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Studying Frogs With Kindergarteners
28 Apr, 2018. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
A few days ago our classroom was given tadpoles to watch, care for, and observe. My young learners were SO excited to dig…
Exploring shapes with kindergarteners
11 Oct, 2016. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I have found that when teaching kindergarten, at many times throughout the year I loop back around to concepts to help my students dig…
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…
A new take on whole group math
23 Mar, 2016. 16 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
A few weeks ago, I was able to attend the kindergarten SDE conference in Austin, TX. I had the privilege to listen to…
Subtraction Lessons Kindergarteners LOVE!
29 Feb, 2016. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
During Math we have been working very hard at solving subtraction equations.  As most kindergarten students do, mine love anything that involves play dough, acting, or…
Number of the day– in kindergarten
17 Feb, 2016. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Two months ago I incorporated a new routine into our day. We call it, "Number Of The Day." During this time, my students…
Exploring Capacity With Kindergarteners
27 Jan, 2016. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Capacity: the maximum amount something can contain. In order to teach my students this term, I purchased four new sensory tubs from Amazon.com.…
Exploring Three Dimensional Shapes In Kindergarten
24 Jan, 2016. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
For the last 2 weeks my kindergarten students have been really digging deep to recognize, name, and define three dimensional shapes. To do…
Teaching Kindergarteners to “Make 5”
12 Dec, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The past week during guided math we have been diligently working on "making 5." To do this, we have played many games. The…
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…
What Goes On During Our Math Block?
7 Nov, 2015. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Many people often ask me what my classroom looks like during our math block. I thought today I'd give you a brief tour…
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.…
Fun In October
25 Oct, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been having a BLAST with our October activities. With Halloween just around the corner, here are a few fun things you…
Patterns, Patterns, Patterns!
9 Oct, 2015. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week, during math centers/investigations, my students were presented with a question. "Can you make a pattern?" They each selected a material…
What have we been up to during Guided Math?
7 Oct, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I must say, I am so very grateful that I created a year's worth of guided math plans this past summer. It has…
Math In September
20 Sep, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we continued our Forest Inquiry. My students are absolutely loving learning about forests, leaves, trees, and forest animals. To bring our…
Whole Group Math Mini Lesson Fun!
28 Aug, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we have been working on learning the numbers 1-6. I wanted these lessons to be as hands-on and interactive as possible.…
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…
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. 1 Comment. 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…
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…
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…
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…
Guided Math Schedule and Ideas
28 Jan, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The last few days around here have been CRAZY! We got about 32 INCHES of snow at my house. I don't think I…
Kindergarten Winter Math Centers
13 Jan, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you but I love teaching math. When I was a kid, math was NOT my favorite subject. However, now…
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,…
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…
So Happy {guided math bliss}
2 Apr, 2014. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you, but around here, testing season is upon us. Next week, our entire school will be in "testing mode."…
Fractions, Estimating, Adding and More!
24 Feb, 2014. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been hard at work trying to master a few new skills. Currently in our small groups, a few of my groups…
Happy 100th Day!!
6 Feb, 2014. 14 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…
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…
Loving Math {how I set up my math block}
23 Jan, 2014. 17 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My students are always super excited when a new month rolls in and we start playing a new set of math bins. This…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Math, math, and more math
25 Feb, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Warning: this post is all over the place. Yes, the common theme is math, however, had I not been swamped the last two…
Shape Monster Glyphs!
2 Sep, 2012. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
In Math this past week we have gone crazy for shapes. We are OBSESSED with this song:We also have been talking about bar graphs…