Publishing a Class Book Made Easy!

Have you ever thought about publishing a class book? My team just ordered kits for our classes to publish books! It's so easy, and the kids will have such pride when they see their stories in a book! Studentreasures provides all the materials you need to turn your students into published authors!

The publishing kit is FREE for teachers! If you publish, your students will have a chance to order a copy of the book, and you will get a FREE class book for your classroom!
Order a publishing kit now, and you'll earn a $10 Amazon gift card when you publish!
There are lots of ideas to do with book publishing. One of my favorites is to have a Book Release Party when the books come in! Add a few decorations, invite parents into your classroom, and let the kids share their stories! It's such an amazing way to show kids how important writing is!

Use this link to get your FREE publishing kit and classroom book today! https://studentr…

Change...Will Do You Good!

2018 has definitely been a year of ups and downs for us at the Peterson household.  We've experienced a ton of change this year, both positive and negative, and each experience has reminded us how much we have to be thankful for!
The changes started to hit hard when I (Adam) made the decision to leave the classroom after 13 years in the same Kindergarten room.  This was a decision that brought us closer together as we hashed out every possible (good and bad) situation through many late night talks, number crunching, and discussions with family and friends.  In the end, taking this leap of faith prevailed, and I have been lucky to create some awesome relationships with teachers across the country through my workshops and social media outlets.  While never questioning the decision, there was one conversation that proved to me that the decision I made was definitely the right one.  In August, I was speaking to the Cleveland Metro School District Pre-K teachers at their start of the ye…

Our Favorite Games from the ChiTAG! (Chicago Toy and Game Fair)

Chicago Toy and Game Fair Favorites! It's no surprise to those that know us that we have a dedicated "GAME CLOSET" in our basement!  We absolutely LOVE playing board games and card games!  It's not uncommon to find us and our two kids huddled around a game each night of the week before bedtime, but we also love to share this passion with our students in the classroom, too!
We recently visited the Chicago Toy and Game Fair as a family, and we were all amazed by the awesome new games available on the market!  We picked some of our favorites that work for both home and school, and we've listed them below in no particular order!
1. Word Search Game (Goliath Games) Word Search Game is a "Fast-Paced, Multiplayer Word-Finding Game!"  It's a fun, new twist on the classic word search!  Play as a family or small group and search for common words from multiple lists!  *The picture below uses an Affiliate Link for us.
2. Wing It Wing It is "The Game Of Extreme S…

Parent Involvement Made EASY!

We all know that involving parents in the classroom, and at home, is a very important part of a child's education.  Finding a way to do this isn't always easy...UNTIL NOW!  We teamed up with our amazing friend Deedee Wills to create a product that makes parent involvement simple and purposeful! 
Our School To Home Connection Pack includes all the activities you need to get started!  We've included some super fun ideas for reading, science, math, and more!  
In Trisha's classroom Mystery Reader Mondays are one of her students favorite parts of the week!  Each Monday she has parents (or other familiar adults) volunteer to come read a book to the class.  We've included all the pages you need to explain the program to your parents and get them signed up.  The students love using the "Who will our mystery reader be?" pages to try and guess who it may be that's coming in to read for the day!  The variety of student response pages allows each o…

Sight Word Review Made FUN!

For years in Adam's classroom, he has created sight word games as a way to review with his students.  Honestly, who hasn't created their own sight word games to review with their students?!  There are so many fun ways to get kids to review their words, but Adam stuck with one simple game that changed themes throughout the year!  This took away the need to constantly teach new rules and left more time for practicing the actual skill.
You've all played similar games before with this same idea in mind.  Students sit in a circle and pass a can around.  Inside the can are sight word cards and some fun themed cards.  If a student pulls a sight word card, he or she reads the word and keeps the card.  BUT WAIT!!!!  What if the student can't read it???  I knew this question would come up, and here's the simple answer:  LET A FRIEND HELP!  BUT WAIT!!!  ISN'T THAT CHEATING?!  You know just as well as I do that kids learn best from each other.  So, in this case, I would all…

It's-a-Me! Mrs. Peterson!

Last week my 2nd grade classroom was transformed! In my first room flip of this school year, I decided to redo a favorite flip from last year...Mario World!  This originally stemmed from an idea we saw from our friends, Hope and Wade King, but I adapted it for me and my classroom!
The setup was SUPER (no pun intended) SIMPLE! We used blue and green plastic tablecloths from Dollar Tree, gold paper plates, and shipping boxes that we had saved.  You can see exactly how we hung the blue tablecloths in this video. The kids had no idea this was happening and were simply told to wear red or green to school that day. Throughout the day, we incorporated all of our current curriculum goals and standards into some fun activities!  The activities were all hidden inside the coin boxes that were hanging or stacked around the room! Inside the boxes, the kids found and completed the following games and activities. 1. Stomp The Goombas Each student had a recording sheet with directions for finding words re…