Thursday, June 1, 2017


My webmaster created this video for my "Kindergarten Bill of Rights."
We hope it's something every parent and administrator will take to heart!

SHHHH!  Can you keep a secret?  Today you're going to get a sneak peak of what Carolyn Kisloski and I have been working on for many months.
What is a HAPPIE?
Several years ago when I was doing a workshop a teacher walked in with a cup of coffee from my favorite coffee shop. I said, “Don’t you just love that coffee.” She replied, “Yes, it’s my happie.” When I asked what she meant she explained, “You know every day is not totally happy. You have to do a little something special for yourself each day - something to make you happy. That’s what a ‘happie’ is.”

The more Carolyn Kisloski and I talked about this the clearer it became to us that we needed to put some “happies” back in the classroom day as well. Teachers are overburdened with standards, assessments, and expectations from administrators and parents. That’s why Carolyn and I wanted to create something to make teaching and learning more FUN! And, yes, we back up our playful and meaningful activities with research and the latest teaching trends.

We have put together “the best of” our 60+ years of teaching experience for each month with tried and true ideas. There are over 100 pages of hands-on learning activities with cheers, handshakes, attention grabbers, transitions, Prezis, management tips, brain breaks, finger plays, math, literacy, science, and seasonal lesson plans. There 15+ song downloads with books and visuals, as well as a video where Dr. Jean demonstrates the activities.

You'll be able to get a preview of our "Back to School Happies" on my website this month, as well as some free downloads.  However, you'll have to wait until July 1st to get the real deal.  We promise/hope your new school year will be more FUN for you and your children  with our HAPPIES!