January is a good time for Thank you cards! I like to start the year with a lesson on Thank you cards, and let the children write thank you cards to each other.  They love it!

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For more about the parts of a Thank You note, see THIS POST.

We celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. in January.  This is one of my favorite freebies.  It really gets the kids thinking. It's an opportunity for children to decide on the fairness of decision in their lives.  I've heard some very passionate conversations when we work on the Just or Unjust activity!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Just-or-Unjust-a-Civics-Sorting-Activity-190743?utm_source=blog%20post&utm_campaign=Just%20or%20Unjust


For more resources to teach about Martin Luther King Jr. see THIS POST.

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Many people are getting ready to celebrate Day 100, but we have another month before that happens. However, I do think Day 90 is a great opportunity to celebrate my favorite fraction! Halfway Day includes a couple of fractions to practice 1/2, and some badges for the children to wear to celebrate 1/2 way through the school year!

I've been working on a series of No Prep Printables. These are perfect for when you need something quickly, but want a valid learning activity which will engage the children.  Here's a sampling of Winter No Prep Activities!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Winter-No-Prep-Printables-Freebie-Literacy-and-Math-Fun-1021081?utm_source=blog%20post&utm_campaign=Winter%20No%20Prep%20Freebie

January is a great time of year to decide to be happy, and you can help your students by encouraging them to be grateful! You can learn more about these Gratitude Journal Labels in this blog post: Five Finger Gratitude!


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Enjoy your January, and give those kiddos an extra happy greeting back from vacation!

January Freebies!  Here are five different freebies that can be used in your elementary classroom during the month of January!



Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas

I'm bracing myself for a challenging week. It's a busy time of year. There are very few hours of sunlight per day. That really affects the spirit of many. Kids are overstimulated, sleep deprived, and downright cranky.

Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!Here are Six Ways to Survive the Last Week Before Christmas:


Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

1.  Bribery Works!  Yes, I've been known to resort to bribery. I would hope that children want to be good just for that personal pride, but that's not realistic. They need to earn something.  
 
This week, we're working toward a Christmas party on Thursday afternoon. I've already planned the party.  We'll have entertainment and gifts to open, and food and fun stuff. But I tell them those plans can be cancelled if they don't earn the party. I've come close to cancelling the party in the past, but we've always had the party. One thing to remember about bribery... the "bait" needs to be WORTH IT, or it won't work next time! (I'll be sure the Christmas party is awesome!)

Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

2.  Keep Them Active!  I've got some games (freebies!) that keep the kids out of their seats.
Try Golfing for Tens
 
Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

 
Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!
 

Or even a game like this one I found on Amazon.

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The key is to get the kids having so much fun, they don't realize they're practicing their adding skills!


Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

3.  Try a Little Yoga!


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Kids really adapt well to Yoga, and it really calms them down and helps them focus! Honestly, it helps me, too!




Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!


4. Add some music to your day!

I use this one in my classroom all the time!
 
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Any baroque music makes a great calming background for the classroom!
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Of course, my acupuncturist uses this background music, and I know it relaxes me!
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Or, if you're looking for holiday music, this one is my personal favorite in the classroom: 
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And who doesn't love this one?

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Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

5.  Let them paint!
I am always amazed at how quiet the children become when I pull out the water colors! Of course, one needs to have an educational purpose for painting, but I really don't think creative teachers like us would have a problem thinking of something, do you?
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Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!


6. Have a Game Day!

There are plenty of board games out there that are perfect for strengthening the children's reading and math skills, and some great strategy building, but be sure to keep the "learning" part a secret... they'll think they're getting away with something!  Here are a few of my favorites:
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Apples to Apples is my favorite! It always makes the kids giggle, and (shhhh...) works some valuable thinking skills! 


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Scrabble works reading, writing, and even math, as well as strategic thinking!


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Uno is a classic! 

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Plus, Yahtzee is a great game for strengthening math skills!

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 Then, of course, regular playing cards will always entertain, and make mathematical paths in the brain. (Seriously!)

Well, there are six ideas to help you through this week. I hope this helps! 

But, as all teachers know, when all else fails, be sure to keep a stash of chocolate in your desk for those particularly stressful days!




How do you survive the week before the holidays!


Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!



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