Saturday, July 31, 2010
I know that somehow (even without cloning) I will make it through the evening with a smile on my face. But I must follow my checklist of successful Open House ingredients to make sure that I am prepared.
- A sign in sheet that specifically asks how each student will be transported to/from school and if they will bring or buy their lunch. Not only does this give me vital information for the always hectic 1st day of school, but also prompts a new parent to think of those details if they haven't done so already.
- A table set up with examples of the items requested on my classroom supply list. I also place copies of my classroom wish list on the table.
- A table set up with examples of our Kindergarten curriculum.
- A photo album that includes pictures of classroom activities and field trips from the last school year.
- In each child's cubby I place an envelope of school forms and grade level information for each parent and a small goodie bag of treats for each student.
- I have served simple refreshments in the past. Cookies and lemonade or juice are yummy and inexpensive.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I am always looking for new catchy tunes to incorporate into my daily classroom routines, such as Calendar Time. Boy, have I found one! It's called "The Calendar Song" by Busy Beavers. The song includes the names of the months and the days of the week, which I think is pretty nifty. If you like the song, check out their website for more learning fun. Busy Beavers....your stuff is great!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
- a well-earned visit to the Principal's treasure chest is as good as a trip to Tiffany's on 5th Avenue.
- "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" is one scary story if you do the Troll's voice just right.
- a new haircut or a new pair of shoes are definite cause for spontaneous Show and Tell.
- "Humpty Dumpty" is not just a rhyme about a cracked egg, but is really all about life's consequences.
- if the moon is full or the chance of rain is more than 80%.....it's going to be one heck of a day.
- a bandaid and a hug will fix just about anything.