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Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together: Chunky Monkey Reading Strategy. I was trying to decide what would be best for my first post, and finally I decided to share what we have been working on in our classroom this past week: The Chunky Monkey Reading Strategy!

Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together: Chunky Monkey Reading Strategy

This is the first year that I have used the "Beanie Baby Reading Strategy" posters in my classroom, and I have to say it has worked beautifully! The children really relate to the animals and remember the connections I want them to make. They love it and I love it! I have this on our front wall. Our Kindergarten Journey: Dramatic Play. Airport 126 has been quite a busy space in our classroom over the past few weeks!

Our Kindergarten Journey: Dramatic Play

With flights going to Florida, China, Germany, Australia and beyond, our students have not only adopted particular roles which they felt were important (e.g. ticket agent, flight announcer, pilot, co-pilot, passenger, security guard, flight attendant), but they have truly shown eagerness and enthusiasm towards participating in this new transformed learning space. Thank you to my wonderful Aunt who is a Travel Agent, for visiting our classroom and teaching us about what travel agents do, what belongs and doesn't belong in a suitcase, and surprising us with luggage tags, ticket holders and our very own airplane model! Your visit sparked lots of conversation around vacations and the steps to take once you arrive at an airport.

Many of our students enjoyed sharing their own personal experiences from visiting places around the world and drawing and writing about them. Fine motor development. This past summer we did a fine motor group and each of the participants left with a basket of goodies for things they could work on after the group ended.

fine motor development

Here is what was included on the worksheet that went with it: What Your Fine Motor Baskets Contain Crayons: The benefits – Encourages a tripod grasp, builds up hand endurance, allows children to work on increasing and decreasing the amount of force used, encourages isolation of wrist and fingers. Recommendations – Have your kids break the crayons to encourage a tripod grasp. A Differentiated Kindergarten: Daily 5 2nd Edition Chapters 5 and 6 or "Make it your own and make it work! Bucket Fillers. 22 Things to Make with Cardboard Tubes. I admit it.

22 Things to Make with Cardboard Tubes

I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to cardboard tubes. I just can’t bring myself to part with them. I have a huge stash in storage room. Toilet rolls, paper towel rolls, wrapping paper tubes, food-wrap rolls, poster tubes, mailing tubes… My family thinks I’m nuts, but when you think of all the things you can make with a cardboard tube, how COULD you possibly throw them away? There are literally hundreds of ways to re-use your cardboard tubes. 22 Things to Make with Cardboard Tubes: Click on the highlighted descriptions to see a full tutorial for each craft or activity.

Crafts for kids and their parents 5min craft: Toilet Roll Bat Buddies. This halloween craft for kids couldn’t be any easier and Molly and I had so much fun messing around with them at the weekend – where could she hang them upside from next?!! Our toilet roll bat buddies can be re-created in three simple steps Fold in the top of the toilet roll to create the bat ears, glue the fold into position (use kitchen paper tubes if you prefer)Cut the wings out of black craft paper and glue to the sides of the TP rollDraw on the goofy facial faetures That’s it!!

Goofy or spooky the kids can let their marker filled hands decide.. Building projects for kids using new materials – STEM activities. 11 Aug Summer has hit full stride and all the free time off school has lost its allure.

Building projects for kids using new materials – STEM activities

We’ve been swimming, hiking, adventuring and more! So, now it’s time to explore new activities that will satisfy the kids’ natural curiosity and endless amounts of energy. We’ve picked our top 17 building activities, using everything from newspaper to marshmallows. Creative Drawing Ideas for Kids. As one way to encourage creative drawing and the continued use of our chalkboard, I occasionally add a drawing prompt and wait for the kids to find it.

Creative Drawing Ideas for Kids

(And by kids, I mean Maia and possibly any friend she has over. Daphne is yet oblivious to such suggestion.) It almost always results in a thoughtful and unique drawing that veers from the usual drawings that I see them make. Drawing prompts are one of many creative drawing ideas for kids that get them thinking and creating differently. The drawing prompts idea is something I’ve borrowed from Susan Striker’s Anti-Coloring Book series —I had one as a child! KINDERWORLD: Educational YOUTUBE Videos. I am constantly searching the web and Youtube for new educational videos.


I have compiled a HUGE list below. They are all categorized by subject. I am always updating, so come back and see! BRAIN BREAKSand Educational Youtube videos: iPad Apps -      Learn.  Explore.  Wonder.  Create.  Play.  Grow. A Kindergarten Blog: daily math routines. I recently read an article about calendar time for young children.

A Kindergarten Blog: daily math routines

It was first published in the May 2008 issue of Young Child (an NAEYC publication). You can read the article in its entirety here. The article made me think of my own calendar experiences and how maybe it was time to rethink some of the calendar routines that I had used for so many years. Calendar time/math circle time on the carpet can be a very important part of your day or it can be a dreary and difficult time to manage. The Wonderful World of Kindergarten. The Little Earth Charter! HOME. The Little Earth Charter! HOME.

Teacher Blogs

Program Planning. Throughout this school year, Heidi and I have had the fortunate opportunity to be "Learning@School" teachers within our school board.

Program Planning

By working with the York Region District School Board's Early Years Team, Learning@School teachers open up the doors to their classrooms and host scheduled visits whereby school administrators and teachers can have the opportunity to observe, review elements of classroom practice, discuss "flow of the day," witness various forms of technology in action, and make note of the classroom environment and how it's set up for learning. Great Start > Educational Activities & Child Development (DEPT) Expanding teaching, exploring technology - Learning how to support all of my learners. Rainbow Play Dough. Today I’m sharing what is easily the BEST playdough recipe ever.

Rainbow Play Dough

My plan was to make a simple batch of play dough to replace the sparkly dried out purple stuff that happily met our cookie-making, glitter infusing, practice cutting, snowman-making needs over the past two months. I asked my daughter what color she would like this time around, and she answered with… ALL of them. Ahem. Right. The way I have always made playdough requires that I add the color to the whole batch while it’s cooking, making it difficult to make multiple colors. The Best Playdough Recipe Supplies 2.5 cups water 1 1/4 c. salt 1 1/2 tbsp. cream of tartar 5 tbsp. vegetable oil 2.5 cups flour Food coloring or liquid watercolors. Mix everything but the food coloring together in a large pot until somewhat smooth. Place the dough on a counter top or large cutting board that can withstand a little food coloring. PUMPKIN SPICE PLAYDOUGH. Sustainability Classroom Resources at Resources for Rethinking. Protecting our Sacred Water Together with our partner organization, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, and a group of First Nation and Métis Elders and educators, the LSF has created a guide called “Protecting our Sacred Water.”

Protecting our Sacred Water helps educators and youth program facilitators bring education for sustainable development to their students/youth in a transformative way through action projects. ROBERTSON. November 11, 2015 Calendar math lesson with Zoe Donoahue The Robertson Program visited Grade 1 educator Zoe Donoahue’s class for a closer look at how she leads one of her math lessons that focuses on the calendar. We thank the Grade 1 students at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS) for welcoming us into their class to capture their learning. JICS is part of the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. International Dot Day.

Kindergarten Matters : Intentional Play-Based Learning. 20 DAP Checklist Questions for Teachers. Q: What are some general guidelines we can follow as we think about DAP? A: There’s not one answer to the question - is something developmentally appropriate or not. It depends on the child’s personality, abilities, culture, and family, as well as the purpose of activities and the context of the class. Keeping in mind the five guidelines for effective teaching the following could be the starting point for a teacher checklist, to be adapted for specific programs and children: 1. Early Learning Activities For Pre-K and Kindergarten. Investigating Choice Time: Inquiry, Exploration, and Play. Focus On Play In Kindergarten May Improve Grades Later On, Study Says. Science Activities.