I looked back at this link recently because I still want to incorporate making books somewhere into the curriculum, but I’m not sure how yet – maybe when Bessie (the traveling teddy bear) comes in mid-December 🙂 We could all come up with mini stories to her, and practice more of our letters. It would maybe be incorporated into small groups or afternoon circle to teach more about writing.
I found this great packet of farm activities that I will definitely have the children work on these weeks! It includes many different practices (tracing, numbers, farm animal words, puzzles, cutting, etc). I have attached the document at the bottom of the post. I love that something like this is available out there for free 🙂 Farm-Pack-PDF
I took this idea of the Top Five posts of the month from another blog I follow – I think it is a very interesting concept because it lets you reflect on what you wrote. I chose the ones about writing in preschool, monster blocks, teaching sites, sticker reward system, and pumpkin investigation. It was nice to look back at October posts and remember some tips as well as engaging articles/activities I had found.
This post shows that you can pull educational information out of many TV shows if you are looking for it. I was drawn to this one because I love “Diners, drive-ins, and dives”. I noticed his style of speaking after a few episodes since it is quite distinct, but tying into the writing process and tone of voice is very interesting!
“As a toddler exploring the world, we are experiencing stories all around us. We grow, we speak and begin communicating our messages more clearly. Our writing begins with these ideas, content and story. It doesn’t begin with a pencil in our hand but instead much earlier. We begin paving the way of a writer when our eyes open up for the first time and we breathe in this life, our stage, our theater to write our dramatic beginnings. We begin our story.”
I enjoyed this quote from (twowritingteachers) because it helped explain the writing process for young children! Many people believe that only older students can begin writing and creating stories; however, like this quote states, children are creating stories constantly while playing. I remember that I used to come up with the most detailed concepts with my dolls and describe them to friends – I started writing down my ideas into scripts and stories when I was older, but the idea of a story was there much earlier.
This one is for yesterday because it was a very fast-paced evening after work with dinner and a movie.
It is important to let your students come up with the rules for the class, or summaries of what we did. At Kindercare, we write down the words that the children say during our “what we learned today” section – it is important for them to see the phrases that they said, and it allows them to increase their vocabulary. If the adults are always changing what the students write into more “sophisticated” language, it is not helping anyone.
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!
Relates to a workshop that I attended today about criteria for success. Having a list of what the end product should look like, along with non-examples. Interesting how worlds can collide from across many countries!
This is a fun writing idea to keep the students practicing! My Kindergarten CT has her students practice their names and numbers on laminated sheets, and this reminds of that. It is very important to stay organized with teaching because there are many things to handle.
Today, I wrote my first lesson plan for my Reading course to teach in my fall placement. It really made me think about how close I am to actually being an elementary school teacher, which is pretty scary BUT exciting! I also started envisioning myself teaching a class, and altering things for my students. We will be teaching a full math lesson in a few weeks, which is a great way to end this term before we start part-time teaching in the Winter – 😮 I can’t believe we will be doing that so soon! For the writing class this term, we reminisced on our drafts and pieces that we wrote throughout the course. There was a part about creating goals for the next few years, and it made me excited to start teaching and implementing my teacher’s curriculum.
At the beginning of my Master’s, I was intimidated to start teaching my own class and overwhelmed with all the things to get done. But, since the setup is a gradual increase to actually teaching, it makes it an easier trip. I have also stepped in and led read-alouds, taught a mini math lesson, and hopefully will observe a science lesson. I am feeling more confident about my passion and experience for teaching youngsters in the future! Thanksgiving Break is right around the corner, and I can’t wait to have time with my family 🙂 This year is going to fly by, so I plan to document as much of it as I can!