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Developing a Growth Mindset in young learners
19 Aug, 2017. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone! We just finished our first week in the 2017-2018 school year and I have got to tell you, we had the most…
2017-2018 Kindergarten Classroom Reveal
13 Aug, 2017. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello friends! I hope that you are doing well and that you are enjoying this "back to school season." I can't believe it but this year…
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. 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…
Classroom Reveal 2016-2017
13 Aug, 2016. 28 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…
Tutorial: How to dye beans for your sensory table
6 Aug, 2016. 10 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…
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…
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…
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…
Guided Math In Kindergarten
21 Jun, 2016. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last summer I was tasked by my school to write a guided math curriculum for both kindergarteners and first grade students. These curriculums…
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,…
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…
Setting Up My Kindergarten Classroom and Tackling Storage
26 Jul, 2015. 17 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. 12 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: Guided Math
2 Jun, 2015. 17 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…
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. 11 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…