Teaching Colors – ELA Plans

Sooo…. you’re thinking about your teaching schedule and wondering how you are going to fit everything in… AND make everyone feel successful?! No problem, I’ll share with you what my typical day looks like the first 2 weeks of school (minus the 1st day, we always just do 1st day things… I’ll touch on thatContinue reading “Teaching Colors – ELA Plans”

Beginning Writing in K

Soooo…. I would say the HARDEST thing to do is to get kids to write! They are interested in books with all the cool pictures, they will flip through them pretty easily, but as soon as you say we are going to write, many of the students instantly say, “I can’t do that!” Well… IContinue reading “Beginning Writing in K”

Learning About Colors: Hats

A fun and exciting way to learn about Colors is through decorating your own hat! It’s something you can wear with pride after learning all about that specific color. I love using hats as a Home Connection piece! Think about it… can a parent really miss the colorfully decorated hat on top of their child’sContinue reading “Learning About Colors: Hats”

Daily 5: What You Need to Begin

There are a few things you will need to gather before beginning on your Daily 5 journey within your classroom. Here is a short list with some suggestions on what I do in my room. Quiet Signal: You will need something to signify that students independent work time is completed, they need to clean up.Continue reading “Daily 5: What You Need to Begin”

Daily 5: Beliefs & Principles

There are several Beliefs & Principles that Daily 5 LIVES by! These are super important in all aspects of your classroom and should really be thought through before students enter your room. Trust & Respect – “Trusting children is the underpinning of what makes Daily 5 work.” This is a direct quote from the DailyContinue reading “Daily 5: Beliefs & Principles”

Daily 5: Why & My Schedule

Welcome back! Today I’ll begin explaining Daily 5 within my classroom setting. If you haven’t read Daily 5 by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser, I’m begging you, PLEASE go read it!! It was by far my BIGGEST transformation of my classroom in my 12 years of teaching! Ok… first there are TONS of things thatContinue reading “Daily 5: Why & My Schedule”

Ultimate Battle: Tables vs Desks

Now to be fair… their are benefits to both. Plus you can turn those desks together to make groupings or “tables” if you’d like. In the beginning of my career, I was at a school that ONLY had desks… even for Kinders… If you can’t tell, I am NOT a fan of Desks! Ok, okContinue reading “Ultimate Battle: Tables vs Desks”