Monday, April 30, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
In addition to music, there are so many other ideas that I routinely use that came from Dr. Jean. My children (in both Chester and Swarthmore) love Oreo Words. I learned about them (and "kiss your brain," and letter vests, and pinching e, and sight word cheers, and....the list goes on and on) at a Dr. Jean conference I attended in South Carolina. (My daughter was in college down there...talk about a perfect weekend - Kiera and Dr. Jean!)
I know that most people who read blogs know about Dr. Jean... I guess I just wanted to send her an open love letter to thank her for all she does for teachers. Dr. Jean, you're the best!!
|Kids playing with Oreo Words during Free Play!|
Thursday, April 26, 2012
I have this list on my refrigerator door and it makes me happy every time I see it. I gave it to my class on Valentine's Day (in addition to adorable dinosaur valentines I found on Pinterest). I've also done something like this at the end of the year. Another version that I did with my own children was a 70th Birthday Present: "70 Reasons We Love MumMum." Everyone likes to know that they are loved (and why).
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
On Friday we read The Earth Book by Todd Parr. We then generated the above list of ways we could help take care of the earth. I did not add "put your underwear in the freezer" although that was clearly the kids favorite part of the book. I'm just not sure how that saves the environment (instead of air conditioning maybe?) Several of my kiddos were going to try it, so I'll have a report tomorrow :) My poster was inspired by one I found on Pinterest that was made by Terri at A Cupcake for the Teacher. (such cute ideas on that blog!) Happy Earth Day all!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
I am joining Ms. Fultz's Show Off Your Classroom Linky Party. I love my big classroom.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
This is the google doc of this year's book: What a Wonderful World Book. If you have trouble uploading it, please email me and I will send you the word document.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
My colleague just completed a fun Frog and Toad Unit in her Pre-K 4 class. What I love about the unit is that there were lots of opportunities for retelling the Frog and Toad stories with various fun props (including both frog and toad cardboard homes).
|That's Frog and Toad in a tree (that the kids made by sponge painting).|
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012
|Get Well Card with Post-it note signatures|
I think that letter writing is an important skill. Accordingly, we write lots of thank you notes and get well cards (particularly when I taught kindergarten). Usually, we write a card as a class. First we generate a list of of things we could mention. For example, if it is a thank you note after a field trip, the list might include what we liked best or what we learned. Next, I write the letter drawing attention to the writing conventions I'm using. I put the letter inside a folded piece of poster board. I then give each child a post it note or a small piece of paper and have them sign their name and draw a small picture of their favorite part of the trip (or sometimes a picture of themselves). I can then stick the signatures to the bottom of the letter. The advantage is there are no giant signatures and mistakes are easy to correct (otherwise those perfectionist can drive you crazy).
The picture above is of a Get Well card we recently made for our Science teacher. Each child made one flower for the front. They then dictated specific advice about how she should take care of herself and signed their own star.
Monday, April 9, 2012
I was just looking at Pinterest and saw a picture that I knew I had taken but that I had not pinned. It turns out that the Preschool Lesson Plans website has written about my "I like mud" activity. So cool ... because they always have great ideas on that site! I am doing the mud activity with my Pre-k'ers this week. The original post was here.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
I have always tried to have my class participate in service projects where the children will be able to feel empathy for those that they are helping. In December, we did daily Random Acts of Kindness. When I introduced the day we were going to bring in a toy or book from home to give away to a school in the low income district where I volunteer, we talked about how lucky we are. I explained that last year I worked in a school where the children did not have as much money as we do. I also told them that many of my kindergartners shared a bed with their brothers and sisters. I explained that I sent home a book each night for their mom or dad to read to them because many of the children didn't have books at home. But more importantly, I told my class that the kids in last year's class were just like them in other ways. I told them how much they loved when I played freeze tag with them and how much they loved doing OREO words. I think that it is much easier to be empathetic when we recognize the common experiences that we share with others.
|The kids in Chester love to play Freeze Tag|
|The kids in Swarthmore love to play freeze tag|
Friday, April 6, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Finally in First, a blog with LOTS of great ideas, including the adorable 100 year old portraits, is having 5 days of giveaways. Check it out!
Finally in First: Giveaway #4 Spring Break Countdown
Finally in First: Giveaway #4 Spring Break Countdown
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012
|The rug where we meet each morning for circle time.|
Monday, April 2, 2012
Fairy Dust Teaching. When I started teaching Kindergarten 5 years ago in a very difficult district, I resisted any Red, Yellow, Green card sort of behavior management system. I didn't like how negative it was and I didn't like the idea that there were prescribed results for red cards (no recess, call home,etc) because I thought that they would not necessarily be responsive to an individual child's behavior or circumstance. I seldom called parents because I knew the child would be beaten (or there would be no response) and I wasn't comfortable with either response. I therefore did without a formal system but tried to respond to individual behavior.