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Geography Awareness Week (NOVEMBER 15-...

Geographic Activities to Foster Geographic Awareness.
 
1. A fun way to show our  Globally Interdependent World: Assign a partner and have the students check the labels on their tops to see where they are made.  Do the same for their shoes. Have the students do a safari search with their partner looking for where things in the room were made(ex: crayons, textbook, colored pencils, ruler, etc...

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Turkey Factoids to Use with Students

November is Thanksgiving time and most of us will be celebrating with a turkey dinner....

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PIlgrim Factoids

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Gifted Students And Stress During the...

During my time as an elementary teacher, I’ve seen gifted kids stress out.

I remember the time a student began crying and screaming, saying his “parents were going to kill him” because he didn’t get all As on his report card. One child would crawl under the desk and shake whenever he got less than a 90 percent on a test. Others would just break down, telling me they were tired of everyone expecting too much from them, or complain how the students outside of the gifted program would...

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How To Prepare for the First Fantastic...

With the beginning of the new school year right around the corner, many new and veteran teachers alike are wondering about their new students.  I remember lying awake at night thinking about how I was going to set up my classroom, change my classroom management, wondering what the new families would be like and what they would bring to my classroom. I knew it was always about the children and what was best for them.  Was it better to have the library center by the art center, or the block...

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Sign Language and Its Importance As you...

When I started teaching I knew I wanted more for my students than even I could imagine.  I wanted to expose them to all types of learning, activities, centers and curriculum. I decided when I was getting my degree that I would take sign language because I had taken Spanish in high school.  I am so glad I did, because I used sign language every single day with my students for the 5 years that I taught in public schools. Sign language was an important part of our day.  We did the pledge of...

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Giving Students The Best Start

As proven in research, we know that the first 5 years of life are crucial times for a child’s learning and development.   All children deserve a quality education, but before education comes, there are certain things they need from the family and community that surround them. Here are 5 ideas that are crucial from birth until the age 5:

  1. Prenatal care (doctors appointments, vitamins, healthy eating, blood tests anything before the child is born)  As an early...

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What Children Need and Want

As an early childhood professional I think we all ask ourselves: what do children really need at school?  What do children really want at school?  Some would argue with need and want, saying they can’t be the same thing, but really they are the same thing. As I was teaching and saw different teaching styles and the way classrooms were ran, I learned a lot about what I wanted and needed to do because of what my students needed and wanted:

Children need/want:

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Types of Play and How they Help...

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article about the extinction of play in terms of what everyone considers play and how play has changed over the years. As early childhood professionals we know and understand that play is a child’s vehicle to learning and exploring. We must get others to better understand how the role of play contributes to a child’s development. 

Child-initiated play is becoming less...

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Breaking Down Centers for Play and...

In this article we will reflect on popular interest areas and or centers in the early childhood classroom.  It is important to do this, because often times teachers are accused of only having children play.  We must ensure that parents understand that play is a child’s vehicle for learning.   I had documentation ready for each center that included: what the center...

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