Supplies for Your Kindergarten Class

Supplies for Your Kindergarten Class

As teachers we LOVE our school supplies!  (I bet many of us tend to hoard them!)  Depending on where you teach, you may get these supplies directly from your school.  Or you may get overloaded with school supplies from you student's families.  Or you may like to...

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21 Tips for Back To School From Real Teachers

Back to school is an exciting time but it's also one the busiest times for teachers!  There is so much to prepare for your students and even more to plan!  That's where teamwork comes into play and so Emily from Education to the Core and Emma from Clever Classroom...

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Why I Took My Behavior Chart Off My Wall!

Why I Took My Behavior Chart Off My Wall!

I shared with everyone the other day about the struggles I had with my own son and his ability to learn.  As you can imagine, this really began to shape the way I approach teaching and learning for all students in my class.  With this came some pretty big changed in...

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Disney Classroom Decor

Disney Classroom Decor

Disney Classroom Decor Makeover and Giveaway with Eureka School! I am so excited to be sharing with you a Disney Classroom Makeover with my friends at Eureka School and Teach-A-Roo!  Everything from bulletin boards, to jobs, to desk plates were redone!  Take a peek...

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Teacher Interview Tips

Teacher Interview Tips

Surviving a Teacher Interview I have been through quite a few teacher interviews over my years teaching; being the last person hired often makes you the first person cut!  Over the years, I have been told I interview very well and so this post is to help teachers...

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The Unwritten Rules of Car Dismissal

The Unwritten Rules of Car Dismissal

Car Safety for Kids at School. I have been fortunate enough to be able to pick my son from school this year as a regular parent and it is seriously so angering!   There are at least 2-3 times per week where I get cut off, short cut, or have to dodge children.  It's...

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The Truth About Teaching Kindergarten

The Truth About Teaching Kindergarten

10 Truths About Teaching Kindergarten! 1.  You have to really want to be a kindergarten teacher.  And for that reason alone... those who teach kindergarten usually love it!  Call us crazy - but we have a passion learning basic skills and wiping boogers!  We choose...

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Collecting Data In Kindergarten – Making It Work!

Collecting Data In Kindergarten – Making It Work!

Data collection for kindergarten!  We are ready for this!  Kids learning at a nice pace and they are ready to take some ownership in learning and ready to see those gains. So let's start with the why. This may seem like a very basic question but sometimes we need to...

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Alphabet Hat Sample & Instructions

Alphabet Hat Sample & Instructions

I get lots of questions about my Alphabet Hat... are they easy, how much time to they take, can the kids do them, etc.  So I thought I would show you a sample hat and let you try for free!  (And you can also purchase at a discount for the next 7 days!) My students...

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Back To School Read Alouds

Back To School Read Alouds

Stopping by with a peek inside my back to school read aloud list! Who does not love Pete The Cat?  It's just like the song... students will love and easy to add movements! Monsters who go to school for the first time!  Super funny and a great book about making good...

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Calendar Movements

Calendar Movements

Movement makes everything more meaningful for kids so I am constantly looking for places to add movement!  One way I have adapted my calendar is by adding movements to the days of the week. I used the left over blank calendar pieces from the MANY calendar sets I have...

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First Day Chalkboard Bulletin Board Set – How It Works

First Day Chalkboard Bulletin Board Set – How It Works

I get lots of questions about how my Back To School Bulletin Boards work so I thought I would do a quick post about them to explain! The above it a Jennifer from First Grade Blue Skies welcome board using this set.  It's interactive in that the students stand in front...

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Alphabet Formation Poems

Alphabet Formation Poems

We all have a reading wall  or some sort of corner that is the hub to our reading lessons.  My contains everything from alphabet charts, to blending cards, to our alphabet formation poems! So let's start by sharing my Reading Wall. It includes all the elements of the...

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My Central Management Station {And A Sale}

My Central Management Station {And A Sale}

Do you have a command central in your classroom?  One central station where you post things?  Thought I would give you a peek into mine because I use mine for so many management things in my class! So let me explain a few things. I am no good at classroom jobs.  I...

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Kid President Everyday Challenge!

I have been talking a lot lately about what I have learned as a teacher from my experiences as a parent with a child struggling to learn.  The other day I posted about how I took my behavior chart down and today I am going to share another with you and challenge you...

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Pocket Chart Behavior Tracking – Bright Ideas Hop

I have searched high, I have searched low, but the perfect way to track behavior in my class always seems to be on my mind! I am not a fan of the traditional card systems.  IDK... I tried it one year where they turned their cards to the back but I never really felt as...

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A Peek Inside My Writing Lab

A Peek Inside My Writing Lab

One of my favorite parts of my class is always my writing lab!  I love having spaces or centers for kids to go work and this one is that no matter what school I am at I have ready to go on day 1 because it really is so versatile! So here it is… my writing lab....

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A Peek in my Poetry Rack!

It's poetry month!  So I thought it would be fun to give you a peek in my poetry rack! My rack is a clothing rack from IKEA.  I have had it for about 8 years and it has moved with me about 4 times.  It's one of those pieces in your classroom that you have to tighten...

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Always Oh My Gosh & Not The Other Way!

Oh my gosh… three little words that can make a conversation so much more polite and less offensive! When me and my students "OMG" we are 100% "Oh My Gosh"ing! As a teacher… I correct kids and I tell them why. And I will be completely honest here… I am not a...

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Bright Idea: Goodbye Carpet Squares, Hello Dollar Spot

It's all about Bright ideas today and I am super excited you stopped by to say goodbye to those old, ugly carpet squares and hello to these fun inexpensive carpets from Target's Dollar Spot! That's right… it's a hop for Bright Ideas and I have several bright ideas on...

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Why Fake Plants & Who’s Missing!

I have SO MUCH STUFF that I have just reached the point in my career that I use what I have to make things that work for management and organization! One thing I have an abundance of in my classroom is fake plants! I have always wanted to be THAT teacher and have live...

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Quick Management Tips & a Freebie!

Back to school means trying trying to wrap my brain around the next few months and making sure I am organized and ready to go.  Part of that is making sure my space and some management structures are just the way I like them… so I thought I would share some of my...

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Teaching Blog Round Up

One of the things I have noticed with all the giveaways this month is how many blogs there are out there that I have never visited!  So I was thinking... let's do one big link-up so teachers can find new resources (and we can find some new readers too!) Got me...

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