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Those Tricky Teens and Twenties

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This week I am going to tell you TEN great activities to help your kids learn those tricky teen numbers from 11-19!  Of course, place value is a big part of learning to identify the numbers in the teens, but memorization of the names of the numbers also plays a part.  I hope that these ideas are helpful to you!



This week, I was off to Minnesota for SDE’s Kinder and Pre-K Conference.  As usual, it was a lot of work, but I had a great time, and I met a lot of wonderful people!  I did get to treat myself to an extra day so that I could catch a couple of the morning sessions on day one of the conference.  I was fortunate enough to see Vanessa Levin's sessions on Guided Reading, Using the Interactive Whiteboard in the Early Childhood Classroom, Having Your Cake and Eating It Too, and The Secret to Managing Sensational Centers.  I had never seen her present before, so I was delighted to see what a dynamic speaker she is and what fun ideas she had!



And YES!  I DID stay and watch her all…

The Wide Mouthed Frog Blog!

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We finally had our last day of school this week on Thursday!  This has been the nicest group of children that I have had in a long time, and as ready as I am for a summer break, it is going to be hard to let them go and start over again in September!  It has been a while since I have been tempted to ask my administrators to loop from Kinder to first grade with a group of students, but this has definitely been one of those groups of kids that I could keep and go on with next year.  Anyway, the teachers at my school don’t generally loop with their students from Kinder to first, so it seems unlikely that this would ever happen.

1.  Our Wide Mouthed Frog Play - and Tips for Making Any Class Play Better 



We did our class play last week on June 2nd, the Wide Mouthed Frog, and it was a great success!  The children outdid themselves in “cuteness,” if I do say so myself!  And since it was my second time through putting on this particular play, I was able to fine tune a few things, and so I tho…

What Are They Doing While I’m Testing?

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It’s been a really busy week, so this blog is going to be a quick one!  We had our Wide Mouthed Frog  play on Thursday night, and it went really well!  But I’ll be telling you more about that next week.  My report cards are due tomorrow, and I did manage to get the comments and scores all into the computer system yesterday afternoon!  Now I just have to get the behavior “scores” in by Friday before I leave for home, and I’ll be all set to finish the year!  It feels great to have it all be so close to done.  Our class will be going on a field trip to the Los Angeles Zoo on Wednesday, June 8th, and then Thursday, June 9th is our last day of school.  I can hardly believe it!

Meanwhile, I thought I would share some of the things that I have had my kids do this week while I was pulling them out individually to finish up their testing.  Of course, this wasn’t all of it, these were just some of the more novel, fun activities that they liked the best.  Enjoy!



1.  Monster Doodles




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