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“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…
A Reggio-inspired inquiry on Lunar New Year and Chinese culture
28 Jan, 2017. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we celebrated the Lunar New Year in my classroom and explored Chinese culture and traditions. It was such a fun-filled…
Polar Express Day 2016
20 Dec, 2016. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past Friday was our annual Polar Express Day. This is by far one of my favorite traditions. This year it ended up…
Using Provocations In Your Kindergarten Classroom
5 Feb, 2016. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I have been using a lot of Reggio-inspired practices this year in my classroom and am so very happy with the results that…
Polar Express Day 2015
23 Dec, 2015. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
First of all, Merry, Merry Christmas from all of mine (minus those who were sick with strep throat this past week) to all of…
Hands-on Ways To Practice Patterns In December
8 Dec, 2015. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
One of the math skills that we are currently working on in my classroom is reviewing patterns. We have already mastered repeating patterns…
Using pumpkins to teach math
1 Nov, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The week before Halloween, my school enjoys "Spirit Week." Every day has its own theme and the kids (and teachers!) come dressed accordingly.…
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…
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…
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…
Earth Day Activities
17 Apr, 2015. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we have been gearing up for Earth Day. We have been learning all about plants and our world. To make…
Gearing up for Earth Day!
28 Mar, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The past two weeks, my class has been gearing up for Earth Day. We have been having a blast each afternoon as we learn…
St. Patrick’s Day Fun!
13 Mar, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we have had so much fun learning about St. Patrick's Day! My students have LOVED all of our activities to fit…
A journey to the Arctic– guided reading focus
5 Jan, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we are exploring the Arctic. Like many of you, today was our first day back after a very restful Christmas break.…
Gingerbread Week! {Using a picture book to create engaging lessons}
13 Dec, 2014. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we went CRAZY for gingerbread men! We started the week using the book "Gingerbread Baby" by Jan Brett as our read…
The Kindness Helpers
7 Dec, 2014. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you but I love the Christmas season. I love the twinkle lights, the music, the food, the smell of…
Christmas for the Classroom Giveaway
6 Dec, 2014. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
 I am so excited to be teaming up with some of my friends to participate in a Christmas for the Classroom giveaway! In…
December: Lessons, Guided Reading, Math, and more!
2 Dec, 2014. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Ok. Let me be 100% honest. Moving down from first grade this year was a little difficult. At the end of last year,…
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…
Easter Activities and a GIVEAWAY!!
15 Apr, 2014. 22 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Teaching the Easter story is such a humbling and exciting series of lessons while teaching at a Christian school. Every day, my class…
“Life saving” winter crafts!
22 Dec, 2013. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hooray!!! It's Winter break!! We made it-- congratulations and job well done! I don't know about you, but our past week was filled…
All Aboard the Polar Express!
14 Dec, 2013. 10 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week my class and I dove into one of my favorite Christmas books ever written, "The Polar Express." I told my…
Christmas themed word work and writing activities {FREE!!}
12 Dec, 2013. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I hope that everyone is having a great week. I don't know about you, but to me, it feels as if this week…
Baby, it’s COLD outside!
8 Dec, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Being from New England, a few 20 degree days should totally not throw me for a loop but MAN! I'm freezing!! I have…
December is here!
2 Dec, 2013. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This afternoon I went to my classroom to get everything ready for December and I am so happy with the way that things turned…
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…
Happy Easter!
31 Mar, 2013. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
He is Risen! :) (He is risen, indeed!!)I hope you have a fabulous Easter!!  
Happy Vacation and New Year’s Resolutions!
30 Dec, 2012. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone,I hope that you are having a RELAXING and wonderful winter break! I also hope that you had a very Merry Christmas.…
Teaching Fractions– The fun way!
13 Dec, 2012. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Fractions are sometimes an obscure concept to teach to first graders. Most of the time they understand that they want the BIGGER piece,…
Polar Express Week!
9 Dec, 2012. 14 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This upcoming week we are reading one of my favorite Christmas books, The Polar Express! Our whole week will be centered around this…
Whoville Trees: A fun Sequence of Events Activity
8 Dec, 2012. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we used "The Grinch" as our theme of the week. We loved reading the book, using inferences to explain how the…
Shop til you drop!!
24 Nov, 2012. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Did you hit the stores for Black Friday?! Well, for a teacher, this sale might be EVEN better than the deals you got!…
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…
Apples. apples. apples!!
15 Sep, 2012. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we started one of my all time favorite units that I teach. It's funny because each year that I teach,…
Estimation and linky parties!
21 Jul, 2012. 23 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello Friends!! I have been super busy in my classroom. I went for it and totally did away with any resemblance of desks! I…