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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

Day & Night

We are squeezing in our Day & Night unit in one short week.  In between Thanksgiving and our Gingerbread units, we tried to learn about what causes day and night and some of the nocturnal animals out at night.  To say it was a rush would be an understatement.  I saw an idea for a mural online and thought my kids would love to create something like this. This morning,.. Read More

Greatness.

Oh what a day!  When I got in my car this morning, as I waited a few minutes for my car to warm up (really, how long are you supposed to wait?  I never get past two minutes), I took a sip from my tea (I start the week with tea and am stopping for coffee by Friday) and saw this on the tea bag: This was pretty deep for.. Read More

9:30

One of the (many) things I love about my new school is the fact that it goes to fifth grade.  The fifth grade helpers I’ve been getting in my room have just been more helpful than I could have ever imagined.  One of these boys, Tom, has a brother in my class, so he comes down two or three times a week to help and really has become an integral part of.. Read More

Thankful.

As I said ‘Goodbye’ to my sprouts today, I got lots of hugs and one friend even asked his mom to bring him back to the classroom to see me one more time. Sigh. There is so much I am thankful for this year and truly feel as if my cup runneth over. I am thankful my students come in everyday eager and ready to learn and when they’re not,.. Read More

I-talian.

Today I read a new book called Gracias The Thanksgiving Turkey.  I selected this book because it mixes Spanish and English to tell the story of a little boy and his pet turkey, Gracias.  The class loved the story and when I finished, I read the Spanish glossary in the back to review all the Spanish words. Maria, who is bilingual helped me with pronunciation and definitions.  I explained to.. Read More

Run, Turkey, Run! The play!

Seriously, I don’t get a cut of profits from the sale of Run, Turkey, Run books. It’s just one of those rare books children are taken with – they beg to read it over and over.  This year, my class has asked me to read it so much that they’ve actually almost memorized the entire book word for word.  Which one day last week lead to one of them chirping,.. Read More

Patience.

The amount of patience I have never ceases to amaze me.  Really, besides flexibility and compassion, I think it’s one of the most important qualities a truly great teacher must possess.  So often, teachers of higher grades comment, “I could never, ever, teach kindergarten.”  Even though I argue, “Oh sure you could,” really I’m thinking, ‘No, probably you couldn’t.’ Recently, when talking about a ‘difficult’ child, trying to get him some.. Read More

Hero.

How freakin’ lucky am I to teach kindergarten?  My days are long, exhausting, and I wouldn’t change a thing. There are moments that reach out and grab you and remind you that you are so much more than just a ‘teacher’ to these kids.  You are a hero and many days, one of them can be yours. This morning, during breakfast, Collin, who has been struggling with his name since.. Read More

Food!

At my new school, food in the classroom is welcomed, celebrated, even loved. With zero allergies in my class this year (woo-hoo!), I’m exploring theme based snacks like never before. To be clear, I’m not super crafty or handy in the kitchen, but thanks to the internet and Pinterest, I’ve found some amazing ‘Crafty Food’ ideas I’ve been sharing with my class.  Most have been healthy, but I did bake.. Read More

Hidden treasure.

As any of you know who have taken over a room from someone else, there is often hidden treasure lurking around every corner.  The room I took over at my new school was from a teacher moving schools and changing grades.  She took most of her belongings, but left quite a bit too.  I tried to go through it and get rid of whatever I didn’t think I would use,.. Read More