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A Montessori Monday Post- Nouns and Verbs
13 Feb, 2017. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I was asked by several people to start a weekly series on Montessori materials/lessons/activities that I use in my classroom. As an aside,…
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…
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 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…
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.…
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,…
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…
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…
A day in my classroom
4 Oct, 2014. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
One thing that I love about reading blogs is getting to read and see a glimpse into classrooms all across the world. Since…
A glimpse into our day!
27 Feb, 2014. 13 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I thought it might be fun to show you a glimpse into a 'normal' day in our first grade classroom. As many of…
Blast Off To The Moon
1 Feb, 2014. 15 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week has been an absolute blast. (pun intended!) We started our unit on the moon and space and my students could not…
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…
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…
Fly Away (FREEBIE)
24 Mar, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I do NOT have a green thumb. I have tried many a times to grow a garden and it normally ends in a…
Texas, Pecos Bill, tall tales OH MY!
19 Mar, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Yee Haw! We are studying Texas this week. I am so stinkin' pumped about this unit. There is a saying here that goes…
Spell with me!
24 Feb, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My kiddos have been having a "hard time" when it comes to spelling their long vowel words correctly. They add letters, omit letters…
Superspeedy readers
3 Jan, 2013. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Have you tried the whole brain teaching game called superspeed reading with your class yet? If not, I must say to go for…
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…