Sunday, January 26, 2014

What Does the Groundhog Say?

Who's tired of winter?  I'm in OK, so I'm not yet.  It's been cold, but I still would like some more snow.  I was watching a friend's YouTube video of a school singing "What Does the Fox Say?" and I can't get it out of my head!

So in the spirit of Groundhog's Day and all things early childhood, I whipped up this just for you.  And while browsing the internet trying to find out "What the groundhog says," I found this great website so your students can actually HEAR for themselves and watch some video clips too.

Have a great week!

Thanks for stopping by!  What does the fox say?  See I told you I can't get it out of my head :)

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

DIY Foam 10 Frames

Do you have any 100 foam peg boards taking up space in your classroom?  I had 2!  Young children learn so much from working with 5 and 10 frames.  The added bonus here:  fine motor skill practice too! Here are some of the ways you can make 10 frames with these boards and ideas to use as the "pegs" if you do not have any.

Use the gradual release method to teach your students how to use these 10 frames.

Model using the 10 frames with your class during whole group instruction:  You do.

Pass out the 10 frames and their manipulatives to your students.  I put mine in a pencil zipper bag to make them easier to manage and pass out.  Students work in pairs as you call out numbers or number combinations.  Monitor your students and adjust instruction as needed:  We do.

Place the 10 frames and their manipulatives in a tub for children to use independently during math centers:  They do.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Teacher's Dream

I have the privilege of seeing teachers from all over the United States as I present at conferences for educators.  And although we face some different challenges state by state, as a whole, the teachers that I see at my sessions deal with many of the same issues.  And despite the challenges, policies, evaluations, and everyday crisis that occur in their classrooms, these extraordinary educators make a valiant effort to continue their learning.  Why?  Because teachers care.  Teachers reflect.  Teachers never give up.  We may get tired.  We may feel overburdened.  Our classroom sizes may be large.  The paperwork may be never-ending. Our teaching budgets may be non-existent. Our students may come to us facing challenges that make learning to read seem trivial.  But teachers do. not. give. up. on their students.  They want them to succeed.  They want them to love to learn.  They want them to know that someone cares about them.  So today as I was reflecting on Martin Luther King Day and his famous "I Have a Dream" speech,  my mind drifted to the ever present spirit of our educators.  Many teachers will be teaching about this speech, Martin Luther King, the sacrifices he made for our country, and inspire their students to have their own dreams.  So tonight, I will have a dream for teachers.  For I know teachers have dreams too.

Friday, January 17, 2014

FLIP the 5 and 10 Frames January Contest

I'm back in creative mode finishing up some projects that I started in August.

January's Winter Pack

And it is on sale until Sunday night :)

These flip frames work great for whole group, small group, as a center, and even for homework.  Send the black and white version home to help your students use a ten frame for practice without losing all of the pieces.  I use these with all of the poems that work with 5 or 10 too.  For example:

I'm giving away this set to 5 people on my blog and 5 on my Face Book page.  I'm letting my husband pick the winning picture this time as Tessa has taken off for an evening with friends.  So . . . guess which object/animal he chose. No hints this time because there are only 8 to choose from.  I will give the packet to the first 5 who guess it correctly.  Remember you can click on my Face Book page to the top right and make a guess there too.  
Click HERE to see it on Teachers Pay Teachers.

I'm excited . . . February's packet is ALMOST finished! And it has the cutest groundhog in it! As I finish up, what themes will you be doing in February?  I have Groundhog's Day, Valentines Day, and Transportation.  What would you like to see in the next Flip Frame set?