Should Kinders use shoelaces? (123 out of 365) #blogaday

Do you know how many shoelaces I have tied since my student teaching? It is ridiculous 😮 I don’t remember having laces until second grade, maybe first grade – BUT I think I didn’t get them until I knew how to tie them. I watched my sister with her laces and she helped me learn. I think the very young children, like Kindergarteners, should have Velcro. They play with the laces as well, so even after I tie them again, they have come undone pretty quickly. I know Velcro makes a loud noise and kids play with that as well, but at least I wouldn’t have a line of children needing laces tied before recess ha.


Fun with fingerprints (122 out of 365) #blogaday

This is a very fun way to count and incorporate art into math! Learning should be exciting for children, and these activities of building bugs or flowers with finger-painting seems like a great way to do that 🙂 fingerpainting math




Animals and adulthood (121 out of 365) #blogaday

Today, I decided to take the family dog to the vet because he wasn’t acting normal. After talking to the doctors and then my parents, I realized that this was my first “real” adult issue. Having to figure out if the money was worth it or if the dog was sick enough to do recommended procedures. It was interesting to be placed in that situation, when the dog just has discomfort and stomach upset, and to see my reaction – I started thinking about what I would do if he was deathly ill. It showed me more about being an adult and how to handle tough circumstances. Everything I have gone through in grad school is useful for me to better understand what might occur when I have a job and am more independent from my parents.


Journeying with the jaguar (120 out of 365) #blogaday

Made it to 120 days of straight blogging!

I am very interested in having a safari theme in my future classroom 🙂 and this blog will be fun to show ancestral animals from safari! I liked this post because it is about the jaguar’s predecessor, which is interesting to me.


Unless you know your big cats particularly well, it can be difficult to separate the leopard (Panthera pardus) and the jaguar (Panthera onca). Both are large, lithe animals with black rosettes on a yellowish background coat. Put them beside each other and it can be difficult to say which is which. In the wild it’s much easier- the leopard is only found in the old world, and the jaguar in the new world (particularly South America). There are some other subtle clues: the jaguar tends to have rosettes with central spots, while the leopard does not. The jaguar is a more powerful cat than the leopard, known to hunt capybara and kill them by penetrating the skull with their canine teeth. Perhaps paradoxically there have been only a handful of recorded fatal encounters between humans and jaguars in all of recorded history, while the leopard is…

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Underestimating my unique situation (119 out of 365) #blogaday

After my day of relaxing and reflecting yesterday with my parents, I had a pretty successful and calm day full-time teaching. I was upset at first by my situation of needing more practice in the Fall term, but I think it is settling in as a good thing. It will be more difficult once jobs that I have applied to respond, and I have to let them know what is going on – BUT for right now, I can see the benefits of not having as much pressure on being ready to teach by the end of this term. I think most of my stress was from feeling overwhelmed because I was struggling and didn’t believe that the end of the term would finish smoothly. I am happy to just coast with my teaching for the rest of this term, and feel more successful with the little things. My CT told me today that she can tell I have de-stressed and the classroom environment is calmer. This should make the necessary difference for my teaching career. acceptance post


Empowering poetry (118 out of 365) #blogaday

Sounds like a great book! I love “The Tiger” 🙂 poetry is a great thing to incorporate into the classroom, and I definitely want to try and do this. There are so many books of poetry, so it will be difficult to pick and choose which ones – BUT it is good to see what’s out there!

The Picture Book Review

Beastly Verse is a mischievously beautiful work of art.  This book of 16 poems is simultaneously gorgeous, thrilling, and very funny. It presents a wide range of delightful poetry from the very familiar “The Tiger” by William Blake and “The Crocodile” by Lewis Carroll to poems that I’m thrilled to be introduced to such as “Eletelephony” by Laura E. Richards and “The Friendly Hen” by Arthur Waugh.

This book should certainly be hailed and celebrated for its incredible design and artwork — as far as books of poetry go there’s nothing I’ve found to rival this book. The use of colors and layout are nothing but perfect. The illustrations match, reflect, and elevate poems you didn’t really think could be added to — and yet here it is.

What is so striking about this book is how appealing Yoon has made poetry to some of the world’s newest members.  The vast majority of…

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Trucking on through (116 out of 365) #blogaday

Welcome to week 6 of an eleven week quarter!

It can be difficult not to burn out during a term when you are teaching every day, for almost all of the day. I can definitely feel myself fading – heck, I was fading a few weeks in 😮 BUT the teaching is a great experience, and I’m learning a lot about myself from this term. Even though it is hard to get the motivation going, especially after a fun family weekend (like I just had), the days will keep moving along and there will be more practiced for teaching. I’ll be much stronger after this term, and we should all be ready to teach in our own classrooms! Keep on trucking through weeks 6 – 11.


Successful science (115 out of 365) #blogaday

Science is very fun! Experiments allow children to learn about how things work 🙂

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imagesAs you can tell from the title for this post – we had an excellent time doing science work this past week.  Fun, huh?  We worked on animal projects AND took a field trip to hike and learn more about animals.  It has been another great week in first grade.  Check out more about what we did this week in the post below.  Thanks for visiting.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Robinson Field Day
  • Science – Animals
  • Field Trip!
  • A Smile for You

Conversation Starters:

  • Your class went to the World Bird Sanctuary on your field trip.  Tell me about the four animals you saw during the presentation.
  • Your class ALSO hiked at Powder Valley.  What was your favorite part of your hike?  Did you see any animals?

UnknownRobinson Field Day:  Calling all parents! Field Day is coming and we need your help! We are looking for about 26 parents to help…

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