Friday, March 27, 2015

It's Raining! It's Pouring...and pouring...and pouring...

We might just float away!  It seems like it is raining everyday!  At least it's washing away some of this lovely yellow pollen!  Also,  it is a great week to teach my weather unit!  We always bring umbrellas for our weather unit, but this week it is a necessity.  It's fun to play in the rain with our rain gear and umbrellas too!  Our Math lesson was on geometry and sorting.

For our math lesson to day, we made umbrellas and sorted by shape, color or both.  I let the kiddos choose which way they wanted to sort.

We got to do work under our umbrellas this week and we go to nap under them too!  This is one of their favorite weeks.  

I also love this time of the year, because my little ones are getting so independent.  They are playing games and doing their activities with their friends and on their own.  They don't need me to be hovering right over them the whole time.  They are growing so much.

 Easter break next week! And then we are coming back to do our planting, vegetables and farm week!  I can't wait! I love Spring!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Book Study at its best!!

It's a book study at it's best!

I am so lucky!  Our school had Marcia as our in-service speaker for the beginning of school! (we had her all to ourselves for a couple of days)
Her book Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites will inspire you to think of new, fun ways to engage your students.  She give practical ideas and the reasoning behind it.
For many of us who teach the little ones, we do a lot of it without realizing it --art, music, storytelling, manipulatives, visuals and movement. But it was nice to see that our Jr. High teachers were getting into too and finding ways to incorporate these strategies into their classrooms!

I am super excited to link up to these sites for the book study!  It's a great reminder of what we have been working on all year.

Mrs. Wills Kindergarten (March 7th)
Queen of the First Grade Jungle Chapter 4 (March 10th)
Fabulous in First  Chapter 5 (March 14th)
One Extra Degree Chapter 6 (March 17th)
Mrs. Jump’s Class Chapter 7 (March 28th)
The First Grade Parade  Chapter 8 (March 31st)

In April
Mrs. Ehle’s Kindergarten Chapter 9 &10 (April 4th)
What The Teacher Wants Chapter 11 (April 7th)
First Grader At Last Chapter 12 (April 11th)
Erica’s Ed Ventures  Chapter 13 (April 14th)
KinderGals Chapter 14 &15 (April 18th)
A Rocky Top Teacher Chapter 16 (April 21st)
The Inspired Apple Chapter 17 (April 25th)
Little Warriors Chapter 18 (April 28th)
Falling Into First Chapter 19 (May 2nd)
Kickin’ it in Kindergarten Chapter 20 (May 5th)

So go get your book and start reading!  It's not too late and it will make a huge difference in the way you are preparing your lessons!
See you on Saturday!