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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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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 […]

5 YouTube Happy Songs For Your Next Kitchen Dance Party

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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 […]

How Celebrating Mistakes Can Build the Relationship You Want for Your Students

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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 […]

How to Create a Positive and Engaged Environment Classroom Style

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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 […]

8 Of My Favorite “FEELINGS” Books to Use When Teaching for Kindergarten

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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 […]

How the First Day in Kindergarten Can Set You Up For High Stress or Huge Success

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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 […]

Teachers and Students Love and Need These 7 Items Rarely Found On BTS Supply Lists

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