Showing posts from June, 2013

How to Teach Kids to Put Together a Puzzle!

Do your students come to Pre-K or Kindergarten already knowing how to put together a basic puzzle?  Many of my students need help mastering this problem solving skill. I don’t know why, but it always surprises me each year when children need lessons on how to put together a puzzle.  I just assume that their parents have taught them this at home, but there are always a BUNCH of them that really have no idea!  I’m sure that many children don’t have these ordinary puzzles at home.  Perhaps some children have a few puzzles, but their parents never taught them how to best use them, or maybe it’s both?  And it could also be that their parents tried to teach them, and the children either didn’t understand it or weren’t developmentally ready to really learn and remember it.   The “Digital Native” gets acquainted with this thing his teachers call “a puzzle.” And maybe we have all gone “so digital” that children seem to instinctively know how to play hand held computer games (

A HeidiSongs 1-100 Story book! And Teachers' Most Embarrassing Moments EVER!

Hello, everyone! Today, I have a special treat for you!  First of all, I have a brand new story book called The 1-100 Book that we have been working on for quite a while and I am really excited to tell you about!  Second, this week on my HeidiSongs Facebook page , I had the idea of asking people to share the most embarrassing thing that a child had ever said to them- and the results were just HYSTERICAL!  So I thought that I would write down my favorites share them here as well.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!  Feel free to share your own stories as well in the comments section at the end of the post.  :) Here is my newest creation:  The 1-100 Book. I just love this book, and so did my students this last year!  It goes right along with the Counting to 100 song that you can find on both the Jumpin' Numbers and Shakin' Shapes CD/DVD , and the Musical Math CD/DVD .  In fact, lots of the kids sort of "sang the book" in a rhythmic way, rather th