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My favorite 100 days of kindergarten project has been a winner year after year. It’s a tough call, honestly, as there are SO many fun 100th day activities for kindergarten! I’ll just go on and let the cat out of the bag here and now. Our kindergarten 100th day shirts are THE BEST THING EVER […]

My Favorite 100 Days of Kindergarten Project (And 10 More Awesome Ideas!)

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Can we still have fun in kindergarten? Are the expectations for our five-year-olds too rigorous, taking away all of the fun kindergarten activities? The fact that we have to ask ourselves these questions is quite frustrating, for sure. Kindergarten teachers everywhere have a LOT to say on the matter, as do parents of kindergarteners. When […]

Can We Still Have Fun In Kindergarten? Truth From a Kindergarten Teacher.

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Teaching responsibility for students might seem like a task that’s too big to tackle – especially if they are in kindergarten. I mean, isn’t it just SO much easier and quicker to do things FOR them? Eh…in some cases, sure. However, teaching responsibility to five-year-olds is not only important for their development, but it can […]

How Teaching Responsibility For Students Can Actually Make Their Dreams Come True!

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Sometimes you need a simple checklist for DIY Christmas ornaments; easy – Affordable – CUTE! Often I find that the ideas for DIY Christmas ornaments involve skills and equipment that most of us don’t have! 😉 So, if you love the idea of creating EASY DIY Christmas ornaments with photos for your classroom parent gifts […]

Looking for Beachy DIY Christmas Ornaments: Easy, Inexpensive, and CUTE?

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Since becoming a kindergarten teacher, I’ve searched for fun, easy DIY Christmas ornaments that I can make with my kids. Every year we love to make an ornament together to give to their parents as a keepsake. For my kids who don’t celebrate Christmas and don’t prefer an ornament, we will rework it into a […]

Teachers – Do You Need Fun, Easy Ideas for DIY Christmas Ornaments?

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Jingle Jangle…hello? Black Friday.  Cyber Monday.  Tornado Tuesday. They’re ALL CALLING. Ok, well that last one isn’t a thing…that I KNOW of.  But that’s how my email inbox FEELS.  I have spent more unnecessary cash on things I never knew I always needed.  Things keep arriving in the mail. Every time the dogs bark and […]

Jingle Jangle is Just in Time to Top Your Holiday Playlist Favorites

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Well, well, well…age is wisdom, huh? Today is the day I turn fifty years old. FIFTY. The big 5-0. Halfway to 100. I can honestly say I don’t feel it. I mean…my joints are telling another story, and I suppose the grunting sounds I make when I stand, sit, or move in general might give […]

Age is Wisdom: 50 Random & Possibly Wise Thoughts From Over The Hill

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Teaching responsibility to five-year-olds can sometimes feel like a daunting task. It’s hard to explain to a new kindergartener WHY they are in charge of carrying their backpack, getting out their folder, and zipping up their own pants. (Yes. This is a thing.) It’s hard for them to start FULL school days, which rip away […]

How Teaching Responsibility in Kindergarten is a Cinch with Desk Pets

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When you think about five-year-olds, your mind likely conjures up an image of a magical little creature who loves legos, playgrounds, Spiderman, Elsa – and FUN. You probably didn’t think of five-year-olds laughing and dancing and begging to do some phonics in kindergarten, right? Well…I’m here to tell you that phonics is fun. Wait – […]

Can Five Year Olds Honestly Have Any Fun Learning Phonics?

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Got things to be thankful for? Then make a chain, chain, chain with your class, your school, or at home! There is always something to be thankful for, and making a thankfulness chain – or a gratitude paper chain is EASY and FUN and a great reminder to have an attitude of gratitude. Perfect for […]

Got Things to be Thankful for? Grow a School-Wide Gratitude Chain!

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