Zoey and Sassafras Connecting Science and Literacy

Recently I received an e-mail with an opportunity to work with a company called Innovation Press.  They send me a few books to create some resources for and each time, I have been absolutely in love with the teaching opportunities that these books open up! Note:This post contains affiliate links. As a part of the [...]

Have you heard of TPT for schools?

Teachers, I want to make sure you know about TpT for Schools! Educators like you already turn to TpT to get resources to meet the needs of all types of learners — and now your school can support you in purchasing these resources! TpT for Schools is an easy, centralized way for your administrator to [...]

Books For Your Apple Thematic Unit

In September here in Connecticut, everything is APPLES APPLES APPLES! I try to use this beginning of the year opportunity to engage my students in all sort of curricular activities related to themes they know a lot about already.  One of the things that I've really focused on in the past is having access to [...]

5 Favorite Math Manipulatives for First Grade

Teaching math was something I never dreamed I would find fun. In fact, it was the one subject I felt worried about teaching my first year, and quickly became a personal professional goal of mine. As I became aware of more and more math manipulatives, and saw how they empowered my students and unlocked those [...]

Favorite Back to School Read Aloud Books

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. This post may contains affiliate links. This is at no charge to you. As back to school time creeps nearer, it's time to [...]

Tips for Tutoring

  Whether you've been teaching for years, or haven't landed your first full time gig yet, tutoring can pose some unique challenges which are much different than being in a classroom setting. I've taught third grade, first grade, worked as a teaching assistant and substitute, and still I sometimes get a little nervous before tutoring. [...]

Reasons to Love Write the Room Practice

Write the room activities (and write and solve the room activities) are among my favorite center activities for my students. In my classroom, write the room activities consist of task cards hung around the room with pictures on them. Students go on sort of a scavenger hunt around the room to find the cards that [...]