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It’s the end of the school year, and to kick off summer vacation, our classroom became the O.K. (Over Kindergarten) Ranch and Corral. To prepare my students for the long break, I created a calendar of summer bridge activities to give to parents. And to get ready for next year, I got some great advice from some surprise stars. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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When we study weather in science, our dramatic play center becomes a weather station. Through self-made instruments, hands-on experiments, and – as always – plenty of literacy, the weather station inspires the children with a sense of wonder and awe for the natural world. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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Make math irresistible with three of my specialty themes popular with young children: a Counting Party, Frogs & Dogs, and The Price Is Right, Kindergarten Edition. Read on to find activity packages that make counting, number recognition, and money skills fun and exciting. Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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In a previous post, I wrote about how you can differentiate your kindergarten classroom. Here you can read up on some of my favorite resources for multisensory teaching. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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It's a fact: every child is unique, and as teachers we know that more than anyone else. So why do we often find ourselves trying to teach every child the same way? Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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Teachers need all the help they can get, financially and otherwise. Use these tips, shortcuts, and dollar store ideas to save your budget and your sanity. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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Join my class as we turn the book One Tiny Turtle into a unit of fun and exciting learning experiences. This lyrical and informative look at the elusive and endangered loggerhead turtle is sure to delight young nature lovers. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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It really is easy being green. In this post, you'll find some great ideas for teaching character education in the context of the green classroom — just in time to plan for Earth Day. REDUCE • Have students check for leaks in all the places where water can be found in the room. Inform them that a water leak is the same as a steady stream in terms of waste. Let them test for toilet leaks by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank and waiting for 15 minutes. If the tank water turns color after 15... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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Happy April Fools' Day, everyone! Since today celebrates the spirit of fun, I thought I'd talk about the importance of humor and laughter in the classroom, how to utilize it, and why you don't have any excuses not to. Also, take a look at my students, caught on candid camera. Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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To strenthen my students as readers and writers, I had them take to the Reader's Chair and the Author's Chair to share their responses to a study on Kevin Henkes, who writes and illustrates books about lovable mouse characters with common childhood feelings, fears, and fantasies. After evaluating his writing style and comparing the characters, settings, and timeless themes of four of his beloved books, my students showed off their own reading, writing, artistic, and critical thinking skills. Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
ABSC, You're right - it was a wonderful day. We sure had a lot of fun. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. I'm glad you liked my ideas! ~Allie
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Aurora, Yes, it was a blast! I'm sure your students would love it as much as mine did. I'll post early next year, whether on this site or somewhere else. I'm so glad you liked my ideas. Thanks for reading! ~Allie
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Yesterday, there was an incident in my classroom. My students and I walked in and found it torn apart. Furniture was tipped over; supplies were scattered everywhere; the whole place was a mess. And there were funny green footprints all over . . . Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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Come visit our kindergarten post office center, Terrific Tiger Post Office. It is located in our classroom at 12 ABC Street in Terrific Tiger Town, SE (Squires Elementary). Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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“Easy writing ideas?” you say. “But my students don’t even know how to write!” You’re in luck. These ideas are suitable for children with limited word and print knowledge, in the beginning stages of reading and writing. They range from easy to challenging, but each can be adapted for any ability level from pre-writer to fluent. By providing options for students at different stages in their literacy journey, you can build confidence and set every child up for success in writing. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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February is “I Love to Read Month,” the perfect time to assess if your students do, in fact, love to read. Are they captivated by good stories? Does reading fill them with excitement and enthusiasm? Do they play with the sounds of language in a literature-rich environment that promotes active learning through highly engaging activities? If the answer to any of these questions is no (and even if it’s yes!), it may be time to arm yourself with a repertoire of techniques guaranteed to get every child in your class saying “I love to read!” Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
Hi, Hifi, Do you know what a child is? Children are not born grown-up. They have parents and teachers for a reason. Five-year-olds don't even know how to look both ways before they cross the street. They don't have an "inherent instinct" to cooperate, or to be respectful, reliable, or responsible. They are not automatically well-behaved, mature people of character. Otherwise they would be called ADULTS, and even then, if you think any "normal" adult is like this, I want you to take a reality check by looking at the people all around you. If you think kids don't need to be taught the difference between right and wrong, and that they'll just figure it out on their own, think again. Children need to be told and shown the qualities of character we expect from them. I'm not sure what a sociopath has to do with kindergarten. ~Allie
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What children learn about character in the early childhood classroom can shape their character for the rest of their lives. So how do you teach it? Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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Hi, Janice, How cute! Don't worry, yours doesn't have to be as ambitious as mine... it can be a lot of work! To get ideas for the librarian project, check back next week for my post on "I Love to Read" month. Thanks for reading! ~Allie
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Hello, readers! Many of you have reported technical problems such as the inability to view the slide shows for the alphabet lists. I have also received requests for printable resources, which I have now been able to make available to you. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday at school. It's easy for kids to understand. The decorations are pretty hearts and flowers. The focus of the holiday is on friendship, love, and kindness. I like to extend the easygoing and cheerful atmosphere all day and all across the curriculum. Read on to find activities in every subject area that center around my favorite thing: the heart. Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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Well, it's been almost 100 crazy, brainy days of school already! In this special 100th Day edition of my blog, find out how we get excited about learning, enter a contest to win prizes, and find out what guest bloggers Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas have to say about teaching a second language in the classroom. Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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One of my students' favorite dramatic play centers is a bakery. It's not only fun, it's also full of ways to practice literacy. And armed with a good name and logo, all it costs is a little effort. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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Whatever climate you live in, you can celebrate the winter season with these fun winter activities, winter crafts, winter games, and winter snacks! Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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When you're a preschool or kindergarten teacher, you spend all year thinking about letters, letter sounds, and anything with the beginning sound of the letter you're currently teaching. If you dream in letters and have nightmares trying to come up with words, objects, and activities for letters (especially Q, X, Y, and Z), you're in luck — here's a set of alphabetical lists for all things ABCs. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2011 at Classroom Solutions
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