Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
Monday, June 07, 2010
My summer school students need extra math help and what is more cost effective and fun then to get into partners. I just let them choose their parnters and then gave them little hooking cubes. They then looked at the numbers and with their partner they figured out how many cubes went with the number.
This can be done at home with the children that need extra math help
and it does not have to be done with blocks but with almost anything. Love it!!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I actually have 2 word walls, one that I add to and one that is the above. I place sight words and words of the letter of the week.
I use those words to build vocabulary, and build phonological awareness. I have them rhyme with those words, count the cyllables and make sentences. It works great. Everyone should try it.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
She attached the foam balls on the paper bag with hot glue gun. She then added the wings and hair and a gold halo.
She then attached the poem that is pictures above.
Tuesday, May 04, 2010
The number on the top is the number of days in school and they also learn how to date something and the months and days.
They love doing this and remind me to do this everyday. By the end I get volunteers to write it for me.
Saturday, May 01, 2010
Since my classroom in a dual language classroom, we label everything in English and Spanish. Blue is English and red is Spanish. The children know this and know why the two colors.
This is a great thing for a person's house as well. If you have little ones, try labeling different things areound the house and your children will pick up the reading of those labels.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
I usually do this every year with a little something else. The moms out there love them and they are simple to do.
Monday, April 26, 2010
I have never believed in saving things just for lessons and then putting them away. I let the children touch it, experience it and talk about it. You will be surprised at this. Flannel boards are not that expensive either.
The vocabulary is worth it.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
We have started our ocean theme and we transformed our little dramatic kitchen area in to an aquarium for our ocean unit. I placed the fish they made on the ceiling so they could be hanging.
I also put blue butcher paper to represent the water. I also put little ocean animals on the paper and even on the blinds.
I also placed ocean books in the basket of books assigned to the dramatic play area.
This helps build vocabulary in a fun way.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
They are easy to make with just some screws and some material and hot glue gun.
Also have a comfy chair or a bean bag chair. Try to put stuffed animals that the children can read to and have a little area carpet.
I love the posters I placed on my library center which are authors of children's books.
Make it fun!!
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I also have pictures of all sorts of ocean animals. They love learning about all kids of ocean animals and what they look like and what they do in the ocean. You can always find pictures in the internet and print them and post them around the room or in the science center.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I place Library card pockets on the shelf where the centers are. Lets say that I have a puzzle center and I only want 4 children to go to that center at a time. Then I place 4 card pockets as shown in the picture. The children place their "ticket" in the pocket. When the pockets are full the centers are full. If a fifth child wants to go to that center there are no more pockets for him so he must choose another center.
This works so so well for center organization. Studies show that when a child gets to choose their own center it is better, this way they choose the center but there is also a limit. They learn to take turns and make choices. It really works.
BTW--on the picture you can see some shoes, yes they are my feet with crocs on.
Thursday, April 08, 2010
I love my felt board
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
I wanted to teach the students about constellations and what they look like and that they are made of stars.
So i took the empty pringle containers and used push pins to copy constellations I found in books and on the internet.
They also had a great time finding out that the pringle containers are attracted to magnets. This is a great activity cause it is very inexpensive and easy to make.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
They love it and it is a great way to introduce seeds and what can grow out of seeds.
You can then read them a book called: The Surprise Garden by Zoe Hall. This book is about children that sort out seeds, then they plant the seeds and it's a surprise garden because they don't know what will grow. At the end they have a salad with what grows and they love it.
Friday, April 02, 2010
I love reading the children some books about planting seeds, like The Seed Song, by Judy Saksie. We then get some beans or flower seeds and plant them in cups, usually clear.
I love the clear cups because the children can see the roots. In the picture they are styrofoam because that is all we had at the time. Use what you have, I always say. The children get very excited to see their plant grow.
I love putting the plants on the window sill. That really gets them the sun they need. The children love this activity. So many things they can learn with this simple activity.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
In my classroom, we have a little pretend kitchen area. I like to change it up so that the children build other kids of vocabulary. I make it into a restaurant by adding menus from different places where I can get to go menus.
I also add in a notebook with pencils and a large calculator for a cash register. It is even better if you have a pretend cash register. They love writing down orders and adding up what you owe.
You also can tell that the children love to write on the notebook. This really builds up their vocabulary I like changing the dramatic area as restaurants, doctor's office, dentist office, airports or anything that we are using as a theme. It really works.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The students use plenty of manipulatives before doing this project. We use different colored counters and roll the dice. Then what ever comes out they add up.
Then I made copies of animals. One color for the purple die and one for the orange. Then I took a small group of children and had them add with these paper manipulatives.
They have so much fun adding and counting. This also lets me know if they know how to add. It is a really fun activity for them.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I provide books, hand lenses, and little insect models. I also place lots of pictures with the name of the insects on the wall.
The children love looking at the insects. I also try to have an ant farm for the children to experience.
Later I will add plastic spiders and then they could have a game of sorting the insects and spiders.
You would be amazed at how much a student can learn about insects.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Someone wanted a social studies lesson and I suggested this game. I found different items from a book and I colored and cut it. Then I laminated it and made it into a game.
After talking about fire safety and reading books about firefighters, the children play this game as a whole group. Then you place it in centers for them to play on their own. They really love it and it is a way to get some fire safety games into the centers.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I do the same with the math center. I keep a math class journal and lots of math books. They then go in and add their own notes in there for all to see.
This is a way to get them to write and to know that writing has meaning.
If you have nothing else you can put paper clips and I attach a magnetic want to the bottle and the children like to see the magnet move the items inside.
I also like to use things attracted to magnets that things that don't. Then they learn about what items magnets attract.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I just love making these bottles and it is a great way to recycle bottles.