Kindergarten teachers are a special bunch of educators.
Working with young children means constant activity, interruptions, and lots of color! This role is a huge responsibility, and it isn’t meant to be taken on alone.
Kindergarten teachers need the support of fellow teachers to keep lesson plans engaging and developmentally appropriate. This is why we brought together a roundup of 11 kindergarten teacher blogs with hands-on activities, tips on classroom decor and management, and some humor thrown in.
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When you’re in need of some fresh ideas (or a laugh), check out these kindergarten teacher bloggers:
KinderMomma is written by teacher Angela Barton, who has been working with kindergartners for over 20 years and calls it the “hardest job around.” Her blog includes humorous reflections and practical advice for working with young learners. Barton also offers free worksheets and activity ideas for busy teachers who need additional resources. She understands your reality as a kindergarten teacher and wants to support you with laughs and tips.
Jennifer Kadar has been teaching for more than 15 years, and has spent most of that time teaching kindergartners. She believes that teaching this age should be developmentally appropriate but also a lot of fun.
Her blog is full of practical activities and advice for the classroom. She understands the many challenges of teaching this age group and believes that laughing along the way is healthy. Most of her posts are practical, but some are fun, like this list of Inappropriate Read Aloud Books Teachers Love.
The Simply Kinder Facebook group has more than 44,000 members who share tips, encouragement, and reasons to laugh while teaching little ones.
Marsha McGuire believes that teachers can tailor lessons and activities to the needs of each unique student. Her blog is full of ways to implement a differentiated learning environment with fun and developmentally appropriate activities. She has several ideas for engaging work stations and a number of organized resources.
Tiffani Mugurussa is an experienced kindergarten teacher who shares creative ideas for the classroom on her Time4Kindergarten blog. Some of these include how to quiet a noisy classroom, activities to do as you count down to summer, and many free printables. Her blog is a valuable resource when you’re looking for more classroom management tips or theme-based activities.
The Kindergarten Smorgasboard
Greg Smedley-Warren’s Kindergarten Smorgasboard (“where mustaches, glitter & great teachers collide!”) is run by “Mr. Greg” and his husband Jason, aka “The Mister.”
Smedley-Warren is passionate about teaching kindergarten, even though he didn’t know that at first. He says, “When I was moved to Kindergarten (not voluntarily!) I called my mommy and cried.”
Now, he loves to work with young learners and share his fun teaching style, tips, strategies, and resources with other teachers. He also offers one-day Elevate conferences in which he leads four sessions that deliver practical, hands-on ideas teachers can take back to their classrooms.
Hadar Hartstein is Miss Kindergarten on her blog dedicated to sharing engaging resources for teachers who work with young learners. Posts are organized into math, reading, phonics, seasonal, crafts, and centers. Hartstein shares free materials and, in her most recent posts, digs into CVC words, classroom management techniques, and morning work tubs to get class started.
Leslie at Kindergarten Works finds teaching kindergarten beautiful. This blog explores strategies for planning, organizing, and implementing age-appropriate approaches for students. If you’re a lover of organization and new planning tips, this is a blog to follow. Its strength lies in the exploration of how to be more productive, how to implement standards in a fun way, and how to give your students your best.
Maria Gavin usually spends more time in her kindergarten classroom than anywhere else. She is passionate about sharing her classroom tips and teaching resources.
She has slowed down since taking a year off from teaching to stay home with her daughter, but she still shares ideas regularly on KinderCraze and social media. Her blog is a well-organized resource for math and reading activities, plus decor ideas. If you’re interested in spicing up your classroom and lessons, this blog will give you inspiration.
The Kindergarten Connection
Early childhood educator Alex John is the founder of The Kindergarten Connection, a collection of fun learning activities for young children. Teachers will find a number of craft ideas, games, and printables to share with their students. There are activities for reading, writing, math, and science. There are also classroom management tips and humorous posts to cheer you up on a rough day. If you need some fresh activities, this blog will guide you in the right direction.
Mrs. Jump’s Class
Mrs. Jump’s Class is a collection of lesson plans and activities for young learners. Former kindergarten and first-grade teacher Deanna Jump puts together timely activities (like Shark Week Ideas) alongside more routine activities for reading and writing. Many of her lesson plans are based on books students love.
Brown Bag Teacher
Catherine Reed is currently teaching a combined kindergarten and first-grade classroom. Many of her posts are meant for first grade but can also be applied to kindergarten.
In addition to high-quality activities, Reed posts about classroom management, must-have resources, and professional development. Her blog is unique because she discusses ideas about how to incorporate tech into a young learning environment.
She also offers full-day and half-day professional development packages, which include training webinars and live lesson modeling.