Dear Friends,

I’m so excited to be ringing in a New Year with two amazing Dollar Deals! Search #Cheers2022 on TpT to find thousands of items marked down to just $1! This year, I’m offering the two options below for $1 dollar.  These deals are only for today (12/31/2021) and tomorrow (1/1/2022). 

On another note, my New Year resources have been updated for 2022. These are updated every year, so if you purchased them last year, all you have to do is go to “My Purchases” on TpT and re-download at no additional cost to you. If you haven’t purchased these, my entire store is on sale now, so you will save $$$ when you purchase.

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New Year 2022 (Updated Every Year)

I have also updated all the resources included in my Arctic Animals bundle. This bundle includes eleven resources: Arctic Fox, Arctic Hare, Caribou, Harp Seal, Penguin, Polar Bear, Puffin, Snow Goose, Snowy Owl, Walrus, and Whales. I have updated other resources and bundles in my store including my Black History bundle, so if you have purchased them from me before, please go to “My Purchases” on TpT and re-download.

I hope that the New Year 2022 be filled with happiness and health for you and your family!!! I pray that you also prosper spiritually as you deepen your relationship with God.

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The Easiest Way to Create a Rotating TpT Banner on PowerPoint

Rotating banners are very popular among TpT sellers.  They don’t just add style to their TpT stores, but provide a way to promote their stores for free!  

Creating a rotating banner is easy! If you would like to create one, please follow the steps below:

Open PowerPoint and click on DESIGN on the top menu. Then, click on SLIDE SIDE on the right side of the menu. Click on CUSTOM SLIDE SIZE.

Set the slide size to 6.278 inches for 2.181 inches and click OK.

Click on ENSURE FIT.

 You may then start adding your message using your favorite fonts and clipart.  

I usually create five slides with the messages I want to show on my TpT store. You may create the messages that you like and as many slides as you want.  You can even add screenshots with covers of your products… anything that you would like to enhance and promote your store.

Once you are done creating your slides, make sure you save your work on your computer. You don’t want to lose what you have created.

After saving it, go to FILE and click on EXPORT.


Set the seconds to spend on each slide to 02.00 seconds or 03.00 seconds. If you prefer to move the slides quicker, you may set it to 01.00 second, but your GIF will be very fast.  Then, click on CREATE GIF.

Save it to your files.  This is the GIF that you will upload to TpT.

To upload it to TpT, go to MY ACCOUNT once logged in to TpT.


Go all the way to the bottom and click on EDIT.

Click on PERSONAL QUOTE and then on CHOOSE FILE.   Once you click on CHOOSE FILE, locate the GIF that you created and select it.

Last, click on SAVE… and that’s it!!!!

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial.  If you would like to purchase your rotating quote banner instead of making it yourself, there are many TpT sellers who do this.  I have some banners for sale myself.  Please click below if you are interested.

TPT Store Rotating Animated Quote Box |   Boho Rainbow Themed
Boho Rainbow Themed
TPT Store Rotating Animated Quote Box |   Princess/Fairy Themed
Princess/Fairy Themed

Happy creating… or happy shopping!

Rotating Banners and Branding for your TpT Store!

Have you ever wanted to have a cute rotating banner on your TpT store?  Have you ever desired to brand your TpT store, but it’s so expensive and you don’t have the money or don’t want to spend a fortune?  If you answered YES to any of these questions, then, you don’t have to look anymore to make your TpT store stylish and fun… and at a very low price ($12.00).

This is what I include:

Quote Box:

  • Animated | Rotating Banner (rotates through 5 GIF slides) and
  • Fixed welcome banner on JPEG format if you prefer not to use the animated banner

Store Banner:

  • Animated | Rotating Store Banner on GIF format and
  • Fixed “Check Out My Featured Resources” store banner (JPEG) if you prefer not to use the rotating store banner

Column Banner:

  • Animated | Rotating Column Banner (side banner) on GIF format and
  • Fixed Column Banner “Thank You For Stopping By My Store” (JPEG) if you prefer not to use the rotating column banner


  • 3 beautiful logos designed for you (just add the name of your store using the font of your choice) – JPEG

Square Cover:

  • 3 square covers that you may use as templates for your TpT covers (on PowerPoint)
  • The colors of these covers match the banners and logo.

Picture Directions:

  • Detailed directions on how to upload the banners to TpT (PDF file)

Please click on the images below to check my Banners and Branding for your TpT Store:

TPT Store Rotating Animated Quote Box |   Store Banner |   Logo | Column Banner
Boho Rainbow Themed
TPT Store Rotating Animated Quote Box |   Store Banner |   Logo | Column Banner
Princess/Fairy Themed

I will continue creating these banners with different themes, so if you don’t find what you want, you may tell me what you would like to have in the comments section below.

Goals and Scales for ELA and Math and More Activities Using the Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards for Grades K-2

The State of Florida has new educational standards! In order to improve its education system, the Common Core Standards were eliminated.  In its place, Florida created the Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for Grades K-12.  These standards are the framework that educators will use to build knowledge-rich curricula.  

In ELA, the standards are divided into four strands: Foundations, Reading, Communication, and Vocabulary.  In Math, the standards are divided into four major strands: Number Sense and Operations, Algebraic Reasoning, Geometric Reasoning and Data Analysis and Probability.

In order to facilitate the teacher’s job, I have created the following resources for Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade using the Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards. These resources are illustrated in order to promote student understanding and engagement, so they are student-friendly.   All the ELA and Math Standards are included.  There is a poster for each standard.  Each standard is color coded. On each level of the scales, the students will see pictures next to the words.  The pictures are geared towards students who are not able to read and understand.  Therefore, these students have picture scales.  

Level 1 of each scale contains the phrase “With my teacher’s help, I can be partially successful at 2.0 or 3.0 content.”  According to Dr. Marzano, any student who is not able to master the content at level 2 or level 3 is considered to be at level 1.  In other words, students at level 1 receive differentiated assistance from the teacher.

Level 2 contains the foundational knowledge and skills neded to build to level 3.

Level 3 content and skills are standard specific.  They mirror the standard using student-friendly words when possible.

Level 4 includes content and skills that have students moving up a cognitive level from the goal when possible (level 3 on the scale).

Full page posters are 11″x8.5″ and the mini posters are 5.5″x4″.  The standards and DOK (Depth of Knowledge) levels are printed on the upper right side of the posters.  There is an editable file included in addition to the PDF file.

Please click on the images to check out these resources.

Florida B.E.S.T. Standards
Grade K “I Can” Statements
Florida B.E.S.T. Standards GOALS AND SCALES | ELA and MATH | Grade K -Editable
Grade K: Goals and Scales
Florida B.E.S.T. Standards Flip Chart for Grade K
Grade K Flip Chart
Florida B.E.S.T. Standards Goals and Scales | ELA - FIRST GRADE - Editable
Grade 1: Goals and Scales (ELA)
Florida B.E.S.T. Standards GOALS AND SCALES | MATH - FIRST GRADE - Editable
Grade 1: Goals and Scales (Math)
Florida B.E.S.T. Standards GOALS AND SCALES | ELA and MATH | Grade 1 -Editable
Grade 1: Goals and Scales ELA and Math Bundle
Florida B.E.S.T. Standards Goals and Scales | ELA - SECOND GRADE - Editable
Grade 2: Goals and Scales (ELA)

 I am currently working on the Second Grade Math Goals and Scales.  Soon they will also be posted on Teachers Pay Teachers.

This Is How I Teach Characters, Setting and Major Events in Kindergarten

One of my favorite lessons to teach in kindergarten is characters, setting and major events. I actually start teaching this concept to my kiddos in the first two weeks of school.

Before introducing the topic, I check the state standards to make sure that I have the exact wording and to understand its intent. Using the specific wording of the state standard, I create a learning goal and a scale/rubric with four learning targets or levels.  Then, I  develop and administer a quick pre-assessment to students  in order to find out whether or not they have previously acquired that knowledge.  I strategically align the pre-assessment with the scale to make it easier to determine which students are at a specific level on the scale.

Once this process is completed, I start by introducing the vocabulary words (characters, setting and major events), which is usually on level 2 of the scale.  One of the most effective and fun ways to do this is by creating a slide show on the topic or an interactive PowerPoint presentation.  I teach the vocabulary words and informally assess students to ensure that they understand the meaning of the vocabulary words.

Once students complete this step, I teach them how to identify characters, setting and major events in a literary text.  We read a different story each day.  While reading, students are asked to identify the characters, setting(s) and the major events in each text read.  At the end of the week, I use an interactive PowerPoint presentation that I created in order to informally assess them prior to administering the summative assessment.   If after this presentation students do not answer the questions on the PowerPoint correctly, I continue teaching and reinforcing the concept for one more week.  Then, I formally assess students using a post assessment that mirrors the pre-assessment, but with questions that are more difficult.  Last, we celebrate success.

If you would like to check out my interactive PowerPoint presentation for teaching characters, setting and major events, please click below.

Characters, Setting, and Major Events {RL.K.3; LAFS.K.RL.1.3}

With activity, your children will accelerate their learning of identifying characters, setting and major events before you know it!

The Most Effective Strategy for Teaching High Frequency Words in Kindergarten

High-frequency words are often called “sight words.” This term refers to learning the words through memorization. The most common words used in the classroom are the Dolch List, Fry Instant Words, or words selected from stories in the reading program. Teachers regularly teach these words using flash cards in small groups or during whole group instruction.  Usually, teachers send these words home for students to practice and memorize.

My favorite way of teaching high frequency words is by creating PowerPoint presentations where I illustrate these words on each slide. This method is fun and engaging for my students. As I present a slide that shows the word of the day, if the word is not decodable, the spelling pattern is explained to students.  In my experience, the optimal strategy for learning high frequency words is integrating them into phonics lessons. The rationale for this is that this way allows students to learn the spelling patterns for these words in a way that makes sense.

When we restructure the way we teach high frequency words, it benefits all students. If you would like to add engagement to your high frequency words teaching, feel free to check out the resources below. Your students will learn their sight words in no time!

Kindergarten Sight Words Powerpoint - 1st Quarter {on PDF File}
Kindergarten Sight Words Powerpoint - 2nd Quarter {on PDF File}
Kindergarten Sight Words Powerpoint - 3rd Quarter {on PDF File}
Kindergarten Sight Words Powerpoint - 4th Quarter {on PDF File}

Keys to Teach Rhyming Words Effectively

Phonological awareness is highly related to later success in reading and spelling according to research (Moats and Tolman, 2008). Phonological awareness includes these components:

  • Counting, tapping, blending, or segmenting a word into syllables.
  • Producing a rhyming word.
  • Identifying and matching the initial sounds in words, then the final and middle sounds.
  • Segmenting and producing the initial sound, the final and middle sounds.
  • Blending sounds into words.
  • Segmenting the phonemes in two- or three-sound words, moving to four- and five- sound words as the student becomes proficient.
  • Manipulating phonemes by removing, adding, or substituting sounds.
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One of the avenues to promote phonological awareness is by teaching children how to rhyme and produce words. This can be easily taught by using these effective strategies:

  • Read rhyming picture books and poems to your children. As you read, identify and practice rhymes together.
  • Ask your children to recite learned rhyming words or alliterative phrases.
  • Share nursery rhymes with your children.
  • Play rhyming games.
  • Sing rhyming songs together.

During reading and/or singing activities, ask these questions to your children:

  • Do these words rhyme? How do you know? 
  • Which of these words does not rhyme? How do you know?

Rhyming has two components: Recognizing the rhyme and producing the rhyme. As children learn to rhyme, they may experience misconceptions.  Some of these confusions are listed below:

  1. Children may believe that rhymes are words that begin with the same sound (for example, hat and ham).
  2. They may think that words that have the same beginning and end sounds rhyme even if they do not have the same vowel sound (for example, pan and pin).
  3. Children may believe that they cannot change the first sound of a word to make a new word that rhymes (for example, hug and tug).

If your children need reinforcement to rhyme or if you need more rhyming activities, check out this mini bundle.  It was created in 2016 and completely updated in July 2021. It includes the following:

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With these rhyming activities for K-1, your children will accelerate their learning of identifying and producing rhyming words before you know it!                                                                 

Phonics and Word Study Instruction

What are the goals of Phonics and Word Study instruction?

The goals of Phonics and Word Study instruction, according to Adams (1990), Chard & Osborn (1999) and NRP (2000) are the following:

  1. To teach children that there are systematic relationships between letters and sounds.
  2. Written words are composed of letter patterns representing the sounds of spoken words.
  3. Recognizing words quickly and accurately is a way of obtaining meaning from them.
  4. Students can blend sounds to read words and segment words into sounds to spell.

What should we include in our Phonics and Word Study instruction?

Phonological and phonemic awareness, print awareness, alphabetic knowledge, alphabetic principle, decoding, reading practice with decodable text, irregular or high-frequency words, and reading fluency are the elements that we should include in our Phonics and Word Study Instruction.

How can we teach Phonics and Word Study?

Vaughn &  Linan-Thompson (2004) indicate that once our students meet the prerequisite conditions for word recognition, print awareness, alphabetic knowledge, and phonemic awareness, we can begin teaching them about the four subprocesses essential to teaching phonics and word study: letter-sound knowledge or alphabetic understanding; regular word reading; irregular word reading; and reading in decodable text.

Letter-Sound Knowledge: Select letter-sound relationships that will allow the students to form words.

Regular Word Reading: Once students know three or four letter-sound associations, teachers should begin regular word reading and building activities (i.e., CVC words).

Irregular Word Reading: Select and teach words that appear frequently in stories and informational texts.  These words need to be taught before they appear in a story by discussing the words and any special features and pointing out parts of the words that are regular.  Review these words regularly.

Reading in Decodable Text: Students need to know how to apply their letter-sound knowledge by reading decodable text in order to increase their ability to read and acquire confidence.

Why is it important to teach Phonics and Word Study instruction?

Teaching students about the relationship between graphemes and phonemes allows them to decode and read words.  There are two basic processes necessary for learning to read: Learning to convert letters into recognizable words and comprehending the meaning of print (Gough and Tumner, 1986). Students will not be able to learn to read and spell without first learning the relationship between letters and sounds (Moats, 2000).  Therefore, it is key to teach phonics and word study because early and systematic instruction in phonics leads to better achievement in reading.   

When should Phonics and Word Study instruction start?

Systematic and explicit phonics instruction improves children’s word recognition, spelling, and reading comprehension, and is most effective when it begins in kindergarten and/or 1st grade.  Two years of phonics is sufficient for most students although other students may require additional instruction.

In sum, the combination of Phonics and Word Study helps students with word recognition, reading, and spelling.  If you need resources and activities to strengthen your Phonics and Word Study instruction, please refer to the ones listed below.

Back to School ABC Bundle
CVC Picture Cards for K-1
Fry Sight Words for Kindergarten

I hope that you enjoyed this post! If you need support with Phonics and Word Study instruction, please comment below.


Hello Friends!

I’m super excited to share this with you! You can save your hard earned money today and tomorrow (July 3rd and 4th) by buying what you need for Back-to-School without breaking your bank! These hundreds of deals will end tomorrow.  You will find clipart, back-to-school resources, ELA, math, science, social studies, book reports, fun printables and activities, distance learning… and much more!  To find these dollar deals, type #TPTSparklers21 into the TpT search bar.

Two of my resources are marked down to ONLY $1.00 each for this annual Independence Day Dollar Deals event on TpT.   Please click on these resources to be able to access them.

#TPTSparklers21 - Poster Quotes Clipart for Social Media, Blog Posts or Decor
#TPTSparklers21 - Backgrounds Clipart {Commercial Use OK}

Happy Shopping!

SALE, New Resources, Updates, and Buy ONE/Get ONE Free!

Hello Friends,

It has been a while since I sent you a note, so I want to start by letting you know that my store is ON SALE!  My latest creations are below:

Florida B.E.S.T. Standards GOALS AND SCALES | ELA and MATH | Grade K -Editable
Florida B.E.S.T. Standards
CVCE Cards for K-2
Inspirational Poster Quotes Clipart - Rainbows Themed

I have updated some of my previous resources, so make sure to go to “My Purchases” and re-download.  You will not regret it.  Here are some of the updated products, but not all, so please check your purchases: 

Nocturnal Animals Bundle for Kindergarten and First Grade for At Home Learning
Ocean Animals
3D Shape Posters and Activities {English, Spanish, French} -  Light Wood
Las figuras geométricas en 3D {English, Spanish, French} - Chevron
Les Formes Géometriques en 3D {ENGLISH,  {English, Spanish, French} - Polka Dots

If you are looking for summer products to prevent summer slide and/or 4th of July resources, please take a look at the ones below:

Summer Review for Kindergarten and First Grade {June}
Review for Kindergarten and First Grade {July}
4th of July Activities and Printables for K-1 for At Home Learning
4th of July UNCLE SAM Craftivity {K-1}

For those of you who do not know, Star Kids has a sister store, Star Kids by Naomi.  Please be sure to follow both stores as I post new products and giveaways often.  I have added and will soon add some new clipart to Star Kids by Naomi 

Covers for Summer Clipart
Poster Quotes Clipart for Social Media, Blog Posts or Decor in English-Spanish
Backgrounds Clipart {Commercial Use OK}

Last, from now to June 30, 2021, when you purchase a resource from any of my two stores, you may get a resource of the same price or less for free.  In order to receive your free file, please send me an email to with the link of the resource that you purchased and the date, and I will send you the free resource.  I will use your email address only to send you the free file.

Happy Shopping!