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Spider Activities

Spider craft and activities for the primary classroom that are easy to prep and implement!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going? Oh you know, just getting ready for my favorite time of year,

FALL!!!! From the weather, pumpkin spice everything, cooler weather, the beautiful colors of the fall

leaves, you name it, I love it! Autumn also brings with it some of my favorite units to teach as

well. Today I want to talk everything spiders with you! I have searched high and low for the best

spider activities, and they're all here in this post! Oh, and did I mention that they are easy peasy to

do? Who wants to prep all week for a unit? Ain't nobody got time for that!

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Classroom Safety Drills


Classroom safety drills and procedures are important skills to practice during the first few weeks of school. This pack contains easy to implement activities and read alouds to make it so much easier!


Hey guys and dolls, how's it going? Today I would like to discuss classroom safety drills and

procedures. It's something that we all have to teach and practice with our kiddos.  As I was thinking

of what I want to cover the first few days of school, I realized that I never really teach safety drills

the same way. I just kind of go over it, we practice it, and BOOM!! Done!


I want to be more intentional on teaching the drills, because it really is a big deal. Five years ago

my school was hit by a tornado, and I'm so glad to say it was early in the morning before anyone

had arrived on campus. So, Classroom Safety Drills was born! This allows me to be able to

have easy to implement lessons to explicitly teach all of the drills.


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6 of the Best Fine Motor Activities

Fine motor skills are an important part of student learning that is often overlooked. Keep on reading for 6 of the best fine motor activities for kids.

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going? I'm just sitting around thinking about beginning of the year

skills that are always beneficial to focus on, and that got me to thinking about fine motor skills and

how they are necessary in the classroom. Fine motor skills are an important part of student learning

that is often overlooked.


So, what are fine motor skills? Fine motor skills are when the small muscles of the hands, wrists and

fingers coordinate together in conjunction with the eyes. It affects the ability of your students to

write, color, cut, snap, button, buckle, zip, tie shoes, and the list could go on and on!


So today I'm here to share with you guys some fine motor activities that are easy to prep, simple

to implement in your classroom, and cheap to boot.

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The Best Counting Books for Kindergarten



Hey guys and dolls, how's it going? As I was cleaning up my library area, and sorting and re-sorting

through my library books, I realized that I have a TON of books on counting. Whenever I'm doing a 

thematic unit, or introducing a new topic, or digging deeper in a topic, I love to have awesome read-

clouds that go with our topic. Who am I kidding? I love to read books all of the time! So let's kick it 

off, shall we? Here are 9 of the best books for counting, in no particular order!


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Small Box Activities: Endless Bundle


Hey guys and dolls, how's it going? I'm just popping in really quick to share these with you!



So you probably know that I'm in love with these small box activities! I want to make as many as I

possibly can! My kiddos have loved the medial sound activities, as well as the 2-D shapes, 3-D 

shapes and more! So, the endless bundle was born!

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2D and 3D Shapes: Small Box Activities


 Hey y'all, how's it going? I'm back with the newest kid on the block in the small box activity line!


So, let's talk about what we have here! I love, love, love these small boxes, and so do my kiddos.

I first started using these small box activities here, and it has just expanded from there! I want to

alternate between math and literacy each time I make a new set.


So this time, I created a set for math!

2-D Shapes: Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work, etc. Any type of manipulative can be used for this activity, including but not limited to counters, coins, or erasers.
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Setting Goals in the Primary Classroom

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going? Today we're going to talk about goal setting!!!



Previously we discussed introducing data notebooks in your classroom, and we've talked about the 

next steps to get them up and running. The next part that I've found difficult to achieve in a primary 

setting is how to get students this young to set goals. I can definitely tell you that goal setting is a lot 

of work! So, let's dig in, shall we?


What is goal setting?

Why, I'm so glad that you asked! It's so much more than thinking about where we want to be. 

Yes, we do begin with the end in mind, and we think about where we want to end up. It also involves 

creating an action plan, with steps that are clearly defined. At this early stage, we (teachers) put an 

action plan together, and we take clearly defined steps. Students at this young age normally sit this 

part out! I do like to include the students, and I just simply say to them that we're going to work 

together, and pick what we need to work on and learn about. Then, we focus on the learning 

process, rather than concentrating on the outcome. 


What does goal setting do for your students?

I've always questioned goal setting for young students, because sometimes I think that we can try to 

make them be mini-adults all too often. However, if done correctly, it can promote focus,

by giving them something to zero in on, and it can motivate your students. 

This is especially helpful to students who struggle with school, it can provide them with a strong 

sense of purpose. 


Where do I start?

So, before you can help your students to set goals, you must have a starting point.  

What does this mean? Baseline assessments! After taking a peek at your data, and seeing where 

your students are, that's when the goal-setting can begin.



Mistakes in goal setting

Once you and your students plunge into discussions on the results of their baseline assessments 

and begin to have a dialogue about possible goals, it's important to avoid the pitfalls of goal setting.




We can sometimes set goals that are too big. For instance, in Kindergarten, an end-year goal is for

students to be blending CVC words. However, if a child is struggling with letter recognition,

then blending should not be their immediate goal. 


Sometimes we can have too many goals. This can be incredibly overwhelming to little ones. 

Once this happens, they tend to give up. It's important to only have a few, so that they can 

concentrate fully on those. 


Often we set goals that are too broad. For instance, we can have students who need to work on

phonemic awareness. But we need to help our students to narrow their focus. Perhaps on the first 

go around, work on identifying rhyming words, and initial sounds. Goals should be specific!

Now, I know that these examples are a little to the extreme, but I hope that you get what I mean!



When I've tried goal setting before, it was quite a difficult task, especially with primary students.

Many of them are in different stages of the developmental progression of writing. So, having them

to write their own goals was out the door. And I definitely didn't want them to copy it from the board.

Goal setting for students can promote focus on the learning process, rather than the outcome. Setting goals in the primary classroom can be easy!

So I created these cut-and-paste goal sheets, where you and your students can set as many or as

little goals that they can handle. I like to do a mix of personal goals, such as tying shoes, or taking

care of their coats, etc., and some academic goals thrown in there as well. You can find these and

more by clicking here

Goal setting for students can promote focus on the learning process, rather than the outcome. Setting goals in the primary classroom can be easy!

Goal setting in the primary classroom needs to be something that is attainable and measurable. 

If not, then your students will not ever care about setting goals. When your students reach a goal? 

Celebrate!! Make a big deal out of it!


This is not something that is easy, and I make mistakes every year. But you know this! HAHAHA!

As teachers, we learn on the fly by trial and error. If you have any questions or comments,

please let me know!


Goal setting for students can promote focus on the learning process, rather than the outcome. Setting goals in the primary classroom can be easy!
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Medial Sounds: Small Box Activities

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

As I write this post, my throat is kind of sore,

and it's spreading to my ears, and I'm praying that

I don't have the flu AND/OR strep throat.

Pray with me saints, pray with me.





My kiddos love anything that comes in these small boxes.

They know that they are going to enjoy anything that it contains. 

Whether it be exploration boxes, or previous small box activities

that I have talked about, you name it, they LOVE it!

Medial Sounds: Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work, etc. Any type of manipulative can be used for this activity, including but not limited to counters, coins, or erasers.

So, small box activities for medial sounds was born!

This is such an important part of phonemic awareness,

and it is something that some of my babies still struggle with. 

Medial Sounds: Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work, etc. Any type of manipulative can be used for this activity, including but not limited to counters, coins, or erasers.

It's so easy for them to get it confused with initial sounds,

so I wanted something that was fun, yet engaging at the same time. 

Oh, and did I mention that it's easy to prep?

That is a must for any teacher, because I know that you are

just as busy as I am, and who wants to spend 40 minutes

prepping an activity? I know I don't!

Medial Sounds: Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work, etc. Any type of manipulative can be used for this activity, including but not limited to counters, coins, or erasers.

This purposeful activity is perfect for little hands, 

and it can be used for morning work, a literacy center,

or early finisher work, etc. 

Students can cover the sound that's on the card,

or they can spin and cover sounds. 

There is also a black and white version for each activity.

When I'm low on color ink, I love to use 

that vibrant paper from Astrobrights. 

Medial Sounds: Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work, etc. Any type of manipulative can be used for this activity, including but not limited to counters, coins, or erasers.

Oh, and did I mention there's also spin & color?

For more info, you can click on any of these pictures,

and you can find this pack in my TPT store. 

Or, you can click here.


Medial Sounds: Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work, etc. Any type of manipulative can be used for this activity, including but not limited to counters, coins, or erasers.

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Building Coins for March

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I'm back with another building pack!


After creating the Building Snowmen pack for January,

I really had no intention to create another version of it.

It turned out that my students liked it so much,

so I decided to create Building Hearts for February.


They asked if we could do these all the time,

and I know that as soon as I take down

their hearts from outside of the classroom, 

they'll be asking for more!


I love these building packs, because they review so many of

the skills that my students need to practice!

We still have our letters where we can practice

our name and sight words, etc. 

Numbers are included so that students can practice

the order, and skip counting by 10's as well. 

Students can also practice hearing the ending sounds

of a word, by way of word families. 


It also gives them a chance to practice their fine motor skills.

I will say, including a lot of fine motor practice

in my classroom has helped, because they have really been

doing an excellent job of cutting all of the pieces 

out themselves. 



Your students can put them together one of two ways.

You can just have the students to glue the pieces together,

or you can have them to glue each piece onto a little

strip of paper. 

Building Coins is an easy to prep activity that is great for St. Patrick's Day. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.

I've been think about different ways to implement this

in my classroom, and I love that it can be used

as a craft, center activity, early finisher activity

that a student can work on throughout the week,

or as an alternative to morning work. 


For more information, click here or 

on any picture!

Building Coins is an easy to prep activity that is great for St. Patrick's Day. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.

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Black History in the Primary Classroom



Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

February came quickly, and out of nowhere!

I feel like we barely got back to school, and poof!

There went January!



February is one of my favorite months, not only because

of Valentine's Day, but also because of Black History Month!

I love to introduce topics by utilizing read alouds, and I want 

to discuss some of them with you today!



I like to begin with books that talk about how even though our skin

and hair might be different from others, we're still the same!

Before we read books that focus on people 

like Harriet Tubman, Coretta Scott King, etc.,

I like to read books that features the perspective of children. 

I've found that they relate to it more easily!


The Crayon Box that Talked is a great book that begins with a box

of crayons who do not like each other. 

By the end of the story, they realize that their diversity

is what makes that so great!

From there, we move on to our next book,

which just happens to be one of my faves!





We extend our learning from the crayon box book,

and we read The Skin You Live In.

This book talks about how all shades of skin are wonderful,

from cinnamon spice skin, all the way to lemon tart bold skin.

I love how it then keeps going, about it's not dumb skin,

or smart skin, or I'm lesser than you skin. 

It's so important that our kiddos hear this message!




The Colors of Us follows Lena as decides to paint herself 

and people in her neighborhood. She thinks that all she has to do is 

to pick the color brown, because brown is brown.

As they take a walk, Lena's mother shows her that there

are many different shades of the color,

and that they are all perfect!





I Love My Hair is all about self-acceptance.

I think that I love this book because it reminds me

of myself as a child! I HATED to have my hair done.

I kind of tolerated my mom doing my hair,

but my grandmother was RUTHLESS!!!

She didn't care if it hurt, she just got it done!

Though it does bring back fond memories!





After we talk about how we all look different on the outside,

and the shades of our skin are wonderful, we start to get

more into The Underground Railroad.

I love to introduce this movement by reading

Henry's Freedom Box.

They can't believe people used to own other people,

like a piece of clothing or toy.

They're also very interested in the fact that Henry

mails himself to freedom!

This book begins with Henry as a child, and then

follows him through adulthood.



Goin' Someplace Special tells the story of 'Tricia Ann,

a little girl growing up in the South during the 1950's,

a time when segregation was legal and enforced.

She begs her grandmother to go on a trip to Someplace Special,

all by herself. With some reluctance, her grandmother agrees.

While traveling, 'Tricia Ann is always reminded of where she can't

go, where she can't sit, and more.

Then she is remembers what her grandmother told her,

to always walk with her head held high, because she is somebody!

And then she finally arrives at Someplace Special,

the library! I love this story, because the library

was always my favorite place to go as a child, and it still is.



I'm not even sure when I ran across this book,

but once I read it, I knew that A Taste of Colored Water

had to have a place in my classroom library.

This books is slightly different, as it is from the perspective

of white children. It's all Abbey Finch's fault! Lulu and Jelly

just have to visit town, because they want to see the colored fountain!

They're imagining all the flavors, cherry, lemon,

orange, apple-you name it!

Once they arrive in town, they happen upon a protest, marching singers,

police and their dogs, and firemen.


You can find all of these books and more

by clicking on each of the pictures,

which will take you to Amazon.


Alright, so those are some of my favorite read-clouds

to begin my black history unit.

Keep reading on for more information on how I teach black history.


Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.


So, in my classroom, we begin learning about black history

by starting this KWL chart. 

It's totally ok if it's not completely full.

I've discovered that in Kindergarten their knowledge can 

be somewhat limited. 

That makes the learning that much more fun!

Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.

We talk about some important vocabulary, 

with primary friendly visuals.

It really helps them to understand the definition.

Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.

We discuss what is black history,

and people who fought for equality in their 

respective fields and areas.
Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.

We talk about specific events that moved 

The Civil Rights Movement forward. 
Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.

Each person and even has a page in color,

and a black and white version as well. 

Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.

We put all of our learning in our black history research book

and vocabulary book. 
Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.


For more information on this black history pack,

you may click here or on any of the pictures above. 



These books are some of my fave read-alouds for black history month. I love how they reinforce how wonderful we are, regardless of skin color, and how important it is to stand up for what's right.   Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.

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Building Hearts for February

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

Building Hearts is an easy to prep activity that is great for the month of February. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.

I was so excited to share last month's version of this,

Building Snowmen, and now I'm back with a new set!

I love these activities, because they are so hands-on!!!


They are great for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or

as an alternative to morning work.

Building Hearts is an easy to prep activity that is great for the month of February. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.

You can print them out and have the students to color them.

You can also print them out on colored paper. 

Building Hearts is an easy to prep activity that is great for the month of February. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.

There are options for students to practice their math skills, 

including number order from 1-20, and by 10s to 100/120.

Your students can also display a chosen number several ways. 

Building Hearts is an easy to prep activity that is great for the month of February. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.

Students can practice their name, sight words, building words,

and they can practice matching pictures to their medial sound. 

Building Hearts is an easy to prep activity that is great for the month of February. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.


My students absolutely love these and I'm sure your little learners

will as well!! Click on any picture for more information!

Building Hearts is an easy to prep activity that is great for the month of February. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.   Building Hearts is an easy to prep activity that is great for the month of February. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.

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Small Box Activities


Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

Today, I'm here to talk with you about.......


...yup, small box activities!

So, those who know me, know how much I

absolutely love centers!

I love to create activities for my students!

So, I have some babies who are struggling academically as the year goes on.

While some of my students are soaring, and moving on to other activities,

such as reading and building CVC words.......

Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work and more!

......and place value, addition and subtraction, decomposing numbers...

Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work and more!

........I still have those babies who are struggling.

They have been through all of the centers that they

are able to complete, so I decided to create some new centers,

that still focus on those critical skills that they need.

Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work and more!

They still need practice with letter sounds,

but something that's also fun and engaging. 

Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work and more!

They also need practice with identifying numbers,

one-to-one correspondence, and subitizing. 

Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work and more!

So, I created these small box activities, that can really be used 

at any point of the school year. It is an easy to prep, purposeful activity,

that is perfect for little hands. It can also be used for morning work, 

literacy centers, or early finisher work, etc. 


Any type of manipulative can be used for this center. 

My fave are those erasers from the Target dollar spot!

However, use what you have, whether it be erasers,

counters, coins, teddy bears, etc. 


I hope to create more of these, to cover a range of skills. 

Talk to you later!




Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work and more!     Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work and more!



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