Leaf Word Families Activity

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Leaf Word Family Activity updated…

LEAF Word Family Activies

This post was originally wrote last Fall, but it was such a fun and simple activity I decided to use it again this year.  It’s a wonderful activity to do as a word families or book study extension! 

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      At this point into our owl/leaves study we have already completed a few Owl activities and have done a few owl related RED TED ART crafts.  So this is why you see a picture of the owl bird feeder also from Red Ted Art in the above collage.

 My son continues to study word families at school.  There are a lot of word families and this means I have to offer a variety of word family activities every week for everyday practice.  This particular word family activity is super easy to make, offers sensorial learning, and is just in time for fall!!

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International Festival Crafts For Kids Part 2

Part 2

Folkmoot festival crafts for kids

I’m happy to be writing about one of the best days of summer around here!  We have attended the Folkmoot Festival for three years in a row.  If you missed my last posting about this cultural peace festival, you can read about it HERE or click the picture.

Folkmoot Passports and Cultural Peace Festival

 

 

 

 

Today I’m going to share with you more fun crafts from The Festival Day that you and your children can make at home.

Please join me under “The Childrens Tent” where my son PJ learned about countries from around the world by making simple yet beautiful arts and crafts at stations.

 

To get started you need:

Passports And Flag Stamps

Upon entering the tent PJ received a children’s passport  to stamp as he completed each countries craft.  This passport was made by Folkmoot.org s supporters and employees.  You can find similar products on Pinterest or at Living Montessori Now.  And you can also help your child create a book of their own with a little imagination! 

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The stamps can be wooden with ink or a sticker stamp set.  PJ used the wooden stampers.

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Printable Maps And Flags For Each Country

At each country station or center area there was a global map that marked the country on the map. A mini replica of its flag was placed on the map.

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First stop was the United States of America station of course.

Native American Dream Catcher

  • Paper plate
  • Hole punch
  • Rainbow yarn
  • 3 feathers
  • Scissors and pencil
  • Pony beads 
  • Tape

To make his dream catcher, PJ was given a paper plate with a hole cut out of its center.  The plate rim had already been punched and numbered.  So, you’ll want to do a little prep work to set up your stations or centers before hand.  Children can help with some prep work but we were at a festival; No scissors were given to children.

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PJ used the rainbow yarn to lace the plate rim in numerical order.  He secured the remaining end of the yarn with tape to the plate edge.

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He had help tying 3 feathers to the end 3 short pieces (about 3 to 4 inches long) of yarn. A few pony beads were added to the yarn strings. The opposite end of the yarn was secured by tape to the back of the plate rim as well.

So Beautiful we almost forgot to get his passport stamped!

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French Stained Glass

  • 4×6 Heavy Plastic Sheets 
  • Slightly Larger Piece of Cardstock
  • Markers
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Printer to print designs ex: birds, sunflowers,ect. OR permanent marker to draw your own design on the Heavy Plastic.

The station for France was a bit more involved but not an activity we wouldn’t do again at home.  PJ was handed a preprinted heavy plastic sheet with a design.  That maybe a bit difficult to make at home but you can always just draw a pretty design yourself on the sheeting with black permanent marker.

He colored his plastic sheet with marker.

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 Next, cut a 4×6 piece of aluminum foil.  CRUMPLE the foil ever so gently.  Then,  UNCRUMPLE  and FLATTEN it.  This took us both several attempts to achieve a piece of  foil that was NOT TORN.

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PJ put his foil over the card stock and taped the foil edges to the back of the cardstock. 

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With a little team work we added his colored plastic sheet over the foiled card stock and taped the edges together.  I gave him the scissors to trim the edges so that all the pieces would fit together neatly.  He repeated as needed.

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This turned out to be one of the most stunning art pieces PJ has ever done!  Plus, I loved the way he really concentrated on finishing it. A well earned stamp in his passport!

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Ghanaian Mask

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  • Black Construction Paper
  • A Toilet Paper Roll
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Pastel Chalk

These masks were very simple to make.  Most of the supplies were precut.  Again you will want to do a few steps before your child can start at the point in which PJ started at the Ghana station.  They Are::

1) Cut a toilet paper roll in half width wise to form two tubes.  Then, cut one of the sides of a small tube in half length wise. Simply cut the corners of the tube at an angle to look like this.

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2) The black construction paper was already cut to fit the size of the TP tube as well.  So, measure and cut a piece of black construction paper by tracing the cut out tube pattern on black paper. Easy peasy!

PJ started with putting his precut mask together.  He tucked the over lapping black paper to match the shape of the TP tube. (As shown above.)  Flip the mask over so that the back paper side is showing.

Next, he used colored pastel chalk and a premodern example to draw his own Ghanaian mask.  It was his first ever try at this sort of craft, but he was VERY CREATIVE!  

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When he was finished, he just taped the open edges of the mask together and he got a stamp for his passport.

 

Mexican Maracas

  • Dried Beans
  • Plastic Eggs
  • Dollar Store Tape with bright colors or designs
  • 2 Plastic Spoons

If you are doing a study on Mexico you can’t go without making Maracas! The kids will love it!  Here is how PJ and I learned a new way to make them.

At the Mexican station, PJ was asked  (by two very nice adolescent twin girls) to fill a plastic egg with dried beans.  

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Then he used two spoon to steady the filled egg between  his spoons.  They gave him small strips of the tape to wrap around the spoons and egg.

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He continued to wrap (from top to bottom) the spoons and egg together until he reached the spoon handles.  

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At this point, he decided to use a different color of tape which turned out nicely against the color of the egg itself! Crafty!

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Japanese Lanterns

Four crafts later, my son was ready to call it quits.  The rest of the Folkmoot Festival Day was left to be seen and a nearby bubble machine had caught his eye.  We didn’t stop to make it long enough to make the Japanese Lantern but I found a really neat take on the Chinese Lantern at 

Relentlessly Fun Deceptively Educational

 

More ideas…

Syncopated Mama-  Passports To Fun Italy 

Creative Family Fun-  Mapping The Olympics

The Educators Spin On It-  Exploring Cultures With Kids

 

PJ and I always look forward to this festival.  There’s so much to learn each new year it comes our way.  I  hope we’ve given you some good ideas to help your child     have fun learning about cultures of the world!  Maybe you can have a festival day at your own house.

Special thanks to the staff at The Festival Day, from the Coordinator (for helping Pj in the childrens tent) and volunteers imageright up to the drivers (GREAT Uncle) for making this happen in our part of the world!  We love it! We thank you.

 

 

 

Thank you for reading!

Crystal🙂

 

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Folkmoot Passports and International Celebration

PART 1: International Festival Day

 

Folkmoot Passports and Cultural Peace Festival

 

 

 

 

What is Folkmoot??

 

This is a 10 day celebration of International and Cultural PEACE.  We are so very lucky to have it in our neck of the woods!!  There is a Folkmoot Center and you can read more about that at Folkmoot.org.

Folkmoot Friendship Center

 

 

Folkmoot is celebrated in 7 different counties here in the Western North Carolina Mountains..Appalachain Mountains and Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

 

 

 

This festival features international dance, song, and mountain crafts plus food vendors!  The festival is also valued for educating children about internationl cultures and you can read more on it’s Say Hello campaign here at Folkmoot.org.

 

Our little family attended 2 day long events but the best event of the festival was the International Festival Day. 

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There were over 200 international dancers and performers from all over the world!  They came from China, Finland, Poland, France, Peru, Japan, Romania, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Mexico/US collaboration, and the Eastern Band of Cheerokee Indians!!

Footage of one of the many performing groups we saw dancing…

#Folkmoot2016

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Thousands of crafts…

Hand crafted glass air plant homes.  PJ knows the value of  sunlit glass as seen in “Pollyanna”. He mused at them for the longest time.

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Beautiful glass bottle bird feeders…

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This chair.  We have a Reedwood hanging chair for PJ but I am tempted to replace it.

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And a ton of family fun traveling to 12 different hosting communities within the Great Smoky Mountains.

  • Franklin, NC
  • Waynesville, NC
  • Asheville, NC
  • Hendersonville, NC
  • Lake Junaluska, NC

 

The sights of art, sounds of global music, and smells of tasty treats are just the beginning of our exploration this day.  

COMING UP, go around the world as we share crafts PJ did at the festival (and you can do at home!!) using a Passport.

 

You can also visit Living Montessori Now for more great activities using Little Passports. 

 

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Crystal :) 

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Your Favorite Learning Tools For Less Than What They Cost On Amazon


Could it be cheaper than Amazon?  Lets see.

 

Id love to be able to shop around for the best prices always, but sometimes there just isnt enough time in the day! 

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I received a list of items that are cheaper on Educents than on Amazon!  Educents is one of my favorite online stores.  Their printables are amazing!!  I was shocked to find some of their products were $100 dollars less than Amazon!  WOW!  So, of course I wanted to share this time and money saving find for you.

 

Hot tip: Use code GETREADY to get free shipping on every order.  Theres no minimum required.

 

 

Hooked on Phonics Learn To Read KIT for PReK -2 SAVE $170.00

 

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Hooked on Phonics is one of the most trusted brands in teaching children how to read.  This set is for Prek-2nd graders who are looking to create a strong foundation in phonics.  This set includes workbooks as well as access to the HoP online learning portal.

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Educents Price – $129.99

 

 

 

Maestro Classic Musical Stories Set – Save $112.00

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This 12 CD collection features perennial classics you will remember from childhood like Peter Rabbit, The Nutcracker, Nad The Tortoise And The Hare.  Each disk also includes activities to complete for students after they have finished the story.

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Times Tale Animated DVD – Save $10.00

 

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Times Tales is one of the best ways to teach kids multiplication – periond.  One mom said, “Best money spent on math.  It really worked.  Within a week my 9 and 11 tear old completed 110 problem text with scores of 90% and 100% .  Wow.”. Audio, visual, logical – whats more to ask? 

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Reusable Human Body Sticker Set – $9.00

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The Mona MELissa reusable sticker playsets are an amazing way to create a hands on learning experience in your home,classroom, or anywhere with a wall.  Teach kids all about anatomy – and make it stick literally with this scientifically accurate set.

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Tegu Magnetic Building Blocks: 49 Piece Set – Save $27.50

 

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Hooked on Phonics Spelling Program – Save $20.00

 

imageSpelling Bee here we come!  The Hooked On Phonics Spelling Program is no exception to the quality of  the Hooked On Phonics programs.  This spelling kit teaches spelling in a way that is fun yet unique.

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I hope this saved you a little time and money!

Thanks for reading!

Crystal🙂

10s Target Practice

Practice Make Perfect….

10s target Practice

There’s really not a better way to have fun memorizing math drills than to do so outside…

 

We both love the break from repetivite flash cards (however much he needs them)!  Plus, my son gets to MOVE until his heart is content.

 

If you have a little move to think-er too, I think you will enjoy doing this basic math activity.  

I started by drawing a target pattern on the pavement.  I used a large piece of chalk attached to a long poly rope. PJ held the rope in place while I drew the bullseye for the center.  There’s no picture because we were both engaged in drawing.  Team PJ:) -but here you can see the finished target.

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Using a rope with the end tied to our chalk allowed us to draw neat evenly spaced circles for his target. We just kept lengthening the rope by 1 1/2 feet before drawing a new (larger) circle.  

I added the numbers that were divisible by 10 up to 50 and he helped me COUNT BY TEN’S a few times.

All that was left to do was fill some balloons with water!

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I brought out his easel to practice ADDITION.  

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We took turns throwing water balloons at the target and adding our scores to the board.

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The first one to reach 100 was the winner!

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More ways to use this activity…

Count by 2’s, 5’s, and other numbers

Use single, double, or triple digit numbers for addition practice

Use only numbers that add to make 10.  The first to make 10 five times wins!

Each player starts out with a score of 100, then subtracts numbers from the target circle that is hit.  Player that reaches zero first is the winner.

 

 

Have Fun!!

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Sites I share with:

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Thank you for reading!

Crystal🙂

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August is just around the corner.  Get your planning on HERE, too!  More places PJ and I both like to choose ideas from.

 

The Tower That Won’t Topple- relentlesslyfundeceptivelyeducational.com

11 Hundreds Charts Activities- 123homeschool4me.com

A Fin-tatstic Boys Shark Party- spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com

Free Digraph Sort and Find- playdoughtoplato.com

Football Make Ten Game- mathgeekmama.com 

Wiggle your Toes Week: Sibling Footprint Canvas- craftymorning.com

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Better Screen Time With Learning Apps

Learning apps are a far better use of screen time!

 

 

 

Whether you love it or hate it or don’t know what it is Pokemon Go is one of the most popular apps in the world right now. Here are some alternatives created intentionally to foster learning, making them a truly  worthwhile time investment.  For fun, and since Pokemon’s from Japan, I’ll count the apps in Japanese – Ichi, Ni, San, Go!

 

 

 

 

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Ichi (One):  Have story time anywhere with the FarFaria App.

You will like this app because kids can READ quietly and be entertained wherever they are.  It also gives the entire family access to thousands of books on iPad, kindle, phone, ext. so there are options for all ages! Turn screen time into story time with this “Netflix for Children’s BOOK” app.  Its great to be able to save books to the app so they can read offline anywhere!!

Great for: Ages 2-9

Cost: For a limited time, $19.99 (Save $20!)

 

 

 

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Ni (Two): Improve reading skills with Hooked On Phonics app.

Do your kids love Hooked On Phonics?

Theyve really brought this time-honored system to the big league with this amazing app.  It has educational games to keep kids at home or on the phone anywhere.  I love that it syncs children’s progress to all devices –  –So, if dad is working night shift he is kept up with PJ’s progress.  And if you don’t have the app around you can just download the app, sign, in, and have kids pick up right where they left off.  Seamless.

Great for: Ages 2-8

Cost: For a limited time, $29.99 (Save 20$)

 

 

 

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San (Three):  Learn coding skills with the brower-based Learn to Mod program.

Do your kids love video games and winning badges?  Use that to get them coding!  The Learn to Mod program is a browser-based software that teaches kids how to “mod” Minecraft with both Blockly and Javascript (neither of which I understand, but there you have it).  The program includes hundreds of puzzles, video lessons, and quizzes that get kids learning this impressive skill while having fun.  The badges keep them coming back for more!

Great forAges 7-13

Cost: $29.99

 

 

 

imageGo! (Four): Need help with homework?  Use the GradeSlam app and ask a tutor!!

Need help helping with homework??  Are you strapped for time to help with homework?  There is an app for that, too! GrandSlam provides 24/7 tutoring in all subject’s to students in middle and high school, as well as, college.  With their award winning chat-based tutoring platform, your kids can access tutors anytime they need.  This is the perfect supplement for any subject matter beyond your scope, busy spells, and for when kids head off to college.  

Great for: upper school to college ages, tougher subjects

Cost: For a limited time, get a whole year for  $99 (save) $81!)

 

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I hope I’ve expanded your DIGITAL horizons beyond Pokemon Go today!  What apps do your kids use?  Comment below.  I’d love to hear about it!

 

 

 

Thanks for reading!

Crystal🙂

 

TEACHER APPRECIATION 10,000 Give Away!!!

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Teacher Appreciation

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                      GIVE AWAY From Educents!!!!

 

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This post contains affiliate links…

 

 

To celebrate Teacher Appreciation month, Educents, First Grade, S&S Worldwide and the Sellers of Educents have partnered to give educators funding for their dream classrooms. The 7 educators with the most votes will win a combined $10,000! Any educator is eligible to win – teachers, homeschoolers, parents, and school administrators.

 

How to Win

Educators get pretty creative when it comes to raising money to cover expenses for classroom supplies. Many host bake sales, ask the community for second-hand supplies, or pay out of their own pockets. However, there’s a new way to get money for your classroom… and it doesn’t include raiding the aisles of your local dollar store.

It’s easy to enter to win the Educents Teacher Appreciation Giveaway, and it still requires a little creativity (see Step 3).

Step 1: Save up to $5,000 in products for your dream classroom in your Educents wishlist.

Step 2: Click “Enter to Win” on your wishlist page and create your voting profile.

Step 3: Share with your friends, family and community and ask them to vote for you every day until May 6. This is your opportunity to get creative – how will you share your wishlist, and how will you involve your community to vote for you??

Any educator is eligible to win – teachers, homeschoolers, and school administrators. Ready to get started?

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This is a little preview of what my amazing Educents Dream List for homeschool looks like so far!  Take a Peek.  Theses products are all our learning needs wrapped into one BIG list.   I had so much fun picking my dream supplies and filling my cart as if I were taking these things home.  Imagine if I did win them!  Boy would we have a blast trying out new products never to have a dull moment on his education.   Well you could win too.  Just follow the steps above.

And…If you don’t have a list of your own vote for me and PJ!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will come back to add my own list link when I’m finished adding products. Yay!

In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up at Educents (FREE) to download the freebies at the end of this post.

 

 

 

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Hands on science!

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The kit above has the following included!  We could spend weeks incorporating this in all subjects!

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Going Green:  In this kit my student will learn about the water cycle, make a composting tube, learn about the three R’s, recycle paper to make shapes, help learn how to help save the planet!

 

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Solar Kit: I know he would  really like to discover carbon dioxide with solar experiments.  This kit makes everything solar simple and hands on! 

 

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Nature Kit:  We love ANTs amd all things animal here.  BUT we haven’t learned about animal tracks or made our own ant farm.  That would be “so Cool!” ~ PJ

 

 

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These two Simple Machine K’Nex Builder Kits would surely give PJ a great leg up in testing not to mention hours of fun!!

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I’d love to have this Lego Simple Machines kit, too!

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My wish list for our studies will always include printable s!  And how to store them?!


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More Printables…

These two novel studies are above Pjs reading level But they are amoungst my favorite upper elementary school books!!  You can bet I will be the first person to read these to him!  

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Books, books, and more books!  He loves books!  I enjoy reading as well but could really stand to amp up  his curriculum sources!!

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Wow!  Is this first grade science reader set a great deal!!!

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Visuals for my Visual thinker…

 

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Growing and learning to be independent thinkers is something every parent and educator wants for a child  they are instructing..

 

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Here are a few other entries I love – Vote for your

 

 

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Vote for me!!

 

“Vote for me because I LOVE teaching. I have a wonderful class that is full of spirit and who loves to learn. I will be putting all my dream items to the end of the year lessons and summer school lessons.” -Diana R.

“I am a homeschooling mom of 4 children, and one baby on the way! We live on only my husband salary. I would love to create a dream classroom for them.” – Gina H.

 

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Thank you for reading!!

Crystal🙂.              

 

Freebies For The Teacher…..

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