Elementary Teacher’s Blog

Tasting the Seasons

Contributor: Dorcas Peight | File type : Blog Post

Imagine with me a walk in the woods or along a path in a state park, carrying a foraging basket. You bend to pick a purple violet, marvel at its velvety petals, sniff its sweet scent, and then you... Read More

Lord Willing

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

“Tomorrow we don’t have school, because the teachers come to work. Monday when we come back, we have music and library.” This was my end-of-day announcement on March 12, 2020. Little did I k... Read More

How to Make a Book

Contributor: Carolyn Martin | File type : Blog Post

“I can’t wait ‘til journaling time. We get to start our books!” The class they’ve been anticipating for the past few weeks has now arrived. First grade students will embark on their big ... Read More

Prayer of the Teacher

Contributor: Dorcas Peight | File type : Blog Post

Not a Good Day “The directions say I am supposed to find fourteen adverbs in this story,” she said. “I only found three of them, two not’s and one very.” I was tired of this day and of... Read More

A Sweet Spring Treat

Contributor: Dorcas Peight | File type : Blog Post

One of the best things about seasons is the excitement as a spent season rolls over into a brand-new one. While we all have favorites, spring is especially exciting with new life popping up everyw... Read More

Getting Along

Contributor: Arlene Birt | File type : Blog Post

“These girls are just not getting along. I think at one point each one has felt left-out or bullied. I don’t know how to help them!” worried a new first-grade teacher. “Teacher, they wo... Read More

A Review for Creative Writing Curriculum

Contributor: Lucinda J Kinsinger | File type : Blog Post

Andrew and Jennifer Yoder’s curriculum is called Creative Writing: Sparkling Bits of Writing, and comes in two books. The first is recommended for grades 5-6 and the second for grades 7-8. How ... Read More

Getting Our Students Outside Every Day, Part 3

Contributor: Kendra Martin | File type : Blog Post

If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, you may want to read them before reading this post. Part 1 looked at the differences between the way American parents and educators seem to view outdoor play for c... Read More

Getting Our Students Outside Every Day: Part 2

Contributor: Kendra Martin | File type : Blog Post

 If you have missed Part 1, you may want to read that before delving into this post. Within that post, we looked at the differences between the way American parents and educators seem to view out... Read More

Behind the Mask

Contributor: Carolyn Martin | File type : Blog Post

“Good morning…uh…uh…uh,” I said to the girl coming down the hall. Her mask was over her nose. Her hood covered her head so only her eyes peeked out. Who is the girl behind the mask? “U... Read More