The 100th day of school is reason to celebrate - especially this year! It's a big deal to make it 100 days! The kids get so excited and I am too! I'm sharing my favorite low prep ideas to help you and your class! 100th Day Banner What do five year olds love? Banners with streamers. Yep, that simple. The littles love walking through the streamers as they come in the room, and it sets the ... Read More about 100 Days of School
Classroom transformations are something I have learned to love to incorporate to add instant student engagement. Over my seven years of teaching kindergarten, I have done a different transformation almost every year depending on my class and their interests. I know what you might be thinking - Stephanie, classroom transformations are exhausting and expensive! You're right, they can be! I ... Read More about 5 Easy Classroom Transformations
Student engagement is one of my top goals in my classroom - if students aren't engaged in what they are learning, it doesn't matter what you are teaching. Have you ever heard the famous words from Ben Franklin? Involving students in learning is essential for student engagement! So, here are my 6 quick tips to increase student engagement: Using a microphone in my classroom has been a ... Read More about 6 Quick Tips to Increase Student Engagement
Before I get started, I want to preface that I learned so much from following Marsha McGuire (@adifferkinder on IG and her blog www.differentiatedkindergarten.com). She is a gold mine of kindergarten center ideas and resources! So that being said, my centers are based off of her amazing differentiated instruction and center management system. One of the biggest challenges at the beginning ... Read More about A Beginner’s Guide to Guided Math and Reading Centers in Kindergarten
Kindergarteners learn all the basics for being in school. It is sooo important for kindergarten teachers to teach little learners the procedures using kid-friendly visuals and songs/poems that will help these expectations stick. Each procedure that I introduce, I always model the expectation first, have a child model it, and then the whole class models the expectation. Let me start by ... Read More about Teaching Routines & Procedures in Kindergarten
Are you ready to tackle your classroom organization to do list this year? Let me help! Here are some of my easy to implement classroom organization tips for a successful school year. Organize Your Physical Space Start with planning out your classroom space for working areas such as centers, work spaces, flexible seating, art area, etc. In my kindergarten classroom, I like to have ... Read More about Classroom Organization: Tips to Save Your Sanity!