Poetry in Kindergarten

I just finished up a poetry unit in reading workshop with my kindergartners.  I have to admit, I was nervous to teach poetry in kindergarten for several years, and actually avoided it all together.  I justified it by saying that we worked with nursery rhymes, and that was sufficient.  Last year I took the plunge, […]

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A Change of Scenery

So recently I posted about changing around my dramatic play area and opening a grocery store in the classroom.  This, in itself, was exciting.  However, there is an equally exciting side story.  In order to create the grocery store, I had to move a lot of furniture and “re-purpose” it.  So my clothing storage shelf […]

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Inspiration Page

I have attended quite a few professional development conferences and lectures recently where the subject of idea generation has come up with regard to young writers.  I know in upper elementary it is quite common to have idea lists, and this is the suggestion that I usually receive.  However, with kids that are JUST learning […]

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Letter Sorts Made Easy

Again and again I am reminded how valuable letter sorts can be.  My school’s literacy coach uses them frequently with struggling readers, and I see reading intervention coaches in all of our buildings with those beautiful walls of organized magnetic letters, using them to help students build fluency. The thing is, I can’t organize my […]

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