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Setting Up Your Classroom: 10 Easy Peasy Tips for a Smooth Start!

14 Creative Ways to Use Alphabet Cards for Play-Based Learning Fun!

14 Creative Ways to Use Alphabet Cards for Play-Based Learning Fun!

Elevate Play-Based Learning with 14 Creative Uses for Alphabet Picture Cards

Looking for creative, play-based ways to teach the alphabet to your little learners? Discover 14 engaging activities you can do with our Alphabet Picture Cards, each featuring 14 vibrant pictures for every letter! From initial sound matching to inventing mini-stories, these cards are designed to spark creativity, improve social skills, and enhance problem-solving abilities in kids. Plus, get bonus ideas for making learning even more interactive and fun. Don't miss out—subscribe to our Sweet Little Learners newsletter for more educational tips, tricks, and freebies. Embrace the proven benefits of play-based learning and enrich your early childhood educational journey today!

Best wishes, Paula Haick, Founder, Sweet Little Learners 🌼

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Setting Up Your Kindergarten Classroom: 20 Easy Peasy Tips for a Smooth Start!

Setting Up Your Kindergarten Classroom: 20 Easy Peasy Tips for a Smooth Start!

Welcome to Sweet Little Learners!

As educators, we know how important it is to create an inviting and organized classroom environment that fosters learning and growth.

In this blog post, we'll share 10 easy peasy tips to help you set up your classroom for a successful start to the school year.

Additionally, we'll highlight 10 things you must not forget when creating a classroom environment that supports your students' needs. Let's dive in!

Part 1: 10 Tips for a Smooth Start:

  1. Plan Your Layout: Arrange your classroom furniture strategically to promote smooth traffic flow and create distinct learning areas.
  2. Organize Supplies: Sort and label classroom supplies in easily accessible bins or drawers to keep materials organized and readily available.
  3. Establish Routines: Set clear expectations and routines for daily activities, transitions, and procedures to provide structure and consistency.
  4. Display Student Work: Create a dedicated space to showcase your students' artwork and accomplishments, fostering a sense of pride and belonging. 
  5. Utilize Visuals: Incorporate visual aids such as posters, charts, and labels to support student understanding and reinforce key concepts.
  6. Create Comfortable Spaces: Design cozy reading corners or relaxation areas where students can unwind and enjoy a book or quiet activities.
  7. Personalize the Classroom: Add personal touches like student photos, inspirational quotes, and student-generated artwork to create a welcoming atmosphere. Use the first week to create a student generated alphabet and number line. 
  8. Incorporate Technology: Integrate technology tools and resources that align with your curriculum to enhance learning experiences and engagement.
  9. Establish Communication Channels: Set up effective communication channels with parents and guardians to keep them informed and involved in their child's education. 
  10. Have Fun: Infuse your classroom with joy and enthusiasm, making learning a delightful experience for both you and your students! Pick a 3-4 complimentary colours not to overwhelm the space. 


Part 2: 10 Things Not to Forget in Your Classroom Environment:

  1. Safety Measures: Ensure your classroom meets safety standards and consider emergency procedures and protocols.
  2. Student Seating: Plan seating arrangements strategically to support collaboration, focus, and individual student needs.
  3. Classroom Library: Create a diverse and well-stocked classroom library that caters to various reading levels and interests.
  4. Organization Systems: Implement systems for managing paperwork, assignments, and student portfolios to keep things organized.
  5. Flexible Seating Options: Provide alternative seating choices like bean bags, standing desks, or floor cushions to accommodate different learning preferences.
  6. Multi-Sensory Materials: Include hands-on manipulatives, sensory bins, and interactive resources to engage students in tactile learning experiences.
  7. Classroom Rules: Establish clear and age-appropriate rules that promote respect, kindness, and inclusivity within the classroom community.
  8. Display Anchor Charts: Develop anchor charts collaboratively with your students to reinforce key concepts and strategies throughout the year.
  9. Quiet Spaces: Designate quiet areas where students can work independently, reflect, or engage in calming activities.
  10. Classroom Management Tools: Utilize tools like a behavior chart, reward system, or positive reinforcement strategies to support positive behavior and classroom management.

Conclusion: Setting up your classroom for a successful start doesn't have to be overwhelming. By implementing these 10 easy peasy tips and remembering the 10 key aspects of creating a conducive classroom environment, you'll be well on your way to creating a nurturing and engaging space for your sweet little learners.

Happy teaching!

Remember to check out our other blog posts for more helpful tips and resources for educators. Wishing you a fantastic school year ahead!

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Paula Haick

OCT/ Owner Sweet Little Learners

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Podcast Alert! How to take Online Education to the Next Level

Podcast Alert! How to take Online Education to the Next Level

When you take a former primary school teacher and mix her experience with the pandemic, you’re bound to uncover some serious innovation. That’s exactly how Sweet Little Learners, an online Shopify store, was born to sell amazing products that help teachers, educators, parents and kids learn kindergarten at home. I sat down with the owner, Paula Haick, to talk about her experience building her business and how she’s revolutionizing the online learning world.
In this episode you will learn:
👉 What Paula’s mission is and why it’s helping change kids’ lives
👉 Why Paula chose Shopify to sell a variety of products online
👉 How Paula’s store sells a combination of physical and digital products
👉 Advice Paula would give to anyone looking to start an online business
Check out this awesome episode on the I Created That Podcast today - click link



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