Blog Launch Giveaway Part 1 - Treat Bag Tags

I am SO EXCITED to share my blog with you! My blog is truly a labor of love and I cannot believe it is finally done. To celebrate, I am giving you 7 days of free giveaways! Be sure to come back each day this week for some special goodies! Halloween is just around the corner and if you are anything like me, then you are already planning fun acti... Read more

October Reflection Prompt Cards

Reflection in the classroom is an important part of learning. When we take the time to allow our students to reflect during the school day, it gives them a chance to soak in all that they learned that day. This year, I am closing each school day with a closing circle where we discuss and reflect on important topics in the lives of my students. ... Read more

Introducing Weekly Spelling Words

Memorizing spelling words is a daunting task for many of my firsties. I love to start out the week with 30 minutes of spelling word work centers. This week, my students were able to choose between six center rotations. Depending on the complexity of the center, some students may stay in the same center for the entire 30 minutes, while other stud... Read more

Incorporating Halloween Fun into Literacy Activities

Every time the season changes I rush out to Target to grab a few packs of mini erasers. I just can’t get enough! Who is with me?!?!? This year I grabbed the cutest black cats, pumpkins, skeletons, and spiders. I love these erasers because they give me a way to incorporate some seasonal Halloween fun into literacy activities. We are in full sw... Read more

My Superhero Themed First Grade Classroom

By LAURIN BRAINARD Updated Oct. 17, 2023 This year I decided to go with a Superhero theme in my classroom. This is the first time since my first year teaching that I have done a full theme in my room. As fun as it is, I had forgotten just how many hours are involved in decorating my room with a full blown theme! I am wanting to redo every littl... Read more