Meghan Brtnik


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Sharing News

There is magic in sharing personal stories that go beyond books or storytelling. Perhaps it’s the special way children feel when they know that others are listening to a story about something that was their own unique experience.  In the Polka Dots classroom, we make time to share quotnewsquot every morning during morning circle.  Kids…

Infinity Thoughts

“Infinity is not a number, it’s a concept!” exclaimed one kindergarten student.  “What’s a concept?” questioned another. Over the past month, there has been a lot of chatter between the Sprouts about exactly what infinity is.  I decided to take some time in math class the next morning to explore infinity in more detail. I…

Teaching Critical Thinking in the Kindergarten/First Grade Classroom

How can we encourage kids to think critically from an early age? Through an activity that every child is already an expert at – asking questions! The trick is to go beyond simple “what” questions and start asking more complex “how” and “why” questions. I decided to use the book One Plastic Bag to help…

Spring And Poetry Are In The Air

Being that it’s poetry month, my Kindergarten-first grade class started reading more poetry over the past two weeks and we have started writing our own poems!  The kids are so creative and motivated, it’s a treat to see. We started with acrostic poems. Acrostic poems are very concrete and accessible for students writing at all…