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Studying the human body with kindergarteners
7 Jan, 2017. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This year, my students were very interested in learning about the ways their bodies worked. We spent about three weeks learning about our five…
6 easy steps for effective guided reading lessons
10 Nov, 2016. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I know I say this often and about many things, but guided reading is one of my favorite times during our day. During…
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.…
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…
Beginning Of The Year Literacy Centers And Activities
28 Jul, 2016. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
 The beginning of kindergarten is such a fun time. Ok, honestly, if I wrote this post at the end of May when our…
Ocean activities for young learners
22 May, 2016. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I can not get over how quickly this year flew by.  We are down to only 4 days left and I am so…
Using informational texts during guided reading in kindergarten
24 Apr, 2016. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been working so very hard during guided reading these last few months. My students are doing such a great job at…
Turning a picture book into a play to review the sequence of events
6 Apr, 2016. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The last few weeks we have really been working on retelling the sequence of events in a story. We have done this a…
Stone Soup
4 Apr, 2016. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
One of the literary "big ideas" that we have been focusing on during our read alouds is that we can retell the sequence of events…
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…
Adding PLAY To Your Guided Reading Groups
1 Jan, 2016. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
As a teacher we want our students to LOVE to read. We want our students to devour good books and to become amazing little readers.…
Simple activities to make your Arctic unit come to life!
27 Dec, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I love teaching because every year, every month, and every day I get to learn something new. I get to see the joy…
A Quick Game To Practice Sight Words
14 Dec, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hi Friends! Today I wanted to share a SUPER quick and easy game that we play often in my classroom. To practice ANY…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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,…
Teaching Students to Read
6 Mar, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Teaching students to read is such a JOY. Helping my students LOVE to read (instead of DREAD to read) is one of my…
Digraph Reader FREEBIE!!
20 Jan, 2015. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I have a VERY long commute home and have been using these car rides as an opportunity to listen to podcasts. I don't…
Kindergarten Winter Math Centers
13 Jan, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you but I love teaching math. When I was a kid, math was NOT my favorite subject. However, now…
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
25 Oct, 2014. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The last two weeks my class has been LOVING reading the book, "We're Going On A Bear Hunt." I bought them the sound…
A quick and easy {FREE} lesson that helps young readers
7 Oct, 2014. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My young learners in my classroom, like yours, are still learning their letters and sounds. Last week in guided reading I had taken…
Guided reading at the beginning of the year
5 Aug, 2014. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
It is that time of the year again. The smell of freshly sharpened pencils fills the air and we are busily getting our…
How to make applesauce in your classroom {recipe included}
21 Sep, 2013. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
On Friday my class made homemade applesauce in class. It is truly one of my favorite activities that I do every year. I…
Reviewing color words with science
31 Aug, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we reviewed our color words. I'm so happy to say that this year most of my first graders came to…
Superspeedy readers
9 Apr, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Many of you will probably remember my post on using Superspeed reading a few months back. For those of you who are not…
Venn Diagrams– the fun way
2 Jan, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Remember when you were little and your mom would hound you about coloring ONLY on the paper?Remember when you became your mother and…