It's offically time for the holiday season! As a former first grade teacher, I always wanted to create a bulletin board that stood out and wasn't the same old thing. I also wanted to make sure that my bulletin board had an educational writing component for my students. It can be tough creating of a bulletin board that doesn't focus around a specific holiday either. I decided to create a bunch ... Read More about Holiday Bulletin Boards
Hi everyone! I realized that I created a ton of different literacy centers that focus on beginning sounds and letters of the alphabet! I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite literacy centers that hopefully you can use in your classroom too! These centers are great for little learners- from pre-school to first grade! Alphabet Mitten Letter Mats This is an excellent way to get your ... Read More about Alphabet Literacy Centers for Kids
It's hard to believe it, but... Fall is HERE!! I just love this season- and my first graders students did too! If you are looking for some fun, fall resources for your first graders- then I got you covered! Below, I discuss 6 of my favorite fall TpT products that you and your students will just love! I have also included a FREE resource too! Be sure to check them all out this fall! Pumpkin ... Read More about Fall Activities for First Graders
Dear Teachers, I used to be just like you. I would always go to work, even when I wasn't feeling well. I never wanted to feel 'behind' on my lesson plans. I never wanted my students to miss out if their teacher was absent. I always wanted to be the best teacher I could be- and that meant showing up for the kids everyday. But then something happened. A small tickle in my throat turned into ... Read More about Teachers, Take Your Sick Days
Whether you are a brand new teacher or have been teaching for over twenty years, it can be a challenge to know which instructional strategies are the best for your students. However, there isn't just one strategy that works with every student. Each and every student is unique and has individual needs. Here are some suggestions as to the best instructional strategies and techniques to implement ... Read More about Instructional Strategies that Work
It is no surprise that my students love the power of CHOICE. When I was an ELA teacher, I decided to start book clubs with my 6th graders. I was reluctant at first but I knew that this would motivate and excite my students to read. As a result, I noticed that my students were more engaged in meaningful conversations with one another. By infusing book clubs within my classroom, I saw that my ... Read More about How to Start Book Clubs
Introducing your child to books at an early age is incredibly important. As a former first grade teacher, I had a ton books that I used in both my classroom library and as read alouds to my students. I loved to read to my students every day. Once I became a mom, I knew I wanted to have my son exposed to all of the classic kid's books. We read at least 2 or three stories every day. The love I ... Read More about Best Books That I Bought For My Toddler
If you recently found out that you landed a NEW teaching job- CONGRATS!! Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers out there! However, the first year teaching can be a challenge! My first year teaching was a WHIRLWIND but I got through it- and so can you!! Here are my top 5 tips that will make your first year as a teacher GREAT! 5. Decide on your classroom rules and ... Read More about 5 Tips for New Teachers!
You guys, I am so glad that YOU are here! Welcome to my blog. Yes, I said BLOG. I seriously cannot believe I have my very own blog. I am so excited to share with you all more of my elementary teaching ideas from my Teachers Pay Teachers store, Elementary at HEART, my crazy life as a boy mom, and what it's like being an instructional coach. Be sure to sign up so that you can receive alerts ... Read More about Welcome to my BLOG!