Wide Mouthed Frog on June 2. Our last day of school is on June 9th. I know that this is pretty late in comparison to many of you! Spending a week in Orlando only gave me a taste, and now I am more than ready for summer. Aren’t we all? But for now, having 28 kids in the class is really weighing on me now at this time of year when assessments and report cards are coming due. And trying to catch up on teaching and testing the ones that arrive very late in the school year is of course, the most difficult part of all. My 28th student arrived at the very end of April!
1. We Have Chicks!
document camera to project what was happening inside of it on the screen, so we all got to see the first chick hatch live! It must have been divine intervention, because when I arrived in the morning, one of the chicks was just beginning to make a little hole in the shell, so I put the document camera on top of the incubator. By the time the children came inside, he had a slightly bigger crack in the shell, and it was clear that he was determined to hatch!
2. A Father’s Day Project: Super Dad!
Zero the Hero pattern that is for sale on my website! You can find the full write up here about how we did it last year, since we haven’t begun to think about Father’s Day in my classroom yet: http://heidisongs.blogspot.com/2010/06/super-hero-fathers-day-cards.html. The reason that I wanted to remind you all about this idea is because I have had several requests for a guided drawing project for a Father’s Day card to match the one I posted for Mother’s Day. And given the busy week that I’ve had with Open House this week, there was no way I was going to be able to accomplish that task at the moment, in time for people to make use of it before the school year ends. So I thought I would repost the project that I intend to do in June for Father’s Day. It came out really cute and the children really enjoyed making them, and singing the Zero the Hero song to their Dads for Father’s Day!
3. Handouts from the International Reading Association Conference
After my presentation was over at the IRA conference in Orlando last week, I spent some time online looking at all of the handouts that had been uploaded to their website (Link: http://www.aievolution.com/ira1001/index.cfm?do=cnt.page&pg=1021) from the other presenters. I have to say that I was disappointed that there just wasn’t very much that had been uploaded! But I went through the whole thing and found five handouts that I thought would be useful to you ( 1 2 3 4 5 ). The first one was from a really great session that I went to on using e-books in the primary classroom, and their handout was FILLED with links to many other websites! I would definitely check that out if you like to let children read books electronically. Enjoy!
4. “Quotes for Teachers”
HeidiSongs Facebook page! Here are the first ten:
“To love what you do and feel that it matters -- how could anything be more fun?"
-Katharine Graham, American publisher
"Music is what the heart expresses when there aren't enough words."
“The brain relies on the body, its senses, and movement in order to learn. The brain is not a disconnected organ on legs. Movement, and the application of what we have learned should be an ever present part of the learning process.”
"If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh. Otherwise, they'll kill you!"
"Good teaching is 1/4 preparation and 3/4 theater."
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." Thomas Edison
"Everything You Really Need to Know About Health, You Learned in Kindergarten!
1. You can't say you don't like something until you've tried it.
2. Not hungry? Don't eat!
3. Go to bed on time.
4. Don't skip recess. Get up and move during the day!
5. Exercise like a child! (Find a physical activity you love and do it as often as possible.)”
By Amanda Litvinov, NEA Magazine
Good teachers are not born. They learn from the teacher next door!
"Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar."
"Teach your child to care for him or herself and take care of their own needs. Excusing children from all responsibility leads to immature, spoiled, and incompetent adults.”