Become a winter play enthusiast

I think we can all pretty much agree it’s easy to get outside with our kindergarten students when it’s 18 degrees, blue skies and sunny. Everyone loves a beautiful day spent outside! But the truth is the value of outdoor learning remains the same year-round… regardless of the temperature or the colour of the skies. […]

Top report card writing tips

I know it’s not the most… fun… topic, but I have to say something because it’s that time. Communication of Learning time. And as much as I would like to pretend this time of year doesn’t exist, it does. So I am coming to you with my top report card writing tips for stress-free kindergarten […]

Quick and easy math talks with kinders

How do you feel about planning for math for your kindergarten class? I’ll level with you: math phobia is REAL and a lot of adults have insecurities when it comes to teaching math to our littles. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Let’s shift our mindset so we can create little learners who […]

Using weekly workshops to consistently support students

Want to learn the one thing that single handedly changed the way I taught kindergarten? It’s all about using weekly workshops to consistently support students. This was a game changing shift for me that stopped my whirlwind weekends of planning and prepping immediately. Using Weekly Workshops to Consistently Support Students: WHY: Cyclical planning helps our […]

Decrease Workload by Increasing Engagement

Learning to embrace co-planning and co-creating to increase our students investment in their learning and lower our workload When it comes to teaching kindergarten the days are BUSY and it’s easy to get swept up spending every second of your weekend planning and prepping for the week ahead.  I’m letting you in on a little […]

3 tips for a more effective prep time

Alright level with me here. Does your prep fly by in the blink of an eye and before you know it you have gotten zero checked off your to-do list but somehow been busy the entire time? Today we are talking about 3 tips for a more effective prep time and it is going to […]

How to Introduce Mindfulness in Kindergarten

Today I want to help you bring a little more calm into the classroom. To do that I will tell you exactly how to introduce mindfulness in kindergarten.In addition to being an Ontario Certified and Nova Scotia Certified teacher and a Kindergarten Specialist, did you know I am also a certified children’s yoga teacher? I […]

Recycling and Re-Using your Planning in Kindergarten

Let’s talk about a super underused strategy in kindergarten that majorly decreases your workload and burnout: Repetition. And I’m not talking about repeating instructions and expectations (although… let’s be honest that is inevitable and super helpful too in kinder land), I’m talking about repeating activities throughout the year and repeating lesson plans by recycling and re-using […]

Getting Admin On Board with Outdoor Learning

Often the most overwhelming hurdles in outdoor education are other adults. From the members of your teaching team, to the families to your admin, there’s a lot of people with a lot of opinions on outdoor time- particularly in less than perfect weather conditions. The biggest hurdle of all can sometimes be getting admin on board […]

Worksheets in Kindergarten (and why it’s actually okay to use them)

I’m talking about a sensitive subject today,  so buckle up and take a breath.  I’m bringing up a majorly divisive topic in the early years world: worksheets in kindergarten (and why it’s actually okay to use them).  And I’m going to just come out and say it. I use them. GASP SHUDDER SHUT THE DOORS […]