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Exploring Owls With Kindergarteners
23 Oct, 2016. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello Friends! We just finished a really fun week of learning all about owls. My students this year are very intrigued by birds.…
Exploring shapes with kindergarteners
11 Oct, 2016. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I have found that when teaching kindergarten, at many times throughout the year I loop back around to concepts to help my students dig…
Our kindergarten apple orchard!
23 Sep, 2016. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Happy Fall! In Texas it definitely does NOT feel like the season has changed but I have high hopes that sweatshirt and boot…
The first part of our kindergarten bird inquiry
4 Sep, 2016. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The other day, one of my students brought in two bird nests that her family had found on their property. She proudly shared…
What goes on during the first week in our kindergarten classroom?
20 Aug, 2016. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The first week of kindergarten is in the books. We had a lot of fun getting to know one another and discovering new…
Breaking Down The Day (Part 1: The First 30 Minutes)
13 Jul, 2016. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The first thirty minutes of the day are essential in my classroom because they set the tone for the rest of the day. During…
Fun In October
25 Oct, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been having a BLAST with our October activities. With Halloween just around the corner, here are a few fun things you…
We Are Authors
24 Oct, 2015. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
For the last two weeks we have been working very hard at writing books about what we know about.  We culminated the process…
Art Matters In Our Kindergarten Classroom
4 Oct, 2015. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Art is a great way to help your students develop language skills, strengthen their fine motor muscles, develop their sense of self, and explore…
Our Latest STEM/STEAM Activity
26 Sep, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Many studies have found that current graduates are lacking the essential skills they need to problem solve. For this reason, there has been…
Activities During Our Forest Inquiry
24 Sep, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We currently are knee-deep in our forest inquiry. Throughout the week, my students came up with some great wonders! Here are a few things…
Math In September
20 Sep, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we continued our Forest Inquiry. My students are absolutely loving learning about forests, leaves, trees, and forest animals. To bring our…
Letting go and watching them soar
19 Sep, 2015. 14 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We are currently on our 22nd day of school. For the past few weeks, we have been hard at work learning routines, procedures,…
Kindergarten: where young scientists are born
12 Sep, 2015. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we began the journey on a four - six week inquiry.  I'm excited and my students are even more excited. Basically,…
Community Helper Fun!
5 Sep, 2015. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week my class learned ALL about community helpers. Each day we studied a particular helper and did activities that went along with…
Teaching kinders to sit at the meeting place
22 Aug, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we finished up our first week of school. I am already IN LOVE with my new group of kinders. They are…
Guided Reading At The Beginning Of The Year (kindergarten)
1 Jul, 2015. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I often get questions asking me how I store all of my centers and classroom materials. I am in a little bit of…
Wrapping up October, in comes November
5 Nov, 2014. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Can you believe that it is already November? I certainly can't! Last week we were fully immersed in all things PUMPKIN! We had so…
What does the fox say? {finding the main idea and details in a passage}
29 Nov, 2013. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I'm sure by now your students have told you all about the song "What does the fox say?" In case you have not…
Reindeer Fun! {getting ready for December!}
24 Nov, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
On Friday, my students came to school dressed to the nines ready for our Thanksgiving feast. It was such a blast and such…
Clams?!
22 Nov, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Today my class was in for a surprise when they walked in the door. We have been diligently studying Thanksgiving and what the…
Life as a Pilgrim
16 Nov, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The last week we have been so busy it's crazy. With only 5 days left until Thanksgiving break, we are working so hard. The…
Goodbye October, Hello November!
2 Nov, 2013. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last week was a whirlwind! Here is a super small snapshot of our crazy pumpkin week: We created life cycle of a pumpkin crowns…
Move over alligator, the shark has replaced you
29 Oct, 2013. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last week after assessing my students I noticed that a few of them could use a little bit of extra practice with the…
We’ve got spirit, yes, we do! (and owl pellet dissections!)
27 Oct, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we celebrated "Spirt Week" at my school. Each day students were able to come to school out of uniform. (which…
Math Bins 101 :)
23 Oct, 2013. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Math bins seriously has to be one of my favorite parts of our day in first grade. I had a few people ask me…
Owl Week!
19 Oct, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
On Monday we start our next unit. Throughout the upcoming week we will learn all about owls! The owl pellets arrived the other…
More Apples and Johnny Appleseed Day!
27 Sep, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Oh wow! What a whirlwind this week has been. My students have amazed me this week. They have worked so hard and have…
Apple Weeks start TOMORROW!! {plus TONS of Freebies!!!}
16 Sep, 2013. 10 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hooray, hooray!! Our Apple Weeks start tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited!! I have TONS of fun things planned for us and…
Thanksgiving Table Place Cards
19 Nov, 2012. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last Friday we celebrated Thanksgiving with our HUGE first grade Thanksgiving feast. We decorated our "extra" room with all of our Thanksgiving projects…
What are you thankful for?!
19 Nov, 2012. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
 This afternoon I am linking up with my friend Lyndsey over at A year of many firsts. I am currently writing to you…
Enter the craziness….
15 Nov, 2012. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Oh my! Does anyone else feel like there is SO much to do and NOT enough time??!! We have our big Thanksgiving feast…
Turkey Mania
12 Nov, 2012. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Remember how I said I was excited to put up Thanksgiving decorations in my classroom? Well... I may or may not have overdone…
I’m thankful for…. giveaways!
8 Nov, 2012. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Yes, you read that right! A few of my awesome blogging friends and I have put together a mini giveaway just for YOU!…
Sunday night: lesson plans!
5 Nov, 2012. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello All!Today I felt UBER productive!! I went to church, cleaned my house, enjoyed some lovely smelling fall candles and Scentsy scents and…
We made it– Here comes November!
3 Nov, 2012. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
WOO!!! We made it past Halloween week. I was very happy to start taking down all the Halloweenish decorations in my classroom and…
Are you thinking about Thanksgiving?!
24 Oct, 2012. 16 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you but even though Halloween is just around the corner, my mind has already gone to Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one…
Autumn Math Bins! (Including Differentiated Freebies!!)
29 Sep, 2012. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello Friends!!Happy Fall :) We have been very hard at work during math! We have introduced addition, number sentences and have been using…
I love the Fall!! FREEBIES!!
2 Sep, 2012. 14 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I'm from New England... what can I say? I absolutely LOVE the fall. I love everything about it. The food, the smells, the…