Meet the Teacher

Welcome to The Very Busy Kindergarten Classroom Blog. My name is Sue and I am a first grade teacher.  

I started  to teach first grade in 1995 and then switched schools to teach kindergarten in 2002.  In 2013, I decided it was time to go back to first grade; I was too old to teach kindergarten.   I guess you can say I just love to teach the little ones.

I started this blog in 2011 as a place to document the ideas that I was doing in my classroom and share with other teachers.

I am obsessed with children's literature.   I enjoy finding stories that relate to all content areas. I take great pride in finding stories that my students never heard before.  This is a challenge because many of my students have teachers for moms and grandmas.    Each day I feel I try to make a difference in my students as they make connections to the learning around them.

A lot of the ideas I share on my blog come from the books, workshops, and blogs I read.  However the best ideas I get come from the collaboration I share with the other teachers at my school.  I try to take the great ideas I see and work them into the exit expectations of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee where I teach. 

If you would like to contact me please feel free to leave me a comment or email me at:


  1. Hi Sue!

    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

  2. Hi Sue!
    I have followed your blog for a bit now and I love all your ideas. I taught Kindergarten for 3 years and then 1st grade for 2 before I left to stay home will my little boy. I loved Kindergarten, it was so wonderful to see how far those little ones could go in a year and just the freshness they had for learning. I was looking at your post today, smiling about past memories of decorated doors and I noticed that you mentioned prayer. I am so curious to know what type of school you teach at. The little miracle that I stopped teaching for is now 3 and school is just around the corner for him. I have considered homeschooling but I am also looking at other options. I would to hear more about how your school runs and if it is private or church ran. Thanks so much. My heart skipped a beat to see that prayer was part of your school day.
    My Blessed Mess

  3. Hi Sue,
    I saw you are using Don't Squeal unless it's a big deal...I use this book all the time. We read it and then I made a poster of kid sized/ adult sized problems. It has velcro on each column. I then present situation cards for the kids to sort into kind of problem. Lastly, we make pigs that hang up all year. Good luck!

  4. Hi, Where did you find the soap holders for crayons? Would love to do this idea? Thanks

  5. I generally keep crayons in those little pails from target. Thanks for reading. Sue


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