Favorite Fall Lessons and Resources


Through September, we teach main idea and details.  We pull in the fall theme to our lessons.  We've got apples and pumpkin goodies here, so scroll along to see several mini lesson ideas and grab some free resources you can use for a fall theme in your own classroom!

Back to School Character Building Lessons

We're sharing our favorite, must do lessons for the beginning of the year!  Through these lessons, we encourage our kiddos to be kind to each other and build a caring classroom community.

Simple Start: Morning Work Routine


Morning Work is something that I have revamped (a lot!) over the years.  I have tried what seems like everything.  

I have found that Morning Work needs to be:
 1.  something students can do on their own  
2.  something that is not for a grade  
3.  something that is not new (curriculum wise)   
4.  something that you don't have to spend time planning for each week

This is where Simple Start comes in.  Simple Start is a routine used throughout the week that gives students a chance to start their day in a simple and positive way.

Pen Pals Through the Year

Being a Teacher Parent | A Few Quick Tips!

Habits of a Good Reader: A Mini Unit


Our favorite mini unit is Habits of Good Readers!  We do these lessons the first week of school and it's our chance to build a love and respect of reading from the beginning of the school year!   This mini unit is the perfect springboard into Daily 5.

Mini Lessons for Introducing Writer's Workshop


Here are 5 mini lessons we like to teach during our Writer's Workshop Introduction to help our kiddos build good writing habits.  Read on to grab some ideas and FREE resources you can use in your classroom as you introduce Writer's Workshop!

Handy Helper Folder | A Writing Workshop Tool


The Handy Helper Folder is a very useful tool in our classrooms for independent work times. It's one of our most favorite classroom tools!

Hi Buddies! We are glad you're here!




Hi Buddies!  We are glad you're here!

Tutoring Tips: Primary Tutoring Simplified

Planning to tutor over the summer?  Here are tips for quick and easy planning!

Student Led Conferences in the Primary Grades


Student Led Conferences in the Primary Grades!

Hi there!  Would you love to simplify one BIG end of year task?  Come find out about our version of student led conferences used at the end of the year.  In our FREE webinar, Student Led Conferences in the Primary Grades, we'll walk you through the preparation and planning so you're able to implement these conferences in your own classroom!

Our Student Led Conferences = LESS Work and BIGGER Impact!


Interactive Reading in the Primary Grades


Free Webinar!  Free Reading Tools

shapes {ideas + activities}




If you're teaching shapes now, or teaching shapes later, we hope you can use a few of these ideas and activities!  

100th Day of School Fun!


To celebrate the 100th Day of School, we set up math centers using the number 100!  In this post, we're sharing our favorite centers we've gathered through the years and giving you the resources to create them for your own classroom!