Paper Airplanes

October 30, 2014 Heather 1

I have a boy, E, in my class with Asperger’s. Having him in my class has been a good thing (I hope) for the both of us. We connect well because, in many ways, I am able to understand him in ways that others can’t. We think the same and Read More

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Chapter Books

October 19, 2014 Heather 1

My favorite part of the first chapter book of the year is opening to the first chapter, beginning to read, and being interrupted: “I can’t seeee!” I pause mid-sentence and smile, letting the bitties wait a moment, and then I turn the book to face them. Their faces when all Read More

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First Grade is…

September 14, 2014 Heather 2

A week before I started back at my new school, I learned that I would be teaching first grade instead of Kindergarten. This brought many changes to my plans, but I think that it suits me better. My last month has been jam packed with planning, organizing, creating, reading teacher Read More

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Designing: Library and Desk

June 30, 2014 Heather 1

This is my new library. Yes, it is relatively small. Over the last three moves it has downsized dramatically and has not grown due to the introduction of my Kindle. (Instead I’ve been growing my class library, though I downsized that with the move too, giving over 300 of my Read More

The Snail and the Whale

May 17, 2014 Heather 2

On Wednesday my class, along with the entire Pre-k / Kindergarten team, went to a nearby theatre to see The Snail and The Whale, a play based on the book by the same name by Julia Donaldson. The book is about a snail that, unlike all of his peers, has Read More

Kinder Crafts: Thinking Caps

May 10, 2014 Heather 0

I never considered myself a crafty person before I taught Kindergarten. Sure, I like to draw and design websites but paper crafts? No way. But after two years of anchor charts, bulletin boards, and all of the paraphernalia that comes with teaching this age range, I have added this media Read More

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Kinder Book Bins

June 10, 2013 Heather 0

I saw these plain milk crates at the crafts store and fell in love with them almost as fast as I do with most wicker storage accessories. Wicker is right up there with office supplies, I’m telling you! Once I got the idea to use them for my classroom somewow Read More