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Exploring Pumpkins
12 Nov, 2017. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone! I know that the season of exploring pumpkins is coming to a close this year, but we had too much fun for…
A Week Of Spiders!
7 Oct, 2017. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we had SO much fun learning all about spiders. Our week was jam packed with activities, reading, crafts, and more.…
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.…
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…
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…
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.…
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…
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 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…
What is working in my classroom?
21 Sep, 2014. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Changing grade levels is never an easy thing-- even if you've already taught the grade before! This year, as you know, I moved…
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…
When To Launch The Next Daily 5 {with a focus on work on writing}
27 Jun, 2014. 35 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The next chapter in the Daily 5 that we are covering is Chapter 7: When to Launch The Next Daily 5. This chapter…
“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…
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…
October Mapped Out and Spiders! {and your chance to win!}
29 Sep, 2013. 86 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Can you believe that it is almost October? CRAZY, right?! Goodbye apples, and hello October themes! On Friday I mapped out my month…
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…
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…
Apple Juice! {classroom style!}
20 Sep, 2013. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
On Tuesday, in one of my guided reading groups, my students and I were working our way through an "apple" reader. In the…
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…
Fill my {beach} bucket!
29 Apr, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I'm sure by now you have heard of the book, Have you Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud.It is such a fantastic book.…
Owl Pellet Dissections and a weekly recap!
27 Oct, 2012. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last week was "spirit week" at my school. We had crazy hair day, crazy sock day, favorite sports team day, PJ day, and…
Getting ready for a week of owls!
20 Oct, 2012. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Coffee in hand? CheckLamination all over my bedroom floor? CheckPrepping for a new week of fun and exciting activities for my first grade…
Spider Week!
7 Oct, 2012. 10 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Spiders, spiders, OH MY!We went crazy for spiders last week in my classroom. We learned more than I ever wanted to know and…
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…
Johnny Appleseed Day!
27 Sep, 2012. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Happy Johnny Appleseed Day!!! We have gone overboard with apples... and Johnny. We sing about him:(warning this song is sure to get stuck in your…
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,…
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…
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…