Wonder…It’s such a great way to promote questioning and curiosity in a classroom. Our school theme this year is Wonder. So, of course I am immersing my students into a year of wonder this year.
Do you have your students build words? It is part of my guided reading routine and my students love it! It really shows me what my students know and what they need more practice with. My problem has always been trying to figure what letters the students need in order to make the words I […]
Whether you are ready for it or not, the back-to-school season is here. You can’t miss it! Walking into stores we are bombarded with reminders of the season. I put together a list of a few of my back-to-school favorites.
Summer is here and I have started my summer marathon of reading. During the school year, I am often too busy to sit and spend a whole day or two reading a book. Summers are great for that! I love to find a shady spot in the backyard, while my son and his friends swim. […]
Each year I have students who struggle with their fine motor skills. I believe many kids these day are often more into screens than building, crafting and so many other tinkering activities. In the classroom, many teachers are feeling the push for academics that it is not always happening in the classroom either. I decided to […]
Have you heard about genius hour? It was originally a Google thing that the company did to encourage creativity in their employees. Well, I decided to give it a try this year, with first graders. And you know what? It worked, and they loved it!
So I have been experimenting with a few new things this school year and one of them is Google Classroom. I am fortunate to have five Chromebooks for my class of 20 (possibly more next year). This year’s group is pretty amazing, so I decided to be brave and teach my students how to log […]
You may be thinking worms…gross, but kids (most of them) love those little squirmy things! Worms play an important part in gardening. They also are an important part of the life cycle for plants and animals. There are so many fun things to do with worms. Here is a round-up of some great resources.
Happy Friday! And it is an especially nice Friday for me because I have the day off! We have a four day weekend for the President’s holiday, which is nice because I felt like it was a long week with Valentine’s Day. I am linking up with Kacey over at Doodle Bugs Teaching for her […]
February is always a whirlwind of a month. There are so many fun holidays! One of my favorite subjects we begin in my class is our American symbols unit. My students love learning about the various symbols. It’s also the point of the year, that they are beginning more independent in their reading so I […]