A Kindergarten Reading Level: What’s Expected of Today’s Kids

A Kindergarten Reading Level: What’s Expected of Today’s Kids

Kindergarten certainly isn’t what it used to be. In decades past, kindergarten was mostly about socialization and learning through play. Now, we see learning through play happening mostly in pre-k. Today’s public school kindergarteners are expected to be fluently reading sentences and short paragraphs by the end of the school year.  But what exactly is…

33 of the Best Teacher Supplies for Your Classroom

33 of the Best Teacher Supplies for Your Classroom

As a former classroom teacher and current instructional coach, I can help you set up your classroom for success. The right supplies in your classroom can make a huge difference in your mindset.  It can be tempting to focus on classroom decorations and bulletin boards (and let’s face it – that’s the fun part for…

Why Your Child’s Teacher Won’t Let Kids Go to the Bathroom (and how to solve the problem)

Why Your Child’s Teacher Won’t Let Kids Go to the Bathroom (and how to solve the problem)

I am a former classroom teacher, current literacy interventionist, and a mom of three young kids who will NOT be having accidents in their classrooms. There’s a lot of outrage over potty policies in American public schools, and parents are worried because their child’s teacher won’t let kids go to the bathroom. There was even…

25 Fun Classroom Christmas Party Ideas for 4th Grade

25 Fun Classroom Christmas Party Ideas for 4th Grade

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But before you can relax on Christmas break, you have to plan a special holiday party for your sweet fourth graders.  Below are my favorite classroom Christmas party ideas for 4th grade. Of course, these could work really well for third graders and fifth graders, too! You…

3 Steps to Switch Teachers in Elementary School

3 Steps to Switch Teachers in Elementary School

If you’re wondering how to switch teachers in elementary school, you should know that it’s not always easy in a public school setting, and for good reason! Occasionally, there are compelling reasons to move a child to a different class. This post will help parents understand why administrators are reluctant to honor parent requests for a teacher…