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Working on writing (205 out of 365) #blogaday

A lot of the content on these charts is too difficult for pre-K, but it is still useful to see the various types of posters that can be created to encourage writing and good discussions. I like some of the more visual posters in particular, such as the one with the parts of a face broken down into what each should do when having a conversation. These skills are very important to start working on in pre-K and Kindergarten, so students can begin to build respect with one another. I want to have morning meetings, which would involve my students listening to their peers and taking turns. Posters with reminders that you can simply tap when students are off track help keep a positive learning environment!

https://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2015/08/02/charts-to-start-the-year/

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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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Bewildering blends (160 out of 365) #blogaday

“Glowstick”

“Playground”

“Globe”

“Sticker”

These were some of the words I received when teaching a lesson today on blends.ย I was expecting “star,” “glass,” “place” – so was amazed at the Kindergarteners for coming up with such distinct words! It was a private school setting, which meant the environment they are brought up in is much more well-off. BUT STILL, they are 4 and 5 years old ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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Teaching themes (99 out of 365) #blogaday

I found this list of unit themes that are often incorporated into Kindergarten classrooms. We are switching to Spring right now in my student-teaching class, and it is interesting to see the large variety of fun ideas for units! We are completing Farm this week, and I will teach the first introductions to the Spring unit. I am excited to read the “Big books,” and allow the children to tell me what they know/want to know/learn about (KWL chart) Spring. themes post

http://www.fantasticfunandlearning.com/themes
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Soothing myself with songs (84 out of 365) #blogaday

โ€‹There is something about ballads or slow romantic songs that just calm my soul. I wasn’t overly stressed today, but I was leaning towards certain songs that I could sing along to like Coldplay or Kings of Leon. It is very interesting how much music affects people – you play a certain genre for going out, exercising, sleeping, etc. I am very inclined to listen to the calmer stations on Pandora because there are songs that I haven’t heard many of them in a long time, and I like to relax with them ๐Ÿ™‚ In the Kindergarten class, music is a large part for transitions, attention,and practicing various skills. I have had some of the songs in my head that I have been learning and singing with the kids. Music really helps after a long day of some teaching and being in the classroom!

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Knowing Kindergarten (82 out of 365) #blogaday #sol15

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Can’t believe it’s been a month with the Slice of Life Challenge! I really enjoyed reading many posts and receiving comments ๐Ÿ™‚ Since I am doing the blogaday challenge, writing every day wasn’t anything new; however, I had some more creativity with inserting poems into my posts, which was a fun change.

โ€‹I had my first day observing/helping in Kindergarten. It was a very fun experience! I discovered many more techniques for teaching. I had forgotten that Kindergarten has many similarities with Pre-school, like singing. I will have fun learning the songs that we use for transitions! Today was a very long day after my relaxation during break, but it will get easier when my body and mind get used to sleeping and getting up earlier. My CT is a very sweet-natured woman and she will be a great mentor for me this term. I take over some reading groups tomorrow and will slowly be transitioning to more and more things – this is stressful to think about as well as difficult to take in with everything from the school day, but I’ll get used to it and feel less overwhelmed as the weeks go on.

Sorry about the short post tonight! My brain is somewhat fried due to not getting a very good night’s sleep yesterday, so I can’t think of much to say. There were so many great things about today that haven’t really soaked in, but I will continue writing about my experiences in the classroom this term.

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Needing some nature (79 out of 365) #blogaday #sol15

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Today, I went to Mirror Lake with my family and had a very nice day outdoors! Since being a teacher has gone to my soul, I found myself noticing things that I would want to teach my students if they came. There are so many aspects of nature that are great for children – relating to science, awareness, ecology, preservation, and others. Nature is a very important part of early elementary grades’ environmental science because the students are learning the basics of how the world around them works (various habitats, creatures, trees, etc). nature postI found this workbook on Amazon that I plan to use in my future classroom called The Nature Connection: An Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families, and Classrooms by Clare Walker Leslie. It involves exercises and activities that students can do at home or at school, just by noticing things in nature. I really liked it because it had simple enough tasks so families won’t feel overwhelmed by science assignments, and the students should feel excited to observe their backyard. I want to try and incorporate some very basic science into my full-time teaching in Kindergarten next term. Once I start school again on Monday, I’ll know what the normal day’s subjects look like. From what I am thinking, Kindergarten focuses mostly on weather and maybe a bit on animals. I’m excited to find out more, and hold some fun lessons outside on insects or something like that ๐Ÿ™‚ nature post2

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Everything Easter (68 out of 365) #blogaday #sol15

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As you know, Easter is the first weekend of April. It is also the Sunday before the second week of my full-time teaching! I was thinking I would do a fun Easter-related activity with the children. I found an art project that goes with a story called “Rabbityness.” It is about a rabbit who does things differently than other rabbits. He is into the arts, like painting and music, and the rest of the rabbits admire him, which causes things to change when he leaves one day.easter post2I think this story would be great with Kindergarteners because it is about how everyone’s uniqueness matters in the world, and they impact people around them without even realizing it. easter postI understand that Easter is a religious holiday that not all children celebrate, but since the book doesn’t directly relate to the holiday, I thought it would be beneficial. It teaches a good moral lesson and for children who do celebrate Easter, it will give them a bunny that they can connect to if they would like. It also involves art which is a great way to engage the students and allow them to be creative ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope my spring CT likes this activity and lets me include it in the instruction!