Tips for Using a Sound Wall in Kindergarten, Early Elementary Grades

Tips for Using a Sound Wall in Kindergarten

In my last post I shared tips on setting up a sound wall in your kindergarten or early elementary classroom. Now, it’s time to talk about ideas for using your sound wall. A sound wall is a valuable teaching tool that helps students connect speech to print and build the phoneme-grapheme correspondence needed for decoding […]

How to Set Up a Sound Wall in Kindergarten, Early Elementary

How to set up a sound wall in classroom vowel valley consonants

If you are a kindergarten or early elementary teacher and have been considering using a sound wall in your classroom but are not sure if it will work or how and where to set it up, this post will offer some helpful suggestions and options as well as some useful resources. What is a sound […]

Christmas Student Gift Ideas & Gift Tags

Reindeer student gift bag & Christmas student gift tag

We are planning ahead to Christmas (it will be here before you know it!) figuring out the theme for our big Christmas pageant we put on for parents, planning the Christmas party, and deciding on Christmas gifts for the students.  I’m usually asked to create the gift tags for the student gifts we choose (and […]

Science & STEM Ideas for the Entire Year

science & STEM ideas for the year

I love incorporating science experiments and STEM challenges into my lessons!  They are so engaging and meaningful for my students and thus create a love and excitement for learning.  In addition, my students’ are applying problem-solving and critical thinking skills as well as math and literacy skills as they observe, record, reflect, and write about […]

Christmas Science Experiments & STEM Challenges

Christmas science experiments

Keeping young students’ attention the weeks/days preceding Christmas can be a challenge which is why I like to incorporate engaging, hands-on science activities that grab students’ interest and keep them focused on learning. In this post I am sharing my favorite Christmas science experiments and activities. They are easy to set up and require simple […]

Hibernation Activities, Craft, Games, Songs, & Books

It is snowing & cold here today which is making us want to stay in and hibernate so I thought I would post some favorite hibernation classroom activities, games, books, songs, and crafts. Pajama Day A great way to culminate your unit on hibernation is to have a Pajama Day!  Children (and teachers) wear their […]