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.
It is debatable whether or not kids’ songs for kids are actually grown-up-friendly. (As in, friendly for a grown-up’s patience or tolerance level.) I am a music lover and spent many, many years as a full-time songwriter on Nashville’s Music Row. From country and Americana to pop music – from crooners to rappers – […]
What’s a desk pet? Glad you asked! When I first stumbled across this idea on @hillarysteachingadventures Instagram account, I immediately fell in love! I always enjoy finding new ways to up my classroom management game and I knew my kids would be hooked instantly. BUT….Hillary taught 4th grade. I teach kindergarten. HOW could I make […]
It’s the end of the year. You’re TIRED. But, did you know you can STILL create a magical YET EASY, FUN, and FREE end-of-year kindergarten celebration? Teaching kindergarten tends to keep you at both ends of the age spectrum. On a daily basis, I hear myself turning into my mother and feel my joints revolting […]
When teacher appreciation week rolls around every May, it is the pick-me-up that most every teacher is craving – whether they realize it or not! Teaching is often called “a work of heart” or “heart work”, and until I became a teacher myself I didn’t fully understand what that meant. I have yet to meet […]
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