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Productive with posters (285 out of 365) #blogaday

I had some time to get a few posters ready that I want to use during the Fall unit, and I really felt productive! I made one with a song about leaves falling as well as one about investigating pumpkins – they were color-coded for Fall and had drawings of leaves or pumpkins. I am quite proud to teach the students the song and lead the discussion about our pumpkins 🙂 They will be on the wall and my webpage for the whole unit!

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Autumn activities (284 out of 365) #blogaday

I have been searching for crafts and small groups to do with the Fall unit – as usual, there are are so many options! I saved button trees, fall painting with corks, leaf pressing, matching numbers on pumpkins, and a few songs 🙂 I look forward to trying some of these out, and hopefully getting through more of them than the pets unit (I only did a few due to the busy week of moving around other rooms and helping). button trees

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Onward in Oregon City (283 out of365) #blogaday

Today, I went to Oregon City for the first time – it was interesting hearing more about the history behind the Oregon Trail, and how people ended up in that town. I could definitely see parts of the museum being very useful as a field trip for children. I didn’t really learn much about the history of California, besides the gold rush (and even that was quite brief). History was a subject that didn’t interest me much in school because it was not brought to life in middle or high school. I think many educators believe that only elementary students need a more animated structure, but it could really help keep the attention of older kids.

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Fresh for Fall (282 out of 365) #blogaday

The Fall unit is here! This will be very exciting to see the children explore the different leaves and reasons for Autumn. On Friday, some of the kids started picking up leaves on the grass and noticing that they don’t all look the same – I am ready to help the class think critically about the world around them through science and other activities. I love the weather in Fall as well because it is cooler and just plain beautiful out in nature. Simply walking around the center, the children can get a feel for Fall and how it looks compared to the season before.

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The World of Books (281 out of 365) #blogaday

https://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2015/10/17/top-ten-fictional-places-in-literature-by-isabelle-sudron/

Glad “Howl’s Moving Castle” and “Discworld” made it! Fantasy needs to be written very well to suck you in, and these two stories (“Howl’s” I have seen as a movie) really get you hooked. I have heard of many from this list, but only read a couple of them – since I wasn’t a reader when I was younger, I missed some the children’s classics.

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Math and marshmallows (278 out of 365) #blogaday

http://kindercraze.com/2015/10/halloween-marshmallow-graphing-freebie-and-fun/

There are many ways to incorporate math into the classroom and keep it exciting! Using candy is always a hit with children, and this teaches them useful skills like counting and graphing. October is a good month for these types of activities because it can connect to Halloween and Fall.

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Tantalizing Target (276 out of 365) #blogaday

I went to Target tonight and that store is always testing my wallet resistance! There are so many things I could buy 🙂 If I had an unlimited budget, my house and closet would be full of the merchandise from there. I have gone with friends and simply walked around the store, taking note of the many things that I love. My future apartments and homes are definitely going to be full of decor and knickknacks from Target (and stores like it).