Oh, the fun of teaching POETRY!

Oh, the fun of teaching POETRY!

When it was time for me to teach poetry, I would inwardly cringe. I have never viewed myself as creative or able to write “flowery” language, so poetry always scared me. There are so many kinds of poetry, genres, and rules; my biggest fear was to pass my “poetry phobia” onto my students. So, I decided to research how to “teach” poetry (hopefully without tears!) read more

Sale Time… TPT Style!

Sale Time… TPT Style!

Who doesn’t love a sale? John and I try to stock up on resources that we have in our Teachers Pay Teachers shopping cart during sale times. Are you lucky enough to know what you are teaching next year? Get a jump start on gathering fun materials while they’re on sale! The best way to find what you need in our store is to go to our home page and look to the left where it ways “Custom Categories”  read more

Valentine’s Day is About GIVING

Valentine’s Day is About GIVING

As I reflect on Valentine’s Day, I always think of chocolate, flowers, Hallmark cards, and Cupids.

This year, I decided to expand my thinking about Valentine’s Day. Are there other things we can add to Valentine’s Day to make the holiday more meaningful? Can we show more gratitude for all of the blessings that we have in life? Can we help those who may be hurting, or going through a tough time ? Can we expand this idea to involve our students so they can learn to help others in their community?  Help them gain some understanding that giving of themselves can be rewarding and make them feel good inside? Here are some ideas I’ve discovered after doing some research: read more

Reflexive Pronouns…. in Second Grade? Oh My!

Reflexive Pronouns…. in Second Grade? Oh My!

No very long ago, we were teaching pronouns in third grade. Now, we are teaching reflexive pronouns in second grade. YIKES! It is a difficult concept to teach reflexive pronouns if your students don’t yet have a grasp of regular pronouns. I had to “brush up” on the term reflexive pronoun, so if you’re like me, here’s a little “cheat sheet” for you outlining the most common reflexive pronouns: read more