About Me

Hi!  Welcome to my blog where I share my thoughts and ideas with others interested in creating a developmentally appropriate place for children to learn.  My first job was as a "stay-at-home" mom for 11 years.  It was fun, rewarding, and hard! I learned so much about the value of play and creative thinking from those experiences with my own children.

I've been an early childhood teacher for over 16 years, including Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten (both half-day and full-day), 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade.  I am known as the "Singing Teacher" to my friends, colleagues, and students. I believe that music is a wonderful way to connect children to learning any concept or idea.  I also believe children should be moving instead of sitting all day, so my teaching style is very hands-on.

My family means the world to me, and I love spending time with them.  I've learned so much from my own children about differentiating instruction to meet all children's needs.  My youngest daughter was born with Down Syndrome and has Diabetes and Celiac Disease. She teaches me daily about strength, courage, patience, humor, and teaching "outside of the box."

I'm a Nana K!  I have 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.  I am getting to enjoy learning through play all over again.  Being a Nana K is.the.best. 

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope you find ideas to use in your own classroom or your home with your own children.  Come back soon!

Questions - Comments - Need Professional Development Sessions for Your School? Contact me at:  kathy@kathygriffinteach.com


  1. I like the new blog design. You make me smile! Keep doing what you do!

  2. Hi Kathy! We are a group called BusyBees, we are students from Primary Education Degree in Murcia (Spain) and we found your blog very interesting. We love the way you connect the children learning with the music and we think that your ideas about how to teach are very good and useful.
    BusyBees XOXO

  3. Where can I find your ideas for different hand movements the students can do at their desks? (push, pull, ocean waves, etc) Thank you!! :) Loved hearing you at the New England SDE conference!

  4. I'm also wondering where to find those ideas of hand movements!

  5. LOVE YOUR CLASS AT THE SDE CONFERENCE. I can't wait to download all your freebies. Unfortunately I can't find them. :-(. Please help me!!

    1. Thank you for attending my session. Here is the link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Kathy-Griffin-4534

      Go to the left side and click on FREE. It is FREE through tomorrow morning.