Like many teachers, my sight word instruction has shifted in my kindergarten classroom. I used to teach rote memorization of many sight words during my phonics block every day. And while this is helpful for the development of reading in some students, it is not for all. The concept of "sight words" is that they have tricky spelling patterns and can not be "sounded out" or decoded letter-sound or phonics pattern knowledge. This is only true for a small percentage of sight words. So I ... Read More about Large Sight Word Flash Cards
Lately, I have been loving an old-fashioned pencil design in my classroom. Pencil Crafts, pencil grip posters, pencil email signatures, and now pencil labels and classroom decor! We use these pencil labels as student name tags for our special helper display on our white board and as student name tags on seat sacks. And although I've always been incredibly organized, I do not always have things labeled the way I'd like. Labeling makes it so much easier for guest teachers and others to ... Read More about Pencil Classroom Decor and Labels
Spring crafts in my kindergarten classroom are just so much fun. At this time in the year, my students are easily able to independently color, cut, assemble, and glue all on their own. And they are prouder than ever to display their hard work in the classroom! I've really been working on timely, seasonal bulletin boards this year and crafts have made it all possible. My students can't get enough of seeing their work on our walls, then taking it home at the end of the month to make room for ... Read More about Favorite Spring Crafts + F R E E Download!
St. Patrick’s Day is one of those silly little holidays doesn't mean much of anything, but is so fun to celebrate in the classroom. Over the years, my favorite crafts have been my leprechaun hats and my I’m Lucky Pots of Gold. The pots of gold always turn out so cute, and are an amazing family gift after hanging on a bulletin board. Students most often writing about how lucky they are for their family. The best. But last year, I went down a rabbit hole of leprechaun ... Read More about St. Patrick’s Day Activities + F R E E Leprechaun Reader
My students can't get enough of our kindergarten math and literacy centers. They love to use them in pairs, and I love how they work together while learning new skills. We don't currently have a designated center rotation in our schedule, so our centers are used throughout the day. They are my students' favorite early finisher activity, and often rush right to our shelf to grab their favorite when they can. Some of my students' all-time favorite centers are ones they use with dry ... Read More about Literacy Centers in the Kindergarten Classroom
December is a magical month to be a kindergarten teacher. And instead of Santa-centered projects, I love to focus the month on acts off kindness and generosity. Although some of these books feature Santa, they all go perfectly with these themes.My interactive read alouds help teachers provide purposeful and meaningful read alouds in the primary classroom. Students will get a deeper understanding of the texts read aloud, and build connections with each other and the ... Read More about December Read Alouds for Kindergarten