Must-Have Teacher Tools

  • Kindergarten Readiness

    Get Ready for Kindergarten: How to Help Your Child

      One of the questions I am asked most often is, “What can I do to help my child get ready for kindergarten?”  You may not realize it, but you have been preparing your child since he or she was a baby.  Reading and singing, playing games, and teaching your child to use words to […]

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  • Setting Up a Writing Center of your Dreams

    Thinking of Setting Up a Writing Center? Two years ago, I created a dedicated Writing Center.  I wish I had done it sooner because it has ignited a spark in even my most reluctant writers.   If you are considering setting up a writing center in your kindergarten or first grade classroom, this post is for […]

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  • Virtual Kindergarten Assessments

    Virtual Kindergarten Assessments

    Have you thought about or maybe already attempted administering Virtual Kindergarten Assessments?  As a kindergarten teacher who struggled with assessing during the Spring of 2020, I knew something needed to change.  What I found was that many of my students struggled with online assessments.  Overall, my kids had a lot of difficulty staying on the […]

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  • Digital Calendar Math for Kindergarten

    Calendar time is such an important part of the Kindergarten and First Grade day.  It is SO much more than simply adding a date to the grid.  Instead, it is when so many meaningful math connections take place.  I created my Digital Calendar Math and Morning Message BUNDLE  during remote learning and saw enormous success […]

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  • 7 Secrets for Teaching Writing in Kindergarten

    7 Secrets for Teaching Writing in Kindergarten When I started in kindergarten back in 2006, teaching writing was by far the most challenging part for me.  There wasn’t a manual or many resources available.  I didn’t have a specific curriculum that mapped everything out.  This led me to do extensive research on best practices for […]

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  • Creating a Portable Word Wall in Kindergarten

    Kindergarten Portable Word Wall

    Create a Portable Word Wall that’s Perfect for Kindergarten If you are on Pinterest these days, you most likely have come across ideas for portable word walls.  I started using one last year with  alphabetized words, and I really loved the idea of it.  The kids enjoyed using it, and it got them excited about […]

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