When you eat:
Keep the wrapper to any thing. Soup cans, candy wrappers etc.
Make books. This website will give ideas on different environmental print ideas too.
There are also ideas on how to make these books:
Praise and encouragement are two ways we can feel good about each other. Here are Ways to say "very good"
Good for you
You did that very well
You've got it made
Couldn't have done it better myself
You're doing fine
You're really improving
Now You've figured it out
You figured that out fast
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're learning fast
You make it look so easy
Pat Yourself on the back
Kiss your brain
You are so smart
You did a lot of work today
Keep it up
You did it!
You finished it!
You are good!
You are great!
You can do it!
Engage in frequent one-on-one conversations with children.
Provide children with many firsthand experiences and give them the words that describe what they are doing.
Introduce new words during story time.
Lead children in singing songs, saying rhymes, and fingerplays.
Sing songs, play language games, and say rhymes that encourage children to play with words.
Talk about words and sounds in daily activities.
Read books that play with the sounds in words (Rhyming).
Talk about features of print (top to bottom, left to right etc)
Point out one to one correspondent for reading words.
Draw attention to symbols such as periods and question marks and explain what they mean.
climbing, swinging, crawling, sliding, balancing
Hand and finger puppets
small vehicles and tracks
beads and string
I have many friends who are teachers. They have all stayed in the profession of teaching and love it. I want to remind all of you out there, that NO ONE can take an education from you. Do you have a bachelors degree? If yes, move one, get that masters degree. Dream of something else you may want to do:
The professions in education that help children are limitless.
No, you don't have your bachelors degree, I SAY DO IT! Do it now! It is never too late. Your education is for you! It helps YOU! You will reap the benefits of touching other's lives.
You have a masters! Go for the doctorate! What are you waiting for? AGAIN, it something NO ONE can take from you! That piece of paper (THE DEGREE) it is yours!
I don't like to be on a soapbox, and I want what is best for EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!
GO FOR IT!
Oobleck (also known as goop)
1 part cornstarch
1 part water
When mixed together, the material confounds children because it exhibits proper ties of both solids and liquids
Silly Putty (also known as gak)
1 part liquid laundry starch
1 part white school glue
Food coloring may be used to tint it
Mix together and knead on a flat surface until it has the textrue of silly putty.
Colored Rice or pasta
2 cups uncooked white rice or pasta plus
1 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and food coloring to achieve the desired color intensity.
Dissolve food coloring in alcohol and add to pasta
stirring till evenly colored.
Let dry. Because the rubbing alcohol takes the place of water, the rice or pasta does not become gummy and the resulting colors are bright and durable.
4 cups play sand
2 cups cornstarch
1 cup of water OR
9 cups sand and 1 1/4 cup baby oil
(if colored sand is desired, use powdered tempera added to dry sand for best results)
Ivory Snow powder or flakes and water; mix with rotary or electric beater till light and fluffy. Using brand-name soap achieves the best consistency.
1 or 2 toilet paper rolls
2 bars of Ivory Soap plus hot water.
Grate soap with a cheese grater; tear toilet paper roll in pieces and soak everything in a bowl of warm water, mixing with hands till it reaches the consistency of mud.
Slime (also known as flubber)
1 tablespoon borax powder dissolved in 1 cup water
1/4 cup school glue (clear or white)
1/4 cup water (add food coloring if desired or glow in the dar paint)
Pour both mixtures into a sealable plastic bag, seal, and knead. Keep refrigerated when not in use.
Sensory play can be made cheaply and easily with readily available ingredients. Children learn to follow a recipe, and also value and enjoy something that they will later use or play with. Sensory materials engage children for long periods of time in experiences that are satisfying and it promotes exploration and experimentation.
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