Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
There was an old woman,
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
So.. I have to give an assessment 3 times a year and one of the components is vocabulary. One of the last pictures is of a torch. No one in my class knew what it was.. so I saw this idea from this AMAZING BLOG and thought what a great idea! We had just finished studying Tt. I read Tacky and the Winter Games and we talked about the torch. This book is a great read! It really shows kids how important it is to listen to and follow directions. Tacky hurts his teammates by not following directions. It is funny and of course ends with Tacky's silly behavior paying off in the end. The students drew and cut our their own lowercase t and added tissue paper and fire colored squares (left over from Elmer). I'll let you know in April if they remember torch!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Then I read Miss Nelson is Back- just for fun. :)
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Everyone in my class has a job. The first few weeks of school I model each job and we take turns trying each job. Last week I assigned our first round of class jobs. The kids were VERY excited to learn which job they'd been assigned. Door holder and line leader are the most coveted jobs, but office helper and paper passer are very popular too. I was impressed and a little surprised at how seriously each student took their job responsibilities. This is our second week of class jobs. We switched jobs yesterday and I was happy to see the old job holder show the new job holder how to do the job. It was great to see such great cooperation. Watch out if you try to do someones job!! You will be reminded that, that is not your job! In order reuse my job chart year to year, each child gets a number. That number is written on a pencil and the pencils get rotated each week.
Our jobs are: line leader, door holder, paper, calendar, soap, library, bell work, desks, floor, rules, lights, weather, and office
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
I had enough sticky back Velcro to make four stirrers. I am crazy with excitement at all of the possibilities! Alphabet, numbers, sequencing, schedules, writing webs, patterns..........
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
We have just loved Elmer! The last two days we have been working on making our own patchwork and elephant colored elephant. We used paper squares to make a patchwork on one side of a folded paper and grey squares to make an elephant colored elephant on the other side. Then we carefully cut out ears that magically made legs! AND carefully cut a line that STOPPED (not cut off) to make the trunk. We taped the ears on and made eyes..
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
“A child loves his play, not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.”
When I am building in the block room, please don’t say I’m “just playing”. For you see, I’m learning as I play, about balance and shapes. Who knows, I may be an architect someday.
When I’m getting all dressed up, setting the table, caring for the babies, don’t get the idea I’m “just playing”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play; I may be a mother or a father someday.
When you see me up to my elbows in paint or standing at an easel, or molding and shaping clay, please don’t let me hear you say, “He is just playing”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m expressing myself and being creative. I may be an artist or an inventor someday.
When you see me sitting in a chair “reading” to an imaginary audience, please don’t laugh and think I’m “just playing”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I may be a teacher someday.
When you see me combing the bushes for bugs, or packing my pockets with choice things I find, don’t pass it off as “just play”. For you see, I’m learning as I play. I may be a scientist someday.
When you see me engrossed in a puzzle or some “plaything” at my school, please don’t feel the time is wasted in “play”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning to solve problems and concentrate. I may be in business someday.
When you see me cooking or tasting foods, please don’t think that because I enjoy it, it is “just play”. I’m learning to follow direction and see differences. I may be a cook someday.
When you see me learning to skip, hop, run and move my body, please don’t say I’m “just playing”. For, you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning how my body works. I may be a doctor, nurse or athlete someday.
When you ask me what I’ve done at school today, and I say, “I just played”, please don’t misunderstand me. For you see, I’m learning as I play. I’m learning to enjoy and be successful in my work. I’m preparing for tomorrow. Today, I am a child and my work is play.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
This week we are reading Elmer by David Mckee. It is a story about a patchwork elephant that makes all of the other elephants laugh. One day Elmer thinks that it is his patchwork colors the others are laughing at and makes himself elephant colored like the rest of the elephants. He soon finds out that the other elephants love his colors and find a way to celebrate their differences. It is a great book to celebrate diversity. If you go here you can paint your own Elmer online.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Read the Room
Write the Room
Look What I Had Time To Do!
Building & Legos