I fell upon this post at What Do We Do All Day? sometime last year all about the game Tenzi, and I am SO glad! Tenzi is a brilliantly simple game that was an instant favorite for me, my daughter, and my students. Basically you need twenty dice between two players. It is easier if […]
We are studying measurement this term. My students have loved exploring different types of measurements, include length, mass, volume, and area. We have done lots of exploration with non-standard measurements ...
Today was day two of our minibeasts study, and it was AMAZING! We began with an immersion in minibeast books last week. The kids explored all sorts of books, and ...
One of our social studies objectives is for the kids to understand the passage of time, and how this is reflected through life events. We usually accomplish this both through ...
I am gearing up to start my second year teaching in Australia, and phonics is the discussion du jour. We used the Soundwaves program to teach letter sounds and spelling in the past (for me only one year, but others used it for several), and we have decided to look for something new. Of course, […]
This year I wanted to make our work with the calendar more meaningful. I have to be honest in saying that calendar time was always a bit of a chore for me, and the first thing to get dropped from our day when we got busy. However, the routine of it is important, particularly in helping […]
I am a big fan of letting children put their stamp on their classroom. As much as I love the cute packs of printed posters and the pre-made, pre-cut room decorations, I think that child-made art is much more powerful in the classroom. I went through a transformation with this last year. One thing that […]
Children often learn to write before they learn to read because they can read their own writing. They are making the symbols on the page and attributing meaning to them, so they can read them. They slowly learn to make their symbols follow conventional rules, and we can begin to read their writing as well. […]
Last year my students had a great time playing a pumpkin concentration game in October. I copied the cards on to orange card stock and had kids work in pairs to cut them out. They were essentially prepping their own set of cards to play with. The cards I had at the time were also […]