These are some truly
great ideas from creative teachers all over the USA.
They are super "insider tips," terrific teacher "tricks
of the trade!"
If you have a Teacher
Tip, please e-mail me at
and be sure to add your name, grade you teach and state
you live in. (If possible a photo would be great!)
Boo Boo Lotion
Use “Boo Boo
Lotion” along with your
to make minor “owies” feel better fast! Take small
bottles of lotion you get from hotels and put a Boo Boo
label on them. Place them in a basket next to your sink
and when a child has a minor injury they can but a
little Boo Boo lotion on it to make it feel better.
Thank you Cindy Yaverski of Crete, Illinois for this
Super Scents or "Smellies"
Use scented chap sticks
or lip balms from the dollar store to reward children
for doing a “Scentsational” job! Simply rub a little lip
balm on a super child’s hand and they can smell it all
morning. The scent lasts a lot longer than scratch and
sniff stickers! Try: Super student strawberry or
I’m proud of you pina colada! Thank you,
Stephanie Noland for sharing this idea at the National K
conference in Florida.
Sight Word Name Necklaces
Use a plastic name badge and glue beads or jewels around
the edges. E-600 glue works best. Place the word of the
week inside the badge. As the children walk in the
classroom have them read your word, when children ask
you to tie their shoes or give a push on the swings,
have them read the word! You can even make two and have
your “special person of the week” wear it too! Thank
you, Pam Peters from Lakewood, California for this
Toilet Paper Roll Cell
Take empty toilet
paper rolls and cut two slits and push down the center.
(See photo) decorate with paint or markers. Add a key
pad for the numbers available in my book,
Space. Slide in a
bendable straw for an antenna. I use this project when
teaching telephone numbers or during my space unit for
space phones. Add a label with the child’s phone number
to the back of the phone.
Thank you, Tere Fieldson from Los Alamitos, California
for this fun tip!
Hershey Bar Measuring
Did you know
Hershey bars are exactly one inch long? They are a fun
way to introduce measuring to your children. Thank you
to C.C. Bates of Atlanta Georgia for this fun idea. My
kindergartener’s loved measuring (and eating) with the
chocolates. For more fun math ideas see my books
Calendar and Beyond.
Kiss Your Brain Book
After singing "Dr. Jean’s
Kiss Your Brain" song, Vanessa Levin of Carrollton Texas
makes this darling classbook. A wonderful way to greet
your children each morning!
Wake Up The Word Families
My good friend Kim
Adsit of Warner Robbins Georgia shared this darling
idea. I came right home and made it! Paint a house on a
cookie sheet (see photo) place magnetic letters in the
windows to “wake up” the word families. If you are
interested in more fun phonemic awareness activities,
try my books
Songs and Rhymes
Spring and Fall! To purchase a cookie sheet like this contact Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shower Curtain Twister
This fun teacher tip
comes from Tawyna Powers of Oldsmar Florida. Take a
clear shower curtain that has pockets on it. Place ABC
cards (capital and lowercase) in the pockets. Children
step on the matching pairs. Try rhyming picture cards,
color words and pictures, numbers, shapes , whatever you
can think of! Purchase the curtain at The Great Indoors
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