Advice animals tips

Try vinegar for minor burns.

Just soak a small face cloth or paper towel and apply vinegar to the burn till the skin feels cool. Apply it immediately after the burn and it will ease the pain and prevent a blister.

Add a lint roller to your craft room.

A lint roller picks up glitter (and just about anything else) like a charm!

And last, but certainly not least, give them lots (and lots) of time to play.

“Playtime teaches kids how to get along with others so that they can effectively learn in a classroom. It’s so important, especially in kindergarten.” —Michelle S. Check out our educational toys for kindergarten and why dolls belong in the classroom!

Plan fun annual events for your students and their families.

Source: Kindercraze Whether it’s a Mother’s Day tea, a fall feast, or a spring BBQ, kindergartners love traditions. And they love to include their families.

Keep a “sub tub” on hand for those days when you just can’t make it into school.

Source: Supply Me Fill it with all the lessons and activities your sub will need in case you have an unexpected absence.

And laugh with your kids.

Kindergartners love to laugh as much as the rest of us! These 15 books will add some humor and levity to your day. Plus 25 jokes just for kindergarteners!

Follow kindergarten teachers and bloggers.

Keep a pulse on what’s happening in your grade level with our favorite teachers sharing on topics ranging from crafts to addressing important multicultural issues.

Connect with a community of educators outside of your own school.

Teaching is hard! Join our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE Facebook group and connect with other teachers to talk about challenges and triumphs and ask questions.

Take care of yourself.

Teaching kindergarten requires a different kind of energy. Eat well and try to get an extra hour of sleep if you can. “When I switched from teaching second grade to teaching kindergarten, I was exhausted for the first two months. It’s physically taxing.” —Karen E.

Prevent your kids from always using new cups and leaving the old ones lying around the house.

Just give them their own cups with magnets and pin them to your fridge. Your kids will love it.