Monday, September 27, 2010

My Classroom

Tomorrow looks so busy, it's almost scary!

7:30-4 School (enhanced-option hours)
4 - 5? Faculty meeting
5-6 Grad school orientation
6-7 Parent meeting/Ice-Cream Social back at school

Followed by a Wednesday PTO board meeting, a "normal" school-day Thursday, and a busy Friday of school, Teacher Night at Science Center, and then over-night baby-sitting.


But, I've been wanting to post photos of my classroom...

From the door.

From the back.

Side. The hexagon table is for "Learning Club." 
Behind my teaching table.

Beside my teaching table - Word Wall with Sound Cards and real objects for the alphabet in baggies.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Joyful Moments

1. During a lesson on writing A, I decided to call the horizontal line a belt. A kid said, "He's gonna whoop ya!"

2. During the same lesson, I asked the children why we practice handwriting. I explained if you don't write correctly, other people won't be able to read it. That statement was followed by a "You got that right!"

3. During a math lesson on position words, we were looking at a worksheet with animals that happened to include a pig and a wolf. One child said, "A wolf! The wolf eats the pig!" Another child responds with a motherly tone, "No. The wolf blows the pig's house down." She went on to retell the whole story of the Three Little Pigs.

4. While making our "All About Me" books, I explained that they could be anything they wanted to be when they grow up. One child sincerely and eagerly responded, "I want to be a snake!!" ...I tried to make myself clearer and explained that he couldn't be a snake. He just said, "Yes I can!!"

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Rules Rap Video

I hope you enjoy our first video!

Every morning after announcements, we listen to Dr. Jean's "Rules Rap."  I have adopted the rules for my classroom... they're perfect and what a wonderful way to go over the rules every day.

Monday, September 6, 2010


Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

We've had so much fun with the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Here's a look at some of what we've done so far...
Chicka Tree - Students glued the pieces together and then put on the alphabet stickers of the letters that they can name (both upper and lowercase).

Chicka Snack - Celery, apples, cream cheese, grapes, and apples (When I said they could put three coconuts on their trees, one child explained to me, "These are grapes!") 

Boom Boom Shakers - Filled with water, food coloring, confetti, and glitter and then decorated with alphabet stickers. Students shake them to the rhythm of the repeated phrases. 

We've also watched the cartoon and sang to Dr. Jeans "Boom Chicka Boom." I love it!