Tips From Our Teachers

Tips From Our Teachers

August is Teacher Appreciation Month at leMel and we are honoring all the teachers, faculty and administrative staff that help educate and keep our kids safe! 
For the month of August all teachers, faculty and staff receive 20% off their purchases. This is intended for ANYONE working in the education field. If you have any questions on how to get your discount code, please email us at hello@shoplemel.com. 
We are also hosting weekly giveaways throughout August. When you make a leMel purchase in the month of August, you can nominate a special teacher (or school staff member) in the notes section at checkout for a chance for you EACH to win a $50 leMel gift card! 

We are picking winners EACH week! That’s 8 WINNERS.  

Each week we will be highlighting a teacher from our community below! 
Enjoy and help us celebrate all the teachers and educational workers! 
Kindergarten teacher Hallie Rogers dishes on her top kindergarten must-haves! Keep scrolling to hear Mrs. Rogers in her own words, and learn her favorite must-have items for her kindergarten classroom! 
We are living through some stressful times and it can take a definite tool on these young learners.  It is important to take the time to teach these young students about self care and how they manage their emotions when experiencing strong feelings.  In addition to teaching students about belly breaths, I also teach them about mindfulness and the calming effect of mindful coloring.  Using colored pencils, students can take their time coloring in these more intricate drawings.  I typically play calming music and have students color and unwind daily.  I often join them as well!
2. Magnetic Letters
I use magnetic letters all year long for letter recognition and word building.  It makes phonics instruction more engaging and hands on.  Cookie sheets make a perfect surface for working with letters!  This set also comes with a white board.  Building words and writing them help build muscle memory and strengthen student retention.
I take the coloring supplies in my classroom very seriously! I think it is important to offer students many shades of all colors to encourage them to be intentional and thoughtful about the details they are including in their work.  It encourages them to think critically about skin tone, the shade of green a plant is, the color of the sky at a certain time of day, etc. Crayons are a very affordable way to get a lot of colors.  I encourage you to get lots of shards of markers, colored pencils, water colors, etc. Art is an important aspect of Kindergarten!
These large dice are a great way to support number sense.  Students can count, add, and compare numbers.  There are many fun games you can play with dice and these large dice are also foam, meaning they are a lot quieter than regular dice.  You can find lots of fun ideas on Pinterest.  As students begin to recognize, count, and write large numbers, you can use more dice to make it challenging for them.  Card games and board games are also great ways to build number sense and sportsmanship.
Journal writing is a great way to encourage these young writers to write!  These composition books include a space for students to illustrate and write.  Students will begin writing through illustrations.  Encourage them to illustrate stories about their own life!  As their phonics skills develop they will begin to include labels, words, and then sentences.  It takes time and is fun to watch evolve as the year progresses!
Kindergarten is a big deal and even though the start of this school year may look different, it is still important we help our Kinders feel excited about the special school year ahead.  There are a lot of great books about Kindergarten, this one happens to be my current favorite.  It truly highlights how magical this school year is to our young learners!