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In frustration of the new schedule that we have to follow this school year, (that I don’t feel allows me enough small group instructional time), I’ve begun squeezing in learning activities in other places:
naptime (I always did it then, now I just do a lot more)
waiting for the bathroom
I do things like use photo cards to build oral language while we walk or when they finish eating. I do phonemic awareness activities like beginning sound, onset rime blending, deletion, rhyming, syllables, and I’ve started adding in word problems. I probably could have done this all along, but there’s also something to be said for allowing the kids to have their time and to socialize. So I try to balance it.
This morning I was doing my usual, and I guess I was being a little bit louder than normal, because the kids at the next table over (also pre-K) started answering along with my kids (choral responses are less pressure and allows the other kids exposure to things they don’t know). Every time I stopped (mostly to think of more questions) the kids asked for more. When it was time to leave the cafeteria, two of the girls came to me separately to ask if we could do it again tomorrow morning.
And now it is 7:50 and I’m making a list of compound words for tomorrow.
Katymylady and I are having our 3rd bi-annual Tumblr meet up over winter break in Cleveland. We are going to spend time near W. 25th, first at Sokolowski’s a staple of the Cleveland area and then Great Lakes Brewery where they make Christmas
Crack Ale and other delicious craft beers. We haven’t set a date yet, but I’m full-court pressing Diem to come. Would anyone else be available?
More than anyone, my students teach me that happiness does not come from the things you own, the house you live in, or the places you can go. Happiness is seeing life as an adventure, seeking out new experiences, and being excited about the little things. Throw in being with people that love you unconditionally and there is nothing in this life that is better. I’m so happy that I work with students who have already learned that lesson by four years of age.
"The something beautiful you brought me was confetti!? I love how you decorated my desk with it."
"I called your mom. She told me she did not tell you that you didn’t have to do your letter work."
"I want your mom to do my hair like that!"
"I love exercise!"
"Pumpkin pudding is delicious."
"That noise? Oh, it’s just the elephants dancing upstairs."
"I am SOOOOOOOOOO surprised!"
"Quiet, the babies are sleeping."
"I live at school. My bed is upstairs."
"Farts are not funny."
Tumblr Boost? I’m looking for phonemic awareness materials (printables & free) in Spanish that I could use for a parent night.
The concepts of beginning sounds, rhyming, syllables, and onset rimes are the same no matter the language. Even if it is something like a list of rhyming words in Spanish I could use it. They would need to require few materials and be appropriate for 4 or 5 yr olds. If you have anything you could point me in the direction of I’d appreciate it.
1. Use picture labels for where things go along with the words. This makes teaching the kids to clean-up so much easier.
2. Don’t go overboard with posters and cutesy stuff on the walls. It is much better to leave room for student work. Most districts follow a 20% rule with how much can be on the walls. When you consider the bulletin boards and other things you have to have up that doesn’t leave a lot.
3. Don’t put markers out the first week.
4. Begin with board books in the reading center. This gives you time to go over how to take care of books before the books get bent or ripped.
5. Have a quiet area where kids that are over-stimulated or scared can go. I keep some squeeze balls, fun books, etc there.
6. At parent orientation or the first few days take pictures of the kids. Use these to put the kids’ pictures with their names on their cubbies. Do the same on name plates so that the kids can find their names quickly to copy.
7. Don’t begin with all your jobs. Start with 3-5. Add a couple the next week. The kids that did it week one can help the kids doing it week 2 learn what to do.
8. Keep parent phone numbers easily accessible by your phone.
9. Do not put out all the play food yet. I start with the pots and pans, plates, and cups.
10. Puzzles are great, but expect that however many you put out is the number that they will dump on the floor the first week and get stuck! Keep simple puzzles out for week one.
This is for me personally. My students have never been in a day care center or anything like that. So I have to spend time teaching them how we play, how we use our things, and how we clean up.
is to make meals ahead of time, especially before the school year starts.
There are days that if I didn’t have food I could just reheat, I’d probably go without eating due to exhaustion.
I strongly suggest making big dinners in the weeks to come and freezing individual servings (or bigger if you don’t live alone like I do).
With that in mind, when I find new recipes that I would probably like, I worry about how they’ll freeze and reheat. Some recipes just won’t work for that.
I put links to three of my favorite recipes that freeze and reheat well in a google doc. Please feel free to add links to or type in your recipes that freeze and reheat well.