Happy Classroom Happy Teacher Giveaway

Happy Blogiversary to Learning with Mrs. Parker! Five years ago, I began this journey as a teacher blogger.  Each day, I am inspired and thankful for you!

 In honor of Back to School and my Blogiversary, I am hosting a

I have selected items that make for a Happy Classroom.  

I have successfully used HeidiSongs in my classroom for over a decade! Each year I am amazed how students respond to it; particularly my students who struggle. I love HeidiSongs Sounds Fun Phonics Combo and her Sight Word DVDs.  These catchy sight word songs are a staple in our Happy Classroom.

Have you heard? Heidi has created a new DVD for Classroom Management.


HeidiSongs has generously donated her new Classroom Management DVD to one of you!



SitSpots are one of my new teacher favorites.

To you, this may look like just a row of velcro dots.  To me this is a Happy Classroom management tool!  No more pushing and tattling about where/how to stand in line.

We use this row of dots to line up.  During calendar, the girls sit here while the boys sit behind them.  And, if you follow the dots all the way to the end, this is how we line up to get our things from our cubbies before it is time to go home or as we put away completed work.

SitSpots are also a teaching tool in our classroom. You can read about it here.

Joyce, a former kindergarten teacher, and creator of SitSpots has generously donated a $50.00 gift certificate to her shop.



Happy Classroom needs a great collection of books.

I am donating a $40.00 Amazon Gift Card to help you build your classroom library.




SheilaJane Teaching is all about the Happy Teacher.  In fact,  her website is dedicated to the well-being and health of a Happy Teacher. How cool is that! I am a proud member of her Teach Happy Community. Think of this community, as a network of teachers coming together to share their love and passion to all things related to teaching.  Her Members Only Section is filled with tidbits of goodies such as Lifestyle tips, past Periscopes and videos created just for us on topics like grading and prioritizing.

SheilaJane Teaching has generously donated membership to her Teach Happy Community.


Here is a recap of the Giveaway.  Enter from now until August 15th.





Lastly, here is a Happy Classroom Happy Teacher print to hang in your classrooms.













I hope you like it.  Again, thank you for reading, commenting and following me on other forms of social media.  This little blog means the world to me and I am so happy to have you here. 
Happy Teaching! 
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Learn the Alphabet with Letter Factory

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Teaching the alphabet is not as easy as singing the "ABC Song."  Some of the students I teach come to kindergarten with little or no alphabetic knowledge.  Our team tries not to see this as a setback but rather a starting point.  In years past, it may have taken a student an entire school year to master the alphabet and letter sounds. How silly is that?!

Then, a teammate shared the Letter Factory DVD with us.  It has completely changed how we teach the alphabet.  Students are now mastering the alphabet and letters sounds in weeks rather than months. 

As we all know, kinders have a short attention span especially during the beginning of the year.  But, their ability to watch a DVD can be much longer.  We use this to our advantage. Each day, we watch a short snippet of the Letter Factory DVD.  We, then, review the letters and sounds.  As we do, we teach our students the hand motions which go with the letter.  

This video shows you what it sounds like. Imagine your students singing along. 




I always have an extra copy or two of the Letter Factory DVD to share with families when a new student arrives.  Parents are always commenting how their child comes home singing the song.  And, oddly enough, students never tire of it.  

This is not the only tool we use to teach the alphabet but it is one of the most effective.  

Thanks, Abby from Inspired Apple for hosting this Alphabet Boom Link.
 
I am excited to see what other fun things I can do to make learning the alphabet engaging for my students.

Happy Teaching!


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