We know it’s that time of year, Teachers, when you’re busier than elves. This band of merry milestone achievers can help. You’ll find resources for the season along with approaches you can use year-round. Discover great creations from ELA, math, and music educators, speech-language pathologists, Spanish bilingual teachers, and more. We’re excited to spotlight 13 dedicated Teacher-Authors this week — much merriment for these milestone achievers!

Meet 13 Wonderful Winter Milestone Achievers

1. Hello Jennifer Kadar from Glendale, AZ — Simply Kinder

Try her: Winter Picture Puzzles

Her tip: “Kindergarten can be academic and fun! Use resources that take simple tasks like puzzles and step them up by adding CVC words and math problems! By doing this, you easily convert a developmentally appropriate task into learning!”


2. Kudos, Kathryn — she’s Speech Therapy Games

Try her: Bundle of Themed Craftivities (especially for SLPs!)

Her tip: “Using materials around a particular theme helps SLPs to overcome the challenge of mixed groups and goals. We can also integrate with the themes our students are working on in the classroom!”


3. High five to Angelica Sandoval from Chula Vista

Try her: Simple Sentences for Guided Reading in Spanish DECEMBER

Her tip: “I’ve had students pretend they are reading and as they’re ‘reading,’ they’re pointing to the wrong word. You can relate, right? Well, I created these cards to help with the skill of tracking. Students will point to the star that corresponds to the word. On the second card, students practice writing the sentences to obtain additional practice.”


4. Sensational, Super Power Speech

Try her: Bundle: Snow Much Fun with Language

Her tip: “Work on Common Core goals with seasonal games and activities! This product features three language levels for students working at the K-5th grade levels!”


5. Let’s hear it for Florida’s Lisa Davenport

Try her: Comparing & Ordering Real Numbers (Foldable)

Her tip: “If you haven’t started using interactive notebooks in your classroom, you need to! Check out my store for a variety of middle school math, algebra 1, and geometry foldables to keep your students engaged and organized, all while providing them with great study tools.”


6. From Montreal, Quebec, it’s Valerie Young — All Students Can Shine

Try her: Penguins Unit

Her tip: “I love using non-fiction units for my literacy program. Students learn so much from the rich vocabulary and are engaged in their learning when science topics are involved. Watching them work with activities that are both meaningful and enjoyable is a win-win in my classroom!”


7. Applause for Amber Polk from North Carolina

Try her: Common Core Reading Fold-Its (2nd-5th Grade Informational and Literature)

Her tip: “These fold-its are a hit in my classroom! My students don’t even realize they’re filling out a graphic organizer and practicing reading skills. They cover all CCSS Informational and Literature Standards for 2nd-5th grade!”


8. Make way for Miss Speechie

Try her: Sequencing Stories for the entire year!

Her tip: “In my speech room, you can always find my students having fun with interactive materials. I like to incorporate thematic activities to keep my students motivated while also addressing vocabulary surrounding them at the same time. By sharing these interactive and thematic materials, I hope your students can have some ‘Speech Time Fun’ too!


9. Truly amazing, Teaching Times 2

Try their: Christmas Hundreds Chart Fun Pack

Their tip: “Ho, Ho Ho! Look who’s coming to town. Your kiddos will have a jolly time coloring their Christmas hidden picture. Great for math centers and a great way to reinforce the Common Core standard of numbers to 100. Unwrap these cute holiday activities!”


10. Meet Monica Self from Texas — she runs Bilingual Classroom Resources

Try her: Seasons Of The Year / Las Estaciones Del Año Preschool Pack

Her tip: “Learning is easier and more effective when it’s fun, and teaching through hands-on activities is a great way to accomplish this.”


11. A warm welcome to Teresa Kwant from Utah

Try her: Language Arts Grab and Go Centers By the Month. January.Winter Theme Grades 3-6

Her tip: “Need help organizing reading or language arts centers? Look no further! These center task cards are ready to go with accompanying worksheets. Save yourself time and stress, and get what you need now!”


12. Magnificent in Matteson, IL — it’s Cori Bloom

Try her: Mystery Song Music Listening: Bundle #2

Her tip: “You can use my Mystery Song Music Listening lessons to engage students in the music classroom and bridge the gap with Common Core!”


13. Great job, Grade One Snapshots

Try her: Desk Helper

Her tip: “Students thrive when they have information and resources at their fingertips to assist with their reading, writing, and math. Teach your students how to use a handy desk-helper like this one in order to solve some of the problems they come across on a daily basis. Students will feel empowered when they know how to use their desk helper, and teachers love seeing their students become independent!”


Festive, fantastic, fabulous! Get into the holiday season even more with this recent Winter Holidays Around the World blog post. Cheers!