Back to School

First Three Reading Lessons of the School Year

I am really excited to wrap up my “First Three” blog series with my first three reading lessons. While I love teaching math and I definitely identify as a writer, teaching reading is also a passion. I now have my Master’s in Education in Reading and have completed the requirements

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Open House Organization

I have officially made it through my first two days back to school. Last week was busy and exhausting! Teachers started Monday with our district-wide kick off assembly. Then we headed back to our respective schools where our school did a team-building activity which I led. I saw this post

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The Evolution of My Classroom {Before & After Pics}

Disclaimer: There are links to the products I have purchased from Amazon to organize my sight word system. Some of the links are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on a link and purchase the item, The Sassy Apple will receive a small commission.The price of the item is

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First Day Resource Round-Up

The first day of school is a delicate balance of establishing a sense of order (routines and procedures) while also creating a friendly, welcoming and most importantly, safe classroom environment.For the past two years, I have shared my first day and first week plans. You can find those all here:

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Back to School Read Alouds (& Activities!)

I am always on the lookout for new back to school read alouds. I just get SO excited to share amazing books with my students. A great read aloud on the first day of school sets the tone for the school year. Here are a few new ones I have found

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Why I’m Not Shopping for my Classroom

Disclaimer: I find nothing, absolutely nothing, wrong with wanting to spend money on your classroom.  I have in the past and I will in the future. But there are some stages of life where other things take precedent over a new set of plastic organizer bins or a stack full

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Sneak Peak at September

Lesson planning can feel daunting.  Where to start? The year? Month? Week? Day? Minute? I have found I like a combination of all of the above. I sat down this summer to think about the whole year.  But I got lost when it came to spring time.  Most days, I

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