Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pumpkin Fun

I recently was a guest author on the Kinder Tribe Blog and share some pumpkin love that I wanted to share with all my followers! As much at I love my pumpkin coffee and pumpkin pie I love incorporating a pumpkin theme into my teaching! There are so many great books out there on pumpkins that it hard to pick just one as my favorite! 
Pumpkin Circle is a great book with wonderful pictures that describes the pumpkin life cycle.

In Literacy students bring so much knowledge to the class that they already have about pumpkins that we are able to activate our schema and then gain new knowledge from books we read! I love using sticky notes to invite students to share what they know and learned!

To bring some hands-on active learning we use our senses to explore pumpkins and the students love it! 

Once we explore a real pumpkin we write all of the adjectives we can think of about pumpkins.

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In Math, we use large paper pumpkins and bean bags to create math problems and work with ten frames.

I hope this sparked some ideas of your own! What do you like to do with your kiddos in the fall?

 Hugs and Smiles,

Thursday, October 15, 2015

This Year's 'Room'


I know I haven't posted in FOREVER! Things have just been so crazy with this new school year and family stuff that my blog had to take a back seat.  

This year I accepted a new position at my school and I have been one busy lady! I left the classroom and I am a teacher coach for Kindergarten and First Grade. I won't lie, I miss the classroom. Things are crazy, busy, new, and exciting-But I'm learning a whole lot. I LOVE helping teachers grow in their profession and I feel as if I can help more students in turn.

I do not have a classroom (obviously) but I have an ginormous office that I am working very hard to turn into a teacher resource center. It is still a work in progress but thought I would share pictures of my 'room' with you.

When you first walk in this is what you see!
 A little cozy spot for teachers to relax!
 This wall holds lot of our reading program information.
 Book and my desk area
 Another view.

 Showcase of books and thematic items teachers can use.
My door! I created my clip art look alike from the Build a Teacher Pack by MelonHeadz.

I hope your school year is going well!