It is surprising how much learning takes place when you create a Turkey Bulletin Board for your kindergarten classroom for Thanksgiving. But it does! Here's a little sneak peek at how my class did ours and a free banner to get you started. THE PLAN So when I was planning these turkeys in my head, it was my intention to use this activity to reinforce shapes that we need to learn in kindergarten by making the bodies by using triangles, circles, rectangles, squares and even ... VIEW POST
Turkey Bulletin Board and Banner
‘How To’ Introducing Morning Work Stations and a Free Resource for the Beginning of the Year
It's crazy to think that I'll hardly know my students' names, and I'll be starting Morning Work Stations, but I do! Day Two is when I break them out and get them started. I kind of feel like the sooner we start, the sooner we will be proficient and find success. The one thing I’m always asked is, ‘how do you introduce new activities.’ It would seem that by changing out stations every month, it would be quite a bit of work to have to introduce all new activities, but really it ... VIEW POST
Free Printable Spring Banner
Spring has finally sprung in Northern Michigan and to welcome it and bring some color to my hallway, I had my students create these bright, fun, and shapely bugs. While it was super simple, it also was a great way to reinforce shapes, practice scissor skills, and discuss symmetry. If you like this look, you can get the Free Printable Spring Banner to tie it all together. There's not much that you need to pull off a similar hallway of your own. Of course, Astrobrights papers are a must!!! ... VIEW POST
Astrobrights Brings Color To Your New Year Snow Friends!
January in Michigan can be downright drab and dreary. It's cold it's snowy and really really white! There's only one way to combat the lack of color, and that's by utilizing every Astorbrights® advantage that I can muster. A gang of brightly clothed snow friends seemed to be just the thing to brighten things and get the New Year off to a great start. I don't really have the benefit of a hallway bulletin board for my classroom creations. The area above my coat rack was (and still is) a wall ... VIEW POST
Egg-cellent Word Work Free Resource and Astrobrights’ Brightest Teacher Contest
I'm so incredibly happy to tell you that I am once again partnering with Astrobrights®Papers this year as a Bright Minds ambassador. Astrobrights Papers are every teacher's favorite paper source, not only because they have the most amazing quality and colorful products, but also because they simply love teachers! Once again, they are giving you an opportunity to nominate your favorite and brightest teacher for a dream classroom makeover valued at $5000!!! DO YOU KNOW THE NEXT BRIGHTEST ... VIEW POST
Give Your Year A Bright Start — with Astrobrights’ Colorize Your Classroom Contest!
It's always amazing to me how each year I can spend oodles and oodles of time and energy in my classroom for weeks before the start of school, and still, it never feels like I'm ready. This year is no different. While I've been working away, I'm not quite ready to show you my completed room, but I did want to share with you how I've been incorporating my favorite Astrobrights papers into some of my Back To School projects including a freebie. The best part though . . . is that I'll also be ... VIEW POST