What's not to love about Valentine's Day, puppies, and spelling? This word scramble from Education.com has all three! Visit this page for even more fun spelling resources.
In the month of December I enjoyed brining in "old" games for students to play. I would model how to play them, and then have a game center area. I also had games that they could pull of the shelf and play at their seats or at the carpet area.
I love to do this, because often times I had students in my classroom that had NEVER played a board game! They loved it, and were so engaged that sometimes throughout the year I would pull them out again.
Some games that I liked to use:
1. Connect four
3. Tick tack toe
4. Candy land
7. Don't spill the beans
8. Monkeys in a can
12. Fishing game
15. Jenga (I also had the large set)
There are probably more that I am missing, and there are even other games that I put out all of the time. Usually those are more curriculum based and could be put together to match common core etc.
I challenge you to start out with 2 games, and let your students have fun, remember some may never play a board game again!
I hope you each had a wonderful Thanksgiving! :) I had a great time and it was restful and relaxing!
Now, thinking about what we can do with our children/students at Christmas time is what I am thinking about. I know at many schools you can't do Santa etc, so I liked to do snowmen!
Here is a fun activity that turns out great for a snowman. You can even make it into an ornament. It is so enjoyable to see how everyone's turns out so differently!
You can find the directions here: busyclassroom.weebly.com/december-crafts.html
What are you thankful for this holiday season. I am thankful for so many things in my life. I am thankful for my family, my health, my job, my students and the wonderful life I get to live each day.
I do feel like every single day is a gift. A couple of years ago I lost my best friend. It was sudden, and scary. When things like that happen it makes you think differently. I tell people now, that complain about wrinkles and getting older, that it is gift to grow old. It is a gift to have those wrinkles---and I truly feel that way.
I hope that as we start 2018, we are all able to look back on what we have done and be better at whatever it is we are going to do next.
I hope that we can value each other more, engage with families and children in a way that makes them love school and feel valued and comfortable. I hope we hold our families tighter, and that we learn to love one another, and the differences that we each bring to this world! :)
I love teaching, I am a co-learner with my students. I love being able to share ideas, resources and experiences with them. I love to hear what they are experiencing and how they are making a difference in the world.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful and THANKFUL week! Have fun and enjoy your family and friends! Do something great for someone else. Give back!
Praise and encouragement are two ways we can feel good about each other. I am going to offer 30 ways to say "VERY GOOD". This was taken from an unknown source but I have used it with families in my classroom for a very long time.
It is important that we let students know they are doing a good job.
*Good for you
*You did that very well
*You've got it made
*Couldn't have done it better myself
*You're doing just fine!
*You're really improving
*Now you've got it figured out
*You figured it out the first time
*I think you've got it now
*You did really well today
*Now you've got the hang of it
*You're getting better every day
*You are learning that fast
You make it look so easy
*You did a lot of work today
*Keep it up
I also like:
1. High five through the air
2. Pat yourself on the back for a job well done
3. Give yourself a round of applause
I find that children love to be praised, they want to know you see them doing a good job. Lets start today.
If you are modeling this, you will see your students begin doing the same thing!
To the DIFFICULT ONES
I'll be patient
To the PAINED ones
I'll be concerned
To the FRUSTRATED ONES
I'll be committed
To the IGNORED ones
I'll be accepting
To the INDIFFERENT ones
I'll be caring
To the DEMANDING ones
I'll be modeling
To the ANTISOCIAL ones
I'll be including
To the UNATTENTIVE ones
I'll be interesting
To the NEGATIVE ones
I'll be assisting.
Are you these things? If not, what can you do differently?
BY Robert John Meehan
This is one of my favorite quotes. I wanted to share it with you!
"Next to hugging your child, reading aloud is probably one of the longest lasting experiences that you can put into your child's life.
You will savor it long after they have grown up.
Reading aloud is important for all the reasons that talking to children is important---
to inspire them, to guide them, to educate them, to bond with them and to communicate our feelings, hopes and fears.
You are giving children a piece of your time."
The Readloud Handbook
Hello wonderful educators and families!
I am so happy you have decided to join me today.
I would like to share some ideas for you to do with your family for the rest of the month. Some of these I just use at home and many I used in my classroom! :)
1. Take a fall walk, you can actually do this every day for the entire month. I would do it in the evenings, or you could do a bike activities as a family or a hike! Something outside.
2. Pick out pumpkins at a pumpkin patch
3. Carve jack-o-lanterns (After you clean them out, bake the seeds)
4. Read fall, Halloween, or season books. Look through fun magazines that show the different seasons. Talk about Fall/Autumn. What is your favorite season?
5. Do this fun activity: :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etDwVvpeAY4&t=76s
6. Paint rocks. After you paint rocks hide them around your neighborhood and or town, and write a message on them. This is such a fun activity and has become something really big on Facebook. Check there for pictures from your own community.
7. Make popcorn balls (YUMMY). There are many recipes out there!
8. Jump in a pile of leaves
9. Watch a fun holiday season movie as a family! FAMILY NIGHT MOVIE
10. Most of all, enjoy time together! Have fun, and try to take the evenings and weekends to do something really fun! :)
Another Great Guest Blog Post from Education.com!
Start learning subtraction as you start thinking about autumn! Other worksheets from Education.com and more subtraction resources can be found here.
Here are some worksheet types to choose from:
Bug crawlies, school, autumn leaves, under the sea, and kayaking
Hello to all of the teachers out there (new, veteran, aspiring, still looking etc). Each and everyone of you is important and will touch lives this year! What are your emotions right now? How are you feeling? What are you thinking about.
When I was teaching my first thoughts were "what will my students be like?" What will their families be like?
Here are some things I challenge you to try this year RIGHT NOW! :)
Social Media for Families
Today (well, about two to three weeks BEFORE school starts send out a welcome post card!
About one week before make a phone call to each family and welcome them and invite them to a back to school night.
Plan and host a back to school night.
Set and know that you will have a classroom community (throughout the entire classroom day)
Decide that you will get your students excited about learning
These are just a few things I am going to challenge you to try right now! :)