Friday, February 25, 2011


Thank you for visiting Funky First Grade Fun!  My name is Kimberly.  I am proud to be a mother, wife, speech-language pathologist and a teacher.  This is my family (Jeff, Marissa and Donavon).  I am so proud of my husband and my amazing kids.  We are truly blessed!

I've been teaching for 16 years.  My teaching experience includes school based speech-language therapy, young 5s, kindergarten, 1st grade and working as a literacy intervention specialist.  First grade is by far my favorite thing to teach! I feel super lucky to spend my days working with children.  There is nothing more rewarding than knowing that you have the chance to make a difference in the life of a child. 

I'm pretty sure that most people who know me would agree on a few things...
I work hard.
I have lots of opinions (that I'm not shy about sharing).
I believe that it's important to advocate for every child.
And... I talk way too much.  Ha!

I hope you will find something useful while you are here and that you'll stop by again soon! 


  1. Hi Kimberly- I was checking out the blogs on the TpT site and found yours. I scrolled down and saw that your familiy visited Mackinaw Island- are you from Michigan? Although I am now a Teacher Consultant working with the RtI Initiative, I was a Speech Path for years in the schools and my job-life sounds a lot like yours. Fortunately I still get to work in first grade. If you get a chance, check out my store in TpT and see what you think. I'd love feedback from someone who's doing the same thing with the same age group. Julie

  2. I heard from Maria Dismondy that you were also from MI. I teach in Bloomfield Hills. Where are you located? We should do a blogger meet up!


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    1. Oh my gracious! We are two in the same...I work hard, I'm opinionated and not shy, and I talk too much, too! I love it. I am definitely going to be frequenting your blog, it's fantastic!
      Cruz'n in First

  4. You have some effective learning strategies. I like your bulletin board "Reading is Thinking" A great way to enforce comprehension.

    Tonya Simmons

  5. I am so glad I found your blog! You have wonderful ideas-and I love the anchor charts. My daughter is a first grader and she has Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has a speech therapist at school, and we have a speech therapist that has been working with her since she was 4 that comes to our home as well. I am excited to create some anchor charts for home to continue to help her grow in math and reading. Thank you for creating this blog and sharing with us parents who are doing everything we can to help our children succeed : ) Judy Ludwick