Professional Development

5 Tips for Teaching Problem Solving

I donโ€™t know about you guys, but teaching first grade problem solving feels like Iโ€™m basically teaching algebra. To six year olds. Problem solving is such a difficult math skill for our little learners to master! This is something we have to practice throughout the whole year. One way I like to kick-off this unit […]

FREE Math Games with Cards for Summer Fun

Are you looking for an exciting and engaging way to introduce math concepts to your Kindergarten, first grade, or second grade class? Look no further than math games with cards! Not only are these games fun and entertaining, but they also help children develop essential math skills. Number recognition, counting, and basic operations are easily […]

6 Numeracy Read Alouds That Your Class Will Enjoy

If you hang around here often, you know that I love read alouds! Not only do you get to connect with your students and model reading with fluency, you can introduce and reinforce important concepts across all subjects. This includes math! I love using math read alouds to help introduce tricky topics to my students. […]

Exciting Classroom Winter Games Activities for Kids For Literacy and Math

This year, the Winter Olympics begin on February 4th and run through February 20th. If your students are like mine have been in the past, I’m sure you’ll have lots of them watching some of the games on TV. By the end of January this year, with all the craziness going on, I’m sure a […]

8 Activities To Celebrate the 100th Day of School Virtually

No matter if you are teaching in-person or through distance learning this year, celebrating the 100th day of school is a big deal. I loved implementing a combination of fun activities and activities that integrated into math and literacy. You have a ton on your plate, so I wanted to help you come up with […]

How to Use Loom Recording for Online Teaching

Step-by-step tutorial to use Loom for online teaching. Many teachers near and far are using Zoom to meet with their students face-to-face. Even my own daughter had a meeting this week and seeing a class full of 6 and 7-year-olds get together was the cutest thing! Their excitement to see each other was so genuine! […]

How to Use Zoom for Online Teaching

Step-by-step tutorial to use Zoom for online teaching. Have you found yourself in a sea of technology overwhelm as you are trying to figure out how to deliver online teaching? Are you being asked to implement distance learning with your young students? With all that is changing so quickly, we all feel overwhelmed by how […]

What Teachers Need to Know About Subitizing {+ a Freebie}

Subitizing Free Resource

Subitizing is a big word for such a simple concept. Funny how that happens! Much like reading, students need a solid foundation in number fluency. Subitizing activities are a great way to help students do just that! As a result of not learning how to subitize, students might have difficulty with spatial reasoning, understanding addition […]

100th Day of School Activities

Be set for the 100th day of school with these 100th day of school activities! Grab the FREE resources that are perfect for kindergarten and first grade students!

The 100th day of school is a pretty big deal when you are in kindergarten and first grade! Growing up, I never remember celebrating this day in elementary school. Now, it’s totally a “thing”! For my first graders, our day was filled with making 10 sets of 10 as we counted to 100 and celebrated […]

3 Favorite Lesson Hooks

Hooks for lessons are important! Be creative with them and check out these 3 simple, free, lesson hooks!

Hooking students at the beginning of a lesson can be a make or break moment.ย ย  Itโ€™s the time that you truly create buy in for the topic you are teaching. I would do my best every day to make the hook of my lesson engaging and to truly capture the attention of every child. Here […]

9 Must Make Anchor Charts for Math

9 Must Make Anchor Charts for Math that cover everything from patterns, vocabulary, ten frames, measurement, and more! These graphic organizers are easy to recreate and students love referring to them in math. #anchorcharts #graphicorganizers

During my time in the classroom, I LOVED making math anchor charts. ย We would use them all of the time to “anchor our learning”. ย I used them as I introduced topics, as we explored topics, to record our learning, ย and we always hung them in our classroom to be referenced later. ย Because I found anchor […]

3 Activities to Makes Doubles Addition Fun {+ FREEBIE}

Doubles Addition Teaching Ideas that are great for first graders! I love the song that this teacher shared, too! Don't forget to grab the FREEBIE in the post! #firstgrade #freebie

Teaching doubles addition was always something that I enjoyed. Math always seems like the perfect opportunity to try to reach students through all different learning styles. We would do a lot of chanting, singing, game playing, and of course, the timed math fact tests. These three activities helped my students develop a strong understanding of […]

Color by Number FREEBIE

Summer color by number is a fun activity for early finishers! It keeps them busy when they finish our end of year activities and projects!

As the end of the year approaches, summer is on your mind! Students are starting to check out you are working hard to keep them engaged in learning as you focus on instruction for the last few weeks! I always found that introducing a new idea or way of practicing skills was fabulous for my […]

Get Your Journal On…Math Journals in Kindergarten

Math Journals for Kindergarten

Happy Sunday!! I hope you have been enjoying your weekend! Hubs and I have spent most of our weekend at a lamaze class. ย SO much information has been shared, but it has been great! On to more fun things…MATH JOURNALS in kindergarten! Last year I was MUCH better about journaling with my first grade friends, […]

Hands-On Activities for Measuring Weight

This week we are continuing with measurement as we explore weight.  I wanted to hop in and share our activity we did today because it was so much fun for the kiddos! Your students are sure to love these activities for measuring weight! We added to our anchor chart “weight” yesterday and read one of […]

3 Activities for Measuring Length in Kindergarten and First Grade

Well, this week we have dove deep into length, kindergarten style! We started by discussing what it means to measure, how we measure, and why we measure.  I love it when it’s so easy for my little friends to connect things.  They instantly were talking about measuring length by how tall people were or how […]

Fraction Activities

Fraction activities and fraction lesson ideas for kindergarten and first grade--love the book she used and the anchor charts she made with her class!

Teaching fractions in kindergarten can be tricky, but it also can be a blast! There are many hands-on activities that you can do. In math, it’s all about providing experiences that are concrete before moving to abstract.ย Here is a little glimpse at how we tackled fractions with fraction activities last week! Amazon affiliate links are […]

Olympic Fun!

Happy Thursday! I hope you survived the day! I thought I would pop in and show you what I have put together for the Winter Olympics fun that is JUST around the corner!! I seriously hadn’t been this excited about a product in a long while! As a matter of fact, it came together rather […]

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