Hello there! I could not be more excited to write this blog post! I am a huge proponent of math workshop in elementary classrooms. Seven years ago, I switched from a more traditional math block to a math workshop approach and I never looked back. My students were so much more engaged and I could … Continue reading Get started with some math freebies!
I love to read The Kissing Hand during the first week of school. It is such a heart-warming story and my students always love it! After reading the story, we make our own kissing hands to hang in the classroom. Students trace their hands on a piece of paper and cut out a heart. Finally, … Continue reading The Kissing Hand Craft
When I first thought about writing poetry with my young learners, I was overwhelmed and it seemed like a huge challenge. To be honest, I kind of dreaded it my first year of teaching. However, when I started teaching poetry, my students LOVED it and it quickly became my favorite writing unit of the school … Continue reading Poetry Writing for Lower Elementary
Last year, I posted a photo on Instagram of some of the documents that I was prepping for Open House and Back to School. Several people requested a blog post about what I send home with parents at the beginning of the year and here it is!! These documents have been a work in progress … Continue reading Back to School: Inform Parents without Overwhelming them!
One of my favorite things about teaching first grade is read alouds and reader response activities. My students are always so engaged in the picture books and chapter books that we read in class. They are so naturally motivated to complete book companion activities that correspond with their favorite books and I have to say … Continue reading Giraffes Can’t Dance in the Classroom
As a first grade teacher, one of the staples in my classroom is our word wall. For the first few years of my teaching career, my word wall was the bane of my existence. I tried all sorts of different methods of using the word wall and they ALL fell short until I developed my … Continue reading My Interactive Word Wall
Hello, friend! Thank you for checking out my new blog! As of July 1, 2017, I am changing my name from Firstie Favorites to Teach from the Soul to incorporate more resources than simply first grade! Although, first grade is still my favorite! My mission is also to focus on self-care for teachers. Read more … Continue reading Teach from the Soul Celebration!
If you haven't already seen the short film, Alike, directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez, you need to check it out! It is only about 8 minutes long and there is on scene that really hit home for me as a first grade teacher. View the video on YouTube by clicking this link. … Continue reading A Moment of Reflection
As I sit here tonight and write my first post for my new blog, I can't help but reflect on how my perspective on life has changed over the last five years. When I left the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!), I was prepared to teach "reading, writing, and arithmetic." I had no idea how … Continue reading Kindness in the Classroom