Our Best Life

Today we are living our best life. We started our morning with our normal family time routine including our “purple book.” Then I asked the children what they thought about spending the day outside and going for a walk in looking for signs of spring. Heck yeah, they were all in. So we all used […]

Train Tracks

Today we took out the huge box of train tracks. Ms Holly was able to find them upstairs and lug them down to us. ( Thanks Holly !). Zion was the first to explore the tracks. It was interesting to watch as the children found bridge pieces and tried to get them to stay up. […]


Today we started opening up the possibly of a train project. though the math certainly upstaged my plans today Though the mud certainly upstaged my plans today we were able to start the discussion of what we already know about trains and what we would like to learn. we did get a chance to talk […]

Transition Time

I needed to take the time to do a couple dial 3 assessments for transition conferences that will be held tomorrow. I am stoked . Both girls doubled their scores since the beginning of the year. How amazing is that ? I will be doing the other children’s assessments in April and feel positive they […]

Visual Supports

Have you ever been really sad or angry but did not know how to verbalize it? Sometimes children feel that way too. That’s why visual supports throughout our classroom are important. At the beginning of the year we tried these bracelets that are different colors. The colors symbolized different emotions. The idea behind their purchase […]

Teach a Skill

I think the thing we most forget about children is that they don’t know a skill until they experience it or it is taught to them. There is an old saying that you don’t know what you don’t know. But when you do know- do better. So when they do something that is less than […]

Phonemic Awareness

The lack of phonemic awareness is the most powerful determinant of the likelihood of failure to read . -( Adams , 1990)  What is phonemic awareness? Phonemic awareness is understanding that the words that we speak are made up of individual sounds, which are called phonemes. A child who is phonemically aware is able […]

Reason 2953

Today the kids finished up their valentine treat for their friends. Over four days they used a different medium to decorate a small heart. Today they took a list of the children’s names and picked out a special heart for each one and glued it under their name. Theoretically the whole piece is one art […]