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Fun STEM Ideas for 100 Days of School

Let’s Celebrate 100 Days!! It’s that time of year when schools are starting to celebrate 100 days. My kids get really excited as we get closer to the big day. We’ve been counting the days since we started and by the time we get to about 92 days, they are

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The best way to teach sight words

Teaching kids to read is the core of any kindergarten curriculum. It’s a privilege to have a front row seat to the wonder of going from not knowing any letters in September to actually reading in June. It’s one of the things I love most about kindergarten. Watching kids learn

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Gingerbread is a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season. We take a break from the regular curriculum and have a little fun. My kindergarten kiddos love having centers everyday. It’s during our Gingerbread unit that I begin our first S.T.E.M. center.  I offer 3 different challenges after reading the classic The Gingerbread Man.

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How to survive Halloween in Kindergarten

I know, I know, everyone LOVES Halloween. But here is my deepest, darkest, secret-I don’t.  It wasn’t always this way, I mean I love candy, I love hanging out with friends and Halloween is basically kid nirvana.  But  I am a kindergarten teacher, and if you teach in an elementary

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Using robots to teach reading

I love robots! I love robots, I mean I REALLY love robots. I love what it does for kids. How it amazes them, how it empowers them, how it reaches them like nothing else. I don’t consider myself “techie” ( my own kids will agree), but somehow this “no tech”

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Where do I start with reading groups?

Kindergarten reading groups often don’t involve any “reading” in the way that parents typically think.  Your students may not be able to “read” I see the fat cat until the spring. But don’t be fooled, the ground work that is laid in the first half of kindergarten is crucial to

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Counting and Cardinality is essential to any kindergarten math curriculum. Kids need to know how and why we use numbers.                                     There are 2 major  key concepts for kindergarten students at the beginning

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How do you get kindergarteners to start writing?

Ok, so the year is off to a good start. Your bulletin boards look great, all your cubbies are labeled, your parent letters have all been sent. Now you have to teach them to write���.. Today kindergarten is so much more than reading, writing, and arithmetic. We often have kids

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Are your kindergarten students ready?

It’s no secret I love kindergarten. Every year we get the pleasure of seeing these children come in to school in September as babies, and leave as first graders. It’s awesome to watch, I’m amazed every year at their growth. But I’m also amazed every September at how young they

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5 Ways to Start Off The Year Right With Parents.

That time of year is getting closer. Whether you go back to school in August or September (or gasp!) July, the kids are starting to get ready to come back. This time can be especially exciting if your child is going off to kindergarten. You can bet that at every

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The secret to loving teaching for 30 years.

“I love my kids.” Every teacher I know has spoken those words. I do love my kids, but I NEED my summer break. I know all my non-teacher friends become increasingly jealous this time of year. I know they work hard too. But no one, I mean no one works

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Graduation Day

                                      I sat through my oldest son’s high school graduation last night and I had a lump in my throat the whole time. I fought the tears and almost won until the  principal

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