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Today we are featuring a great teacher turned entrepreneur, Teena from Teena's Teacher Tidbits! Teena is a former first grade teacher, turned stay at home mom to two adorable little girls. She knows first hand that, "Learning needs to be engaging and fun. My students loved hands on experiences and games to learn. I'm using my experience from the classroom and home to bring you fun, engaging, and eductional resources to use with your students and children."
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While I got all preschool level activities, I was very happy to see skill areas ranging from contractions and short vowel word families to antonymns represented in the literacy games section. There is also a wide variety in the math games and Teena is currently working on making harder games suitable for fourth and fifth graders. If you aren't able to find exactly what you need, she also welcomes requests at no extra charge to her customers.
I had not problem browsing around and finding exactly what I needed. The activities were all easy to assemble, although some of the intricate cutting did take time. The graphics are colorful and engaging and it was great getting instant access to my downloads. For the price point, this is an excellent resource and time saver! I could see how her activities would make great centers.
We then moved onto 1-10, so she could work on some of the numbers she doesn't always correctly identify. When she is ready I can make it more challenging by adding the teen numbers. I was glad to see that the tricky teens 11, 12, 13, and 15 were included. I know from teaching kindergarten that these are usually the hardest numbers for kids to master as they don't follow the pattern, after all it isn't five-teen. Nice to know we'll have an activity ready and waiting for when we're ready to work on them.
The carrots are small and cutting around the carrot tops took some time. Their small size means that laminating them is a must. I would've preferred to see the carrots in a little grid so assembly would be quicker. It wouldn't have been as cute as each carrot would then be on a little square, but the time saved would be worth the trade off for me. It would also be nice to have a self correcting key included, for the kids to refer to if this game were part of a center.
We also picked out the Springtime Ginger Clips, which caught my eye because it works on alphabet identification with a little spin on it. The clips give ER a little challenge and work on finger strength and fine motor skills.
She really liked this one, and I was so happy to she her engaged in it, because teaching letter recognition has been a slow going process in our household. This is one activity she's eager to work on. Right now I've got her mainly working on "matching" uppercase and lowercase letters like /C/ and/c/ so she has success, with a few more difficult letters to match up like /R/ and /r/ thrown in. This keeps her happy and less frustrated while we work on mastery of a few letter pairs at a time.
I also chose the Mouse Fairy Memory, even though ER isn't quite ready for it. I knew the graphics would be of high interest to her, and that alone would make her want to play it over and over. Right now we play it face up and have her choose a picture card. We say the word and then I tell her the corresponding letter to look for. I can't wait to play it as a Memory Game.
Teena also offers several freebies on her website so you can try them out, isn't that nice☺ She recently changed them but you used to be able to get the Auto ABC Tracing, which are great and well worth the low $1.50 price tag. I printed them out and then printed the Auto ABC Tracing Lowercase, also now $1.50, on the backside. Then I laminated them so we can use them over and over.
What I really liked, was the size. I punched a hole in one corner and put them all on a binder ring. They, along with a dry erase marker, are now in a pencil case that we can throw in a bag and take out and about with us. It's a great little learning on the go activity. I would really like to see a more girly themed set, because ER doesn't really love the car theme.
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Teena is pleased to offer two of our readers a giveaway!
- The First Winner, will get a $12 gift certificate and a finished game of their choice
- The Second Winner, will get a $6.00 gift certificate and a finished game of their choice.
Fine Print: If either winner is outside of the US and Canada, then instead of a finished game they will recieve and extra $8 gift certificate. A winner within the US and Canada may also choose an extra $8 gift certificate in lieu of a finished game.
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Disclaimer: This post relates our own personal and unbiased opinions and experience with Teena's Teacher Tidbits and your may differ. Thank you to Teena for providing the reviewers material and for sponsoring the giveaway, this in no way influenced our post.