Welcome to the page of
Mrs. Kanizer

Phone: (812) 462-4385
Email: holly.kanizer@vigoschools.org

About Mrs. Kanizer

Welcome to First Grade! I am so happy you are here!

This is my 14th year teaching at Terre Town Elementary.  I currently live in Clinton, Indiana with my husband and our dog, Addie.  I spent a lot of time riding horses and playing sports when I was growing up.  I love to read, cook, and travel.  I attended both Indiana State University and Ball State University.  I received my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education and my Masters in Elementary Education.


First Grade Classroom Supplies

It is necessary for each child to have appropriate supplies to ensure success in school.  Below are the items which your child will need for classroom use.  Supplies are inexpensive this time of the year.  Please consider purchasing multiples to re-supply your child as needed.


  1. A backpack without rollers
  2. 4 boxes of 24 Crayola Crayons
  3. 20 Elmer’s glue sticks
  4. Scissors (Fiskar or Academic work best)
  5. 24 yellow #2 pencils (sharpened if possible)
  6. 1 box of Crayola Classic Markers
  7. 6 Expo Dry Erase Markers (black only)
  8. 2 white Hi-Polymer erasers (can be found at dollar stores)
  9. Regular size school box
  10. 2 large boxes of Kleenex
  11. 1 box of gallon size baggies
  12. Headphones for computer lab (no ear buds)
  13. Clorox or Lysol disinfectant wipes
  14. 1 roll of paper towels
  15. Large bottle of hand sanitizer

*Please no hand-held pencil sharpeners

At this time we are in need of crayons, glue sticks, and black dry erase markers.  Thank you!

Whole Brain Teaching Rules

Our classroom rules are from Whole Brain Teaching by Chris Biffle.

  1. Follow directions quickly. In the interest of keeping our class moving along and keeping students engaged, students must follow directions quickly.
  2. Raise your hand for permission to speak. This pertains mostly to teacher led instruction.  Does this mean students will not be able to talk?  No!  For every 5-9 minutes of teacher talk, students will be asked to explain new learning to each other.
  3. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat. When we are busily working, we don’t want to lose valuable learning time to wandering.  This does not mean we will be sitting all day.  We will use movement to engage our brains!
  4. Make smart choices. This rule has few words, but covers a great deal!
  5. Keep your learning community happy. Following classroom rules and having a class engaged in learning makes everyone very happy.



As the year progresses, you may notice that our classroom doesn’t run like other classrooms. We will be learning through Whole Brain Teaching, a research based system that utilizes all areas of the brain, keeps children engaged throughout their lessons, and helps them retain much more information than the standard lecture-discussion model.
Whole Brain Teaching is a highly interactive form of instruction that delivers information to students in short “chunks.” Kids then teach what they have just learned to their partners, using hand-gestures to help remember specific vocabulary.  While students teach each other, the teacher walks around the room to discover who understands the lesson and who needs more instruction.
Research shows that children retain more information when they have an opportunity to put it into their own words and use gestures to emphasize key instructional units …plus, it’s amazingly fun! For more information about Whole Brain Teaching you can go to www.WholeBrainTeaching.com.                  Thank you for your cooperation!
Weekly Schedule


Lunch– 12:00-12:20

Recess– 12:20- 12:40

All Specials are from 1:20-2:00

Monday– Library with Mrs. Reynolds

Tuesday– Computer Lab with Mrs. Kanizer

Wednesday– Art with Mrs. Burley

Thursday– P.E. with Mrs. Roberts

Friday– Music with Mr. Rainy

Daily Schedule

7:55-8:30 Breakfast and Morning Routine

8:30-10:30 Reading and Language Arts Block

10:30-11:00 Small Group Block

11:00-12:00 Math Block

12:00-12:40 Lunch and Recess

12:40-12:50 Teacher Read Aloud

12:50-1:20 Writing Block

1:20-2:00 Special

2:00-2:30 Science/Social Studies Block

2:30 Prepare to go home and Dismissal