I’ve had a wonderful week chatting with kindergarten teachers who are getting ready to use my new Kindergarten Morning Activities in their classrooms this year. Not being able to allow our students to share manipulatives and supplies presents a challenge in all grade levels, and that challenge is felt deeply in our kindergarten community. However, we always do what we need to do for our students’ ... Read More about Kindergarten Morning Activities FAQ + $100 Giveaway!
Every teacher will have to be gone from their room at some point in time and will need the services of a substitute teacher. Substitute teachers are professional teachers who have the same education and training as classroom teachers to teach students. Substitute teachers go into different classrooms every day and have figured out how to manage those classrooms, grades, schools, and colleagues all ... Read More about 6 Things Your Sub Wants You to Know
One of the most exciting activities for a child is playing a game. My own kids want to play games multiple times per day during the summer and I love it! What’s better than playing a game? Playing a game and reinforcing important skills at the same time! I know the feeling of wishing I had more review games for my kindergarten students. Sometimes after a whole-group literacy lesson, I ... Read More about Print, Cut Play Literacy Games: A Low-Prep, Hands-on Way to Practice Kindergarten Literacy Skills
Seven or eight years ago, I was teaching half-day kindergarten and needed to add more variety to the alphabet activities I was using with my class. I found that using the same alphabet worksheets from our district’s reading series was not only getting a little boring, but didn’t provide enough repeated practice. I came up with a set of alphabet activities and a couple years later, I added them to ... Read More about 11 Alphabet Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten
With morning tubs not being an option for many teachers and classrooms this year, I knew that many teachers would be wondering what to do as an alternative. There are so many valuable benefits to using morning tubs that remind us why it’s still important to have something for students to do when they arrive in the classroom. (If you haven’t used morning tubs in the past, you can go back ... Read More about Kindergarten Morning Activities: A Morning Tubs Alternative for 2020
Today, I'm sharing some of my thoughts and ideas about fine motor work in kindergarten. Over the last several years, one of the hot topics in early childhood education has been the increasing number of children entering school without age-appropriate fine motor skills. Studies such as this one have linked fine motor skills with academic achievement and have found that ... Read More about A Guide to Creating Fine Motor Experiences In Your Classroom
With spring comes so many of my favorite things: warmer weather, sunnier days, and some of my favorite read-alouds! I'm doing a round-up of my favorite books to read aloud in the springtime. I'm also sharing several free activities! Old Bear by Kevin Henkes Old Bear is one of my all-time favorite books. I'm a huge fan of Kevin Henkes in general. The text and the ... Read More about Spring Read-Alouds + Free Teaching Ideas!
Happy Saturday! I was hoping that by the time I had a chance to blog about my new spring fine motor centers, it would actually feel like spring around here in Kansas. Alas, we have had snow falling on and off today and although it's not sticking to the ground, I'm still not happy at all. I guess it could be worse, but still...*sigh*. Anyway, I just wanted to take a few minutes to share ... Read More about Spring Fine Motor Activities
With all of the cold and nasty weather we've been having here in Kansas, it's hard to believe that St. Patrick's Day is only a couple weeks away. With another winter storm coming this weekend, I am more than ready for spring and that's an understatement! Although it might not feel like St. Patrick's Day is almost here, I want to share some St. Patrick's Day fine motor activities with you ... Read More about St. Patrick’s Day Fine Motor Activities
If you're a first or second year teacher, this post is for you. I wanted to take a minute to check in with you to see how you're doing. How has your school year gone so far? How are you doing emotionally? How many weeks until summer break? (Kidding...mostly!) From a former first year teacher, I know what a roller coaster that year can be. Of course it's wonderful in so many ways ... Read More about 5 Tips for New Teachers Who Are Struggling