Can’t be common with children (263 out of 365) #blogaday

I love that these books are not common! It is always fun to find new stories to read to the children, so they don’t always hear the same ones about friendship. These also show different types of relationships, which is important for young students – they need to see non-comforming groups of friends to show that anybody can hang out together.

Nerdy Book Club

stratford zoo revue romeo and julietHello out there in Nerd-Land! So the second volume in my Shakespeare-inspired graphic novel series is coming out Sept. 29th (The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Romeo and Juliet). While working on it over the past few years, I’ve spent a thinking about great couples in picture books.

I think picture books are some of the best explorations of friendship/relationships that exist in literature. If I put on my literary/child psychology hat for a moment (I’ll be quick, I promise!), I would say that one of the great cognitive leaps we make as human beings is when we break past parallel play and realize that everyone else is a sentient, thinking being. Even as adults, we need constant reminders that “others” (racially, culturally, politically, behaviorally) are “us.” That is where companionship starts. That is where love begins.

Because picture books specifically target children at the age that they…

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Reasons for responsibility (262 out of 365) #blogaday


The first parts seem quite complicated for Pre-K, but I think it could benefit us to have a more in-depth breakdown about responsibilities and respect. We could make the scenarios more basic and have a few children become involved in the acting portions – there are probably books about respect as well. We will see how they behave this week; it somewhat depends from week to week! It will help the students feel more like a community and really understand that my coteacher and I are in charge.


Kids out of context (261 out of 365) #blogaday

Today I babysat one of the children from work who is usually more rowdy, but in the context of just us, she was very calm and listened well. It is interesting that sometimes other children set off each other, and when they are alone, they are perfectly fine. She respected me the whole time, even as we drove to the park and walked from the car! I looked forward to taking care of this sweetie more at work and some other days this week 🙂


Fun for Fall (260 out of 365) #blogaday

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This play dough recipe seems like a great idea because it is showing the students the different colors of Fall, and they get some more play dough in the center. Right now, both preschool and Pre-K rooms only have one bag of play dough each – it is starting to dry out and some of the children are bored with the color. This play dough is a mixture of oranges, reds, and yellows to emulate Fall!


Busting out behavior management (259 out of 365) #blogaday

There are a few students who are pushing the boundaries at work, so I want to try to figure out a reward system with their families. The preschool teacher has done this with some of her children, and it is really starting to help the listening and respect that she gets. Since there isn’t a punishment system in the building, it is important to setup something individual for students who need a little more management. I’ll keep you updated on what I figure out!


Young Ages Are Able (258 out of 365) #blogaday

Today was an interesting day because my Pre-K children were having a bit of a tough time listening, BUT the preschoolers joined us in the afternoon and they were acting much better than my students – this surprises me! The younger children should still be figuring out who to be respectful to. So far, when the preschoolers join our Pre-K class, they act better than in their own class. They might be a little overwhelmed with being in a different room with another teacher. The afternoon was much calmer than the morning which was nice 🙂


Rockin’ Rules (257 out of 365) #blogaday

good environment postI really like this image from User Generated Education a lot because it gives a good sense of things you should do to have a successful classroom environment. I was grabbed by the concepts in it – learners’ interests and in instruction, hands-on activities, work with others, challenge the students, engage with emotions, all about the process, and praise effort with success. The drawings are useful to break down the rules into simpler ideas for the students. Many posters that go up in classrooms have pictures with the words to incorporate the visual elements of learning. I had heard of many of these before, but the wording of them is more inspiring!


Fun with family tree (256 out of 365) #blogaday

This week, the students worked on the Popsicle stick house but the other activity is going to be more about family – for next week, I want the guardians to bring pictures of their families and the children will make a family tree. It will be very useful for them to figure out how it works, and see everyone’s families. These will probably stay up for quite some time in the classroom because they are very relevant to the backgrounds of the students in our class!family tree