Not in the Fact Family

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in 1st Grade, Addition, Kindergarten, Math, Math Facts | 0 comments

Building students’ addition and subtraction fact fluency foundation is essential. Here is a math activity to extend students’ fact skills and challenge them. Not In the Fact Family will have your students tapping into their higher order thinking skills and get them looking for the relationships among numbers.

This resource includes 4 sets of task cards with math facts with sums up to 12. These task cards would make a great independent math station but can also be used to facilitate a teacher lead small group.

Not in the Fact Family Task Cards

Watch as I demo how you can use this resource in your classroom.

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3 Ways to Use Ten Frames

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Counting, Fall, Free Resources, Math, Numbers, Ten Frames | 0 comments

Ten frames are graphic tools that can help students build number sense. With young students I think it is important to begin with manipulatives and slowly move to abstract representations.

Here are three examples of how you can use ten frames with preschool and kindergarten students. I put them in order of difficulty.

1. 1:1 Correspondence

Begin with 1:1 correspondence. Have students match a number of objects to a visual representation. Differentiate for yours students by providing only frames from 0-5 to make it a little easier if necessary.

Fall Pumpkin 1:1 Correspondence

2. Ten Frame to Numeral Matching

After student have mastered counting and matching numbers using 1:1 correspondence begin having them make ten frame to numeral matches. The goal is for them to be able to identify the number of objects within a ten frame with automaticity.

Fall Pumpkin Ten Frame Numeral Matching

3. Building Ten Frames

Once students know how much a numeral represents, students are ready to begin building numeral representations. Use counters, play-dough, or any other small manipulative to make the activity fun and engaging.

Fall Pumpkin Build a Ten Frame

 

I you’d like to use the resource pictured here, it is free, download it here or in my TPT store. Enjoy!

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5 Tips for Marketing Your Products

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Marketing | 0 comments

5 Ps of Product Marketing

What is the point of creating a product if no one is going to even know it exist! I do not have a business background so when I started my online business I had little to no idea of what I was doing. As I became more serious about growing my online business, I started to research and read more on the subject.

If you are just starting out or have been at this for a while but would like to grow in this area, I hope these practical tips will help you meet your business goals.

1. Products

Product

First things first, create quality products. There simply is no shortcut when creating quality products. Take your time to create a resource you are proud of. Infuse your product with your expertise, teaching style and personality.

2. Print

print

When I first started out creating digital downloads, I did not print them. I was no longer a classroom teacher so I didn’t need to print them, or so I thought. It is important to print it (or at least some of it) to make sure it looks exactly how you want it. You also need to print it so you can complete the next step in the marketing process.

3. Photo

photograph

As teachers we know how important it is to use visuals. This is also true in marketing. Keep in mind that 90% of the information we take in is visual. Photographing your products, preferably in action, is huge!

I don’t have a classroom so I usually stage my photos or ask one of my own children to pose for me. I take two photos, one landscape and one portrait. Let me explain why I do that. I use social media to promote my products, the orientation of the image I use depends on the platform I post to. On Pinterest for example, only portrait photos should be used. This becomes especially important because many people use Pinterest on their mobile device. Landscape photos on Pinterest are much smaller, don’t show up as well and as a result, don’t get repinned as much.

Be sure to secure your photos by adding a watermark or logo to it so that your work is protected.

4. Post

post

After I photograph my products, I start to post them on various platforms. I start of by writing a short blog post about it and include the photos I have taken. On my blog I use the landscape images, as most people read blogs on their computer screen. Facebook photos also display better in landscape. Here is a post I found that provides photo dimensions for various social media sites and explains it better than I do.

Don’t forget the video! Did you know YouTube is the second largest search engine after Google? Something I started doing is creating short videos of me demoing my products. The videos are not fancy. I have my daughter videotape my hands as I show and explain how to use my products. I use my iPhone 6 which has really good video and audio quality. I upload the video to my YouTube channel and embed it into my blog post. The link to your video can also be embedded into your product descriptions adding a whole other dimension.

5. Pin

pin

Pinterest is a photo sharing website. I cannot stress enough the importance of using portrait photos vs. product covers. Over 500,000 education pins are pinned daily! Like myself, there are thousands of teachers obsessed with Pinterest!

Pinterest allows educators into the classrooms of teachers around the world. If you have your own classroom, show it off!

Add stylish text to your photos always being careful not to overpower the image with too many words, logos, etc. Here is a great video to watch that offers some great tips for creating pins that get repinned.

I hope you discovered something new here you can take away to get your products and talents noticed.

 

Additional Resources: 
The Power of Visual Storytelling http://www.amazon.com/The-Power-Visual-Storytelling-Visuals/dp/007182393X
Visual Storytelling: How to Use Visuals, Videos and Social Media to Market Your Business
http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/visual-storytelling-with-ekaterina-walter/
Teachers Stuck on Pinterest: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/teachers-stuck-on-pinterest-kendra-jarvis

 

Credits:
Graphics by Creative Clips http://thecreativechalkboard.blogspot.com/p/creative-clips-digital-clipart.html

 

 

 

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4th of July Bilingual Blog Hop

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Bilingual Blog Hop, Bilingual-Spanish, Kindergarten, Literacy, Phonological Awareness, PreK, Preschool, QR Codes, Rhyming | 0 comments

4th of July Bilingual Blog Hop Header

I hope  you are enjoying your 4th of July weekend and spending time with family and friends. In my family we usually celebrate by enjoying burgers, corn on the cob and watermelon.

When my daughter was younger we both dressed in red, white and blue. She is 12 years old now so that is not so cool anymore! Here is one of my favorite 4th of July memories.

4th of July Photo With Christy

This 4th of July a group of bilingual bloggers and I would like to help you celebrate FREEdom by giving away bilingual and/or Spanish resources for you to use in your classroom.

I hope you enjoy this QR rhyming freebie.

Patriotic QR Rhyming Station

Click on the image below to download this freebie from my TPT store. 

Spanish: QR Code Rhyming Station

Watch me demo it so you can see how it works. Your students are going to love it! I’ve used it with students as young as PreK!

 

Be sure to click on the image below and hop on over to the next bilingual blog. I hope you discover some new bilingual bloggers and also find great resources to use this coming fall.

Next Stop

Happy 4th of July everyone!

celebrate

 

 

 

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Spanish Rhyme and Reveal Station

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Bilingual-Spanish, Fall, Kindergarten, Literacy, PreK, Preschool, Rhyming, Spanish | 0 comments

Rhyming is a foundational skill many early learners have trouble mastering. Use this rhyming phonological awareness station to lead small group instruction or place it in a center for independent practice.

There are no written words for students to read, this is strictly a phonological awareness activity. To help students be successful, review the vocabulary (name of each picture) with students first. If you don’t need the data, leave out the answer recording sheet.

To use this activity, students will  say the names of the two pictures aloud listening to identify if they rhyme. Students make their determination then lift the flap to check if they were right.

Spanish Fall Rhyming Station

This resource may be purchased here or in my TPT store.

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