Look at my happy rainbow!

My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

Rhombus.

The other day, we were reviewing shapes.  For some reason, most of the shape names aren’t too tricky.  Circle – well we all know that.  Square and Triangle too. Rectangle can be challenging, but a little explanation of the two short and two long sides usually does the trick. It’s the darn Rhombus that gets us every time.  Back when I was a kid, we just called it a ‘diamond’ and that.. Read More

100th Day!

Well, it really doesn’t get much better than the 100th day in kindergarten. It’s kind of like Christmas, Valentine’s Day (coming Thursday!), and the Fourth of July wrapped into one.  Well, it is in my class anyway.   I used an entire bottle of glitter to make this for the doorway: We sang our hearts out.  We sang the 100th Day song by Jack Hartman and while we didn’t sing.. Read More

Learn the song, learn the skill.

Every once in awhile, I find something smart coming out of my mouth. Never sure if I’ve heard it somewhere before or if it’s truly original, I am often hesitant to share for fear of stealing someone else’s great idea.  Well, I am pretty sure I did coin this one – ‘Learn the song, learn the skill.’ It’s rather simple and that’s why I say it to my class all.. Read More

Ten in the bed.

This week, I was fortunate enough to have a visit from the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Coordinator for my district.  She is leading a book group I’m partaking in on the book Number Talks and volunteered to come in and demonstrate with my class. It’s always eye opening for me to sit with my class as opposed to in front of them.  If you can get someone else.. Read More

DJ.

One of the things I love most about teaching kindergarten is the spontaneous nature of five-year-olds… and, well, me.  My brain works at a speed so fast, sometimes thoughts pass me by without ever truly garnering the attention they deserve.  Every once in awhile, one pops out of my mouth – and is a good one.  This week, I created a new positive behavior motivator… The DJ. I love using.. Read More

Why I love it.

As I prepare to start my new job so many emotions are swirling.  While I’m so excited about my new school (really the folks there have been so amazingly welcoming), it’s bittersweet because I’ll be leaving some very dear friends. One of my closest, dearest, friends, Ms. R., gave me a bag of goodies for my new classroom.  In it was the following: One bag of Hershey’s Extra Dark Chocolate.. Read More

Questions.

Oh how I love a good email from a reader.  This one really hit home for me as I’m writing and editing the story of my first year in kindergarten and remember these feelings well.  Let me start with the email and then my reply will follow. I’m writing to get your opinion and experience as a 1st, 2nd and 3rd year teacher. What was the start of your teaching.. Read More

We sing.

Lately I’ve been feeling very nostalgic.  I’m not sure why, perhaps it’s the weather and some of my old (I’m talking middle school old) students coming to visit and making me feel… well ancient.  For the record, I’m not, but when in my mind you were a tiny child and now you’re a young gentleman or lady, it’s a little disheartening.   Anyway, as part of my reflection, I’ve been.. Read More

Rise Up people!

I have a new post about Martin Luther King Jr. in the works for the weekend, but I can’t help but share this old one from a few years ago. Each year, when we get ready to learn about Dr. King, I cherish the song we get to sing each day (often, numerous times) to commemorate his life and teachings… what special songs, books, or activities have you done (or will you.. Read More

Sing!

I’m not a gifted singer, but I love to sing.  I’m under the impression that my love of music makes my voice just a little bit better.  Here’s the secret they don’t tell you in your education classes (shhh!  Don’t tell anyone…) – Kids don’t care if you can sing.  They won’t judge your singing.  In fact, they will gaze upon you with adoring eyes as if Justin Bieber himself.. Read More