Hi! Today I would like to talk to you about rhymes . Rhyming is SUCH an important skill to master, especially for our primary students. But, do you know why  rhyming is so crucial to teach and practice in kindergarten? Read on to find out what it is that makes rhyming such a key aspect of phonemic awareness, as well as five ways that you can starting teaching and practicing rhyming with your students as early as tomorrow! We all know that rhyming is fun. When we give children permission to play with words and sounds, invent their own silly, rhyming nonsense words, and just have fun instead of being serious, they become more at ease with the language and more willing to take risks. Isn't that what we want most for our second-language students? ...
Do you run math centres in your classroom? I do! However, they look VERY different from my literacy centres , so I thought I would pop in today and share what I do. The main reason that my math centres are so different from my literacy centres is because of one simple thing... TIME! I only get an hour of math time a day, and it always ends up being cut short because of music or gym. I teach math via a workshop model, so by the time we warm up, learn our new concept, do our hands-on activity with our partners, do our independent work, and then regroup and share, there are usually only 10-15 minutes left in our block. We simply don't have time to do math centres in the same way that I do literacy centres! So, what do I do to make sure my students have lots of opportunity for independent, hands-on learning and exploring? Read on to find out! ...
Hi guys! Can you believe that today is April 9th? And next weekend is EASTER already?? Easter has always been one of my favourite holidays (yeah... I have a bit of a sweet tooth haha), and now that I am a teacher, the love has not stopped. There are so many fun activities that you can do in the classroom to celebrate Easter! I have put together just a few of the things I do with my kinders each year in this blog post. All of the following activities have been tried and tested by me (and my students, of course!) and work great in kindergarten. First of all, let's talk about... CENTRES You guys know that I loooove seasonal centres! What better way to keep students engaged and excited about practicing the same skills over and over? Here are a few centres that we have in our current rotation. Just click on any of the pictures or links to see where you can get them! 1. EEK! Lapin de Pâques My students love EEK! In this version, they have to collect as many letters ...
Hi! I am popping in today to share something exciting with you! If you are currently a newsletter subscriber , you may have already gotten and/or will be getting an email about this, so if this is old news for you, bear with me for today. We will return to our regular scheduled programming next week ;) So a couple of weeks ago, just before spring break, I ended up having one of those  mornings. You know the ones. I overslept, wasn't ready on time, my dog REFUSED to pee, and it had surprise-snowed the night before and I didn't realize I needed to scrape my car until it was already past time to go. I'm also 21 weeks pregnant right now, and while I used to always have all my photocopies done and nicely laid out and ready to go the night before each day... that is just not my reality right now. #reallife So not only was I not ready for the day, neither was my classroom! Routine is a huge part of our day, however, so even when I am not 100% prepped for the day, it is...