This is a great activity to do during the first week of school! Create a whole class bar graph of how your students get to school each day. This activity pairs nicely with the picture book, How Will I Get to School This Year? by Jerry Pallotta. In this story, your students will love reading about all the funny ways they could possibly get to school. If you have never read any of Jerry's ... Read More about Graphing How Students Get to School: A Fun Back to School Math Activity!
How I Celebrate Birthdays in the Classroom…and It Doesn’t Cost Me a Penny!
My favorite way to celebrate birthdays is to have my students pick out a brand new book from my treasure box. I love passing on a joy of reading to my students. After they pick out their book, I sign the inside with a birthday message from me. The best part about this is that I get the books for free with my Scholastic Book Clubs teacher points. It's a win-win for everybody! You can get a treasure ... Read More about How I Celebrate Birthdays in the Classroom…and It Doesn’t Cost Me a Penny!
FREE Back to School Editable Supply List
This editable supply list for your students is perfect for back to school time! I send this to my students along with my welcome letter. Click on the button below to download this FREE Back to School Editable Supply List! When I mail the supply list to my students, I also include this cute welcome letter from the Fun in First blog. In this welcome letter, you insert a QR code and then ... Read More about FREE Back to School Editable Supply List
The Benefits of Having an Air Purifier in the Classroom
Rewind to 2019 before the coronavirus. Every year for the past 5 years during teaching I have had a bad cough which lasted for weeks on end. I tried many things from flu shots to vitamins and nothing seemed to help. During the 2019-2020 school year, I borrowed an air purifier from my in-laws to see if this would help. I placed it in the classroom, and it immediately starting ... Read More about The Benefits of Having an Air Purifier in the Classroom
You May Want to Reconsider Sending Your Child to Kindergarten at Age 5: A Teacher Mom’s Perspective
Your child is turning 5, and you are eager to send him/her to kindergarten! Even better yet, your child's age falls within the required cutoff date. But is your child ready for the rigor that encompasses most kindergarten classrooms across America? In my own personal experiences, delaying kindergarten until your child is ready can prove to have very positive effects. My brother Phil was the ... Read More about You May Want to Reconsider Sending Your Child to Kindergarten at Age 5: A Teacher Mom’s Perspective
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