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This blog is dedicated to making planning just a little easier for teachers (primarily 1st grade). Visit Plug-n-Plan to find fun and creative ideas and products to engage your students in learning!

What's your favorite grade to teach, and why?

How has being a teacher helped you as a parent?

What's the number one thing parents can do to help their kids succeed in school?

What's a great gift parents can give teachers?

Melissa

People say gift cards are too impersonal, but I would have to disagree! A gift card to Target, Barnes and Noble, Visa gift card, etc. are great gifts for teachers. It lets the teacher know he/she is appreciated (no matter how big or small) and gives the teacher the freedom to choose whether the card can be applied towards the many classroom purchases made throughout the year or for personal use. If you want to do something personal, I've seen parents send a menu of lunch choices for the teacher which hey use to bring the teacher a special lunch. I think useful things are the best. (I'm the dorky teacher that loves special pens and other office supplies too!) Whatever you choose...it's just nice to know you care.
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What can parents do to get their child ready for Kindergarten?

Melissa

I'm actually a 1st grade teacher but I think that some basic things that can help an upcoming kindergartener (that will help later in) include basic self help skills. By this I mean knowing how to tie shoes, bathroom care, and similar skills. Using play time with things such as Legos (or other building blocks) can help build fine motor skills. Read books together. Pointing to words as you read helps them learn to track as you read, differentiate words and letters and learn directionality (basic concepts of print).
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