This week, our unit is homes and family – I have found a few crafts that I think the children will enjoy. The one I posted below is fun because they actually get to create a home out of popsicle sticks and draw a picture of their family. This is a great keepsake for the parents and guardians as well!
This post makes some interesting points about young children and trying to segment, sound out, drop endings, etc. We had a class that broke down the phonemes and I was in a Kindergarten class in the Spring, so I have witnessed exactly what she is saying. We don’t really assess the children on reading at my work, but I may ask in the middle of the year to see the progress of some of the pre-K students.
Today, we combined with the younger preschool children in the afternoon because we had a low number of kids and the teachers were a bit short staffed. There are a few of them who act much younger than the other preschoolers – they need lots of reminding about what not to do and where to be during centers. Unfortunately, my eyes were turned dealing with another issue when two of the boys filled our planter display with rocks and shells (from our science center) We cleared out the mess and put the plant back in the soil, but I doubt it will recover from being smothered. It really saddened me, because it was a living plant and was squished. The preschool students have a fish that they are managing to keep alive; however, it is on a taller part of the wall so this can’t happen to the living fish.
Made it to 250!!!
This is a great idea because the children will actually have something to say when they leave school. I was always a child who said “fine” after my mom asked “how was school” – it gives students the pride of earning a sticker for whatever they are working on in class. I definitely want to create my own and print these out to start giving to my students! They already love stickers, so earning one and encouraging them to explain their day to families should be a real hit 🙂
I am back in the US and will be teaching again on Thursday – it`s crazy how fast that vacation went! I’m very interested to see what my students have been working on, and how they will react when I come back. My class website needs a post with what we did these past two weeks to keep the families informed. The newsletter has brought more positive responses to the site, so I want to keep it up weekly or biweekly (even when I wasn’t there for the teaching). Hope the children still like me 🙂
Another teacher did photo books for the end of the year, with students writing poems, and I think the books are something I really want to do! It is a great keepsake for the teacher and students 🙂 This one is better because it is actually useful throughout the school year by including the alphabet – you could do these with numbers as well and have the students take pictures using the correct number of students.
I posted TWICE today due to missing the 14th – my timing just isn’t very good here! I leave tomorrow, so will be back to actually posting once daily.
This article is great! The writing of the firefly metaphor really connected with me as a teacher and a child who used to be a firefly. I was shy and in the background throughout elementary and middle school – I look for these types of students to befriend and make sure they are not being made fun of because it can cause emotional damage. This piece should be read in some of my master’s classes along with the bullying videos we watch. I feel really moved after reading this!
“What’s your favorite insect?” my seven-year-old daughter asked as we took an evening walk on the first night of her spring vacation.
“You can’t pick butterfly. Everyone picks the butterfly,” she quickly added before I had a chance to respond.
“Hmmmm,” I thought out loud. “I guess mine would have to be a ladybug,” I finally answered.
“Mine’s a firefly. I love the firefly,” she said wistfully.
We kept walking. Talking. Enjoying the rare treat of alone time—just my younger daughter and me.
“Am I okay? I mean, am I fine?” she asked looking down at herself. “Sometimes I feel different.”
I immediately stopped walking and searched her face. Without saying what she meant, I knew; I just knew.
I bent down and spoke from a painful memory tucked away since second grade. “When I was your age. I felt different too. I felt uncomfortable, self conscious. One…
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Art is something that can take a lot of time for setup, but with this idea, all you need is paper towels and paint. The children can try different designs and mix paints – it seems like a fun and low maintenance task!
I posted three today because my trip has been somewhat go, go, go. They are for the 11th, 12th, and 13th.
As my vacation is coming to a close, my mind has started thinking about work and my students. I wonder what activities they have done, how their behavior has been, and what it will be like when I come back. This trip has flown by, but there was so much relaxation and fun that it will be difficult to get into the swing of teaching again. I am excited to see the kids and incorporate more fun ideas into the curriculum!
Having a quiet activity for children to do is great during stormy weather, after naptime, or just when things are starting to get rowdy. These ideas are very inventive, especially the one about making fall trees! The children really are learning during these centers.