New Look Coming Soon, Happy Holidays and Kids being Kids

Hi Everyone,

I hope by now you have gotten some rest away from the classroom.  Those last couple of days were doozies….Enough said. I know you know this but we teachers contribute to the craziness all in the name of a little holiday fun. I mean school is supposed to be fun..right?? Even with all the mandates I still maintain the littles need time to be kids and they really need to see that their teachers love them as kids.  Here is some of our last day before the break.

We did Gingerbread Theme Rotations with the First Grade Level on the last day. My wonderful teacher assistant and I created this big Gingerbread House in the Hallway for the kids to decorate as our part of the rotation.

Really Big Gingerbread House

Really Big Gingerbread House

As each group came to our class, they got to color some candy to go on the house.  The next picture is after the house is full of candy. They loved it!  We also danced to Harry Kindergartens Gingerbread Man Song.

Lots of Candy

Lots of Candy

After we decorated the house and had a snack we got ready to go home.  We got ready early on this day because we had parent gifts to pack and our recess is the last 30 minutes of the day.  I know…gasp..we have adjusted but it wasn’t any fun in the beginning.

As the days have progressed our tables have gotten very dirty (oh my what you can find under a name tag-scary!!!) so it was time to break out the shaving cream.  We had a blast cleaning our tables before heading outside.  It was a great way to end a fun day. Kids being kids and having fun.  I don’t know about you but some days I just don’t want to hear about time on task and maximizing instructional time and neither so the children.  So we enjoyed every minute of this small and gross motor development task so there now.  It was fun, fun, fun!!!

Lots and Lots of Shaving Cream

Lots and Lots of Shaving Cream

NEWS!!! NEWS!!  I am getting a new blog design and making a move to a more responsive host and site.  I am so happy and I love working with my designer. I can’t wait to share it with you all. My address will still be the same so please come visit.  I’m so excited to share it with everyone.

Love you all!!! Enjoy!!

Sarah

 

 

Sharing Maybe?? with the Cookie Monster

As children little and big head back to school their teachers are thinking about how to keep classrooms running smoothly.  Classes develop their own personalities over time and some work together better than others.  Regardless of whether a class “gels” or not teaching still has to go on. I have never been one to give up and I believe that teachers can get most classes to work together.  Wise teachers will not give up because after all it is our on sanity we are saving.

One area I work on is sharing materials.  Squabbles over materials can disrupt the most well planned activities.  All children benefit from practicing the skills needed to share materials.  If teachers model the skill set the teacher would like to see in the classroom students can be held accountable for the performing the skills. We often forget that many children need very specific directions for sharing and it doesn’t come naturally. I have stopped lessons and gone over my expectations for sharing materials many times. Sometimes we all just need to stop and regroup.  Classrooms can create anchor charts, role play, write an instructional brochure or make a commercial using an ipad or digital camera about sharing in the classroom.  If teachers don’t give up neither will students.  Students often become the best teachers for other children.

Take a peek at Cookie Monster singing to Share it Maybe.  This is a great video and would be a perfect inspiration for a class. Plus it will make everyone smile.

What strategies do you use for sharing in your class?