Category Archives: Play

Savanna Safari Animal Puppets / Masks

I finally finished the first of many products celebrating life on the African savanna.  I am always looking for ways to get students to read where they don’t realize that they are actually reading!  (It helps a little to be a … Continue reading

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Kids as Teachers

I am always amazed at how proficient children are when they are given half a chance. Recently I was working with a group of first graders of varying achievement levels in reading. While I was working with one small group, … Continue reading

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School Should be Fun…Time on Task

Fun things are engaging.  Engagement brings extended time-on-task.  Extended time-on-task leads to better test scores.  Although we may whine and complain about standardized tests, in many ways rightly so, don’t we all want our students to score very well?  Isn’t … Continue reading

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Child’s Play

I think it was Maria Montessori who said, “Play is the work of the child.”  Another one of my defining teaching expressions is “Children learn what they play.”  I don’t know who said that, but I believe these things and … Continue reading

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