Look at my happy rainbow!

My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

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

Perspective.

Oh how I love a teachable moment.  They pop up all the time with kindergarteners – often because of the unique gems they blurt out.  Well today, I created one all on my own.  Yay me! A few weeks ago I noticed my Quiet Time after lunch and recess was bombing.  Turns out, my group this year mostly didn’t nap so asking them sit quietly for ten to fifteen minutes.. Read More

Heaven.

Yesterday was a day.  Before a single child arrived, I felt defeated, deflated, and discouraged.  Without going into details (I don’t want to seem unprofessional), I just felt as if the chips were stacked against me. It was a long day.  Everything that could possibly go wrong seemed to happen.  By lunch, I was too exhausted to eat.  That never happens to me.  I had some popcorn as I tried.. Read More

Fetch-a-tables.

Oh yes, it happens everyday.  My sprouts manipulate and often mangle the English language.  It’s part of the developmental process of learning – I get it, but it’s also extremely adorable. Today, as I was assessing letters and sounds one on one, Joey came over and interrupted.  Now they know they aren’t supposed to bother me while I’m working one on one, but there was something super important he just.. Read More

/A/, /A/, Awesome!

Oh Eric – he always makes me smile and laugh everyday.  This afternoon, while assessing him on letter sounds, when I showed him the ‘A’, I was expecting him to say, ‘/A/, /A/, Apple’ as that’s the picture on the chart we use. Instead, when he saw the ‘A’, without missing a beat, he blurted out, ‘/A/, /A/, AWESOME!’ Then he smirked and started to laugh, knowing that wasn’t quite.. Read More

Ride!

Each morning, my entire school eats breakfast together.  Each classroom sits together and dines.  It’s something my principal spearheaded last year (before my arrival) to curb absenteeism.  After just one year of offering free breakfast to every child, it worked.  Not only were absences significantly down, but visits to the nurse were too. Kids weren’t hungry and parents had one less item to worry about in the morning. Before my sprouts.. Read More

Snapper.

There is something so charming about witnessing a child learning to snap (or wink for that matter).  Last weekend, somebody taught Frank how to snap.  Well, being the crafty fellow he is, he figured out to snap with both hands simultaneously.  Try to picture it in your head – Frank snapping both hands as they they circle around each other and he makes this face, like he’s concentrating so hard,.. 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

My favorites.

As I setup my new room, two new items I’ve found on Pinterest have become my favorite new ‘things’ in my room. First, my door.  When I saw this online (you can get the file from Teacher’s Pet – I’m not sure the link is still working) I knew I had to have this for my new door.  Most of my new sprouts won’t be able to read it, but I’m.. Read More