Kindness Is Cooler

Make kindness cooler in your classroom. No doubt…we could use a little more kindness in this world.  Cultivate kindness in your room by singing this simple song.  Your kiddos will love it and kindness will become contagious. Follow-up the song with the amazing book, Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler.  This read aloud will inspire everyone to remember how important a random act of kindness can be!  You can even fill a bulletin board with 100 acts of kindness and celebrate your caring students!

Check out more great read alouds and extension ideas in our Social Emotional Pack on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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The OK Book


This book is awesome for inspiring kindergartners to try new things and develop self-esteem.  Too often young learners are perfectionists.  Children don’t want to try new things if they think they are not going to be good at them.  This book encourages young learners to try lots of different things.  You don’t have to be good at all of them but you can have so much fun trying. Read it to your class.  Stop and have discussions. Have your students complete a writing response answering what they are OK at. Create a bulletin board or classbook from their responses.  Celebrate the diviersity in their responses. Read this magical mentor text over and over again in order to inspire your students to take the risk to try something new!

Kindergarten Writing Ideas

i-love-schoolTeaching young children to write is one of the most difficult tasks for early childhood educators.  Beginning writers lack the confidence to take the risk to write.  They also often lack the foundational skills to help them put their thoughts on paper.  Start with some great literature to help empower your young writers!


Lost for Words  By: Natalie Russell

Tapir wants to express himself, but he can’t find the words! He and his friends all have nice new notebooks, just waiting to be filled. Giraffe decides to write a poem, Hippo writes a story, and Flamingo composes a beautiful song. But poor Tapir can’t think of anything to write – and the harder he tries the more upset he becomes! But everything starts to change when Tapir stops trying to write, and instead he begins to draw… Use this book to empower young writers to begin to express themselves by drawing their thoughts.


A Squiggly Story  By:  Andrew Larsen and Mike Lowery

A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there’s a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn’t know many words. ?Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,? his sister explains patiently. ?Why don’t you start there, with a letter?? So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story. This picture book from award-winning author Andrew Larsen playfully and imaginatively explores a young child’s process of learning to express himself. It promotes the idea that stories are available for everyone to tell, whatever way we can, and will inspire pre-readers to try writing stories of their own. The lively, fun illustrations by Mike Lowery incorporate story panels with dialogue bubbles, adding visual texture. Also helpful, the boy’s story is shown both as he actually writes it — with just a few letters, some punctuation marks and typographical symbols — and as he imagines it. Celebrating self-expression, self-discovery and imagination, this book would enhance an early language arts lesson on writing, particularly on the parts of a story. It beautifully highlights the exciting worlds that are opened up when children begin to read and write.


Rocket Writes A Story  By: Tadd Hills

Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can’t think of a story. Encouraged by the little yellow bird to look closely at the world around him for inspiration, Rocket sets out on a journey. Along the way he discovers small details that he has never noticed before, a timid baby owl who becomes his friend, and an idea for a story.

Teach your students the power of the pencil with this cute song from Can You Read It Yes We Can. Sing it every time your write!


Use this bundle to get your students writing routinely.  Great read and write the room print ables. Awesome templates for writing a letter to friend all throughout the year.  Easy to use journal writing printables too.


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Social Emotional Pack: 18 Mentor Text Ideas & Response Activities

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Use books to spark social and emotional growth in your classroom. This pack showcases 18 favorite read-alouds that inspire discussions about friendship, bullying, kindness, taking risks, sharing ideas, self-esteem, persevering, making mistakes and more. It includes 18 reproducible writing response sheets, ideas for anchor charts and bulletin boards, a parent letter, 3 writing assessments and 1 speaking and listening assessment. Also included are over one dozen pages of mentor texts that can be used to teach social and emotional skills to young learners. This product will help you create a classroom climate where children are kind and support one another as they learn! Perfect for Pre K-2 classrooms. Great for Back To School!

Back To School Ideas

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This 91 paged file contains 5 different roll and read games to help students master basic readiness skills. This is an awesome tool for RTI instruction for letter recognition. Students love playing it over and over again! Each of the 5 different game sets contains enough game boards for 6 players to play at one time. Game boards are color coded to make organization a breeze. Plus students can trade their color coded game boards to keep them engaged at the center longer. Parent take homes are included for at home skill practice too. The following games are included: Shapes Roll and Read(2D), Colors Roll and Read, Capital Letter Roll and Read, Lowercase Roll and Read and Numbers(0-10) Roll and Read. These games are great for the beginning of kindergarten or even to use for intervention. These games are also awesome for Pre-K teachers to use too. Click on the icon for the link.

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Back To School Centers: 6 August Games

This 82 paged kit contains 6 centers aligned to the language arts and math common core standards. Kid-friendly posters of the standards are included for display. Color coded multiple player game boards help to maximize engagement and keep materials easily organized. This download contains 6 different centers. Each center includes enough pieces for 6 players. Students can trade game boards and play each center 6 different times. This helps to increase student playing time. Parent take home centers are included too! Your students will love the activities and you will love how easy it is implement the common core with fun and developmentally appropriate centers! (Games for the following 3 standards are included: We can recognize and name the capital and lowercase letters of the alphabet, We can recognize and produce rhyming words, We can count to answer “How Many” questions and We can count to match a number. There are 2 games per standard.) This product is perfect for the beginning of kindergarten or review for other grades.

Kindergarten and The Common Core: It’s as Easy as ABC!

teachers choice awardbook coversTeacher’s Choice Award for outstanding Professional Development Resource.  Check out our book, Kindergarten and the Common Core: It’s as Easy as ABC!

How do we teach with rigor and still maintain developmentally appropriate environments for our youngest learners?This professional resource provides practical routines and developmentally appropriate activities that foster an environment where our youngest learners can thrive in mastering kindergarten core content no matter what standards you follow. The routines and activities in this book have been thoroughly classroom tested and aligned with best practices. The authors show you how to create a magical kindergarten environment that creates a community of confident learners full of excitement and enthusiasm!