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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…
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…
Tutorial: How to dye beans for your sensory table
6 Aug, 2016. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone! This morning I was dying beans for my new group of kindergarteners and thought I would write a quick tutorial 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…
It’s SPRING! Take this science activity outside!
27 Apr, 2016. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about where you live, but here in Texas, we are experiencing a BEAUTIFUL spring!! Each day we are finding new…
Hands-on activities when studying storms
9 Apr, 2016. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
In Science, our objective this past week was,  "students will observe, describe, and illustrate objects in the sky such as the clouds and Sun."…
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…
Using a rainy day to inspire writing
20 Mar, 2016. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
In Texas, we don't often get a rainy day that we can enjoy. However, last week, we got to enjoy not one, but…
Exploring Sound With Kindergarteners
30 Jan, 2016. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We just finished a unit exploring light and sound. If you would like to read about the light inquiry, you can do so here. Today,…
Exploring Light In Kindergarten
9 Jan, 2016. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
{This blog post contains affiliate links at no cost to you.} This past week my kindergarteners explored light. They enjoyed our unit SO…
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.…
A few of our favorite things
18 Dec, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Two years ago I switched grades from first to kindergarten. I was excited to make the change since I had previously taught kindergarten for…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Making a Bible Lesson Come To Life With Science
30 Aug, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The first Bible lesson that I always teach my class is the story of Creation. This year was no exception. In order to…
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…
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…
Oceans, Islands, and Waves OH MY!
14 May, 2015. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we are learning all about the Ocean and BOY OH BOY are we having a blast!! I am so glad that…
What have we been up to?
8 May, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The last few weeks have been SUPER hectic. You know how it goes. However, I just HAVE to share some of the FUN…
Math In May
6 May, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Can you believe it is already May?! Where has the time gone?? At one point today I stopped to take in the quiet…
Hands-On Subtraction Lesson/Center
21 Apr, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I love making lessons hands-on and engaging for my students. To truly drive home the concept of subtraction, I went with a Montessori-inspired…
Plant and Earth Day Activities
19 Apr, 2015. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
If you read my last blog post, I promised to tell y'all about the rest of our Earth Day and plant unit activities.…
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…
Morning Activities for 4 and 5 year olds
10 Apr, 2015. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I am very thankful to teach in a school that understands that young learners need time to explore and engage in tasks. Every…
Hands-on lessons for young students about rocks!
5 Apr, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The past week we have continued our study on the Earth. This week we focused on the "land." Throughout the week, my students…
Peter Rabbit helps with teen numbers!
30 Mar, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
If you are anything like me, there are certain picture books that stand out as your absolute favorite childhood stories. I distinctly remember…
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…
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…
Exploring 100
22 Feb, 2015. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Children are naturally inquisitive. As they grow, they, without prompting, seek out learning. As many of my friends who have toddlers would attest…
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,…
Hands On Activities For Young Learners
11 Nov, 2014. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't think I've ever mentioned this on my blog; however, when I was in college, I was blessed to have an absolutely…
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…
Enjoying October
13 Oct, 2014. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Don't you just love long weekends? This past weekend I was able to head out to my father's house in the Berkshires to…
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…
Frog Week- summaries, writing, and an art “experiment”
30 Mar, 2014. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
In Texas, the weather is currently beautiful. Spring is in the air (and allergies are on overdrive)! To capitalize on what is going…
Math Questions: Answered!
28 Jan, 2014. 14 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone. How many of you had a snow day this week? Last night the district that we follow issued a two hour…
Having fun in the winter! {Freebie!!}
11 Jan, 2014. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Weather in Texas is so crazy. One day this week it was 29* when I woke up. The next day, my students were…
Winter is Here!!
9 Jan, 2014. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Winter has definitely hit my classroom. While we are NOT experiencing all the snow and cold that y'all are having, we did get…
“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…
We Love Weather!
14 Sep, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The other day one of my students raised her hand and asked, "Miss Smith, are we going to study weather next week?" I said,…
Visual Plans and Freebies!
9 Sep, 2013. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Before I get into my visual plans, I have to tell y'all about my latest obsession. Here in Texas unfortunately it is still…
Weather Galore!
7 Sep, 2013. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we started our first "science theme" of the school year. I start my year with weather because it echoes both my…
Week 3: Weather! {Visual Lesson Plans}
3 Sep, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Tomorrow we kick off one of my favorite units. {Yes, I think I say that about every unit... but I really love this…
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…
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.…
Mastering Number Concepts
28 Jul, 2013. 100 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Helping students master number concepts is an integral step in providing a strong foundation for Math.At the beginning of every year I always…
I love Science! {and your chance to win!!}
30 Jun, 2013. 86 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Y'all know how much I love teaching Science. I am SUPER excited to announce that I have two new Science packs out. They…
Science Galore! {and a FREEBIE!}
15 Jun, 2013. 15 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Planning for a new year is always so much fun! In reflecting on my past school year I definitely think one of the…
Getting Ready For A New Year
11 Jun, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
A little bit of sun...                                  ... a…
Ocean weeks continue — peek at my week!
6 May, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Tomorrow we will continue our lovely study of the Ocean. My students have been LOVING this. Tomorrow we will focus mainly on sea…
Five for Friday– Ocean Style
3 May, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
It is FRIDAY! Hooray!! :) This week we have gone crazy for the ocean. One parent stopped me after school and said, "…
Dive in to some ocean fun! (Freebie!)
2 May, 2013. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We are in LOVE with the ocean. We have been listening to this great playlist of songs that I just have to share…
Ocean Fun and an Intro to Discovery Bottles
28 Apr, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
You already know that I am a *tab bit* in love with Science. My class it, too. We're a great fit for each…
Testing Week: a very crazy Thursday schedule
18 Apr, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My kids have worked so hard at their way too many tests this week. By the end of the day today, they were…
Egg Geodes
16 Mar, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The other day we completed the "egg geodes" science experiment. I took out one of the first anchor charts we made this year…
Butterflies- an EASY craft
14 Mar, 2013. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been working so hard at reading in first grade. I'm sure you all can relate. We have tackled most of our…
The day the dinos came to school….
12 Mar, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I have to back track a little because I had wanted to post about this but literally just took these pictures off of…
More Math!
28 Feb, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I had a few people want to hear more about how I schedule my math time and what and how I teach during…
Dinos!
22 Feb, 2013. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I'm so sorry it has been so long since my last post. I have an excuse... and it's a good one. Did you…