Welcome to the series, Intentionally Teaching with Purpose and Fun – A Kindergarten Curriculum Standards Series for Teachers.

If you are interested in getting more in-depth with the kindergarten standards and growing as a kindergarten teacher, then you have reached the right blog post and series! Over the next few days and weeks, I will be focusing on each of the kindergarten standards and sharing what each means, ideas for how to teach it, and how to assess it. Have you ever looked at your kindergarten standards or the specified content you are required to teach and wondered what does this mean? How do I teach this? Or, have you ever been teaching a certain standard in a specific way, only to find out that that is NOT what the standard means? Or you misinterpreted or misunderstood the learning target? The answer for me was, YES!!  Even though my district has all of the standards easily accessible and teachers are able to ‘unwrap’ the standards, I found myself still struggling with the meaning of certain standards and how to teach/assess them.

My ah-ha moment was when I took an amazing class offered to our district Kindergarten teachers (shout out to Heaven B!).  It was this class that opened my teaching eyes to a few standards I was misinterpreting.  I was blown away that I had been teaching kindergarten for over 5 years and was just finding out what some of these standards REALLY meant. Sheesh. I felt really bad, but was determined to take the bull by the horns and dig into my standards. After talking to other teachers throughout not only my district, but the United States, I found out that the majority of teachers find interpreting the kindergarten standards challenging. (I mean, what exactly is prompting and support?!?). This inspired me to take apart each standard, determine the ‘bones’ of it, create a way to teach it, but also, learn to teach it in an intentional, purposeful, yet fun and engaging way!

I can promise that this series is coming from my heart and my intention is for it to be a help and resource for kindergarten teachers all over. No, I am not an expert. But I am an ‘in the trenches’ kindergarten teacher, like most of you and just want to do my best and make a difference!

I hope you follow along with this series and it makes a difference in your teaching! Please, please, please, leave your comments and support me along on this journey! We are all in this together!

Looking for ideas to get the Kindergarten year started? Check out this post about the First Day of Kindergarten!

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30 Responses

  1. I can’t wait to follow you and this series. I have only been teaching for a couple of years and look forward to your interpretations of the standards:) Thank YOU!

    1. Hi Kim and thank you for taking the time to leave a message for me! I’m looking forward to sharing all of these blog posts!

  2. Yes! I cannot wait to read these posts. I can’t tell you how many times my team and I have had a big ‘huh?’ face when trying to really understand these kinder standards and come up with engaging lessons for our kiddos. It will truly be beneficial for me as well as a lot of other teachers. Thank you for taking the time to do this. It is greatly appreciated!

  3. I am always looking to open my eyes and increase my knowledge. Looking forward to your series.

    Teri M.

  4. Hi,

    Looking forward to this series. I’m finally back in Kindergarten after 7 years!

  5. I can’t wait to follow you and this series. I have only been teaching for a couple of years and look forward to your interpretations of the standards:) Thank YOU!

  6. I’ve been teaching kinder and first for 10 years and I learn something new every day! This is how we roll 🙂 Thanks!

  7. Looking forward to this!! I have taught K for 11 years and it is always a good idea to re-evaluate things! Looking for ways to go quick assessments after lessons!

  8. I am a 12 year veteran kindergarten but I look forward to this series. I am a firm believer that we are in it together, which means we can learn more together!

  9. Has this started yet:? I am always looking for new ideas to help my kiddos learn from! Thanks for doing this.

  10. I am looking forward to following you in this journey. I too want to be purposeful in my teaching and making a difference in the lives of my students.

  11. This is amazing!! I just asked my district the same questions…what does apply phonics skills MEAN??? I can’t wait to following along! Thanks Abbie!

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