Your Favorite Learning Tools For Less Than What They Cost On Amazon

Could it be cheaper than Amazon?  Lets see.


Id love to be able to shop around for the best prices always, but sometimes there just isnt enough time in the day! 















I received a list of items that are cheaper on Educents than on Amazon!  Educents is one of my favorite online stores.  Their printables are amazing!!  I was shocked to find some of their products were $100 dollars less than Amazon!  WOW!  So, of course I wanted to share this time and money saving find for you.


Hot tip: Use code GETREADY to get free shipping on every order.  Theres no minimum required.



Hooked on Phonics Learn To Read KIT for PReK -2 SAVE $170.00




Hooked on Phonics is one of the most trusted brands in teaching children how to read.  This set is for Prek-2nd graders who are looking to create a strong foundation in phonics.  This set includes workbooks as well as access to the HoP online learning portal.

Retail Price – $299.99 / Amazon Price – $265.00

Educents Price – $129.99




Maestro Classic Musical Stories Set – Save $112.00



This 12 CD collection features perennial classics you will remember from childhood like Peter Rabbit, The Nutcracker, Nad The Tortoise And The Hare.  Each disk also includes activities to complete for students after they have finished the story.

Retail Price – $200.00 / Amazon Price – $93.43

Educents Price – $88.00





Times Tale Animated DVD – Save $10.00




Times Tales is one of the best ways to teach kids multiplication – periond.  One mom said, “Best money spent on math.  It really worked.  Within a week my 9 and 11 tear old completed 110 problem text with scores of 90% and 100% .  Wow.”. Audio, visual, logical – whats more to ask? 

Retail Price – $29.99/ Amazon Price – $28.99

Educents Price – $19.99




Reusable Human Body Sticker Set – $9.00



The Mona MELissa reusable sticker playsets are an amazing way to create a hands on learning experience in your home,classroom, or anywhere with a wall.  Teach kids all about anatomy – and make it stick literally with this scientifically accurate set.

Retail Price – $28.99 /Amazon Price -$ 24.99

Educents Price – $19.99





Tegu Magnetic Building Blocks: 49 Piece Set – Save $27.50




Tegu blocks are the wooden magnetic blocks that everyones talking about!  Aside from being the new block essential, Tegu cares about creating social good and hires workers in Honduras to make these wonderful toys!  Plus, they plant a tree with each purchase!  

Retail Price – $110.00 / Amazon Price – $110.00

Educents Price – $82.50





Hooked on Phonics Spelling Program – Save $20.00


imageSpelling Bee here we come!  The Hooked On Phonics Spelling Program is no exception to the quality of  the Hooked On Phonics programs.  This spelling kit teaches spelling in a way that is fun yet unique.

Retail Price – $79.95 /Amazon Price – 

Educents Price – $59.95 




I hope this saved you a little time and money!

Thanks for reading!

Crystal 🙂

Celebrating Book Giving Day

Celebrate Book Giving Day with Love…….


Today was Book Giving Day.  This day, Febuary 14,  is a lessor know holiday because it shares the spotlight with Valentines Day.  Oh, but my little book worm  would not forget a day to celebrate getting books!!

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I pretended to forget about Book Giving Day in order to surprise Him.   AND he was surprised by my gift plus momma son card!


Book Giving Day Valentines Day books


The card was a simple craft we made together previously thus week.  It was my hand print…

Momma Son Card


with his handprint using a different color paint on top.Momma Son card


By uploading the picture of handprints into a free photo app, I was able to add this old quote to it…image


The saved image can later be printed and put in a frame or added to his photo album!  I’m in love:)





These are the books I gave him along with the Mommy Son card.  I thought “Why not Valentines Day Books?”  The First book is a Firster reader.  The second book, “Valentine Be Mine”,  is absolutely perfect for finding history and facts about Valentines Day!  Last, is a short chapter book from the Black Lagoon series.  I’ve included the links below for your convenience.













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Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂









Types of Text: Learning About Informational Text in First Grade

Learning Important Features of Informational Text with Reindeer…..



Most of the time moving from Narrative text to Informational text is easy.  My son read story books about the tooth fairy and was naturally interested in teeth.  An adventure of seeking information about his teeth compared to animal teeth began.


Pour teeth look like this.
Our teeth look like this.


Reindeer teeth look like this.
Reindeer teeth look like this.

JUST LIKE THAT…We were off to find out all about Arctic mammals!  


He had never watched this classic before learning about reindeer so I was excited to watch this with him!




I wanted PJ to become familiar with all the features of  Informational text.  I quickly found some printable lists for my visual learner…..

Nonfiction Text Features Bullentin Board Poster Set
Nonfiction Text Features Bullentin Board Poster Set


Primarily Speaking  Free Nonfiction Text Features   Posters

Classroom Freebies  Checklists and usage log


After I jotted down a hand written list of a few nonfiction text features, we headed to the library to practice using features. ( I ended up making my own visual board for nonfiction text features after the fact.)

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Kindle book…

At the library…image

Kindle book…

Cool Facts/ Silly Jokes

Kindle book…

Click here to view book.


At the library…it’s an older edition of the first book I think.image



Reindeer (A Day in the Life:Polar Animals)

We found a nice quiet place and used this Know/Want to Know/ Learned chart – Teacher Files


Next, we looked up the books I found from above.  He began to fill in his Just The Facts worksheet also from Teacher Files.



Using my handwritten check list we found the most important features of Informational Text:

  • Table of Contents
  • Bold or Italicized words
  • Glossary
  • Headings
  • Subheadings
  • Maps

****There are more Features to cover but my goal is to cover them one by one in a series.  Stayed tuned!****


We took turns reading but I asked him to stop me when he heard a FACT so he could write it down.  There were words we looked up in the glossary along the way when he didn’t understand their meaning.  I wrote down those words to later use as vocabulary and speech practice words.


He wasn’t ready to answer why he thought the words were important yet.  I didn’t want to overload him so I saved those thinking questions for another day. 


-By that point my son was familiar with the most important Nonfiction Text Features and could look up bold words in the Glossary.  

-He was able to match and find chapter headings from the Table of Contents to within the books we read.  

He could find the map in one book and point to where Reindeer migrated.   

He also had 6 facts wrote out about Reindeer that we will use later to fill in the “What I Learned” part of  his K/W/L chart.


Here is an example of a Just The Facts sheet about teeth.


While we were at the library I took advantage of the printer privileges((: and printed off pages of FREE Reindeer learning from a few of these sights…



Royal Baloo – Reindeer Learning Pack

3 Dinosaurs- Reindeer Pack Story retell with puppets


More Fact Finding Ideas……

Royal Baloo – Reindeer Lapbook

Enchanted Learning – Label The Reindeer

Red Ted Art – Reindeer Bookmarks

Sarahs First Grade Snippets – Reindeer Fact Craft and More!

First Grade Smiles – Reindeer Facts And Fun



Web Facts About Reindeer…..Yep that’s a part of Common Core and well just a skill must have nowadays.

University of Alaska – Reindeer Caribou..What’s the Difference?

You Tube – Rudolph the Blue Eyed Reindeer

Animals Time all about animals for kids – Top 9 Reindeer Facts


I will share more about reindeer crafts and activities when my son has had his fill of  information on the subject.  Until then…

Thank you for reading!














5 Ways to Use Spider Rings for MATH

5 Ways To Use Spider Rings for Math……


Its been two weeks now and my little guy is still going strong with our Spider Theme!!   He doesn’t seem to want to find another Halloween theme JUST YET with the exception of our The Magic School Bus: A Reading Book Character Event.  

We’ve had a lot of fun exploring Spiders across all environments, in EVERY subject, and at least one “sub-category”.  That would be the study if the Spider Wasp!  We discovered a really amazing, super gross fact here.

Just home from school! And hiding from the sun in the shade of our hedges.

Math is also one subject that my guy works on everyday even if it is a short activity.  To do this with a spider theme I chose to make his activities as simple as possible.  Meaning, the next step for me was to search awesome homeschool blogs for resources.  I didn’t have to look very long since Halloween is next week.  There were spider activities galore on my search results!  This really is luck.  Remember my son is who gets to choose the themes.  

Bottom right is Playdough To Plato’s FREE 100s Chart and 10 Ways To Use It that we used over the summer.

One very similar to our spider ring math activity was really my inspiration…

 Still Playing School had a great Math spider ring activity!! I know I will be trying soon when my son is ready for multiplication. Yep! I got my eye on that one!

So, my son needed a move to think addition/subtraction activity. I did not however, find an addition/subtraction spider activity that did not require a printer or items like counters.  Our printer is down for the count….

But we came up with this…

First,  I used a large poster board to draw 2 spider webs.  To get an idea of how to easily draw spider webs, you can check out our last spider activity here. 


NOTE: With those 2 spider webs finished, I drew 3 lines using a ruler but you don’t have too. The lines I placed below the spider webs.  We used the lines as a spot to place the numbers he would find sums for.  These visuals can reduce confusion, help them remain on task, and promote independence for children that need the supports.

Now we are already on the last step!! 

Fold  2 or 3 pieces of card stock to make rectangular squares to write your child’s practice numbers on.  Fold the card stock first in half then make 2 more folds.  You will end up with 6 rectangles per piece of card stock to be cut out…. I used 3 pieces the first time we practiced and several more  later during the week for additional practice.  For the addition, subtraction, and greater than/less than signs, simply fold and cut 2 of  the rectangles out.  Then write the signs on them.!

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   Write different numbers for your child to practice adding and subtracting.  We warmed up with single digit numbers then moved straight along to double digits.  Turn the numbers over and place a stack of numbers under each spider web for the child to chose from.  I also asked my son to write each number down in the form of a solved problem.

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     Greater than/ less than practice….


This spider ring math activity we also used during with our spider theme week. It is Prekinders Spider Ring Counting Game with printable.

If you would like to add to this mini math spider ring round-up, please make your suggestions in the comments.  I would love to see how you have used spider rings for math!!!