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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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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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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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