5 Little Pumpkins

I LOVE the fall…the crisp air, the Halloween decorations, the pumpkin recipes floating around pinterest, all of it!  As soon as socially appropriate, I drag my family to the pumpkin patch.  After choosing a few pumpkins to decorate the house, we head home and jump-start our fall activities. Perhaps my favorite fall activities center around … Read more…

Connection Alphabet…an alphabet set any kid will love! PLUS a Picmonkey Giveaway!

Our oldest daughter Emma knows most of her letters and about half of the corresponding sounds.  While working with the letters she doesn’t know, I noticed that they all have something in common, or rather a lack of something in common.  Those letters mean absolutely nothing to her. She quickly learned the letters “e”, “m”, … Read more…

Military kids are resilient but they weren’t born that way…

Unlike previous posts, this post is written not from a teacher’s perspective but rather a parent’s.  As a military spouse I have witnessed the firsthand effects of “military life” on children.  Thus, I thought it may prove helpful to provide insight into a military child’s life.  This insight, hopefully, may prove beneficial to those teachers … Read more…

Make a Leprechaun’s Hat!

Here is a quick and inexpensive activity that blends two of the best things in the world…St. Patty’s day and science!!!  A very talented reading recovery teacher, Steph Boyd, passed this craft down to me and it quickly turned into my favorite kindergarten project. Bottom line – when Styrofoam cups are baked in the oven, … Read more…

Center Rotation

Center rotation can be a stressful time for teachers.  The transition between centers can be chaotic if not set up properly.  Let me help ease that stress! If you’re like me, you most likely set up your centers according to your students’ needs, curriculum demands, and possibly a few pinterest inspirations.  Concerning the actual rotation, … Read more…

Adding Dialogue to Your Students’ Writing

Increase students’ writing ability with dialogue! Help your students, or children, take their writing to the next level by adding dialogue.  This achieves two crucial goals;  it adds style to the student’s writing and is one of the many author’s crafts that makes writer’s workshop enjoyable! Watch this video for some ideas and feel free … Read more…