The case for Chess as a tool to develop our children’s minds

Just in case you don’t remember all the great things about teaching chess to your students…

Moves for Life Blog

2015-02-10 08.23.59Is chess an art? A science? Some claim it’s both. Yet let’s be honest, it’s really just a game. Fun, challenging, creative: but still a game, not much different from tennis, cricket, football, or golf.

But there is one striking difference to these other popular games. While learning to play almost any game can help build self-esteem and confidence, chess is one of the few that fully exercises our minds.

Many of us could probably use this exercise, although it may be a bit late for some. (At least for those of us old enough to read an article like this voluntarily!) It’s not, however, too late for our children.

Chess is one of the most powerful educational tools available to strengthen a child’s mind. It’s fairly easy to learn how to play. Most six or seven year olds can follow the basic rules. Some kids as young as four…

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Save Big For Back to School!

Wow, it’s been a busy summer and I have not had time to post anything lately. I’ve stocked my store with lots of new classroom décor products just in time for back to school! I have had so much fun with the Ocean and Superhero themes. Luckily for you they are on sale along with everything else in my store on August 4th and 5th for 28% off when you use the promo code BTS2014!  Just click on the picture below to take you to my store!


Unfortunately, I didn’t get everything I wanted completed and uploaded to my store, but don’t despair!  If you follow me on TpT you will be notified when I upload something new and I have a big surprise!  For the month of August, every product I upload will be discounted 50% for the first 48 hours!  Wahoo!!!!!

I hope all of you enjoy the sale and fill your shopping carts with tons of goodies!

Remember to always….  Keep ’em Thinking!


An Ocean Theme Classroom

When I was in the classroom, my favorite theme was the ocean. I loved teaching marine biology, so of course everything in my classroom revolved around the ocean. I think one of the things I like best about an ocean theme is the color. Blue is definitely my favorite color, and the ocean is filled […]

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Keep ’em Thinking With Biographies!

I love to incorporate biographies into lessons! It seems that no matter what unit the students are studying, there’s a great biography to go with it. Why is it so important to teach biographies? you might ask. For one thing, it teaches a little something about the history of a subject, but more importantly, biographies […]

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TPT Spring Cleaning Sale

Hello all! Since my spring break is almost over, I’m teaming up with a a bunch of other folks from Teachers Pay Teachers for a huge spring cleaning sale! I’ve cleaned out drawers and closets wall week, and now it’s time to clean out my TpT Wish list!  Thanks to Valerie at Georgia Grown Kiddos for […]

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Huge Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers!

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a huge sale starting Thursday and Friday, February 27th and 28th! My entire store will be on sale for 20% off and if you enter the Promo Code TPT3, you will receive an additional 10% off your entire purchase!   Just click on the button below to go to my Teachers […]

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Huge Cyber Monday Sale (and Tuesday Too)!

Wow!  I’ve been so busy creating new products that I have really neglected my blogging.  Right now my Teachers Pay Teachers store is on sale for 20% off, and starting tomorrow, it is the site-wide sale, so you get an extra 8% off for a total of 28% off!  You can’t do better than that!  […]

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No Tricks! Just a Treat!

Hey  all!  To celebrate the end of the month  and Halloween I’m giving out treats with a flash one day only sale in my TpT store tomorrow only!  Everything in my store is on sale for 20% off, so click on the image and come on down!  The talented Krista Lyn Wallden from Creative Clips […]

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Turn Your Students into Compound Word Wizards! and a Surprise Flash Freebie!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I have been busy with school getting starting and creating!  I had some folks ask for some materials to teach compound words, and I got a little carried away.  I had already created my I Spy Compound Words product, but I wanted to create […]

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I Spy Compound Words! Flash Freebie

It’s 8:30 Central time, and I am going to make my new I Spy Compound Words!  FREE for the next two hours until 10:30 Central Time!  Hurry over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store to download your free copy now. I have had so much fun with compound words this week!  I found some fantastic new clip […]

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Best and Most Linky Party

I am linking up with Christina Bainbridge over at Bunting, Books and Bainbridge for her Best and Most Linky Party! My first product is my Teacher’s Pet.  Every teacher has a pet and my pet product is my Snowflake Bentley Literature Guide.  This is one of the first products I made at Teachers Pay Teachers and […]

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500 Follower Giveaway

Jeanne over at The 2nd Grade Surprise is having a fantastic giveaway just in time for back to school. She has the cutest blog that I am sure you will want to check out! Just click on the image below to get to the giveaway!   That’s all for now folks!  I will be back […]

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A Fun Giveaway to Celebrate 500 Followers!

Miss Mathis over at Mrs. Mathis’ Homeroom is celebrating 500 Followers with a fantastic giveaway!  Be sure to check it out!  You might even win my Watch Me Tell Time to the Nearest Hour and Half Hour unit along with some other fantastic resources.  The giveaway is up and running and will run though Friday at 9:00 PM […]

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Vocabulary Fun with Sorting, Classifying, and Which One Doesn’t Belong? Flash Freebie!

I am excited to announce that I have finished my Vocabulary Fun with Sorting, Classifying, and Which One Doesn’t Belong? product and it is FREE for the next 4 hours! Please feel free to download and provide feedback! Just click on the link or the preview below. This unit is a fun way to teach the Common Core […]

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Gy-normous Giveaway! at Teaching with Nancy

Hello all!  Just a quick post because my husband and I are getting ready to leave for Atlanta to catch a flight to Cancun tomorrow for four days of scuba diving and resting too! I’ll have a post about the trip when I get back.  No Internet for me until Sunday night!   I do want to let you know […]

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Alabama Blogger Meet Up

I had absolutely one of the best times this past Saturday meeting up with a bunch of Alabama Teacher bloggers for my very first Alabama Blogger Meet Up. We met at the delicious Chuy’s Restaurant at the Summit in Birmingham and their food is so yummy! They have this incredible jalapeno ranch dip that is […]

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The weather here in Alabama is scorching hot, so I’ve decided to have a scorching hot sale at my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Everything in my entire store is 20% off today through Sunday, so head on over to get some cool deals! Just click on the link to get there! My Teachers Pay Teachers […]

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Teacher Gone Digital is Hosting a Giveaway!

Teacher Gone Digital is hosting a great giveaway to celebrate 300 followers! You need to be sure to head over to the blog to win some great materials for your classroom.  My Analogy Safari is one of the prizes you can win, but there are other really great products as well. That’s all for today!  […]

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Today I am linking up with Molly at Classroom Confections for a linky party where some great Teachers Pay Teachers sellers link up their top wishlisted item. Of course, if it is a top wishlisted item, you know it is a great and amazing resource for you to use in your classroom. Be sure to pop on over […]

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Do you have trouble putting things off? I know I do! Last week I was at a workshop and they gave each of us a little round disk called a TUIT. A Round Tuit is a play on words, from the idiom “to get around to it.” Round TUITs first appeared at the 1964 World’s Fair which […]

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Middle Grades Maven 1000 Follower Giveaway!

Middle Grades Maven is having a HUGE 1000 Follower Giveaway!  Hurry and sign up ’cause this giveaway is over June 20th.  There are tons of great products in this giveaway.  Also, while you are there, check out the blog.  It is great!  Remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!

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Fabulous Firsties 300 Follower Giveaway

Wow!  Have I got a great giveaway for you!    Corinna over at Fabulous Firsties is having a huge 300 Follower Giveaway!  Seventy fabulous Bloggers/TpT Stores have shared items to give away to you!  It is easy to win.  Just click on the link and follow the Bloggers/TpT Stores, then click on Rafflecopter to enter for your chance to […]

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Another Great Giveaway at A Tale of Two K Teachers

Christina Mauro over at A Tale of Two K Teachers is hosting a wonderful giveaway to celebrate 200 followers on the Teachers Pay Teachers store!  With 124 products to be given away, you don’t want to miss this one!  Check out some of the items below!  

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Fantastic Giveaway at Mrs. V’s Busy Bees

You need to hop over to Mrs. V’s Busy Bees ASAP to enter my sweet friend Sara Ventrella’s great giveaway to celebrate her blog’s one year blogiversary!  There are tons of great products you can win including my new Analogy Safari packet.  There will be six days of giveaways featuring products from 114 different sellers.  Be sure to check […]

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Tomorrow’s Alphabet Lesson Freebie

I have been so busy I haven’t had time to blog lately.  I promised you a freebie and here it is!  I love teaching with children’s picture books and sophisticated alphabet books are one of my favorites to use.  If you haven’t seen the picture book Tomorrow’s Alphabet by George Shannon, you simply must get […]

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Currently For May

I am so excited!  This is my very first time to link up with Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade for her monthly Currently linky, so here goes! I am currently listening to my 14 month old grandson trying to say Marmie.  It’s so close to Mommy that I think I will accept that!  He and his mommy […]

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Huge Teacher Appreciation Sale!

Teachers are the backbone of our society.  They work harder than any other group of people I know, they spend thousands of their personal dollars on materials to teach our kids, and sometimes they are greatly underappreciated!  In honor of teachers everywhere,  I am having a sale at my Teachers Pay Teachers store on Tuesday […]

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It’s Giveaway Time All Over the Place!

You wouldn’t believe all the giveaways teachers are having on their blogs right now!  It is the perfect time to enter for some fabulous products you can use in your classroom next year. First up is a great giveaway at Curriculum to the Core.  Marlie is celebrating a 100 follower giveaway which feature 75 free […]

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Teaching Time to 2nd Graders

Have you ever fallen in love with a product/activity you created for your classroom?  Well, I am absolutely in love with my Watch Me Tell Time unit for 2nd graders. In first grade, students worked with telling time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest hour or half-hour.  In second grade, students build upon that […]

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500 Follower Giveaway! and My Newest Products

Don’t you must love giveaways? My friend, Mrs. D over at Thinking About 3rd grade is having a huge 500 follower giveaway and it is a whopper of a giveaway! There will be 4 prize packs: K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6th grade and up. The grade 2-3 prize pack is the largest with 25 products! […]

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