Friday, November 16, 2012

Kinder Small Group Challenge

In starting small group reading instruction, like most teachers I have chosen for my small groups the struggling, the wiggly, the I need to go potty-I'm hungry-I need a drink-my mom got a new pair of shoes-when do we go home kiddos!  With that challenging group, what ways, tricks, tips, or new ideas and strategies have you found that help refocus these wonderful kiddos to make smart choices and listen and learn?!   I love that momma got a new pair of shoes, but what I really want to know is have you learned our target goal of "A says a"!!! 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A new school year has started and I'm an official SUB for both AM and PM Kinders.  I LOVE MY JOB and am hopeful of getting hired on finally!  With that said, I started the school year in full teacher mode.  My kiddos (notice I said my . . . getting a little (a LOT) attached) are great.  Their bright smiling faces brighten each day.  One kiddo is not so happy.  A lot going on at home that gets brought to school in the manner of defiance.  This has been my most challenging moment as a teacher.  How to handle the defiant child.  You say yes . . . she says no.  You say blue . . . she says blue is a stupid color.  HELP!!!  I'm about down to the bottom of my bag of tricks.  Still have some major ones to try, but am hopeful that with a LOT of patience, love, and understanding, she will become my best and most wonderful student.  Any tricks or tips are GREATLY appreciated as I journey down this road with her in making each day the BEST it can BE!!!! 
Thursday, March 22, 2012


What programs do you use for Phonics in the primary grades???  We seem to always reinvent the wheel and with RtI we seem to constantly seek new resources to help our kiddos learn! 
Thursday, March 1, 2012

There are more ways than one!

In working with letters and letter sounds for our Kinders . . . there are more ways than one to work on ABC's!  We've done cute matching letter cards (which can be found on my TPT site!), writing letters in paint baggies (crayola washable paint in SEALED ziploc bags) for texture writing, mini books courtesy of DJ Inkers, foam bath tub letters . . . you name it we've exhausted it!  Any other ideas out there??!!  We're wracking our brains to continue to reinforce these letter names/sounds!