About Me

When I was in college I came across the book Joyful Learning In Kindergarten  by Bobbi Fisher. This was my turn to book for many years. I dreamed of having a joyful classroom just like Bobbi Fisher. It took me many years to get a job in a public school and it was worth the wait! Surprisingly, I got a job a few towns over from Bobbi Fisher's school. 

I have been working in the field of early childhood education for twenty years. I have taught preschool, k/1 multi age, first grade and kindergarten.

I created a class blog  as a way to communicate with families things happening in my classroom. I find blogging a much easier task then writing classroom newsletters. 

My teaching blog shares some of the templates, lessons, other teacher ideas and professional resource I find inspiring!

 Have a teaching blog has also helped me become more organized with my teaching life and has brought a bit of excitement.

Everything I do in my classroom came from someone sharing!


CATHY said...

Hi Melissa- thanks for all you share!! I am trying to upload the sight word stamping book and having a hard time. Can you email it, or give me a hint? Thanks, cathy edington@morrice.k12.mi.us

Anonymous said...

Hi Melissa,
I saw a comment you made about your "daily 5" time during the day...would you be willing to share with me what you do for daily 5 in kindergarten. I have been interested in doing it for some time, but was unable to wrap my head around it!
Thank you,
Kali Rechtzigel

Donna Boucher said...

Love your blog! I hope you'll link up on my Blog Hop page!
Math Coach’s Corner
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Marlana said...

Hi Melissa!

I added your blog to my new list of blogs at Kindergarten Network. Stop by sometime and check it out when you have a chance and let me know if I left out any details you would like to be added.

Lil' Country Kindergarten
Kindergarten Network

4321teach said...

Hi Melissa- I just found your blog through Pinterest. It is pretty amazing. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. I haven't taught little ones before, but I will be working with teachers next year K-5. So I am spending part of my summer exploring blogs to get as much information and resources as I can.

I am a KC teacher as well. I have taught in both KCMO and NKC.


gabi said...

Hi Melissa,

I just wanted to thank you SO MUCH for all of your amazing posts. I am teaching kindy for the first time this year and have used many of your excellent ideas. Your generosity in sharing all of these resources (and all of those downloads) is wonderful.

thanks again,

Holly said...

Hi Melissa,
I love your "Thinking Map Thursdays". Do you do something "special" like that for each day of the week?


Ashley said...

Hello! I just found your blog and love it. I was wondering if you had a way for me to download your word family houses other than using Scribd? Thanks so much!



Lyn Goff said...

Hi Melissa,
I just found your blog through April's Chalk Talk. I love your ideas and it is certainly clear that you have a joyful classroom. I am now teaching pre-K but I'm sure I will still be able to use so many of your ideas. Thanks for sharing them!
Mrs. Goff's Pre-K Tales

Mrs. Clancy said...

Thanks for your comment MS Goff! Melissa

Melissa said...

I'm amazed with how much you and your joyful learners can get done in one day! I thought you might have said at one point you are on a half day schedule, how does that work for you? I'm so inspired by your writing strategies, and have even started a few of the techniques you talk about. I want to be like you when I grow up!

Mrs. Clancy said...

We have a full day two days a week with just 10 kids. That's how I get so much done! I am so glad your using some of the writing strategies! Your post has made my day! Thanks you Melissa!!

Hap Palmer said...

Hi Melissa,

I have enjoyed browsing through your very informative blog.

I am wondering if you would be interested in writing a review of my new CD, Count, Add, Subtract! - Fun With Math, Music, and Movement.

I would be happy to send you a complimentary copy. You can read more about this recording at: http://www.happalmer.com/Files/Count,%20Add,%20Subtract!.html

I could also include a link to your website.

Thank You,

Hap Palmer

Alexis Jovel said...

Thank you for sharing your creativity and your knowledge. I've been teaching a long time, but this is my first time in Kindergarten. I had been reading Joyful Learning and decided to google it and you were one of the links that came up. That book is a STAPLE read for anyone teaching Kindergarten!!! Keep up the GREAT work you are doiing and I'll be following you right along.

Stephanie said...

Wow! I am so motivated by your blog! I have just discovered it and I am so excited to try many of your writing workshop ideas. I am new to K this year so I am looking for simplifying my teaching from my 1st grade ways. I was trying to download some of your main idea templates and Nancy Carlson pages but was unable to do that . Is there another way to download them? I noticed that they were last years posts and I am wondering if it has something to do with the changes to google this year? Please advise as to where to find these awesome resources. THANKS! You are a real inspiration!!!!!

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