Introducing Contractions in First Grade

Teaching language in the classroom has so many opportunities for fun learning experiences! Teaching contractions provides so many opportunities to spice up our day. I always begin the lesson on contractions by reading the book I’m and Won’t, They’re and Don’t: What’s a Contraction? By Brian P. Cleary. It is a great story chalk full of contractio... Read more

Never Forget

Do you remember where you were on September 11, 2001? I will never forget the exact moment that my Dad called me into his room to give me the news. I remember that I was blow drying my hair and getting ready for middle school, just like any other day. However, 09-11-01 was not just any other day. As I stood and watched the news with my Dad, the ... Read more

Apple Themed Activities for Toddlers

By LAURIN BRAINARD Updated Oct. 17, 2023 I am so excited to share this amazing journey of toddler learning that I have embarked on with my son! This past week we started toddler school in our home. My son is 2 1/2 and is the perfect age for working on pre-academic skills that will help prepare him for kindergarten and beyond. For our first unit... Read more

Learning Numbers to 120

Learning how to order numbers to 120 is often challenging for many of my students. To help my students learn to count to 120, I created number cards from 1-120 that students can use to create a life-sized 120 chart on the carpet. I love watching my students work together to create this 120 chart. It is the perfect math center since my students a... Read more

Long Vowel Reading Activities

Teaching long vowels is one of my favorite concepts to teach in first grade! In all honesty, it can be exhausting and challenging to teach long vowels, but there are so many fun ways to teach these concepts. It is always so rewarding to see my students master their long vowels because I know how tricky this skill can be! Long vowels are easily c... Read more