13 Fun Alphabet Activities for Kindergarten Teachers: Ideas Kids Will Love

These fun alphabet activities for kindergarten will help your students learn letter names and sounds in no time! We’ve all seen it before… the children who enter kindergarten without knowing letter names are the children who struggle with reading in first and second grade. It is a predictable trend that has been dubbed “The Matthew Effect” by Keith Stanovich (1986). As in, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. As a K-1 reading interventionist, my mission is to […]

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Parent Teacher Conferences – Ideas and Tips for Teachers

Get great parent teacher conference ideas and tips in this blog. You will learn what parents want to know and what work samples will help parents better understand their child’s progress. When I think of parent teacher conferences, lot of things come to mind: long days, lots of preparation, and the opportunity to learn more about the children I spend my days with. I truly LOVE parent teacher conferences, despite the amount of work involved. I find it rewarding to […]

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How to Use Subitizing Cards in the Classroom

You roll a die, look at the dots, and instantly know that you rolled 5. When glancing at the plate of cookies, you quickly know there are 2 left. Looking at your stack of library books, you can immediately tell that there are 4 books in the stack. In all of these situations you are subitizing. What is Subitizing? Subitizing is the ability to rapidly recognize how many objects in a group. In each of the examples above, you did […]

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10 Amazing Number Books for Kindergarten

Adding books to your math lesson engages students’ attention. Use these number books for kindergarten to build subitizing and number skills. Nothing engages students as much as a good story. I love how a good story captures students’ attention and makes them think about things in a new way. It is so rewarding as they lean forward and peer at the pages, soaking in every detail! That’s why I love adding literature to my math lessons. An engaging story arouses […]

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Easy Number Sense Games for Kindergarten

I love using easy number sense games for kindergarten learners! They are a great way to practice math skills in a fun and engaging manner. I’m lucky that my district’s math curriculum incorporates quite a few number games in the daily lessons.  Once my students have learned how to play a number game, I use that same game repeatedly in my room. First, we use it as a “sponge activity” during math – students who finish early can play the […]

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Social Distancing Classroom Ideas

Learn social distancing classroom ideas for young children. Get ideas for morning meeting, centers and play time. Social distancing in the classroom. A phrase that had not even been in our vocabularies a few short months ago is now impacting every minute detail of our school day. Keep kids apart. No sharing. Lunch in our classrooms and teaching outside. It’s all so overwhelming! As we start this school year, we need to consider things we have not had to consider […]

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5 Ways to Create Efficient Classroom Transitions

Classroom transitions. For the teacher: a time for chaos to break out. For students: a time when anything goes! But, with careful planning, you can change that. I remember my first few years teaching… I was starting to get the hang of instruction. My lessons went pretty smoothly. I was differentiating and adapting lessons to meet individual student needs. I had good relationships with my students. In my mind, I was pretty successful. Until the lesson ended and we tried […]

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Distance Learning for Reading – How to Teach Virtually

Distance learning may be upon us once again. As we contemplate this turn of events, many K-2 teachers are left wondering, “How do I teach reading during distance learning?” Find several practical ideas in this post. Teaching reading (and writing) to beginning readers is my passion. It’s my favorite part of the school day. I love the joyfully interactions with books, the lightbulb moments when something makes sense, and opening a new world to children. This is why I teach. […]

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How to Create a Soft Start with Social Distancing

How can we re-imagine a soft start for social distancing in classrooms? This morning routine is critical for community building and can be adapted for social distancing with a few small tweaks. Like it or not, many of us need to incorporate social distancing into our teaching this year. This definitely puts a kink in many of our normal plans – it’s hard to envision centers, partner work, and soft starts with social distancing. When I first started hearing about […]

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The Best Tips for Teaching Procedures in the Classroom

Need tips for teaching procedures in the classroom? Learn what classroom routines you should teach and step by step methods to teach these procedures. Classroom procedures are the heart of strong classroom management. Having clear routines helps students know what to do and frees up the teacher’s energy for in-the-moment instructional decisions. Teaching these procedures in the classroom needs to start from Day 1 – and then revamped periodically, as needed. I remember the first year I had 1:1 iPads. […]

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