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A Go Figure Debut for a Washingtonian Who's New




Our newest Go Figure Debut takes us west to the state of Washington where we meet a kindergarten teacher named Alex. (I love that name as it is my youngest granddaughter’s name.) This is her fourth year of teaching. She’s had the “privilege” of changing grades each year from 1st grade to 2nd grade, then to a multiage classroom of 1st - 3rd grade students. She now teaches kindergarten and is super thrilled because her heart truly lies with early primary students and beginning readers! She calls this a magical time!

She grew up in the same town where she teaches and actually teaches kindergarten at the identical school where her husband of seven years attended kindergarten! (I wonder how many stories she hears about long ago.) She and her husband have a dog named Tank who is a wild black lab. After seven years, she claims Tank is finally calming down, but she also admits that he gave them a “run for their money” by eating couch cushions, chewing up floors, etc. Nevertheless, they love him and think he is perfect.

Alex is very passionate about creating independent learners, even in the youngest of students. She is a fan and supporter of systems such as Cafe and The Daily 5 and actively uses these ideas in her classroom. She comes from a family of teachers. Her mother taught Montessori for many years, so she has traits in that area as well. Her students can often be found in many different areas of the room working on a variety of tasks at their level. She enjoys watching her students grow while becoming responsible for their own learning! Alex also loves to learn and claims she would go to school forever if student loans and tuition didn't exist. (Don't we wish?)

Alex currently has 107 products in her Teachers Pay Teachers store
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called The Kindergarten Connection, and 16 of them are free downloads. If you teach preschool, kindergarten or first grade, here is a good place to find first rate, high quality resources for your classroom. One of her freebies is an Alphabet Match Christmas activity. The Christmas trees and gifts for matching capital and lowercase letters make a great literacy center for December!

I also want to highlight one of her "bundle" (several resources put together at a discount price) called Super Sight Words which is an interactive sight word book. The download includes a total of 40 books - one for each of the following Dolch Pre-Primer words:

a, and, away, big, blue, can, come, down, find, for, funny, go, help, here, I, in, is, it, jump, little, look, make, me, my, not, one, play, red, run, said, see, the, three, to, two, up, we, where, yellow, you

Each individual book features the following pages:
Super Sight Words
  1. Cover
  2. Word hunt find and color
  3. Trace the word
  4. Write the word
  5. Decorate the word (you can use torn paper, markers, anything you wish!)
  6. Rainbow write the word (using dice to determine color)
  7. Cut and paste the word
In addition, each book comes with a necklace, watch/bracelet and crown featuring that sight word! Students should love showing off their learning with these fun accessories!

So if you teach preschool, kindergarten or first grade, check out Alex's products.  I don't think you will be disappointed.  And if you have time, visit her blog (also called The Kindergarten Connection) for other creative ideas you can incorporate into your classroom.

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