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Incorporating Reggio methods in a “traditional” school setting
3 Jun, 2016. 22 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The Reggio-style of teaching has truly captivated my heart. Over the past year I have tried to implement many  "Reggio" methods into my…
Engaging lessons on tide pools
7 May, 2016. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we began a new unit on tide pools. As some of my students have never visited the ocean, the first day we…
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…
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…
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…
Happy 100th Day!!
6 Feb, 2014. 13 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hooray! Hooray! We are 100 days smarter!  We celebrated the 100th day in fantastic first grade fashion. My students were welcomed to a fully…
This week in small groups {and freebies!}
8 Nov, 2013. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week during our Guided Reading time I have really been working with a few students on reading words that have long vowel…
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…
Groundhog Day craftivity
3 Feb, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My good friend Heidi from My Not So Elementary life has the CUTEST Groundhog day activity available! My students LOVED it!! In her pack…
My new favorite winter craft
10 Dec, 2012. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
As you know, I love crafts. I love how much you can teach your students when creating art and how it helps not…
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…