When young readers are ready to tackle putting together their very first words, the simplest way to begin is with CVC words. It’s an exciting time when students make the transition from recognizing and identifying letters and associating those letters with unique sounds to sounding out simple words. I wanted to share some of my favorite CVC activities. Be sure to check out the freebie towards the ... Read More about CVC Words: What Are They and Why Are They Important?
If you've been following along for awhile, you know that I love to incorporate seasons and holidays in classroom lessons and activities. I honestly live season to season. When one season is done, I can't wait for the next one. I love the change that seasons bring and I love switching out centers and activities to match. I find that when I use holiday and seasonal activities, like these winter ... Read More about Winter Activities for Kindergarten
Every new teacher has to go through the process of classroom observations on a regular basis the first few years of their career. Depending on the observer, this can be an anxiety-provoking time. But while it may feel uncomfortable to have an extra set of eyes in the room, classroom observations are a crucial part of the process in order for you to get the feedback you need to grow. Here are ten ... Read More about Classroom Observations: 10 Tips for New Teachers
After winter break is usually the time we transition from numbers to ten into those tricky teen numbers. As teachers we spend the first part of school focusing on numbers to 10. We spend months and months working to help our students develop number sense. As a result, our hope is that they will have developed a deep understanding of numbers, their quantities, and their relationship to other ... Read More about Mitten Match Teen Numbers Freebie
When it comes to report cards, most parents simply want to know “Is my child learning? Are they where they where they are supposed to be? And do they have friends?” They may not understand educational acronyms like SLP, IEP or SST. They are also probably not familiar with terms like benchmark, fluency, or grit. But parents are smart, and let’s face it- they know their child far better than we do. ... Read More about Practical Tips for Writing Report Card Comments