I Love Kindergarten - Angie Bonthuis is a fabulous kindergarten teacher! She’s just updated her website with tons of new ideas.
Harry’s Kindergarten - Search “harryskindergarten” and you’ll be impressed with the videos this talented teacher has created!
St. Matthews Preschool - This is another great site full of pictures that will give you ideas for setting up your classroom. Plus, you can check out some great literacy kits that Donna Austin-Ahner has created.
smartypantsschool for Ipads Amy Weisberg (teacher consultant) recommended this app for Ipads.
helpkidzlearn.com - This site is for children with special needs and includes things such as switch activated access.
donorschoose.com - This is a great way to get materials for you room!
teachersandfamilies.com Great visuals for nursery rhymes that you can cut apart and use to make books.
Why Gender Matters? by Leonard Sax - This book is so insightful and should be a “must” read for teachers and parents. Anyone who has ever worked with children has noticed there is a difference between sexes and how they learn. Leonard Sax will reaffirm what you already know and shed light on how you adapt your expectations and instruction for boys and girls. (I bought my book on Amazon for under $10.)
Laptops for Every Child - A teacher explained at her first parents’ meeting that she recommended that every child needed at least one laptop – two if possible. It’s not the kind of laptop that you plug in, but the kind with two knees. This laptop is perfect for reading, talking, hugging, and singing!
Home-School Alphabet Book - Send a page with a letter on it home with each child. Ask them to decorate it with their parents. Put the letters together to make a class ABC book.
Bear Hug Letter (Susan Finklestein, Montgomery, AL) - Send home a note shaped like a bear that says, “My teacher is so proud of me. Give me a bear hug!”
Brown Bag Special (Diane Landoll, Lawton, OK) - For parents who work, send projects home in a brown grocery sack marked “Brown Bag Special.” Include materials, patterns, and directions for what you want them to make. The child will be so excited to take the bag home and the parent will feel positive about what they have contributed to your classroom.
Helping Hands - Be part of a “Caring Community” with this idea. Send projects you want made to an assisted living facility. Volunteers can then be invited to the school for programs, parties, etc.
Shoe Tying Journey (Allison Caspers, Oak Grove Lutheran) - Kindergarteners know how to navigate the web, but many do not know how to tie shoes. Get a suitcase and put an old shoe in it along with the poem below. (Allison uses two suitcases.) Each night a child gets to take home the suitcase and practice tying the shoe. When they have completed their “Shoe Tying Journey” they receive a PASSPORT OF ACCOMPLISHMENT for learning to tie their shoes.1-2-3-4 – Tying Shoes