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Exploring Coding With Kindergarteners (with and without technology)
10 May, 2017. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
As I began planning for this year, I realized that introducing my students to coding was a 21st century skill that I needed to teach.…
Engaging Activities When Studying The Moon
7 May, 2017. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
If you caught my last blog post (you can read it here), you know that a few weeks ago we transformed our classroom…
A journey into space!
29 Apr, 2017. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
At the very beginning of the school year, I showed my students a video taken from the International Space Station. Oftentimes, teachers will ask…
Crayola inspired PBL in kindergarten! (Goodbye Dandelion!)
1 Apr, 2017. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Have y'all heard that Crayola is retiring a crayon from their box of 24 crayons? When I heard this news, I thought that this…
The beginning of a plant inquiry
22 Mar, 2017. 10 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello friends! I hope that this post finds you well. We are currently in the middle of a giant plant inquiry. This year, I…
Our Butterfly Inquiry
11 Mar, 2017. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
For the past two weeks we have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly in our kindergarten classroom. It all started…
Engaging hands-on activities to help you gear up for spring!
26 Feb, 2017. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I know that it is not officially spring yet, but it certainly feels like it here in Austin, TX.  I currently have my…
A Montessori Monday Post- Nouns and Verbs
13 Feb, 2017. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I was asked by several people to start a weekly series on Montessori materials/lessons/activities that I use in my classroom. As an aside,…
“Follow The Child” — A Simple Valentine’s Day Activity
11 Feb, 2017. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week my students have been non-stop talking about Valentine's Day. To be honest, I wasn't planning on doing anything big for…