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Welcome to Allie Magnuson's Classroom

By Allie Magnuson on August 2, 2010
  • Grades: PreK–K

I’ve been teaching Kindergarten in North Las Vegas, Nevada at C. P. Squires School for six years, where I love the students and staff. Sometimes following the same class to the next grade level, I have taught four grades (K3) in four schools. Previously, I taught for fifteen years in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

C. P. Squires changes from a twelve-month to a nine-month schedule this year, so I am counting on new and exciting adjustments. I teach in a predominantly Hispanic community, filled with enthusiastic learners and supportive families. My classroom has plenty of space, and the desert sun shines through a wall of windows. Because my kindergartners have fun and move around a lot, they think they are playing when they're actually learning! Centers keep students busy and engaged with a diverse selection of activities, freeing me to work with guided reading groups. Writing time keeps junior scribes quiet and reflective as they sit and look at posters or at the Word Wall, allowing me to conference with their classmates to prepare them for the Author's Chair. Writing is the favorite time of day, and at the end of the year we celebrate writing by inviting families and the principal to listen to young authors read their favorite piece.

As a child, my dream was to become a  kindergarten teacher. Now, I am a teacher who impresses young minds with ABCs and 123s, “The Golden Rule,” and “Safety First,” and one who shows that early dreams can become a reality. To that effect, each September my students brainstorm their hopes and dreams for their kindergarten year and tack them to our big bulletin board. Hopes and dreams are simple at this age: "I hope I get to work on the computers," "I hope I can read books." At the end of the year we review their hopes and find that most of them have become a reality. Those that haven't may become so next year.

Educating children is important to me. They become our leaders, guardians, caretakers, civil servants, and volunteers. They will find cures, invent solutions, inspire people, and make discoveries. They will be mothers, fathers, champions, heroes . . . and teachers. My goal is to help children realize there is nothing they cannot do. If you walked into my classroom today, you would see students who are encouraged to do their best because I believe in their ability and in their possibility. When I get a hug at the end of the day, or an "I love you, Teacher," I know I am doing something right.

Comments (10)

Emily - Thanks for inquiring about guest authoring for me! I was just considering adding guest authors for my blog, and an opportunity fell right into my lap. I would have to see your article, put it in a post, and submit it to the editors. I will email you with contact details.

Thanks for your interest!


Hi Allie!

I really enjoy your website and want to take a moment of your time to inquire about any guest posting opportunities that you may have on your blog. I've written an informational and educational article on the importance of early childhood education that I believe your readers of Classroom Solutions would be interested in.

Thank you in advance for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you.


Anne - I'm sorry it's taken me a few days to get back to you. I've been giving your question careful thought and consideration. I'd like to ask the primary inclusion teacher at my school for advice. I will get back to you with more in-depth information via email as soon as I can. Thank you for reading and for respecting my opinion!


Hi Allie,

What great passion you have! I am a primary inclusion teacher and am having a problem with a student not respecting the authority of her additional adult assistant.

The student is very attention seeking and impulsive. She generally responds to my requests or re-direction as well as her kindergarten teacher. But, not to the additional adult assistant. Do you have any tips for how this assistant could help develop more authority? She is a great person who cares very much about her student and others. We're just in a quandry about what to do!

Thanks for any advice that you have.

Keep up the hard work! Annie

Thank you Norma. I hope you continue to come back and see what is going on in my class. Cheers, Allie

Good job, Alice. Nice intro into your background and philosophy of education. I look forward to reading more as the weeks go by.

Nancy you are so sweet. Everything we learned we learned in Kindergarten! Hugs! Allie

I am soooo happy to know that you are laying the foundation for learning for our little ones!!

Lynsie - Thank you! I can't wait for you to see all the exciting things I have planned for this year! Check back often. Allie

Thanks for sharing your amazing classroom! Can't wait for more great ideas! Those kindergartners sure are lucky. :)

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