I'll be the first one to admit that when we started distance learning I was sorely lacking in knowledge about many of the digital resources that are out there! I decided I would dive head first and learn all I could. Many of the resources I tried were more appropriate for older students and seemed to lack engagement factors that our youngest students so desperately need. However, ... Read More about 3 Reasons to Use Google Slides in Your K-1 Classroom
Let's face it....things are becoming more and more digital every day! And our youngest learners are no exception when it comes to needing access to digital learning in the classroom! I've started creating digital centers that are designed specifically for K-1 students! These first sets of centers are perfect for those of you who are just beginning to introduce your students to digital ... Read More about Digital Centers for Young Learners
Have you ever tried an Easter egg hunt with a TWIST? I did something completely different one year and it was a lot of fun. I found this idea on the internet, but can't remember where or when I saw it. If you know whose idea it is, let me know and I'll gladly give them credit!! So here's what we did....we basically turned an ordinary egg hunt into something a little more ... Read More about Easter Egg Hunt With a Twist!
As a child watching the Olympics was one of my favorite things to do! So you can imagine how excited I am about the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang! I am even more excited to share this experience with my students! As I was perusing Pinterest I came across this super cute poem by Ken Nesbitt called "The Winter Olympics Are Practically Here." It's a cute take on how the ... Read More about Winter Olympics 2018
2017 Solar Eclipse Will you be in school on August 21, 2017? If so, you may want to see if you will be able to see the 2017 Solar Eclipse that is taking place that day! My town is lucky enough to be in the path of totality and I am super excited about this! So if you will be watching with young students, read on.....I've got some things you may want to consider. After all, ... Read More about The 2017 Solar Eclipse
Marble Run Fun Looking for a fun way to get kids excited about science, math, STEM, and more? Let me tell you about the fun marble runs from Marble Genius! When I received my first set, I wanted my students to be able to freely explore the contents...without me telling them exactly what to do or how to do it. So to accomplish this, I simply opened the box and dumped the ... Read More about Marble Run Fun in the Classroom
Here are some great simple and easy crafts for kids that are also pretty fun! Most can be completed with minimal supplies which makes this teacher's heart super happy! Click on the picture to get more information about each craft! I love this idea and it's so simple! Once students paint, color, or decorate their paper plate the fun begins! Cut out a shamrock shape and use a ... Read More about 10 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
I love Valentine's Day because there are so many fun crafts you can do in your classroom. My kinders always love creating cards, pictures, and crafts for their parents and friends. So I started scouring the web for some fun things that we could create using real photos! Here are some of the cutest things I found. How sweet is this book mark that uses photos ... Read More about 10 Valentine Photo Projects
Counting to 100 is a key skill that Kindergarteners are expected to master! Although rote counting can be a mundane task, I've found some great videos on YouTube that are sure to get your students counting to 100 with a smile! #1--Jack Hartman's Count to 100 by 1's This is a fun video that encourages kids to get up and move as they count to 100. For each set of 10, kids ... Read More about Five Counting to 100 songs that kids will love!
I really enjoy the 100th day of school! I mean, who doesn't love a good celebration?? And making it through the first 100 days of school certainly deserves to be celebrated!!! How cute is this idea for a 100th Day of School project?? My friend Mrs. Tibbs did this with her daughter and I thought it turned out adorable!!! I love this poem by Meish Goldish because it's funny and ... Read More about 100th day of school!
Have you ever done directed drawing with your students? Directed drawing is where you guide your students step by step in the drawing process. You model each step for them on the board or screen, and then students repeat it on their paper. It's not copying…students aren't given a finished image and then asked to replicate it. Instead they are given step by step directions ... Read More about MLK Craft and Directed Drawing
What do you do when it's time for Back to School? Do you do an All About Me activity to get to know your class? If so, I want to share a fun All About Me Craftivity that I created! If your students are anything like mine, they love anything to do with iPhones, iPods, or iPads. I decided it would be fun to combine their love of this technology ... Read More about All About Me Craft