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My Journey Continues as a Literacy Strategist

Chickerella.

Yes, you read that correctly, Chickerella.  She showed me just how important and powerful our Fairy Tale unit has been. We started with Cinderella and ready many versions… even Dogerella, but I had never heard of Chickerella.  Until yesterday, when Maria, a little girl who is just learning English, came running over to me during Library.  Waving the book in her hand, her smile was glowing.  She had something to.. Read More

Baby!

Let me be clear about something: We do not teach sex education in kindergarten.  Not now, not ever.  The day they ask me to teach sex ed to five and six-year-olds is the day I will retire early. That being said, my friend Mrs. R. who teaches another grade, is expecting. She’s due in a few weeks and well, there is no doubt about how pregnant she is.  Of course.. Read More

Rhombus.

The other day, we were reviewing shapes.  For some reason, most of the shape names aren’t too tricky.  Circle – well we all know that.  Square and Triangle too. Rectangle can be challenging, but a little explanation of the two short and two long sides usually does the trick. It’s the darn Rhombus that gets us every time.  Back when I was a kid, we just called it a ‘diamond’ and that.. Read More

Just the Way You Are.

A few weeks ago, a very smart second grade teacher at my school (yes, YOU Mrs. R.) told me she was brining her Wii in for a treat.  Huh?  I was confused. Apparently, you can hook a Wii up to a Smartboard.  And it’s not very difficult either.  Well I had a Wii collecting dust in my basement.  Maybe I should try this out? I found the thing just where.. Read More

The Artist.

We are winding down our study of fairy tales (I plan to go out with a bang next week, but you’ll have to wait to find out more about that…) and we finished with Jack and the Beanstalk.  After starting with a physical sculpture activity again using some of the action verbs from the story (‘slithered down’, ‘strings vibrated’, etc.), we delved in.  We read the story and I just.. Read More

Deep in the Forest.

The creative juices are flowing in my classroom.  Turbo charged.  It’s something to behold. This morning, we started by working in three small groups.  With an adult to guide each group (and my wonderful Ed Tech Ms. C. to guide me), each group worked to make physical body sculptures of things from the Goldilocks and the Three Bears (a forest, a table, a bowl, a chair, a bed, and the.. Read More

Inspired.

We all hate it.  I realize a lot of work goes into most professional development (here on out referred to as PD) days for teachers, but most of us (well at least me) are used to being in the classroom.  We love to be active, moving around, engaged in something, anything.  Most PD days have us sitting in rooms, small or large, and just listening to information.  Sure, we might.. Read More

Epic.

We’ve been studying fairy tales.  We started with Cinderella, which to me, seems like one of the most basic, simple, and core fairy tales.  We started by reading a fairly traditional retelling of the story and then explored some variations of the story.  Well today, I decided to show the Disney version of Cinderella. Much to my surprise, only three of my sprouts had seen the movie.  Wow. We looked.. Read More

Spring.

I took a peek at the blog today and realized I haven’t posted in almost two weeks.  Yikes.  Sorry about that.  First, if I’m being completely honest, my last posts about ‘Preschool’ (and I mean experiences before school) seemed to be misunderstood, misrepresented, and basically lambasted by some folks.  By highlighting a New York Times article calling for quality ‘preschool’ experiences for all children (again, call it what you like), I certainly.. Read More