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The Toothpaste Lesson

One of my favorite activities to do with my students is "The Toothpaste Lesson." As early as preschool, most students are exposed to the phrase, "If you don't have anything nice to say, than don't say anything at all." I think it's great that they learn this, but what is even better is when they learn and understand "the why" behind the phrase.

Letter B and Letter D Reversal Posters

There are so many wonderful anchor charts out there on Pinterest for ideas to help with letter reversals. We have been working on visual discrimination when reading lowercase letter b and letter d. Once I introduced my kindergartener to the "b is for belly and d is for diaper" picture it has stuck! In fact, when we were reading our CVC words today, he smirked as soon as he came to a "d" word....I know he was thinking about that stinky diaper. :) This is the picture that I found on Pinterest to introduce the idea....it didn't have a photo credit, but thank you to the genius that came up with this!

I decided I wanted posters of this great visual cue to display, so I created these (FREE) posters. Scroll down to see the half-page and full-page formats, both with the letters colored in and without.

Friendly Bat Directed Drawing

Meet Frank! He's my Friendly Bat. We had so much fun drawing our bats today, that I wanted to share it with you. This Directed Drawing is perfect for October, or as an addition to a unit on bats. Here are the steps I used to direct the drawing of the bat:

Handwriting Practice: Letters and Numbers

Kindergarten is off to a great start and we have been doing lots of handwriting practice this week! We are working primarily on lowercase letter formation and numbers to 20.

An Apple (Candle) for the Teacher

I wanted to share some cute apple tags that I made for my kids' teachers this year. I thought it would be fun to put a twist on an "apple for the teacher," so I snagged up some large, three-wick, apple scented candles from Bath and Body Works.

Flip Sticks!

Flip Sticks are an awesome tool for calling on students at random! The idea of using name sticks is nothing new. In fact, this classroom management strategy has been around for a long time. Unfortunately, for my students, what I didn't learn until a few years into teaching, was how to keep track of which students had already been called on. I would pick a stick and set that stick aside, but when the "question session" was over, I would just put all the sticks back in the cup. So, the next time I used the sticks, I probably was picking the same students and not even realizing it. Yikes! How frustrated (or relieved) some of my students must have felt. Luckily, the solution to this problem is simple, the trick is to FLIP THE STICK!!!

So meet Flip Sticks!


I am so excited to share this FUN and MOTIVATIONAL classroom incentive board...PUNCH IT!  This board is super easy to make, only requiring a few tools. How it works is students earn letters (one letter at a time) on the whiteboard every time the class is working well as a whole. For example, if the class is working cooperative in groups, you would compliment them and write the letter "P" on the board. The next time you catch the class doing something great you would write the letter "U" on the board. Once the class has earned all of the letters, plus the exclamation mark (PUNCH IT!), they get to punch out one of the cups.

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