The Secret to Calm Mornings in the Classroom

Real talk: mornings are one of the hardest times in the classroom. Attendance. Lunch orders. Unpacking. Small talk. Notes from home. Announcements. Morning meetings. Morning work. And let’s not forget about the time spent prior to students’ arrival; early mornings in your classroom can make you feel like you are…

Our Furry Reading Friends

  How do you encourage your students to practice reading aloud without feeling silly, getting off-task, or feeling shy? Perhaps one of my favorite additions ever to the classroom, is the solution to this everlasting problem. Beanie Babies. Yes, those ridiculously overpriced, lovable plush animals have brought such a ray…

How to Make a Wooden ABC Sign

We’ve all been there. Scrolling through Pinterest, a cute, “easy” project catches our eye, and suddenly, we are off on the DIY train, guns blazing. What we DON’T know is that this point is like the calm before the storm–a moment of pure bliss, as we make a mental list…

Letter Larry

Writing letters is a huge staple in our first grade classroom, not to mention one of the most FUN activities we do! This year, I have really focused on upping the fun factor in my classroom–not to say it hasn’t ALWAYS been fun ;). I am really into creating songs…