Keeping Creativity in the Classroom

Keeping Creativity in the Classroom

Keeping Creativity in the Classroom

Creativity is the start of something special, it’s where learning actually begins!

Have you ever noticed the amount of children that struggle with paying attention in the classroom? Sitting in the back of your classroom is a student who talks to his neighbors. In front of him is a student who can’t sit still during your reading.  More times than not, these behaviors are blamed on disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder. These behaviors, however, could be a result of the lack of opportunities to show their creativity.

 

Children are often discouraged from expressing themselves, often resulting in disruptive tendencies.

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Are Schools Killing Creativity?

In a 2006 Ted Talk, Ken Robinson speaks on the topic “Do Schools Kill Creativity”? He makes the point that there isn’t a school in this country that teaches dance on as frequent a basis as we teach Mathematics. Specials such as Art and Music are available to students. However, these specials are not taken as seriously as subjects such as Science and Social Studies. They are often taken maybe two or three times a week for a short period of time. Children find themselves sitting behind a desk for about six hours a day. Test after test and worksheet after worksheet takes up the majority of our students’ day. 

Keeping Creativity in the Classroom

The lack of opportunities for creativity are not to be faulted by the teachers. There is so much expected of our teachers, and you all do such great work making sure you meet those expectations. So, in the midst of following all of the guidelines and keeping to the standards, how can you encourage creativity in the classroom?

While most of the curriculum and standards for your school year are provided for you, you often have the flexibility to teach it your way. By providing opportunities for creativity within your subjects, you will see much improvement in your students. If you are teaching your children about building character in Social Studies, use our Character Songs and have your students create an interpretive dance. When learning about Living and Non-Living things, provide students with the opportunity to write a short story about the topic. Provide students opportunities to write songs or poetry, draw pictures, construct models, etc., when possible. Provide Brain Breaks or do Fitness activities with Abby in between periods of learning. By allowing these tasks in your classroom, you will see a great change in your students’ attitudes about school.

You Rock!

We at Have Fun Teaching know that you are doing such great things for your students. We hope these tips help you to encourage children to be creative and express themselves in your classroom. Make learning fun, and… Have Fun Teaching!

4 Tips for Being a Happy Teacher

4 Tips for Being a Happy Teacher

4 Tips for Being a Happy Teacher

Teachers get busy, and sometimes stressed out. Take some time for yourself,  your kids will thank you for it!

Teaching isn’t the easiest job out there. While it is extremely rewarding, there are some stressful moments. It is important that teachers are happy to do their jobs effectively. When a teacher shows signs of stress in their classrooms, students pick up on that. This stresses the students out and makes it difficult for them to take their classes seriously for that day. So how do you maintain that stress and stay happy?

Here at Have Fun Teaching, we love when our teachers are happy, happy, happy, and want to provide some tips for making that possible.

#1 Utilize Have Fun Teaching as a Resource to Keep you Happy!

One of the toughest parts of your job is spending a lot of time and energy into putting together lesson plans. You have to search for the right worksheets, activities, and assessments to teach the standards provided to you. Why stress about all of that when we’ve done all the work for you? Take some of the weight off of your shoulders and use the resources you and your students love. We also have No-Prep Reading Comprehension and Curriculum bundles to make your job easier! Sign up for a Have Fun Teaching Membership for Members-Only high-quality resources as well.

 

#2 Take Time for Yourself

While this one may sound funny, it’s one you should cling to! Sometimes, you just need ten to fifteen minutes to clear your mind. If you have that time during the day, maybe while your students are at lunch or in Specials, take a few minutes to relax and think about something that you enjoy. Just put on some white noise, close your eyes, and relax. Clearing your mind can help you get things done faster and can relieve tension. You can even do this one with your students! Gather them all on the rug and have a little time of quiet time!

#3 Find a Calming Activity that Keeps You Happy

It’s important to find something you love to do and make time for it. Whether it be at home before bed or sometime during the school day, finding something you enjoy to do can calm your nerves in the classroom. Take some time out of your day to color a few pages in a coloring book. If you like to craft, make time for it and make some things for your home. Read a book, scriptire, exersize or even a 30 second dance party to keep yourself relaxed and happy. While your job is important, it shouldn’t consume every second of your day. Make sure to make some time for you.

#4 Take Advantage of Vacations and Holidays

We all know a teacher’s job is never done. You go home for Christmas break and still have to lug your lesson plans and notebooks around. While everyone thinks you get a whole summer off, you spend the majority of the break planning your schedule for the year and preparing for a new set of children. While you go on a beach vacation to relax, you still find it difficult to do so because you’re thinking about how you’re going to help little Johnny catch up to his peers in Reading. When you go on these vacations, make time to relax and have your focus on you and your family. Your students are important and you do a phenomenal job, but it’s impossible to do a job well without a well rested soul.

We love our teachers so much and think you are all doing a wonderful job! Remember how important YOU are and make time for yourself! Relax for at least a few minutes each day so that you can Have Fun Teaching!

Keeping Students Motivated to Learn

Keeping Students Motivated to Learn

Keeping Students Motivated to Learn

Children need to be continually challened in order to be successful!

Last week, we discussed the importance of keeping you, the teacher, happy. Just as important as you being happy is your students being happy. Students that are happy and motivated to learn are more likely to perform well in the classroom. Helping students to reach that motivation, however, can very from child to child.

Here are a few tips that may help different students in your classroom stay motivated.

Keeping Students Motivated to Learn

#1 – Keep Students Motivated by Learning their Multiple Intelligence

Each child is different. They come from different cultures and backgrounds. Their home lives differ from child to child. Each one is unique, and because of that, they have their own intelligence. Be sure that you, as a teacher, can identify Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences in each student. By doing so, you will be able to integrate different teaching styles in your classroom that different students will benefit from.

#2 – Keep Students Motivated by Creating a Welcoming Environment for Students of All Backgrounds

Again, each child in your classroom is unique. You may have a child who can’t walk. You may have one that just moved from one country to another and is adapting to change. Life at home could be extremely difficult for some of your students, or they may have vision or hearing problems. Children like to know that no matter their story, they are welcome and accepted by their teachers. Children will feel more comfortable at school if they feel teachers are advocating for them and genuinely caring for them. Whether you agree with their culture and background or not, remember that they need you to love and to teach them. You’re the best one to do it!

#3 – Keep Students Motivated through Encouragement!

Many people, young and old, are motivated through encouragement and praise. A simple pat on the back goes a long way. Even if a child hasn’t grasped a concept, encourage the student to keep trying. Praise them for their hard work. If they are feeling down on themselves, be the voice that shows them their worth. Children need reassurance sometimes. If they are doing something wrong, encourage them to better. Keep your conversations as positive as possible, and you will find that the students respond to you better.

#4 – Keep Students Motivated by Getting to Know Them

While students are in centers, on the playground, at lunch, etc., have one-on-one time with different students. Ask them about their likes and dislikes. Find out their favorite color. What shows and movies are they watching at home? Connecting with individual students is one of the biggest keys to being a successful teacher. Show them that you care about more than just their grades. These students will be more willing to put in some effort for you behaviorally and academically if they see that you care. Your job will also be more fun if you figure out ways to incorporate different interests into your classroom!

#5 – Keep Students Motivated by Challenging Them!

Because you have different intelligences in your class, you have students that are in different academic levels as well. One may exceed at reading while the other is still struggling to identify some of their alphabet. While you are helping those that are struggling or those that are right on track, don’t forget to challenge those that have already mastered the concept as well. When children feel as if they aren’t being challenged, they become bored and begin to disrupt the classroom. Children need to be continually challenged in order to succeed.

Teachers, we love all that you do! We notice your motivation and commitment to your job. We hope that we are able to help you keep that up so that you can continue to motivate your students as well. Keep up the great work, and Have Fun Teaching!

Math Can be Fun! Teaching Math to Young Learners

Math Can be Fun! Teaching Math to Young Learners

Math Can be Fun! Teaching Math to Young Learners

If you have the right tools, Math can be a fun and engaging learning experience for kids!

There are many attitudes about the subject of Math. Some students (of any age) seem to understand math extremely well. Others despise the subject because they do not understand. Because it is such a complex subject, there is a lot of information to process. At a young age, the formulas and equations that seem so simple to us can be difficult and cause a lot of frustration to children.

How do we, as teachers, make a subject that so many find difficult to understand so fun to learn?

Math Can Be Fun!

Use Our Math Resources!

Worksheets: While worksheets shouldn’t be your only form of teaching, they can be a big help from time to time. Fun and colorful worksheets that challenge your students can also be fun. We have hundreds of worksheets to help you teach math and make it fun!

Interactive Activities: When teaching this subject, it can be fun and helpful to find interactive activities. Activities allow students to manipulate different things and see the equations put into action. This is great for kinesthetic and visual learners!

Flash Cards:  After you have spent time teaching a concept of math, using flash cards are a great and fun way to assess their learning!

Music! Music is a great tool for teaching any subject. Once a child listens to a song a couple of times, the tune seems to get stuck in their head. When they are struggling to remember something such as how many sides an octagon has or what comes after 12, singing the song can help them to remember!

Common Core Workbooks: These workbooks can make teaching all of the common core standards easier with less prep! Hit all standards while having fun and challenging your students!

Use Literacy Strategies to Teach Math

Nearly every worksheet and activity comes with a set of reading instructions. If your students are struggling to comprehend words within the instructions, they will be unable to complete the problem. It is important to establish reading comprehension even in subjects such as math. Teach math vocabulary to your students. Make connections of math-to-math, math-to-world, and math-to-self. Any chance you can take to establish the knowledge of what they are doing and why will help your students to enjoy the subject that much more.

Math can be a tricky subject to teach. If you’re having fun teaching it, they can have fun learning it. We hope these resources help your students enjoy this subject and understand the importance of it! Make math fun, and Have Fun Teaching!

Halloween Resources to End October With!

Halloween Resources to End October With!

Halloween Resources to End October With!

I’ll use any holiday as an excuse to teaching reading, phonics, math, and writing!

Halloween is here, and there are SO many resources you could use to your advantage this week! If you are looking for a place to find a way to make teaching fun this Halloween season, you came to the right place. By downloading these resources, your students will have fun learning Math, Reading, Writing, and so much more this week.

Halloween Reading Resources:

Short Vowel Pumpkin Patch Activity – This is a fun activity that will make learning short vowels fun! Sort the picture cards onto the correct short vowel sorting mat. After sorting, complete the worksheet provided. 

Haunted House CVC Mat Activity – Practice the spellings of 8 basic words with a CVC pattern. Place letter tiles on the mat to practice spelling on the worksheets. Full color images add visual interest.

Halloween CVC Practice

Flash Cards – Help your students read fall-themed words with these colorful flash cards.

Halloween Writing Resources:

Word Scramble – Students can improve on their spelling skills with this fun word scramble! Answer key is included.

Halloween Word Scramble

Themed Writing Paper – Provide your students with creative opportunities using these themed writing pages. Students can write stories using pages with a Mummy, Skeleton, Dracula, Frankenstein, and more!

Acrostic Poem – Have your kids write an Halloween Acrostic Poem with this fun paper. Each line of the poem must start with the letters in HALLOWEEN.

Halloween Acrostic Poem

Halloween Math Resources:

Monster Math Triple Digit Subtraction Activity – Students match each problem with the correct answer and record their answers on the provided worksheet.

Ten Little Pumpkins Counting by 10 Activity – Use the Ten Little Pumpkin activity practice counting and sequencing by 10s. Attach the two fence pages together to set up a fence with 10 posts. Sit the pumpkins on top in order by counting by 10s

Counting Worksheet – Have your young learners practice their counting with these colorful monsters!

Halloween Counting

FUN Halloween Resources!:

Coloring Pages – When you have a little downtime, these themed coloring pages will be a fun activity for your students!

Maze – Your students will love helping the Monster find the Pumpkin with this fun maze!

Crossword Puzzle – Challenge your students with a fun crossword puzzle filled with Halloween vocabulary!

These resources will make this Halloween week fun for you AND the students! For more Halloween resources, click HERE! Have a great and spooky holiday, and Have Fun Teaching!

Fall Resources You’ll FALL in Love With

Fall Resources You’ll FALL in Love With

Fall Resources You’ll FALL in Love With

Fall is a special time, where the season changes and classrooms start to really take shape!

The Fall season is a time full of fun activities and learning experiences! The changing colors of the leaves, the new smells, and festivals galore make this season one to remember! Children love when teachers find ways to relate learning experiences to what is going on around them. In order to help make teaching more fun this season, Have Fun Teaching offers many resources you’ll love having in your classroom!

 

Fall Language Arts Resources

Falling Leaves Sight Words Activity This falling leaves themed activity is a great high frequency words activity. There are word cards for your word wall and a writing sheet. Practice reading and writing pre-made sentences or make your own!

Rebus Worksheet Not only is this rebus story fun, but it is also informative about what happens during this season!

CVC Mat Activity Practice the spellings of 8 basic words with a CVC pattern. Place letter tiles on the mat to practice spelling on the worksheets. Full-color images add visual interest.

Raking Leaves Verbs Activity Cut apart the verb leaves and scatter them face down on the floor. Play a match game to match the pictures of verbs to the action word. Players take turns flipping over leaves to find matching pairs. After all, pairs have been matched, use the included worksheet to write sentences using verbs matched during gameplay.

Fall Math Resources

Thanksgiving Turkey Subtraction Worksheet Solve these subtraction problems to 20. Students can then color their turkey when they are finished!

Stuff’d Sums Thanksgiving Activity Make room for dessert! Solve the addition problems on each Thanksgiving pie. Match each addition pie to its ice cream scoop sum.

Roll-a-Turkey Thanksgiving Activity This fun activity could be played individually, in a small group, or as a class! Cut out the turkey body parts so you can “build” a turkey. Select a dots, numbers, or custom directions sheet.  Roll the die. Match that number or side to the body part of your turkey. Continue to roll the dice until you’ve added all body parts to the turkey. *Have Fun Teaching Tip: Turn this into a letter recognition game and use the custom sheets to randomize letters throughout the classroom. Turn it into a Bingo-like game in which the teacher calls out a letter, and the students use corresponding parts of the turkey to build!

Fall Fun!

Thanksgiving Dot-to-Dot Turkey Picture

Thanksgiving Word Scramble

Fall is a fun time to teach about leaves changing color, the history of Thanksgiving, and to enjoy the new smells! Make teaching fun this season with our fall resources! Don’t forget to Have Fun Teaching!

Christmas Resources to Make Teaching Fun this Season

Christmas Resources to Make Teaching Fun this Season

Christmas Resources to Make Teaching Fun this Season

Tis the season to have some fun in the classroom! These Christmas resources will get your kids engaged!

This holiday season, there are so many opportunities to make teaching fun for you and learning fun for your students. With the cold weather, you may be in your classrooms a lot longer than usual. This is the perfect time to use our Christmas worksheets and activities to fill up the extra time! Christmas is typically a favorite among children, so this is the perfect time to incorporate some great learning opportunities.

Christmas English Resources

Alphabetical Order Activity – These centers contain sets of cards that your students will enjoy putting in alphabetical order. You can start out with the Easy activity and challenge them with the Hard set once they’ve mastered that!

 Common and Proper Nouns Activity – Match the Common and Proper Noun Cards to the matching category. Student Worksheets included for comprehension check.

Santa’s Compound Cookies – Santa has a Christmas list too! To find out what gifts he wants, put together his cookies to form compound words. Once you have put together 5 compound cookies on his plate, you can write his Christmas list! To prep this activity, cut the compound cookies apart to separate each word. The goal of the activity is to match two halves of Santa’s cookies to create a compound word. Once compound words are formed, students complete the provided worksheet.

Christmas Math Resources

Single Digit Addition Worksheet – Practice single digit math facts with this fun holiday-themed worksheet!

Even or Odd Activity –  Read the number on each card. Decide if it is even or odd. Place it on the even or odd sorting mat. Complete the recording sheet.

Christmas Even or Odd Activity

Number Word Lights Activity – This cute flash card activity makes a great center or game. Students match green number words lights to red numeral lights to practice learning their numbers. Then they can write the words afterward!

Christmas Fun

Bingo – This Bingo comes with 25 student  Bingo Boards, 23 Teacher Bingo Cards, and 32 Red and Green Daubbers.

Make a Snowman Worksheet – On this worksheet, students will create a snowman with the pieces provided and practice writing the steps they took to create their snowman.

Rather than feeling rushed this holiday season, using these resources could save you a lot of time and stress! Don’t forget to also utilize our Christmas lyric worksheets for every child’s favorites such as Jingle Bell Rock, Frosty the Snowman, and more! While your students are having fun enjoying this winter season, you can have fun as well! It should always be your goal to Have Fun Teaching!

10 Valentine’s Day Resources You’ll LOVE

10 Valentine’s Day Resources You’ll LOVE

10 Valentine’s Day Resources You’ll LOVE

One of the most memorable times I had as a kid was celebrating Valentine’s Day in the classroom!

February is a month full of love and kindness! Valentine’s Day is almost here, and there are so many fun Valentine’s Day Activities and Valentine’s Day Worksheets you can do with your students! Here are some of our favorite resources for you to use on this loving holiday.

 

Valentine’s Day Worksheets

1. Valentine’s Day Reading Comprehension Worksheet: This Valentine’s Day reading comprehension story is a perfect addition to any Valentine’s lesson plan!

Valentine's Day Reading Comprehension Worksheet

2. Valentine’s Day Heart Candy Graphing Worksheet: This is a super fun activity to do with those candy hearts!

Valentine's Day Candy Hearts Graphing Activity

3. Valentine’s Day Words Worksheet: See how many words your students can find in the words VALENTINE’S DAY.

4. ABC Order Worksheet: With this worksheet, your students are presented with a list of words related to Valentine’s Day. They use the lines provided to put the words in alphabetical order!

5. Flash Cards: Use these flash cards to see how well your students know the words related to the holiday! Super fun!

Valentine’s Classroom Decoration

6. Holiday Banner: This banner contains all of the letters to spell out VALENTINE’S DAY. Let your students help decorate the letters and make your banner unique to your classroom!

7. Desk Name Tags: Get your students ready for this loving holiday with these cute name tags! They will love having these at their desks.

Valentine’s Day Activities

8. Candy Hearts Skip Counting: Help your students practice counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s using the candy heart cutouts in this activity! They then will complete the worksheet included.

Candy Hearts Skip Counting Activity

9. Dear Valentine:  Students can use this activity to practice spelling the names of family and people and write them a sweet letter! They choose a word from the provided selection and use it as a reference in spelling the name.

10. Sweetheart Sentences: This is a great activity to help students practice reading and identifying sentences types. Students will read a sentence and decide if it is a statement, a question, an exclamation, or a command. They will then place these sentences with the appropriate Sweetheart cutout. Once the students have successfully sorted their questions, they can use the worksheet provided.

We would love to hear your feedback of our Valentine’s Day resources! How did you implement them in your classroom, and what kind of result did you get in your classroom? We love hearing from you, so don’t forget to check in with us on Facebook! Have a loving Valentine’s Day, and Have Fun Teaching!

Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Day

Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Day

Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Day

Read Across America Day is the perfect time to get my kids excited about reading!

Dr. Seuss’s birthday is just a few days away! We wanted to prepare classrooms all over the world by sharing our favorite resources. Dr. Seuss is an iconic author in the elementary education world, and celebrating him is fun for all! Use our resources to make this day more fun, and check out Seussville for more fun ways to celebrate Read Across America Day.

 

Dr. Seuss Reading Comprehension Resources

The Sneetches  Read The Sneetches, and have your students read and answer questions about the story.

Horton Hatches the Egg  Following the reading of Horton Hatches the Egg, students will think about and answer questions about the story.

Horton Hears a Who One of America’s favorite stories, this reading comprehension worksheet will be fun for children in all grades.

Puzzles

Word Search This Dr. Seuss word search provides students with a list of fun words found in many of the author’s books.

Crossword Puzzle Fill in the blank of these popular book titles using this fun puzzle.

The Lorax Maze Help the Lorax find his way to the Truffala Tree!

Math/Reading Resources

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Math Worksheet Read “fishy” math problems and solve them using characters of this beloved book.

Horton Hatches the Egg Word Family Worksheet Horton needs help finding the eggs he needs to hatch. Read the words on page 2. Cut out the eggs that end with the same sound as in the word HATCH. Glue them onto Horton’s nest.

ABC Order Worksheet Put the titles of Dr. Seuss’s books in alphabetical order.

Honoring Dr. Seuss is a fun event every year in the classrooms across America. Take this week to remind students how fun and important it is to read on a daily basis. We hope these resources assist with that and are fun for your students. Continue to read to and with your students, and don’t forget to Have Fun Teaching!

6 Steps to Start Homeschooling

6 Steps to Start Homeschooling

6 Steps to Start Homeschooling

I never knew homeschooling could be so easy…and so rewarding!

Are you thinking that you may want to start Homeschooling? Maybe you have been thinking about it for a while, or maybe you don’t like what public school is producing for your child. Perhaps you are currently teaching and you are frustrated with the public school system, whether it’s the discipline issues, lack of time, too much paperwork, or the lies in the textbooks. Homeschooling can be one of the most rewarding and influential decision you can make for your children. Some parents think that homeschooling is not an option, either because of time or money.

One solution to this is to find something you’re passionate about and find a way to make money doing it while you homeschool. If one parent works and the other stays home, the stay-at-home parent could start a home business or do some sort of work from home that allows for homeschooling to happen. Sometimes, parents find themselves working just to pay for daycare, and then their kids end up being unruly and disobedient because of their surroundings at the daycare, school, or after-school program. I am here to tell you that you can start homeschooling and it could be the best decision you ever make for your children and their future!

Here are 6 Steps to Start Homeschooling

These 6 Steps to Start Homeschooling will give encouragement and the tools you need to get started with homeschooling.

Step 1: Don’t believe the lies about homeschooling

The world will say, “Homeschoolers aren’t social,” “Homeschoolers don’t have any friends,” or “Homeschoolers are awkward.” Most of the people that would say these things probably have not spent a lot of time with someone who has been homeschooled. Yes, there are some cases where homeschool children aren’t exposed to certain things or people, but that is the parent’s choice. Homeschool children can actually have lots of social activities, including weekly homeschool groups and communities, learning play-dates, field trips to museums, etc., and so much more!

You will be surprised by how much FREEDOM you and your children have when you decide to homeschool. Homeschool children can be exposed to more opportunities and real-life scenarios than most public school children will ever have. Some homeschool families choose to do most of their learning right at home, some choose to work a lot outside building or farming, some families learn the best by exploring, traveling, or visiting places. Children who are homeschooled tend to carry on in-depth conversations with other children and with adults. The reason we have children is so that we can love them, spend time with them, and train them up in the ways of the Lord. What better way to do this than to homeschool!

Step 2: Hear testimonies of actual homeschool families

One of the best ways to find out if homeschooling is right for you and your family is to listen to or watch testimonies from real families who are already homeschooling. One of the things that got my family interested and encouraged to homeschool was by watching several videos from the HSLDA youtube channel. The HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association) is an amazing organization that has been advocating for homeschooling families since 1983. Watch this HSLDA Playlist for some other videos to help get you started.

Step 3: Find your passion and how to monetize from it

One way to remove the financial fears of homeschooling is to find something you are passionate about and start to monetize from it. Here is a small list of ways to make money at home:

  1. Sign up for Google Adsense and start a blog about a specific niche idea. Do you like to garden, knit, write music, cook, etc.? Start a blog and put ads on it! You can also sign up for an Amazon Affiliate account, which gives you a unique code. If someone clicks on a link using your affiliate code, you get paid a percentage of what the user ends up buying. So, if you have a blog about gardening, put your amazon affiliate link in your blog post for someone to go buy an Organic Seed Kit. If they use your link and buy it, you get paid!
  2. Make teaching resources and sell them on TeachersPayTeachers.com. You can make worksheets, activities, flash cards, songs, videos, and more and sell them on TPT. Many people are now making thousands of dollars each month selling resources on TPT.
  3. Sign up for Google Adsense and start making Youtube videos about something you’re passionate about. Galen Crew is a good friend of mine, who is a music artist in Nashville. He wanted to make some extra money, so he started a Youtube channel teaching people how to use Pro Tools to record music. He makes money from the Ads that show on his Youtube videos.
  4. Create, make, or build something you’re passionate about and try selling it on Etsy, eBay, or sell it locally.
  5. Homeschool other children. Some other families may be interested in paying you to homeschool their children. Charge a daily fee and take them in!

Step 4: Find local homeschool groups and communities

Depending on what type of homeschooling you think you’d like to do, there are lots of different groups and communities that you can be a part of. No matter where you live, it’s usually pretty easy to find local homeschool groups. Try asking your friends or looking for groups on Facebook. You may not think there are any local support groups, but once you start looking they will start coming out of the woodwork! Also, it’s always good to attend a Homeschool Expo or event in your state to browse through resources, hear testimonies and strategies, and get motivation. We recently attended the Teach Them Diligently Conference and go to a Classical Conversations class every Monday. Classical Conversations, or CC, is great for memorization facts for the first several years and then later applying all that knowledge by learning how to apply it and use it in the real world.

Step 5: Get the resources and tools you need to start homeschooling

There are so many different styles and methods of homeschooling. The best part is, you can choose which homeschooling method is best for you and your family! There are curriculums, workbooks, manipulatives, books, apps, songs, videos, lesson plans, and more. Don’t feel like you have to do it all or just do something because someone else thinks it’s the best. You decide what is best for your family. Here are a couple of things that helped me get started, along with some resources that I think are great for starting out:

  1. Character Education – The best place to start homeschool is with character education! Teaching good character, routines and procedures, positive behavior, consequences, and reinforcing discipline is the best place to start. Once you set a solid foundation for these things, teaching and learning will come naturally. When I was teaching public school, I would never have discipline issues in my class because I would always spend the first several weeks just going over Routines and Procedures, Consequences, and Character Education.
  2. Subjects and Resources – Depending on the age and level of your child, the resources and methods for teaching may vary. If you are just starting out with a Preschooler, try looking into Classical Conversations, Abeka, Math-U-See, Phonics Activities, Sight Words Flash Cards, Alphabet Videos, Guided Reading Books, and Have Fun Teaching Worksheets, Activities, and Videos.

Step 6: Stay disciplined and relax!

It is so important that you stay disciplined, both you as the parent and teacher and also your child. Discipline is essential for effective homeschooling, and is one of the benefits over public education. To Train Up A Child is a great book for learning about discipline and raising up your child the right way. It’s pretty intense, but amazing and effective! The other thing is just to RELAX! Homeschooling should be FUN! If you’re feeling stressed or don’t feel like you’re doing a good job, just make sure you have a local homeschool group and just go outside and play for a little while!

Remember why you had kids. For most of us, it was because we want to spend time with them, love them, and train them up in the right way! I hope these 6 steps to start homeschooling have helped you, or at least encouraged you to start thinking about homeschooling. It’s one of the best decisions you may ever make!

Common Core Lesson Plans

Common Core Lesson Plans

Common Core Lesson Plans

I love how Have Fun Teaching offers Common Core Lessons for Every Standard!

Are you teaching Common Core and need Common Core Lesson Plans? If you’ve been searching online, you know that it’s hard to find high quality common core lessons. Here at Have Fun Teaching, we have created Common Core Lessons for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade!

Common Core Lesson Plans

Here is a quick link guide to find Common Core Lesson Plans for your grade level:

Need a Common Core Lesson Plan Template?

If you are looking for a common core lesson plan template, we have got you covered! Use this blank common core lesson plan template to help you organize your common core lessons!

Common Core Lesson Plan Template

Kindergarten Common Core Lessons

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First Grade Common Core Lessons

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This Adding 1 Song makes it fun to teach addition facts!

This Adding 1 Song makes it fun to teach addition facts!

This Adding 1 Song makes it fun to teach addition facts!

Teaching addition has never been this fun! All my students love it!

How to teach Adding 1

The Adding 1 Song by Have Fun Teaching teaches kids how to add 1. Learn the addition facts 1 to 15, using the number one. Adding one can be fun for children, and you can have fun teaching!

Use these Addition Songs for teaching and learning addition for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. If you are looking for addition songs, adding songs, add 1 song, or add 1 more song, then this Adding 1 Song is perfect!

If you are teaching Adding One, you are most likely teaching things like adding 1, adding 1 more, counting on, and other addition fact skills. Your kids will absolutely LOVE these Adding Songs!

 

Other resources to use with this Adding 1 Song

If you are using this Adding 1 Song, your students are probably learning about Addition, Addition Facts, and other Math Skills.

Use these Adding Songs, Addition Worksheets, Addition Activities, and Math Worksheets as additional resources for your students.

Introduce this Adding 1 Song by having students share what they know about adding 1 and adding 1 more to a number. Next, show your kids the Adding 1 Song video and have them sing along as they watch the addition facts on the screen.  Then, students can keep watching the video to practice or try to say the Adding 1 Facts out loud.

 

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