Interactive Read Aloud: My Mouth is a Volcano

Do you know this book, My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook?  It's a great book to read at the beginning of the year, especially if you have some kids with active volcanoes.  😉


Everything You Need to Know About Interactive Read Alouds

Read Alouds are one of the single, most important activities you can do to support a child’s learning.  I have gathered all of my interactive read aloud blog posts in one place.  Learn why you should do them, how to do them, how to plan, different ways to prepare and more!  

Interactive Read Aloud: Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes may just be the greatest back to school book of all time.  Ask any primary elementary school teacher and they'll probably tell you it's in their top 5!  It is definitely one of my favorites and for that reason, I have just created an Interactive Read Aloud to go along with it.  Keep reading to find out what all is included in this resource.


My Summer To Do & Bucket Lists

Hello Summer!  It is the first Sunday of Summer Break, arguably, the best day of summer break because you don't have to set an alarm clock for Monday.  I don't know about you, but I'm all about making to do lists and I make several big ones for the summer.  Keep reading to see what I have on all of my lists and how you can get some fun to do and bucket lists that you can use!


Senior Walk: An End of the Year Tradition

Did you see this article floating around about a senior walk that was started in Texas? Well, I did, and I LOVED the idea so I shared it with my principal who shared it with other principals who decided we needed to start it in our district too.  And so began the annual Senior Walk!


How to Do Interactive Read Alouds

You know I love Interactive Read Alouds, right?!  They're one of my favorite activities to do in the classroom because of the conversations we have and ALL of the skills my students are practicing.  Check out this blog post HERE to read all of the reasons why you need to be doing them.  Anyway, I wanted to write a post about HOW to do them.  I want to back up and give you the basics of what an Interactive Read Aloud looks like and some tips to make them successful.  Keep reading to learn more about my favorite, essential activity in any classroom.  


Interactive Read Aloud: Last Day Blues

Do you know Julie Danneberg's beginning of school year book, First Day Jitters?  It's probably one of your favorites, I know it's mine.  Well, did you know she's got a just as adorable end of the year book too?  I know, right?!?!  It's called Last Day Blues and it is just about the cutest end of year book there is.  I have created an Interactive Read Aloud for that book and I am so excited about it!


Teacher Appreciation Sale-3 Things You Need to Know & a FREEBIE!

It's that time of year again! It's time for the TpT Teacher Appreciation Sitewide Sale.
Click on this image to be taken to my store.

My store will be on sale which means you can get up to 28% off EVERYTHING.  Don't forget the code: THANKYOU17.


New Blog Design & GIVEAWAY

Hello there fabulous readers,

The Best Headphones for Your Classroom

Headphones are an essential tool in my classroom.  With the amount of time my students use the iPads for various reasons, our headphones get a ton of use.  While my students bring them as part of their school supply list for technology class, I like to have some good ones to use just in my classroom.  I have gone through many, many pairs of headphones and I have FINALLY found the best ones for your classroom.  Keep reading to find out more.


3 Ways to Prepare for an Interactive Read Aloud

By now, you're probably noticing that I've got quite the Interactive Read Aloud blog series going.  I'm showing you how I plan and prepare for Interactive Read Alouds.  I believe they are one of the most important things we can do in our classroom and I want to make it easy for you to do them too.  Read on for 3 ways that I have used to prepare for an Interactive Read Aloud.


5 Tips to Get Writer's Workshop Up & Running

Writer's Workshop is one of my favorite things to teach my first graders.  5 years ago, I would have never said that.  But after traveling to NYC to go to Teacher's College, Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University with Lucy Calkins, I now love it just as much as reading.  Here are some tips to help you get started and love it too!


How to Plan an Interactive Read Aloud in 5 Easy Steps

Interactive Read Alouds are one of my favorite things to do in the classroom, as you may know. 😉  I love doing them with my class, but they can be a pain to prepare for.  Read on for 5 easy steps for preparing an Interactive Read Aloud.


Compliment Circles: Creating a Kind & Respectful Classroom

Compliment circles are one of our favorite activities and probably one of the most important things I do in my first grade classroom.  They teach my students how to give and receive compliments as well as create a classroom of respect and kindness.  Keep reading to see how you can transform your classroom into a compliment giving, respectful and kind classroom.

A compliment circle is something that I do in my classroom every couple of weeks.  I'd love to do it weekly, and that's my goal, but you know how it can be, it just doesn't happen.
So, I'm sure you're wondering what is is and how to do it.  

2017: Make It Your Best Year Ever Challenge

Goodbye 2016, hello 2017.  A lot of people, especially on social media, are saying that 2016 was an awful year that ended with the Mariah Carey debacle at the NYE celebration.  While I was not awake to witness the awkwardness, I have to say that November 2016, was definitely one of my best months ever!  The CUBS finally won the World Series and my second son was born!  But, if you're someone who feels it wasn't great, read on to find out how to make 2017 a great year!

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