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By Maria Gavin
Teach students the spelling pattern of “qu” in an exciting and memorable way... throw a Q and U wedding. This special classroom event is certain to make a big impact and help students remember that q and u stand side-by-side each time q is needed in
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, Winter, Spring
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables
$4.00
737
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By Maria Gavin
Get ready for the big winter sporting event with some hands-on, engaging sight word practice in this interactive emergent reader. Each page of I Want to Play Winter Sports contains a predictable sentence about favorite winter competitive games.
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Winter, Reading
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.00
167
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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
Get students reading and ENGAGING with sight words in a hands-on way this winter with Interactive Sight Word Readers! Each page of Brrr... It is Cold! contains a predictable sentence missing the word “it.” Students will cut apart the letters to
Subjects:
Winter, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.00
260
Digital Download PDF (2.46 MB)
By Maria Gavin
This winter-themed sight word book is the perfect activity to get students reading and spelling sight words in a hands-on way during the winter months of December, January, and February. Each page of Winter is Here contains a predictable sentence
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Winter, Reading
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.00
265
Digital Download PDF (2.57 MB)
By Maria Gavin
Celebrate a Q and U Wedding in style… with Q and U Wedding student party hats! This fun and fashionable accessory is certain to make a big impact and help students remember that q and u stand side-by-side each time q is needed in a word. Copy the
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, Winter, Spring
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables
$2.00
202
Digital Download PDF (27.33 MB)
By Maria Gavin
This winter-themed sight word book is a perfect emergent reader to get students reading and ENGAGING with sight words in a hands-on way! Each page of I Dress Warmly Because it is Cold contains a predictable sentence missing the word “because.”
Subjects:
Winter, Reading, Spelling
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.00
53
Digital Download PDF (2.65 MB)
By Maria Gavin
Use this template to create adorable stained glass mittens in your classroom. All you need is tissue paper and clear contact paper. Complete instructions can be found on the Kinder-Craze blog for freebies and great project ideas. Copyright © 2014
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, Winter
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Fun Stuff, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
FREE
141
Digital Download PDF (5.21 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 penguin graphic, a clear bold number, and a dark or bright blue border arranged in an AB pattern. These are a perfect addition to your January
Subjects:
Holidays/Seasonal, Back to School, Winter
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Types:
Posters, Printables, Bulletin Board Ideas
$1.50
67
Digital Download PDF (0.71 MB)
By Maria Gavin
Get students reading and engaging with sight words in a hands-on way during the Winter season with this emergent reader. This is the perfect sight word book for your snow-themed lesson plans during the month of January. Each page of Winter is Snow
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Winter, Reading
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Literacy Center Ideas, Fun Stuff, Printables
$1.00
50
Digital Download PDF (2.82 MB)
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
Digital Download PDF (0.50 MB)
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
Digital Download PDF (0.56 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
Digital Download PDF (0.64 MB)
By Maria Gavin
Alert parents and other visitors that your class is working on holiday projects and surprises by hanging this cute sign on your classroom door. If you like this free product, you will LOVE many other items in my store. Please consider becoming a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Winter
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Types:
Posters, Fun Stuff, Printables
FREE
8
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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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