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I am a first grade teacher who has rediscovered a love for firsties this year. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and even second over the past 16 years. I have been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and have been blessed with 2 very active boys.

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Center Fun with Stamping

Hello Friends!
I am so happy to be joining in the Bright Ideas Link Up today!
Here is a Bright Idea to make your learning centers fun and effective.
Anytime stamping is involved, my kids interest level skyrockets!
Stamps are a quick, easy way for students to practice independently.
Stamping at Literacy Centers
Our go-to at the word work center is stamp a word with spelling and high frequency words.  This is one additional way to use different manipulatives to practice their words.  We have also used stamps at the writing center for editing.
Stamping at Math Centers
Students  use math stamps for concept development during centers.  We have used number stamps, money stamps and even clock stamps to practice skills.  Students have also used seasonal stamps for number concept development as well as patterning.
Now, before you say, "No way!" to stamping due to the possible mess,
look at these quick tips to help you and your students stay clean and on focused!
Stamping Tips
1.  Use multiple stamp pads that are the same color for the center so colors do not get mixed. I usually let up to two children share one pad.
2.  Have a designated place for stamp pads to be put down at the center.  Letter stamps go back on the trays that are pre-marked with the letter names.  A labeled paper towel is a great idea too!
3.  Have wet wipes available the center to wipe fingers as needed. 
Model how to hold the stamps while stamping and to put them down correctly.
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  1. I miss having coin stamps! I had some at my old school. They are so helpful. I agree that stamps really grab their attention!

  2. I use to love to use them with my little ones! I never thought to put Wet Wipes in the station! So smart!
    Lynda Curls and a Smile


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