Testing out the teaching waters

I have been a substitute teacher for a little over two weeks now. I had my ups and downs, but am getting the hang of the management needed to have a successful day as a guest teacher! I have been in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 4th grade (a number of times with different schools), 5th grade, and 1st grade. The upper grades have been more challenging for me to keep the students from getting disruptive, but I am coming up with systems that work such as points for losing or gaining some recess, etc. I have also found that I like seeing all the varying schools and teaching styles – it is eye-opening to observe the huge differences based on where a school is or the principal’s techniques. I look forward to subbing until the end of the school year, and CAN’T WAIT til it is my turn to be the head teacher!


Coming up on the Close

Sorry I did not do a post every day like I said in July! I kept forgetting and was overwhelmed with changes at work. I am about to start my last week and a half at Kindercare – it is all happening so fast!!

Here are some pictures of what we have been up to the past unit on Water – I’ll post some of the August unit (Dinosaurs) in the next week. 


Back on track!

Hello blogging world 🙂

It’s been a while since I posted on here (January to be exact) – I have done some blogging on one of my other sites for a bit, but want to update and post some pictures from my Discovery Preschool class. I will be leaving in August to finish up my teaching license then on to substitute teaching, and hopefully, a full-time elementary job!

I have loved my experiences at Kindercare and will miss all the kiddos and my teacher friends dearly – which is why I must document my last month through postings and pictures! I’ll start doing every day blurbs on Monday 😀  I also want to steal “my week in pictures” from Craft Mummy


Kindness in kindergarten (reblog of Life is baeutiful from kindness blog)

I really enjoyed this post! Even though spelling and grammar are big pet peeves of mine, I think it is important for children to learn to be themselves in writing and have confidence before spelling is important. As they become better readers, it will be something they notice on their own.

Do you remember the name of your kindergarten teacher? I do, mine. Her name was Mrs White. And I remember thinking she must be some older relation of Walt Disney’s Snow White, because she had the same bright blue eyes, short dark hair, red lips and fair skin. I don’t remember much about what we […]



Paying the price (328 out of 365) #blogaday

I’ve realized that it can be tough to keep trundling along as a teacher (when your body is really pushing back) – this week, I’ve pushed myself to the limit. I was moving and housesitting and had a cough which became a cold and now pink eye. I made myself ill due to the lack of healthy sleep and relaxation. As someone who cares for the children, you really want to be there for them and feel bad when you can’t come in (and slightly need the money ha) BUT we work ourselves to the max most days and sometimes it comes back to bite you 😮
This post is for the 3rd – sorry was sick!


Talented Teacher Time (315 out of 365) #blogaday

This teacher is doing so much in her classroom! Way to go 🙂 I really want to strive to be THIS successful when I get my license and become an elementary teacher. I love this iPad work and shape activities as well – the students are really getting to explore the shapes and question each other with the headbands. Well done “im4students!”

im 4 students

run-turkey-timeWe did A LOT of learning on our iPads this week.  We created Keynote presentations about shapes,  we learned how to read eBooks on our iPads and discovered how to access a new app we will begin using in our classroom called eBackpack.  See?  We did a lot of good learning on our iPads!  But . . . that’s not where the learning stopped.  We also played a shape game, listened to an author read aloud to us, and continued to write our teaching books.  Continue to read below to see us in action!  Also, be sure to read about our upcoming ABC123 Night – you don’t want to miss it!  Thanks for visiting our blog!

  • Conversation Starters
  • Math Work – Shape Presentations, Games and a Snack
  • iPad Learning
  • Visiting Kirkwood Author
  • ABC123 Night!
  • REPEAT – Kirkwood Public Library:
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • This week, you heard another book that has been…

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Contemplating in Cancun (245 out of 365) #blogaday

As my vacation is coming to a close, my mind has started thinking about work and my students. I wonder what activities they have done, how their behavior has been, and what it will be like when I come back. This trip has flown by, but there was so much relaxation and fun that it will be difficult to get into the swing of teaching again. I am excited to see the kids and incorporate more fun ideas into the curriculum!


Day 1 Done! (214 out of 365) #blogaday

I can’t believe I just finished my first day teaching! It was difficult in the afternoon, because the children were antsy to go outside – I had them do Simon Says with sitting down and standing up to get some wiggles out which seemed to work! In the morning, they were helping me sing the songs and making sure I used the right marker which was cute. Having outside time for a large portion of the afternoon helps calm me down and see why I love working with kids 🙂 Hope this week brings more learning moments!simon says


First to focus on… (207 out of 365) #blogaday


I think this website was very helpful for me as a first-year teacher! It broke down a lot of the stress that many of my friends are focusing on (the decor of the room). These four things that stood out to me as what I would like to make sure is set in stone before I start – “have communication plan, classroom management readiness, masterful morning procedures, and supply management.” Creating a good environment for communicating with parents is crucial to have a successful teaching career. I am already thinking of great ways to incorporate fun activities in the mornings, and manage behavior! I haven’t thought too much about supplies yet, because I am not sure what is already in the classroom and what/if extra things are needed.

I really think the part about the questions you should be prepared to answer from parents is extremely useful! They are listed below.

  • How can parents stay up-to-date on what is going on in the classroom? Will you have a newsletter, a blog, a website or wiki, a homework book, a student planner, a behavior log?
  • If you are going to have a newsletter, how often will you send it home, and    where can parents expect to find it?
  • Will you send home graded papers on a daily basis, or in a Friday or Monday folder?
  • What is the best way for parents to contact you if they have a question or concern?
  • How can parents expect to hear from you about a child’s behavior, good or bad?  Will you call them directly, send them an email, or send a note home in their backpack?

Positivity triumphs! (186 out of 365) #blogaday

I really liked this post! It can be applied to teaching very easily – how a teacher motivates his/her students to keep trying can affect the children for the rest of their schooling (and even lives). If there is a climate in which mistakes are learning moments, students will not feel like failures when they don’t understand a concept. They will be encouraged to persevere and think about the idea until they get it! Learning from their peers will be welcomed, rather than cheating. This is an essential part of a positive learning environment!

Kindness Blog

To Build (or Break) a Child's Spirit - by Rachel Macy Stafford If you needed to lose weight, what would be most motivating?

You’ve put on some pounds. I’m not buying you any more clothes until you lose weight.


Let’s take a walk after dinner.
I’ll let you make the salad.
I love you just the way you are, exactly as you are.

If you needed to learn how to swim, what would be most motivating?

I don’t want to hear your crying. Get in the water and swim! Don’t be a baby!


I’ll be right by your side.
You can do this. If not today, we’ll try again tomorrow.
I love you just the way you are, exactly as you are.

If you needed to practice better hygiene, what would be most motivating?

What is that awful smell? It’s a wonder you have any friends.


Let’s go to the store and pick out some deodorant.
Your hair smells…

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