Must Have Kindergarten Social Skills for a Successful School Year

2017-06-11T17:06:44+00:00

Social skills are important. Kids learn them by watching how people around them interact with each other. It is important to be a good role model for positive social skills. Here are some important skills and a game to practice it. Social Skill #1: Taking Turns Game: Build a tower together, each taking a turn [...]

Must Have Kindergarten Social Skills for a Successful School Year 2017-06-11T17:06:44+00:00

Teaching Inference with Diary of a Worm

2017-06-12T02:14:31+00:00

Learning to inference is an important skill to develop that will help students across the curriculum and in their lives. Inference is a "foundational skill" — a prerequisite for higher-order thinking and 21st century skills (Marzano, 2010), the good news is it can be explicitly taught. In this blog post, I will try to give [...]

Teaching Inference with Diary of a Worm 2017-06-12T02:14:31+00:00

Teaching Kids How to Color

2017-05-26T20:18:13+00:00

I think it is important to learn how to color. I remember, when I was around 6 years old I entered a coloring competition. In the 80’s they did that kind of thing… and there was always only one winner. Well, I entered and entered and even though I LOVED coloring and did it regularly, [...]

Teaching Kids How to Color 2017-05-26T20:18:13+00:00

Using the Seesaw App in the Classroom or Homeschool Setting

2017-06-12T02:07:16+00:00

When I first was introduced to seesaw, I saw it only as a digital student portfolio. Honestly, I have never seen an app where students can keep track of their best work using so many neat tools all in one place. Having students keep track of their best work is a great motivator. AND IT [...]

Using the Seesaw App in the Classroom or Homeschool Setting 2017-06-12T02:07:16+00:00

Tips for Teaching Telling Time

2017-05-16T18:59:05+00:00

Telling time is one of those life skills that we all need to learn. The world is becoming increasingly digital each day but it is still an important skill to be able to read an analog “old fashioned” clock. Analog clocks also allow students to see what time feels like, they can visually see how [...]

Tips for Teaching Telling Time 2017-05-16T18:59:05+00:00

Podcast in Your Classroom

2017-05-16T18:59:05+00:00

Yesterday's Newsletter is Today's Podcast When I was a kid we had a class newsletter and it was so much fun to write and put it together. It brought the class together and encouraged teamwork. We also learned skills that can be applied in other areas. Back then we had to type our mini article, [...]

Podcast in Your Classroom 2017-05-16T18:59:05+00:00

Getting Your Students Curious

2017-05-16T18:59:05+00:00

Getting Your Students Curious How great would it be to encourage students to take learning in their own hands outside of school. To give them the tools and opportunity for independent investigation of a question, problem, or project related to their interest. If there is one thing I am passionate about it is getting kids [...]

Getting Your Students Curious 2017-05-16T18:59:05+00:00

Martin Luther King Jr. : Activities to Celebrate MLK

2017-05-16T18:59:06+00:00

Martin Luther King Jr. Peace, Equality, Justice – Helping Children Understand Abstract Concepts Abstract concepts are important to teach to elementary students. Teaching children to be abstract thinkers that can reflect on events and ideas, and on attributes and relationships separate from concrete experiences and materials is daunting but is also a lot of fun. [...]

Martin Luther King Jr. : Activities to Celebrate MLK 2017-05-16T18:59:06+00:00

Goal Setting for Kids: New Year Resolutions for the First Week Back to School

2017-05-16T18:59:06+00:00

Goal setting is not innate. We are not born with a goal setting ability. Goal setting is a part of our executive functioning skills. These skills need to be taught and practiced often so that our students will be proficient. We all know how important goal setting is. In this article I will show you [...]

Goal Setting for Kids: New Year Resolutions for the First Week Back to School 2017-05-16T18:59:06+00:00