Oh, have I got some movin’ and groovin’ tunes for you and your kids! These 5 YouTube happy songs will be PERFECT for your next kitchen dance party! I can just see it now…your normal sleepy-eyed cereal eaters will be transformed into wide-eyed dance machines! These songs with positive messages have lyrics with family in […]
You know that oh-so-wonderful Sheryl Crow song, “you’re my favorite mistake”, right? Well…what if mistakes were something you celebrated in your classroom? What if you worked to strengthen and build the relationship between students and teachers THROUGH mistakes? What if honoring our mistakes as adults, instead of glossing over them, could teach kids to be […]
I believe that creating an environment classroom style that promotes positive and engaged students should be the number one focus for teachers. It is through this positive classroom environment that deeper learning can occur and true relationships can form. Read more to learn about the characteristics of a positive classroom environment, and how you can […]
When teaching for kindergarten, you are likely going to cover the 5 senses: see, smell, taste, hear, and touch. Touch can of course also be interchanged with feel. Last year my kindergarteners were looking a little like “deer in the headlights” when discussing how “feeling something” is different than “feeling something”. Do you follow? For […]
Ahhh….the first day in kindergarten. What a bittersweet and once-in-a-lifetime moment for parents and kids alike. For kindergarten teachers, however, we have many “first days in kindergarten” – with a ‘reset’ button each and every year. In my first years of teaching, I thought I was prepared and held a sort of “dream-like” version in […]
There is a short list of must-haves that both teachers and students can’t get enough of in the classroom. They are rarely on the back-to-school supply lists that parents get – but they are ALWAYS in the carts of teachers everywhere. We use them over and over and can’t get enough of them. They are […]
“Designing on a dime” is usually music to a teacher’s ears. After all, we definitely don’t get into teaching for the dollars – “dimes” rings a bit truer! All you need is a bit of scrappiness, some creativity, and some elbow grease to design a truly inviting classroom space. (And if I’m being completely transparent […]
Being a kindergarten teacher is one of the most rewarding and hilarious professions out there. However, when back-to-school rolls around – it can feel pretty overwhelming, even for the most seasoned of teachers. UNLESS you have a solid plan in place, as well as plenty of activities for first day of kindergarten fun! Every year […]
Wanna know a secret? Heading into kindergarten with helpful advice from parents who have recently been through it can make a huge difference. The kind of difference between having a “not-so-great”, just okay, or stellar kindergarten year. This is true for BOTH the child and the parent. Wait…what? Yep. I speak the truth. Preparing parents […]
When preparing for kindergarten, the focus is usually on the child. However, preparing parents for what to expect is just as important. Kindergarten readiness is more than just a skills checklist. Recent parents of kindergarteners share what they learned – and what they wish they had known prior to their child starting kindergarten.
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