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 […]
If you’re a teacher, you are probably all too familiar with how hard it can be to focus on encouraging positive behavior in the classroom – especially when it feels like you are just trying to stay alive in the game of whack-a-mole chaos that IS every day. I FEEL YA. This is not only […]
Is everybody ready for kindergarten? That’s a question you may be asking yourself, and there is unfortunately not a one-size-fits-all answer. Through my many years of teaching kindergarten, I have had countless parents reach out with a myriad of kindergarten readiness questions. These questions range from curiosity—“My child has a summer birthday – should I […]
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