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Kindergarten Activities To Go Along With “The Little Red Hen”
27 Aug, 2016. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past Friday marked our 9th day of school and I am happy to say, we are having an absolute blast. This particular…
What goes on during the first week in our kindergarten classroom?
20 Aug, 2016. 8 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…
Classroom Reveal 2016-2017
13 Aug, 2016. 26 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone! I hope that you had a fabulous week! For those of you who already have a few days of the school…
Getting Ready For A New Year
4 Aug, 2016. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone! I hope that you are enjoying your last few days of summer. For us here in Texas, the first day of…
Using Student Portfolios In A Kindergarten Classroom
21 Jul, 2016. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last year I changed the way that I did student portfolios and it was a HUGE success. I posted a few pictures on…
5 Tried And True Morning Meeting Activities (for kindergarteners)
15 Jul, 2016. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I absolutely love using a morning meeting to begin our day.  In the book it says, "morning meetings help to create a climate…
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…
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,…
Exploratory Centers– A Case For Play
1 Sep, 2015. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Every afternoon, I set aside 30-45 minutes for my students to explore items, activities, and experiences in my classroom. I'm sure many of…
Getting Your Guided Math Groups Started In Kindergarten
23 Aug, 2015. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Guided Math is such an important part of our day in kindergarten. This is where my young mathematicians get the small group attention that…
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…
Meet the Teacher
16 Aug, 2015. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week has been a whirlwind! Not only did I present during our staff's inservice week, but the week culminated with our…
Bringing Inquiry Into Your Classroom
3 Aug, 2015. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This summer I have done a lot of research on bringing inquiry and exploration into my classroom. I have been reading books, articles,…
Setting Up My Kindergarten Classroom and Tackling Storage
26 Jul, 2015. 15 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week I spent some time in my new kindergarten classroom. I don't know about you, but it takes me SO much…
Setting the Tone The First Week of School
14 Jul, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you, but I am starting to feel the pressure of heading back to school. This upcoming week I am…
Assessments and Data
9 Jul, 2015. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
With just a few short weeks of summer left, I am trying to prepare as much as I can before the back to…
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…
Classroom management without clip charts and extrinsic rewards
23 Jun, 2015. 10 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last year I finished my 12th year of teaching. Over the last 12 years I have seen many behavior management trends come and…
Fostering Independence At Centers
21 Jun, 2015. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
It's no surprise that small group instruction is essential when trying to meet the needs of all of the learners in your classroom. However,…
How to set up a morning meeting in your kindergarten classroom
14 Jun, 2015. 36 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
A few years ago, I dabbled in using a morning meeting in my first grade classroom. I wrote my students a message every…
How to: Guided Math
2 Jun, 2015. 16 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Each year, at the close of the school year, I like to reflect back on things that worked in the previous year. This…
Promoting Peace In The Classroom
19 Jan, 2015. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” Maria Montessori Promoting peace in…
5 Ways To Encourage Reading At Home
28 Dec, 2014. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Reading is a skill that takes time to develop. In young children,…
The first few days in kindergarten
6 Sep, 2014. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I have to say, we as teachers have the best job in the world. What a JOY it is to welcome a new…
Centers with a Montessori flair
30 Aug, 2014. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
After I graduated college, my first teaching job was at a Montessori school. The school was very quaint and took children aged 2.9-6.2…
How to LOVE teaching Math — making the most out of your Math block
27 Jul, 2014. 10 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
A few years ago, I did not love teaching Math. Math seemed hard to teach. I couldn't figure it out. I felt like…
Setting Up Procedures At The Beginning Of The School Year
13 Jul, 2014. 31 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
With the back to school season quickly approaching, I wanted to put together a quick packet to help me organize my thoughts on…
Well, the cat’s out of the bag!
21 Jun, 2014. 98 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
So, the craziest thing happened to me about two weeks ago. In order to explain it correctly, I have to back track to…
The first week back and visual lesson plans for week 2!
24 Aug, 2013. 17 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I am so happy to say that we all thoroughly enjoyed our first week of school! Wow! What a whirlwind! I was in…
Back into the swing of things!
21 Aug, 2013. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Oh my goodness y'all. It's Wednesday of our first week back in school and I can already tell you that I am IN…
Magic Play Dough
18 Aug, 2013. 23 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Yesterday we had our annual "Meet The Teacher" day. It was a HUGE success! Most of my class showed up and it was…
Ready or not… here they come!
16 Aug, 2013. 21 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Tomorrow is our big day! The new students arrive for "meet the teacher" and then Monday we start a brand new school year.…
Classroom Pictures!!
10 Aug, 2013. 27 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Welcome to my classroom! Everything is ready for the first day of school! The chair pockets are on the chairs, the community supplies…
Meeting Students Where They Are
6 Aug, 2013. 150 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Ah the joys of teaching first grade. Such a wonderful, magical grade. The students are full of wonder and awe and are so…
Songs for your first grade classroom
5 Aug, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The other day I blogged about using songs in your classroom. I had a bunch of people email me asking me what songs…
“Always do your personal best”
3 Aug, 2013. 13 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I, like most of you, have been trying to get my classroom set up for another new school year. I am so close…
Dance like no one’s watching
1 Aug, 2013. 13 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Let me paint a scene for you. You are driving, switching mindlessly through the various preset radio stations and all of a sudden…
Reading takes you places!
31 Jul, 2013. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The countdown is on. My room is SO close to being finished and I'm now onto the planning, prepping, copying, and laminating phase.…
Getting ready for a new year
25 Jul, 2013. 23 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you, but my summer seems to be slipping away. My "to-do" list is never ending and I feel like…
Let’s get organized! {FREEBIE!}
22 Jul, 2013. 31 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
{I hope you sang that to the tune of, "let's get physical"... because I did...}Moving on. ;) The new year is QUICKLY approaching. I…
A year in the books: time to reflect (and freebies for the first week of school!)
26 May, 2013. 43 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I can't believe that this year is over already. It seems like just yesterday we were reading Pete the Cat on the first…
Back to School Literacy Fun! Freebies, songs, games and more!!
29 Aug, 2012. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been working so hard in first grade trying to get back into the swing of things. We are reviewing our letter…
First Week of School and a Science Experiment!
19 Aug, 2012. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Why hello everyone!! I'm so sorry that I have been MIA lately. This past week was my first week back with my new…
Back to school– operation: set up my classroom!
19 Jul, 2012. 52 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Back to school... Back to school... (Billy Madison anyone?!) So... this is what I walked into. The last few days I have been trying to…
“Teacher Cards” — getting away from the prize box
22 Jun, 2012. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you... but I'm so over the whole prize box thing. I am so tired of collecting prizes that kids…
Wednesday– Daily 5 freebie
20 Jun, 2012. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
One of the ways that I organize the Daily 5 in my class is by using a pocket chart.In my class all of…
Tuesday- Math Bin Freebie!
19 Jun, 2012. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Math Bins are one of my favorite time during our school day. It's the time where my students get to explore the math…
First Freebie!
18 Jun, 2012. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Happy Monday!! As promised, today is the first day of FREEBIE week!!! The first item I am giving away is my brand new…
Daily 5– Read to Self
15 Jun, 2012. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Read to Self (Part One of how I use the Daily 5 in my class) I had said earlier that I would blog a bit…