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Messenger Kids at Home

Messenger Kids is a free video calling and messaging app designed for kids to connect with close friends and family from their tablet or smartphone. Kids can only connect with parent-approved contacts, which creates a more controlled environment. Group or one-on-one video calls with loved ones are more fun with interactive masks, reactions and sound effects.  I wanted you to know about Messenger Kids to try it out at home, so you can let your little one(s) connect with family and friends in a safe environment.   For us, Harry loves video chatting with our family.  As he gets older, he asks to chat with certain family members.  This app gives him the freedom to pick which family member he wants to call for that day!  If you have older children this would be a GREAT option to allow your child(ren) to connect with family and friends, while making sure they are in a controlled and safe environment.  Read more to learn some details about how Messenger Kids works!


The kids chat with Messenger Kids and the adults can chat through their Facebook Messenger app!  The kids don't need a Facebook account, they can chat with friends and loved ones through the Messenger Kids app.








Messenger Kids is a safe and fun messaging app for kids.  It isn't a social media app, rather a messaging app!  Messenger Kids has safety features that give control to the parents.  Parents control their child's contact list by approving all contacts, they can only chat with people their parent (or guardian) has approved, making Messenger Kids safer and a more controlled environment.  One feature that is important to me is their content never disappears or can be hidden. Parents can set "off times" to manage their child's screen time, as well.





Parents, and approved adults, like grandparents, can video chat and message with their kids through their existing Messenger Facebook app. No additional app download is needed for whoever they are chatting with!  Messenger Kids allows kids to message and video call using Wi-Fi so they don't need a phone number.



For us, we don't get to see our family members daily, or even weekly, so this is a fun and safe way for me to let Harry connect with family members that we don't see constantly.  Some entertaining features on Messenger Kids are there is a feature-filled camera where kids can create fun videos and decorate photos to share moments with loved ones.  There are kid-appropriate masks, frames, stickers, and GIFs to spark conversation and laughter with friends, classmates, and family!



Here are the steps if you want to get started with Messenger Kids:
Parents can get their child started with safe messaging & video chat in four steps.
1.    Download the Messenger Kids app to your child’s Wi-Fi enabled phone or tablet.
2.    Authenticate your child’s device using your Facebook login.This will not create a Facebook account for your child.
3.    Create an account for your child by adding their name. Then the phone or tablet can be handed over to your kid so they can start safely chatting with family and friends you approve.
4.    Parental controls are available in the Parent Portal in your main Facebook app.Through the Parent Portal you can monitor who your kids chat and text with by adding and approving contacts and setting on and off times through our Sleep Mode feature.
Messenger Kids is free
and available in the iOS App Store for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone, in the Amazon Appstore for Fire tablets, and on Google Play for all other Android devices.

Please note that I am a blog ambassador for Messenger Kids and I am compensated for my blog post, but all ideas are mine. :)




Strawberry Craft (freebie)

Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner!  I decide to share this FREE strawberry craft with you and it will make the perfect strawberry bulletin board!  My favorite part of this craft is that you can flip it up and have the students write under it!


There are a couple different text options that you can print on the front OR you can have them use their finger to make strawberry seeds using paint!




Grab this free strawberry craft from my Teachers Pay Teachers store: CLICK HERE!




Spring Resource Round-Up

Hello friends! I am going to be sharing with you some of my favorite SPRING resources for your primary classroom as well as my favorite ALL TIME resources!  You will see this blog post grouped into two sections and it will contain a picture of the resource and a link to my store.  In my store you can read about the products in depth, but most of you are coming over from Instagram (WELCOME!) and I wanted provide a blog post full of links for you!  

SPRING RESOURCES ROUND-UP










St. Patrick's Day Bulletin Board  pic by @sweetsweetprimary


Peep Bulletin Board  pic by @rpcouch

Peep Bulletin Board pic by @fun_is_fifth



ALL TIME FAVORITE RESOURCES ROUND-UP













Tips for Student Teachers

Are you so excited to be FINALLY student teaching?! It seriously is on of the most important first steps in your career of becoming future teacher!  I want to share tips with you on how to have a successful experience student teaching! 

TIP 1

My main piece of advice would be to enter that Master Teacher's classroom as if it is one GIANT interview.  The entire time you are there, consider it a couple month process of you possibly getting a job at that school. 
-be on time
-dress professionally
-keep phone hidden and away

TIP 2

Be a sponge.  It is exciting when you first enter a classroom and you might want to hit the ground running, but be considerate of that fact that you are entering someone else's classroom, so make sure you are respectful that they are your mentor and you are the student.  Even if you don't agree with their teaching philosophy or management style, remember how you handle that and present your self is important because this is an interview. 

TIP 3

Say YES to everything! Go to staff meetings, extra planning days, parent-teacher conferences, assemblies, each lunch with the staff, DO ALL THE THINGS!  This is a great way to show that you are a team player and to get the most out of your experience.

TIP 4

Stay as organized as you can! In my video below I give examples of how to stay organized, but if possible plan when and what subject you will takeover first.

TIP 5

Communicate with your Master Teacher! If you are struggling let them know, and ask for help!  Ask as many questions as you can! It is difficult starting fresh in a new class/school, so it might seem like learning a foreign language.  This is ok, but don't suffer silently.  Tell your Master teacher how you are feeling and let them know how they can support you.

TIP 6

Follow the classroom management plan that is already in place.  It might be difficult to find your spot on the classroom as far as authority and discipline goes, and that is totally normal.  My advice would be focus on knowing the students, building relationships with them, so they know you care about them.  This way when you need to redirect their behavior they will trust you and *hopefully* obey.  I would continue the classroom management plan your Master Teacher is already using, and then sprinkle in some positive reinforcement/reward system once you have been in the class for a couple of weeks.  Ask your Master Teacher what the behavior expectations are and how the consequences work for different defiant behaviors.

For the rest of my tips... I have a YouTube video waiting for you sharing all my advice that I would give to any student teacher!  Click the video below to watch it!