Fourth of July Writing Activity

Fourth of July Writing Activity by The Simplified Classroom for Playdough to Plato Engaging kids in meaningful writing activities that expand their vocabulary can be a bit of a challenge during the summer months, but this Fourth of July Writing Activity does just...

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Rainbow Gold

Red, Green, Yellow.... What is your favorite color? Kids love rainbows and love painting them add a dash of salt and you have a magical rainbow painting. This art project is perfect for introducing rainbow order plus combines literacy with art when paired with the...

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Short U Centers

Short U Centers

Teaching new readers can feel like a daunting task - for both students and teachers. There are so many moving parts. When teaching vowels I like to dig deep into just one at first. It helps boost kids' confidence and gives them a solid foundation for their reading....

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Short O Centers

Short O Centers

For most students, working on short vowel sounds like A, E, I, U takes lots of practice. So let's make all of their hard work super motivating and fun with a laser focus on just one vowel- O. This engaging pack has 12 fun activities for kids to choose from! And with...

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Short A Centers

Short A Centers

Teaching kids to read and recognize common vowel sounds is an important step in their reading journey. Often focusing on just one vowel at a time is a major help for helping students really master the concept. And what better place to start then with short A centers?...

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Short I Centers

Short I Centers

Teaching new readers to read confidently is like putting together a puzzle. There are so many pieces that fit together. Having a strong foundation of the basics is SO important. And learning vowels gives students a big boost toward reading independently. Which is why...

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Free Teacher Planner

Free Teacher Planner

This free teacher planner is *jam packed* with helpful planning pages, sanity saving organization sheets and inspiring covers you'll use all year long. Snag your set and then hop over and request your invite to our VIP teachers’ club, The Plato Pack, so you can get...

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50 Books to Read Before Kindergarten

50 Books to Read Before Kindergarten

One of the best ways to get kids ready for kindergarten is to read stories out loud together. That's why I was excited to team up with one of my favorite printable designers, Carli at Dimple Prints, and share a list of 50 of our favorite children's books to read...

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Fireman ABC Spray Game

Fireman ABC Spray Game

This ABC game is sure to be a hit with firemen fans. Just grab a pack of brightly colored index cards, a water sprayer and a fireman's outfit {if you have one} and you're ready to spray. The ABC game has become a must-play in our house and I hope it will be a favorite...

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Digraph Activities

Digraph Activities

View Post Just when kids have finally mastered letter sounds, along come tricky digraphs like CH-, TH- and SH- to trip them up again.  These ten digraph activities make it fun to master the most common digraphs in words: CH, CK, KN, NG, PH, QU, SH, TH, and...

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10 Simple Ways to Get Ready for Kindergarten

10 Simple Ways to Get Ready for Kindergarten

Wondering how to get your kids ready for kindergarten? Just print this list of 10 fun preschool activities, post it on your fridge and start getting ready for school (below).  The simple prep ideas are fun for kids and stress free for grown ups. Gotta' love...

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CVC Pumpkin Patch Activity

CVC Pumpkin Patch Activity

Ready to add a little seasonal fun way to your literacy centers?  This adorable CVC pumpkin patch activity is the perfect way for students to learn and practice short vowel sounds. Scroll below to grab your freebie and then make sure to hop over and snag our Pumpkin...

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Acorn Roll and Cover

Acorn Roll and Cover

I am just NUTS about this acorn roll & cover math game!  Students will love racing to see if they can cover all of the acorns on their board first. Your young mathematicians will be having so much fun they won't even know they are practicing counting,...

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STEM Straw Bridges

STEM Straw Bridges

Science Technology Engineering and Math {STEM} activities are fun ways to teach kids how things work. This straw bridge activity takes just a few minutes to prep but will keep young engineers learning for hours. Who can build the strongest bridge?  Find out and...

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Autumn Spiced Salt Dough Recipe

Autumn Spiced Salt Dough Recipe

Pumpkin spice, cinnamon apple and mulled cider - we love the scents of fall and just couldn't get enough of this warm and cozy autumn-scented salt dough recipe. This dough takes a mere minutes to mix up and is the perfect, no-fail recipe for little chefs to...

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Scented, Fizzy Homemade Bath Bombs

Scented, Fizzy Homemade Bath Bombs

There's nothing more special than a kid-made gift - especially if it's a gift that comes with some well deserved pampering. That's why my 4 year-old daughter and I decided to make scented homemade bath bombs for the wonderful moms and grandmoms in our lives. This...

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Candy Pumpkin Catapults

Candy Pumpkin Catapults

STEM activities (Science Technology Engineering and Math) are always a hit with my kiddos, but this engineering activity had the whole family wanting to get in on the action. After explaining to my 3 and 5 year-old what a catapult was, I simply challenged them to...

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Addition to 20 Interactive Notebooks

Addition to 20 Interactive Notebooks

Interactive notebooks are super popular in classrooms these days, and it's because they engage kids' full attention. This interactive addition activity is constructed so there are lots of math addition questions on just one interactive page. The academic and fine...

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Apple Sight Word Match

Apple Sight Word Match

Most students need plenty of practice learning sight words before they stick, but thankfully we can make all of that hard work fun for kids this fall with a playful apple sight word match! It's a motivating, hands-on sight word game for kindergarten and first grade...

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Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Crystals

Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Crystals

Growing crystals is a favorite science experiment of ours and these glow-in-the-dark crystals for Halloween make it all the more exciting! Check out how to make these fascinating crystals below!  Then, grab our 30 Science Experiments your kids will love in our shop!...

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Hi, I’m Malia.

I LOVE helping Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade teachers save time, stay inspired and give EVERY student bigger results. I’m so glad you’re here!