July 22, 2015

Kinder Tribe (All About This Kinder Teacher)

I'm so excited to have found my tribe! So many teacher tribes are popping up everywhere with lots of teachers getting together to support, help, and inspire one another. The Kinder Tribe went a step further from the Facebook group and started a blog called Kinder Tribe.

Kinder Tribe is hosting a linky party this week called All About This Kinder Teacher. Here's a little something something about yours truly.
This year will be 5 years in K. I've been lucky to have applied for my grade level, get hired for my grade level, and stay in my grade level. I just love this early childhood age group. I hope to stay in kindergarten for a good while. Eventually I would like to experience another grade level. But for now, I'm very very happy where I'm at.

I CAN NOT live without my MacBook Pro. I went Mac back in 2007 and I never went back! I have years and years worth of pictures, music, and more in my mac.

My favorite school supply would have to be Mr. Sketch Scented Markers. They're perfect for anchor charts, grading, and the occasional "dot stamp" on a 5 year old. My kiddos go nuts to get a little dot stamp on their hand and smell like lemon or grape!

It's hard to choose just ONE favorite kinder book, I have too many to choose. But I will say that I'm a huge fan of Mo Willems books. Every year I do a big author study of just Mo Willems books. We go on a virtual field trip to his website and I share with my students how to access it at home or at a library. There are so many great things about his books. Emotions, speech bubbles, persuasion, etc.

I've been stalking following many many bloggers, hoping that one day I could blog and inspire others like they do. These three are some of my favorites. Yeehaw Teaching in Texas posts so many fun and bright pictures of happenings in her room. She's my inspiration to take more pictures of kids in action in my classroom. Mrs. Wheeler's First Grade, I know is technically not a kinder blogger, but so many of her fabulous products and posts I feel can still relate to teaching K. And Kreative in Kinder is another amazing blogger I admire. I was able to attend an SDE Conference in Texas one year where she was a presenter. She shared so many great ideas!

I love kindergarten because I love to see how much my students grow from the beginning of the year to the end. Especially when some kids have not had any prior school experience. The growth ALL children make is incredible!

If you made it to the end of this post, THANK YOU for reading all about this kinder teacher! I'm off to read up some more from fellow K teachers!


  1. Hi Crystal! So excited to meet you & be part of our new "kinder family"! I'm really looking forward to sharing & collaborating with you and our "tribe"! I love your blog! Yes, Mo Willems Rocks!
    Annie Veas ~ The Learning Studio Bug :)

  2. Hey Crystal! Glad to be in the Kinder Tribe with you!! That is awesome that you've gotten to spend your 5 years in kindergarten. I share your love for Mr. Sketch markers!

  3. The growth that our students make is seriously crazy!!!! And such a good feeling to be a part of!! Thanks for linking up with us! Looking forward to more Kinder Tribe fun with you!

    1. Hi Molly thanks for stopping by and thanks for helping create/manage such a great Kinder Tribe blog!

  4. Crystal
    I love my MAC!! When I switch to kinder I got a Mac from my school as my teacher laptop. I have never looked back!! I love it!! Thank you for sharing!
    It’s Kinder Time

    1. Thanks for stopping by Kimberlee! Macs are just so useful when you get the hang of it!

  5. Crystal- Your Mo Willems Author Study sounds like so much fun! I do one with my kids too and it's by far one of my favorite ones to do!!! I'm such a PC girl who has been going back and forth on PC vs. Mac for a while! I'm so excited to have found your blog and to have you as a part of the Kinder Tribe!
    Yee-Haw in Kindergarten