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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Goal Setting CFTC Guest log

I am so honored to be a guest blogger and to learn from so many other inspiring teachers. Check out the fun of Goal Setting at 

Conversations From the Classroom Goal Setting.


Friday, August 25, 2017

Alphabet Fun

The first 2 days of school were so much fun! Learning about new friends and trying to remember all the new rules and procedures.

The students favorite book was Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom. They also loved the videos.
 Comparing and Contrasting the different versions.
We also practice saying the alphabet with motions.
We will be creating our goals next week!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Math Musts CFTC Guest Blog

Check out the Math Musts needed for beginning learners that I published as a guest on Conversations From The Classroom. Check it out! Math Musts

Monday, July 17, 2017

Poetry Procedure Fun


Working with poetry helps build a culture of reading within any classroom! I love to use a poem a week to help kindergarten/ 1st grade students focus and play with reading and poetry.

1st Day-Listen/Discuss/Read Poem 

I like to have the students close their eyes and imagine what they hear. No pictures allowed! Students turn and discuss what was imagined. Then I show the poem and point to the words as I reread, still no picture...no comprehension questions, just enjoyment of a simple poem.

2nd Day-Reread

I read the poem as I point to the words. Usually the students will join along and read with me. Sometimes I need to encourage them...a slight pause usually works. I usually have an image at this point. Yes, discussion usually follows.

3rd Day-Reread and Take Turns

Students get a chance to point to the words as the class chorally reads the poem. Students love to choose a special pointer. It really helps me see who has one to one correspondence and provides practice.

4th Day-Reread and Hunt

We practice reading the poem once and then student hunt for words or letters depending on the ability of the students. Once a few students practice chorally reading, the students can circle or highlight words I ask for them to find in their personal journals. I usually only let them hunt the words I ask for because they will sometimes circle all words, and I really want to focus the learning.

5th Day-Illustrate/Color

We reread the poem in their journals as they all point to the words in journals. We hunt for special words and/or letters then the students can color and illustrate their poem. Once finished, students reread other poems or count words/ letters as they wait for their friends to finish.

Check out this short, informative video on how I use these poems! So much fun and rewarding to watch the students grow as readers of poetry!

Must Have Poetry Resource

Free LOVE Poem

Best Videos for Math Skills


 9 Best Math Videos

I love to use videos to practice and teach skills! 
Here are the best videos I use for Math.
1. Practice writing numbers in air. Digits 0-9 so you can write any number once you learn the pattern. 
2. I use this at the beginning of the year to practice counting to 20 with the number! It is also a fun way to get some movement.
3. Students love to move and exercise to count to 100.
4. Count to 100 in a simple, fun song. Learners love the simple song.
5. Number sense practice! A must for understanding the number sense. This makes it so easy to understand.
6. Explains the idea of teen numbers! So important for introduction of teen numbers.
7. Fun 3 D shapes! Catchy tune!
8. 2D practice song!
9. Fast song but fun to teach all the shapes. 
Great ideas for other math skills.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Dice Fun CFTC Guest Post

Check out my guest post at Conversations From The Classroom all about using dice to make learning fun. Teaching Math with Dice.