Hello! I’m so glad you’re here! My name is Hadar, but you may know me as Miss Kindergarten.
During my 7 years in the classroom, I had the privilege of teaching Kindergarten, first grade, and English Language Learners. Although I loved them all, my heart truly felt at home in the kindergarten classroom!
I quickly learned how challenging it was to CREATE tremendous hands-on learning resources and also DELIVER those learning experiences. I knew that other teachers felt frustrated trying to do it all and I wanted to find a way to help. Now I spend my days creating resources to help busy teachers do what they do best – teach!
A little about me…
I live in Southern California with my husband and two young daughters. We love to explore our city and try new restaurants.
When I get some “me” time, I love to stroll the aisles of Target, organize all.the.things, and if it’s a really special day, I even get to watch some TV 😉 My favorite shows are medical mysteries or game shows…anything with a puzzle to solve! I also love watching HGTV and dreaming of all the house updates I could do ? If you have any favorite medical mysteries or game shows, let me know on Instagram! I love to connect and chat with other teachers over there!
I am super passionate about building strong foundational skills in Kindergarten and want to make sure teachers have the support and resources they need to be the heroes that they are each and every day in their classrooms. I love seeing all the tremendous progress students make in these early years!
Let me tell you about the 5 areas of Kindergarten that I love to help teachers with the most:
Learning the alphabet is the core foundation for a successful kindergarten year. Because so many of the skills we build on in kindergarten require phonics and handwriting knowledge, it is one of the core skills I love to focus on. Between letter recognition games, alphabet letter crafts, and handwriting practice, I love to incorporate fun and playful learning activities to teach children their ABCs.
Some skills are perfect for whole group instruction, but I always see the most rapid progress students can make while working on centers as a small-group. Whether you prefer game-based centers, digital centers, low-prep centers, centers with recording sheets, or even need a fine motor focus for your centers, you will find it here. (link the different bundles along the way). All of these centers work well when adult support is available, but they are also designed for students to be able to work on them independently. You control the groupings and differentiate to provide just what your students need – you know your students best!
Another strong foundation we build in kindergarten is early math skills. I love creating math activities and centers to help students with counting, number sense, shapes, addition, subtraction, story problems, and more! These lessons and games are fun and engaging, and my students always ask for more.
Oooh reading! You’ll hear me say this a lot, but reading is TRULY my favorite subject to teach. Watching your students come into kindergarten with some (or maybe none!) alphabet sound knowledge, and leaving kindergarten as a READER is so magical. Since reading is such a passion, I love coming up with centers, activities, and ideas to teach reading. These activities are great for struggling readers both in kindergarten and first grade and help them use their phonics strategies while reading. Sounding out CVC words and magic e words, reading sight words, working on reading fluency and comprehension.
Crafts are not only fun, but they are SO important in the early years. Students need to be able to follow multi-step directions and keep going when things become challenging. While many learning tasks involve a long path that never seems to have an end, a craft can give a student that “I did it!” feeling, while they develop hand strength and motor skills.
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