3 Quick How-To Writing Ideas for Young Writers

“But, Mrs. Waters…YOU’RE the teacher! I’m just a little old 6-year-old!” This is my all-time favorite reaction from a student when I told her it was her turn to teach the class. We were at the very beginning of our how-to writing unit, and I had totally bombed the first…

The Sight Word Hub I Made For My Classroom (And Why It’s Never Leaving)

It all started when I unearthed the plastic set of drawers from our basement. A quick clearing of cobwebs, a brief dusting, and dishwasher run for the drawers, and my sight word station was as good as new. Hello, old friend! A quick back story first, though.  This year, I…

2 Foolproof 100th Day of School Activities for Virtual Learning

100th Day of School Activities, But Make It 2021 There’s something about the 100th Day of School that makes me giddy. It might be the fun 100th day activities or the milestone it marks as we are at the halfway point of the year, or it might be the excuse…

Introducing New Sight Words [Sight Word Lesson Play Day 1]

Introducing New Sight Words [Sight Word Lesson Plan Day 1] Being a self-professed wordsmith, it was a little hard to get into the idea of sight words my first year of teaching. Fresh out of college in my first year teaching, I was all about the love of reading–if I…

How to Start Teaching Sight Words

Teaching Sight Words: Where to Start It’s no secret that teaching sight words is one of the most crucial skills you can equip students with as they learn in your classroom. It’s also no secret that teaching sight words will look very different based on what curriculum you use, where…

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…

The Perfect (& Free!) Way to Make New Year’s Resolutions in Your Classroom

New year, new you! Goal-setting is an exciting concept to discuss as we return to the classroom after a long and hopefully relaxing break. Turning over a new leaf is appealing to adults and kids alike; however, the concept of making resolutions can be rather abstract for our younger learners.…