Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Little Litter Bugs

These adorable litter bug crafts are great for Earth Day or any time of year that you feel your little ones need a lesson on Recycling and Reusing!! :)

What you need: 
-1 paper plate
-2 wing cut outs
-2 large googly eyes or handmade eyes
-1 brown circle (for face) 
1. Attach the wings to the back of paper plate.
2. Attach eyes to face and draw a smile.
3. Attach face to top of the plate.
4. Use cut pieces of trash, food wrappers, etc to decorate plate (body) of Litter Bug.
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Monday, September 1, 2014

Busy Busy Bees

I have recently started working at a new Preschool and I am loving it! :) The school opened this Summer and I happily accepted a job there as a Pre-K teacher! It has been very exciting seeing the new place begin to blossom and I'm so happy that I got to be a part of it from day 1. There is definitely something special about seeing something develop like that. It is so encouraging to me to meet new families and children in a different area and to know that in some small way I am making an impact in their lives.

If you happen to live in the Louisville/ Lyndon area and you or someone you know is looking for childcare check us out!! :) You can find the school on Facebook by searching Busy Bee Academy Louisville. :)
Click HERE to go there Now! :)


The Preschool/ daycare is called Busy Bee Academy and as such I've been having fun creating lots of bee themed decorations and projects. I hope you can use these ideas as well! :)

Wish us luck as we keep buzzing along!! ;)

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

How to Read The Same Book All Week



1. The first and most obvious.. READ IT. Don't just recite the words. Use emotion. Use voices and get excited. When you get excited about a book so will your class.

2. Talk about it. No one ever said that you only have to read the words on the page. Leave a little to the imagination. Yours & theirs.

3. Play a guessing game. See if your students can figure out what will happen on the next page or at the end of the story.

4. Write a new ending... What if your story went in the opposite direction? What if the bad guys traded places with the good? What if one of your students was the main character? The possibilities are endless.

5. Explain. Challenge and let yourself be challenged. No question is too far fetched. Let those little minds wonder and keep them moving. Stop on unknown words and give new information.

6. Read & Recall. Read a page or two and then ask the children to re-tell you the story so far. Test their understanding and if it's not clicking.. try again. Help them really see whats happening in the story.

7. Forget the story all together. Instead count, find colors, shapes. Play an object hunt game using the pictures in the book. You may also be interested in:
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Monday, May 5, 2014

75 Things Teachers Think (Before 9am)


 
1. Off to work... I should prepare myself to be around children.  
2. What day is it? 
3. Okay.. Time to say hello to 27 people at once...
3. These children are up very early.
4. I'm up very early.
5. Every adult here looks exhausted...
6. And all the kids are like..
7. Yikes..
8. Except that one... 
 9. I better see what's wrong with her.
10. Her doll has a 'boo-boo'.
11. Where did I put the band-aids?
12. How am I already out of band- aids?
13. Maybe I can offer another solution?
 
14. OKAY... nope.. 
15. I wonder who still has band- aids... 
16. I think I smell poop.
17. Yep... definitely poop. 
18. I need more than one bathroom in this room. 
19. Three kids just spilled milk.
20. Oh nevermind.. 4
21. And there goes the cereal...
22. Why hello 16 more families!
23. And atleast 3 more cry-ers.
24. How is the classroom already messy? 
25. What time is it? 
26. AHHH.. on no.. find a tissue for that kid.
27. Got it!
28. I only have 2 hands. 
29. Why do I only have two hands? 
30. I literally only have two hands.
31. Maybe if I just put one child in my lap.
32. Never mind... that didn't last
33. Who turned on the CD player?
34. Who turned it to MAX volume?
35. I've gotta get that milk cleaned up. 
36. But first the noise. 
37. Maybe they will be quieter with the lights out.
38. There is plenty of sun shining in.
39. Yep.. lights out. 
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 40. WOW.. they didn't like that.
 41. SO. MUCH SCREAMING.
42. You can LITERALLY  see everything in the room. 
 43. It is not dark..
44. I guess I better turn them back on.
45. Oh my goodness.. hitting is not okay.. 
46. That calls for time out. 
47. Hopefully they cooperate.
48. I can't stay with her the entire time she needs to sit out.
49. Please stay in this chair.. please stay in this chair. 
50. I feel a little guilty.. 
51. No.. she needs to learn.
52. Maybe she learned the lesson by now?
53. How did all of the puzzles end up in the floor?
54. Is this underwear?
55. Where are your shoes?? 
56. Why are 3 kids crying...?
57. Because she looked at you... okay.. 
 58. I need to get back over to that child sitting in time out. 
59. Never mind... here she is..
60. Is this real regret or just a ploy?
61. Okay... now for that milk..
62. Hello more children.. 
63. And one very concerned Mom. 
64. This REALLY is important.
65. 6 kids are fighting.. crap
66. I'll write her a note later. 
67. Now her kid is crying..
68. It's hard to clean up milk off the floor while holding a child..
69. Wow.. she has been saying my name for a solid two minutes.. 
70. What's going on? 
71. She doesn't know..
72. Is it outside time yet? 
73. NO...please don't rain...
74. This day feels like a lifetime.. what time is it? 
75. 9:00... AM.
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Friday, March 21, 2014

Teach Your Kids To Love Reading

So often I hear people say that they hate to read. As someone who loves reading, seeing those who dislike it always makes me wonder why they dislike it so much. Reading has so many possibilities if you only take the time to get lost in a good book! I've heard it said that 'Children become readers in the laps of their parents" and I find that to be very true. Creating readers takes both time and effort but I for one think that we owe it to our children to give them this fundamental tool. :)

1. Make Reading a Habit.- Begin a routine with reading each day and set aside a special time each day for reading.
2. Use Voices for Characters- Make the stories you read more exciting. Build up the characters and make them unique and memorable to your children.
3. Read Everything.- Read signs, read magazines, read any random thing you happen to pass by. Make your children familiar with words and phrases. Create and imagine stories about things that you see as you take a walk or drive down the road together.
4. Make Reading Comfortable.- Cuddle up in bed. Find a cozy spot on the couch. Take you book outside on a sunny day.
5. Encourage Favorites.- Everyone has a favorite book but when you read new books you discover new places, new people, new things. Explore them and encourage little imaginations.
6. Make Characters Easy to Relate To- Choose stories that apply to your children and characters with names they know. Discuss situations and events in your own life that are similar to the stories you read.
 7. Notice Everything.- Count items on the pages. Discuss colors, shapes. Play seek and find with the pictures. Involve yourself in the story and make every page a game. Seek out to find something new each time you read a book together.
8. Make Page to Page Predictions.- Ask your children what they think will happen next? How will the characters feel or what will they do?
9. Act Stories Out.- Get up and act silly. Dance around the room. Roar like a lion. Pretend to sleep or eat. Jump up and down. Giggle.
10. Never Make Reading a Punishment.- Don't send your child to read because they have done something wrong. Don't make quiet reading time seem boring or make it a last resort. Plan reading and enjoy it together as a family. Let your kids find YOU reading and let them see you enjoying it. Make them happy to read not resentful towards it.
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Growing Great Minds

Growing Great Minds bulletin board! :)
All seeds need sunshine & water to grow.. Flowers are made with hand print and attached to construction paper stems.
To make the seed packets I used a pattern and added a photo of each child to a seed packet to make the bulletin board specific to our classroom. :)

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Hopping Into Spring


 Bring some Spring time to your classroom with this Easter themed door decoration! :)

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