Chicka, Chicka: Alphabet, Numbers, and Coconut Science!

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We love using Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom! to integrate our beginning of the year learning as we are focused on letters and sounds, numbers and counting, and our 5 senses.  Our students LOVE the rhythm and rhyme of the story and … Continue reading

All About Me in Kindergarten: Memory Book for August

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Capture the first weeks of kindergarten with this memory book. You’ll find over 25 prompts to get your students drawing and writing! Each child will create a personal memory book that captures memories of themselves and the important skills they … Continue reading

Whole Body Listening

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I was first introduced to the concept of Whole Body Listening many years ago when I became the full inclusion teacher for our students with autism.  However it has proved to be a method that is helpful to all my kinders, … Continue reading

More Common Core: Understanding Teen Numbers

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Common core takes number practice beyond counting and identification because it allows our students to understand the value of each number, how it is made, and represented by numbers.  Ten frames and base ten blocks are an important component of the process … Continue reading

Animals 2X2: New and Improved!

Every year that I’ve been creating curriculum packets, I learn more, which is wonderful, it makes me a better teacher, but then it also compels me to go back through curriculum that I have out there and make changes.  I aspire to be as good as some of the amazing teachers out there blogging, creating, and working as teachers.

Summer has started, and I’ve dived back into some of the packets that I’ve been wanting to update.  I’ve finished the Goldfish and Worm packet… for this year at least!  I love science and so this has been at the top of my list for some time now :)

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I’ve updated the look, expanded the ‘big’ questions that you can explore with your class, and created some fact pages that you can make into a book and use as a guide as you and your students go through the units.

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Clipart generally becomes one of the biggest challenges to creating curriculum for me.  I’ve learned how to make my own drawings, scan them, and photoshop them as a supplement.  My daughter actually made most of the art for both of these packets, which as awesome.  Below is her beautiful goldfish.

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I still a beginner with photoshop, so I am sure as I continue to work with it, as with anything, I’ll get better, learn new tricks, and then find myself back in older documents, updating my work.  I tend to do best with scientific drawings, though they can be somewhat rudimentary.  I am live in a house full of artists, so I am hoping, as with blogging, I’ll get better as I go, develop a personal style that I feel comfortable with, and learn all the tools I need to make work I am proud of and that other teachers enjoy.

worm clipart sampleCan you tell who drew the picture of the adult worm and who drew the hatchling and cocoon?  Which was mother and which was daughter?  At least I got the job done and the science across.


The kids art, of course, is always my most favorite.


Happy learning!



x Our amazing Nurse Ellie on campus became our garden steward- planting and tending to all the gardens in our courtyard.  She made our campus so beautiful and full of life. The kinders and I walked by this sunflower every … Continue reading

Celebrate 100 Days of School!

100 days is so important to our little ones.  We count and count each day, adding ones and grouping tens, anticipating important events as the days pass, one by one.  They are developing their understanding of numbers and what they mean along the way.  100 is an exciting milestone for our students.

Over the years, I’ve collected ideas and activities to help me make this day special, but also focused on learning.  In this packet, I’ve collected a number of ideas, learning stations, math activities, and literacy activities to help me (and you) celebrate the 100th day with our class.

They are easy to use, cute and packed with learning.  Just what the teacher ordered!

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