Have you ever asked children (in any grade level) the following questions?
1. What is a quiet Voice?
2. What is an inside voice?
Then all the marvelous little voices begin to "yell" all at the same time; what they think and know a quiet voice is! Yes, this happens to me every year and it doesn't matter how many times we "talk" and I "model" what an inside voice is and sounds like; outside voices are pretty much used 95.999999999% of the day!
Another overly used statement, especially the first few weeks of school is:
Friday, September 23, 2016
Have you ever asked children (in any grade level) the following questions?
Sunday, July 10, 2016
As I'm writing this post, I'm thinking about how lucky I am, because every year I start school in July! Yes, it "cuts" into my "summer break" but that doesn't bother me, click here if you want to know why I start in July.
To top it off, this year is EXTRA special for me because my very own baby girl starts kindergarten. She also happens to be our baby, and has been asking for a whole year (really, I think, ever since she realized I am a kindergarten teacher) for me to be her teacher. This past year, while she was in pre-school, I thought and pondered about the idea. My husband and I talked about the pros and cons. I even asked veteran trusted teachers for advice and decided why not? So, for over a year we have been "prepping" her to be in mommy's classroom. We would constantly inform her, that if she was going to be in "momma's" class, she had to listen like every one else. We also made her aware, that mommy would share her heart and time with other children in the classroom; as expected she would listen quietly, ask why, and would finally nod and say OKAY, after a huge sigh and she always wanted a hug!
Honestly, up until last week I was somewhat worried. Last week was our first week together in the classroom and I was so impressed, surprised, and amazed by her! Her maturity, kind heart, and extrovert personality were far beyond my own expectations of her. I think my husband and I made a good choice, not to mention my amazing principal who also gave me the ok! Needless to say, tomorrow we start our second week together and I'm so looking forward to it!
I credit part of this success to some of my classroom rules, procedures, and expectations. It's cliché to say children thrive on boundaries, but it is the truth!
My first week with students, we play at all of our centers and practice routines and procedures. We read several first day of kindergarten/first day of school books and we sing many songs.
One the songs we sing and I also use to teach classroom "rules" comes from Mr. Harry Kindergarten Music the rules of the classroom:
Friday, January 1, 2016
Listening to my washer spin as I blog away, I do not know why, but hubby woke up EARLY this morning and is doing laundry!
Loving CROSSFIT, exactly a month ago my sister took me with her to a free class and needless to say I fell in love with crossfit, Dear yoga, I will come back.... I promise!
Thinking... I am a thinker, always thinking, and this morning I woke up thinking about this upcoming year. My plans, my hubby's plans, our kids, we all have dreams, wishes, ideas, and thinking about how it will all roll out! Praying and Expecting a fruitful and happy year!
Wanting, Biscochos!!! No one made biscochos for Christmas this year and I have been craving them since then. I pulled up a recipe from online yesterday and they came out OK, they look pretty... taste, not what i was expecting, but still good. Check them out in my IG account here, I had so much fun baking them with my 4 year old daughter! "Mommy, it's like playing with play-doh!" Those are the moments I truly live for!
Needing COFFEE!! I thrive on Coffee, and it's still brewing. I love how it makes my kitchen smell. Now only if coffee tasted the way it smelled :)
One little word: LOVE, love God, love myself, love my family, love my job, and love those around me! This is what keeps me grounded and rooted. Something we all need, especially in today's society!
Speaking of LOVE, who doesn't love a good giveaway, especially a TPT $30 gift certificate? My friends Suzy, Amy, and I, from On the go Teacher Mama and Albuquerque Amy and Academics are hosting a New Year's Blog Hop, giveaway, and freebies.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Don't forget: My whole entire store will also be on sale for the #TpTCyber Sale :)
Monday, November 9, 2015
Magic Sight Words
- White Construction Paper
- White Crayons
- Paint or markers
Read it, Build it, Write it
- Sentence strips folded up into 1/4 (write one word per section, then cut them out), then draw picture of a dice with numbers 1-6
- Regular sheet of paper folded into 1/3
- Magnetic letters or letter tiles
- Dry erase markers and eraser
- Plastic Covers for re-use
- Students roll a Dice, find the matching word with the same number.
- Then they read it, build, and write it!
Forever Magic Sight Word Freebie
Saturday, October 10, 2015
- Number sequence. The names and the ordered list of number words
- One-to-one correspondence: Counting Objects by saying numbers words in a 1:1 correspondence with the objects
- Cardinality. Understanding that the last number word said when counting tells tells how many objects have been counted
- Subitizing. Quickly recognizing and naming how many objects are in a small group without counting. Young Children can recognize and name quantities of objects that are less than four without counting (Clements & Sarama, 2007)
Number sense is something that grows and develops over time, Howden (1989) described number sense as a "good intuition about numbers and their relationships. It develops gradually as a result of exploring, visualizing, and relating them" to each other. Number Relationships also has four parts, that will be discussed in another blog post. At a glance, they are:
In essences math lessons must revolve around these 4 aspects and 4 relationships. If we give children these opportunities, they will develop number sense while acquiring a conceptual understanding of mathematics! What it may look like....
Number Sequence & 1:1 Correspondence
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Friday, September 4, 2015
For my family and I, the first day of school is always like New Year's Day. In fact we anxiously await, the first day of school, buy new clothes, new school supplies, and celebrate the start of a New School Year!
For me it's literally the start of a new year, even more so than January 1st! It's a fresh start for me as a teacher, and also for my kids and student's. I have butterflies in my stomach, I'm nervous, I'm excited, yet happy...
The days that lead up to the first day, we close our last year (as a family) and talk about summer favorites, our new goals, our new expectations, and family expectations. We talk about our excitements, and if we are going to try anything new or different, then bam, we hit the new school year running and our HAPPY NEW YEAR begins!
I don't know about you, but for me the months of August and September are busy, exhausting, crazy, and definitely a new beginning! For the first six weeks, my life is literally consumed with the new school year, no joke! If you are reading this blog post, I bet you feel the same way! For this reason, I'm having a #backtoschool and #laborday 2015 giveaway Beginning tonight till Monday 9/7 at Midnight (mountain Standard time)! Hard work pays off and Teachers definitely deserve the rest!
How do you celebrate the new school year with your family! Do you have any traditions? Anything your kids look forward too? Leave a comment below with what you and your kids do!
Don't have any kids? How do you prepare, do you have any childhood memories, you would like to share?
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Thank you everyone who entered, Wishing you a wonderful school year!! Jennifer is our giveaway winner! We have emailed you please, email us back! :)