Monday, March 6, 2017

Hurray for Dr Seuss!

                                               Dr Seuss inspired artwork!

Today we had Dr. Seuss Spirit Day at school!  Everyone was invited to come dressed up as their favorite Dr Seuss character. It was so much fun and everyone was so creative! Our office staff even got into the school spirit and brought One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, and Blue Fish to life! My TK students were so excited to join in the fun. When I opened my door this morning, I was surrounded by Cat in the Hat, Thing 1, The Grinch, a Snitch, and even Mr Brown. In class we talked about Dr Seuss and I shared a short video about his life on BrainPopJr. We read many of his books and looked at his illustrations. Then we drew our own characters from our imagination. Some of us even wrote stories about them. The highlight of the day was making a Thing 1 and Thing 2 craft with our 4th grade buddies. It was a great day!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


     So, if you have ever seen the musical, MY FAIR LADY, you will know exactly what I am talking about when I say that many days I feel like Professor Higgins as I stand in front of my classroom trying to connect with my 5 year olds while I introduce a new concept and wonder to myself, “Do they get it?” Their little eyes look up at me like I am an alien speaking some foreign language from outer space. When this happens I quickly instill some of my wonderful tricks of the trade that often bring them back to this planet…or at least makes them wake up and laugh. This is when you can see me making silly noises, wearing funny outfits, drawing awful pictures, and dancing around my room looking much more like an alien than they thought I was before. But as the saying goes, drastic times brings drastic measures!
     But today, I got to celebrate the moment when all that extra time, effort, and self humiliation paid off by receiving an email from a parent. This is what happened. I have been working with circle maps in my classroom from the beginning of the year. One activity where I use a circle map is when I introduce the phoneme for a letter of the alphabet to go along with our Alphabet Animal Mini Phonics Books. Every week we brainstorm words that begin with the same beginning sound of the letter. I draw them on a circle map and we use it throughout the week with our ABC Phonics, Printing, Crafts and More activities.
     This week I had a little boy who was ill and was unable to come to school for two days. His mother was checking in to tell me he was coming back to school the next day and attached the picture below. Yes! That is a circle map and he has drawn pictures that begin with the letter O and labeled them. Just like Professor Higgins I declared...

                I THINK HE'S GOT IT!!!