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Rhyming on the ranch (296 out of 365) #blogaday

Our next unit is “On the farm” and I have started looking for some activities already to enhance the learning of the kids. The image below could be done every day in the afternoon to let the children practice rhyming as well as learning animals, people, or things on a farm.

on the barn rhyme activity

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Animal alphabet (228 out of 365) #blogaday

I’m bringing back the animal alphabet post because it will be used this week at work! We currently have an alphabet letters unit, which entails discovery and exploration of sounds and the letters. I thought the students should color in the templates that I draw out, rather than having them draw the animal characteristics on the letters – I was unsure this morning how I was going to give them the activity, but as I started drawing them, I realized that it was hard to ask the students to do. These will be going on the wall to display for parents in my classroom so I also want them to look presentable. The pictures below, D for dinosaur and B for bee, are some of the letters I will be using in the template (I drew them! 😮 ) animal alphabet (1) animal alphabet (2)

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Labeling letters (162 out of 365) #blogaday

I saw a craft like this around the day school I went to today. I wonder if they found it on Pinterest! It is a great way to help the children remember what the letters look like, and what they say – having an image to pair with it is similar to a mnemonic device. It also shows the fun side of the alphabet because the children are actually making the letter into an animal or a different shape. labeling letters

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Unveiling videos (158 out of 365) #blogaday

YouTube can be a great tool for teachers to reward their students at the end of the day, or show them the fun in learning a subject like math or science. I still remember that the teacher for my high school Biology class always showed a video before the end of class – they were funny animal videos most of the time 🙂 That was the first time I saw “baby elephant sneeze!” We watched it over and over until it was time to go. I had this teacher my freshmen year of high school, and I am now graduating with my masters (almost 8 years 😮 but I still recall the fun). Doing something like that makes you a teacher that students remember.

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Animals and adulthood (121 out of 365) #blogaday

Today, I decided to take the family dog to the vet because he wasn’t acting normal. After talking to the doctors and then my parents, I realized that this was my first “real” adult issue. Having to figure out if the money was worth it or if the dog was sick enough to do recommended procedures. It was interesting to be placed in that situation, when the dog just has discomfort and stomach upset, and to see my reaction – I started thinking about what I would do if he was deathly ill. It showed me more about being an adult and how to handle tough circumstances. Everything I have gone through in grad school is useful for me to better understand what might occur when I have a job and am more independent from my parents.