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By Maria Gavin
The gingerbread-theme sight word book gets students reading and spelling sight words in a hands-on way. Each page of Do you See the Gingerbread? Interactive Sight Word Reader contains a predictable sentence about creating a gingerbread house that's
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Reading
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.00
573
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By Maria Gavin
The perfect sight word book for the holiday season to get students reading and spelling sight words in a hands-on way. Each page of What is on my Sweater? Interactive Sight Word Reader contains a predictable sentence about a festive holiday sweater
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Reading
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.00
392
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By Maria Gavin
Engage your students with this set of 8 winter-themed emergent readers that are perfect for Christmas and the holiday season. Each winter Interactive Sight Word Reader highlights one word to study and encourages students to read and spell sight
Subjects:
Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter, Reading
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Worksheets, Literacy Center Ideas, Printables
CCSS:
RF.K.1a, RF.K.3c, RF.K.4
$8.00
$6.00
167
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By Maria Gavin
This is the perfect sight word book to get students reading and spelling sight words in a hands-on way during the Christmas season. Each page of Do You See Santa? Interactive Sight Word Reader contains a predictable asking sentence about a Santa and
Subjects:
Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.00
360
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By Maria Gavin
Arrange a surprise (unseen) visit from Santa to your classroom with this Magic Reindeer Food Kit. Students will make reindeer food to sprinkle on their lawns before bed on Christmas Eve night. The food replenishes reindeer magic and energy. The kit
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
$3.00
116
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By Maria Gavin
Bring a little Christmas spirit into the classroom while working to master the sight word "in" with this holiday emergent reader! Each page of Santa's Toys are in his Bag contains a predictable sentence missing the word “in.” Students will cut apart
Subjects:
Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.00
196
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By Maria Gavin
This sight word book about Santa is the perfect activity to get students reading and spelling sight words in a hands-on way during December and the Christmas season.Each page of Please Bring Me a Present! Interactive Sight Word Reader contains a
Subjects:
Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.00
98
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By Maria Gavin
This is a set of 2.5x2.5" number cards for use with a classroom calendar. Each card features a gingerbread house a gingerbread boy, or a gingerbread girl graphic, a clear bold number, and a colorful border arranged in an ABC pattern. These are a
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Posters, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$1.50
92
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By Maria Gavin
This is a set of 2.5x2.5" number cards for use with a classroom calendar. Each card features a Santa, boy elf, or girl elf graphic, a clear bold number, and a colorful border arranged in an ABC pattern. These are a perfect addition to your
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Posters, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$1.50
63
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By Maria Gavin
Enjoy some Christmas fun while working on color words with this cute color by number elf page. A quick, cute, fun way to review color words; this 8.5x11" printout separates into 2 coloring pages to conserve paper and coloring time without
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
FREE
81
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By Maria Gavin
Have some winter fun while working on color words with this cute Color by Number Penguin page. A quick, cute, fun way to review color words; this 8.5x11" printout separates into 2 coloring pages to conserve paper and coloring time without
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
FREE
84
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By Maria Gavin
Just in time for Christmas! This emergent reader gets students reading and spelling sight words in a hands-on way. Each page of "Santa, do you have your Things?" contains a predictable Christmas sentence missing the word “your.” Students will cut
Subjects:
Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.00
38
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By Maria Gavin
Build anticipation for St. Nicholas Day with this simple Waiting for St. Nicholas coloring page. Children can color the shoe and leave the paper in their cubbies, on their desks, or attached to their lockers on December 6 (the night before St.
Subjects:
Religion, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
37
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By Maria Gavin
Get into the Christmas spirit while working on color words with this cute color by number Santa page. A quick, cute, fun way to review color words; this 8.5x11" printout separates into 2 coloring pages to conserve paper and coloring time without
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
FREE
96
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By Maria Gavin
A miter is the name of the hat worn by Catholic bishops. Celebrate St. Nicholas Day with this festive miter craftivity! Materials Needed 9x12” sheets of red construction paper (1 per student) 3x18” strips of black construction paper (1 per
Subjects:
Religion, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Activities, Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
38
Digital Download PDF (17.21 MB)
By Maria Gavin
Interactive Sight Word Readers allow students to read and spell sight words in a meaningful and engaging way. This is an emergent reader to provide students with an opportunity to learn to read and spell the sight word “here” in a hands-on way.
Subjects:
Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
55
Digital Download PDF (2.36 MB)
By Maria Gavin
Interactive Sight Word Readers allow students to read and spell sight words in a meaningful and engaging way. This is an emergent reader to provide students with an opportunity to learn to read and spell the sight word “for” in a hands-on way. Each
Subjects:
Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
44
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By Maria Gavin
Interactive Sight Word Readers allow students to read and spell sight words in a meaningful and engaging way. This is an emergent reader to provide students with an opportunity to learn to read and spell the sight word “with” in a hands-on way.
Subjects:
Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
55
Digital Download PDF (2.54 MB)
By Maria Gavin
This is a set of 2.5x2.5" number cards for use with a classroom calendar. Each card features a cute monster image in a variety of cool colors, a clear bold number, and a seasonal border arranged in an ABCD pattern. These are a perfect addition to
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Posters, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$1.50
15
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By Maria Gavin
Remind children of the true meaning of Christmas while working on color words with this cute Color by Number Nativity page. A quick, fun way to review color words; this 8.5x11" printout separates into 2 coloring pages to conserve paper and coloring
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Printables
FREE
31
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Hi and welcome! I’m Maria. I’m a kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home blogging mom to two beautiful, sweet, and joyfully energetic children. I graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, then went on to complete my Master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching from MSU a few years later. I spent 13 years teaching First Grade and Kindergarten (both full-day and half-day) at a Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Each program came with its own exciting and challenging moments, but I especially loved teaching half-day kindergarten. My teaching blog, Kinder Craze started as a space to share my passion and love for early childhood education. I love having the opportunity to stay at home with my babies while they are young and often think about returning to the classroom once they are at school full-time. I don’t want to rush a single moment of our time together because I know that they are only little once and I want to enjoy as much of this sweet, exciting, exhausting, challenging season in our lives as I can. And right now, It’s pretty fun just being a regular mom who takes her kids to school.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I strive to create a warm and compassionate learning environment for my young students. Routine, bright colors, and organization are important to me because I believe it helps children feel more safe and secure in their school environment. I also like to have fun in the classroom with my children and make the learning experience as hands-on and dynamic as possible.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Graduated with High Honors, Michigan State University, May 2004

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Elementary Education, and a teaching major of Social Studies. Master of Arts in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love all things tidy and organized, bright colors, natural lighting, and I think quiet time by myself for a mani and pedi is the ultimate treat. Contact me via email at kindercraze@gmail.com Stop by Kinder-Craze, a blog for kindergarten and primary grade teachers. Stop by for great ideas, inspiration, and fun! You can also "Like" Like Kinder-Craze on Facebook for exclusive freebies and product updates.

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