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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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Have you ever taught sight words to five-year-olds? Have you experienced those SUPER TRICKY words that JUST WON’T STICK? Well….I have 2 super simple sight word games for kindergarten that you can do at home or in the classroom. All you need is some Post-its and a Sharpie – and you’ll be SET! Trust me…for […]

2 Simple Sight Word Games for Kindergarten – Get Tricky Words to STICK!

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So…you need EASY ideas for teachers’ costumes for Halloween or book character day. I hear ya! If you love to dress up but aren’t the craftiest person on the block – I’m here to help. OR…Maybe you ARE crafty but just don’t have the time this year. Friend, look no further. In my 10 years […]

Need Easy Ideas For Teachers Costumes For Halloween Or Book Character Day?

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It’s no secret – I love FALL MOST OF ALL! Since that is the case – I decided to write a new SONG FOR FALL! We’re talking Halloween, Thanksgiving, football, and pumpkin spice…Everything is wrapped up nicely in this fun, family, and kid-friendly song for fall! Happy Fall Y’all! Why a Song For Fall? Maybe […]

Looking For a Fun, New Song For Fall? You Found It! “Happy Fall Y’all!”

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I would never have dreamed that the biggest student motivator in my kindergarten classroom would become…wait for it…a PHONICS PROGRAM. Yep. You read that right. What originally was a last-ditch hail mary attempt – became my ride-or-die. After spring break, during the nightmare covid school year, I had a mere few weeks to try to […]

How the Biggest Student Motivator in My Classroom is Top Secret! Shhh!

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Raise your hand out there if you LOVE to color?! It doesn’t matter how old you are, there’s just something special about seeing a brand new box of crayons and a fresh coloring sheet. And…speaking of coloring, FREE SHEETS are available to download, print, and save RIGHT HERE! The extra cool thing is – each […]

Do Your Kids Love Coloring? FREE Sheets Here – Download & Save!

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