Introducing Self-Control to Your Students

At the beginning of the year, I always feel that self-control is a HUGE character trait to begin instilling in my first graders. Many students enter my first grade classroom without a clear understanding of how to manage themselves in an appropriate way. I love to first introduce self-control with this Self-Control Character Education Lapbook. I... Read more

First Day of First Grade!

The first day of first grade is always a really fun, but hectic day for my littles. They are so excited to come to school, but they are always a little nervous since they don’t know what to expect when they walk through my classroom door. I always have an activity such as a first day coloring page or a play-doh model on their desks to work on ri... Read more

The Primary Brain Blog is Now HTTPS Enabled

Theprimarybrain.com is now HTTPS enabled! HTTPS encrypts or “scrambles” web traffic so it is unreadable to anybody but the viewer and the site. My blog is a simple static web site, but any site can be secured by your web host. Since 2014, Google has been increasing search engine ranking if websites are secured. More recently in July 2018, Chr... Read more

That's It! No More Pencil Boxes!

That’s it! After this past school year, I am throwing in the towel on pencil boxes. I have used them every year for the past five years that I have taught first grade. Sadly, this was the first year where my students were so unorganized that we just couldn’t make it work. I was constantly finding crumpled papers, broken crayons, stickers, pens, ... Read more

Get Ready for Back to School with Reflection Prompt Cards

I don’t know about you, but I CAN’T WAIT to meet my students next year! One of my favorite tools to use when meeting my students the first week of school are my Back to School Reflection Prompt Cards. By spending some time each day reflecting as a class, I feel that we deepen relationships in our classroom and create a culture where every studen... Read more