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An Amazing Year

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"Time flies when you’re having fun!"
That is exactly how I would describe my year as the Scholastic Pre- K- K Teacher Advisor. It has been fun connecting with teachers from all around the world and getting to share a few of the wonderful things we are doing in my kindergarten classroom. I loved hearing from some of you with your insightful comments and collaborating with people teaching at various grade levels. Blogging alongside of the other fabulous teacher advisors was enlightening and inspiring as well. Now that summer has arrived I always find it helpful as a teacher to go back and reflect on the past year. Looking at what worked well helps me to start making some changes for the upcoming school year. Click read more to look back at some of my favorite blog topics from this school year.

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Clifford's Preposition Mystery


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Clifford’s missing! Where could he be? A lesson on prepositions takes Mrs. Power’s kindergarten students around the school looking for their lost friend. Click read more to watch our Clifford's Birthday Party Mystery to see if they can find him in time for a special surprise! Also included are the steps that we used to make this learning project a huge success. Go ahead and give it a try with your students. You will be amazed at the amount of excitement and learning that takes place.


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Kindergarten Readiness Resources

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"What can I do to get my child ready for kindergarten?" Are you a teacher looking for some great resources that you can pass along to prospective students' parents? Are you getting registration packets and kindergarten orientations all setup? Click read more to find some great resources on the web that teachers or parents can use to assist students in getting a jump-start to kindergarten.

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Sing and Dance Your Way Throughout the School Day (and year)

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“Kindergarten is like the new first grade.” This is often what we tell parents when we are describing our kindergarten curriculum. Even with the high levels of expectations and standards for our young students, singing songs, dancing, and creative play are still an important part of our day. Not only is it fun, but students are learning and practicing many critical literacy skills that will help them in the future. Click “Read More” to learn about the benefits of music on reading instruction and to see some of my favorite resources for including music into my daily curriculum.

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Use Personal Life Changing Events to Motivate Student Learning

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Carson Christopher Power born 5/2/2010!

As teachers we are always looking for creative ways to motivate our students to want to learn in a purposeful way. An easy and exciting way to do this is to involve your class in your personal life changes. Take a look at how I used getting married and having a baby as springboards for learning activities to work on writing skills and math concepts with my students.

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Tips on Preparing for a Long Term Substitute

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I am in what they call the “nesting phase” of my pregnancy. As a teacher not only do I nest at home but I find myself really nesting at school too. I have been trying to clean things out and organize my classroom as I prep for my long term substitute. Leaving my students is like leaving my own children. I know that my substitute is a wonderful teacher and that my students will be in good hands, but I still want to make the transition as smooth as possible. Here are a few recommendations and tips for preparing for a long term substitute.

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Unwrapping the 6-Traits with Primary Writers: Word Choice

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“My fabulous mom danced around the kitchen like a ballerina as she prepared a scrumptious dinner.”

Yes, this is writing by a kindergartner! Teaching word choice at this age is exciting because students catch on to language quickly and are not afraid to write big words they don’t know how to spell. Try out some of these fun activities to encourage your young writers to play with their words – just like their favorite authors!

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Teaching Tip: Get Student Input for Planning the Rest of the School Year

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Something I like to do with my students this time of the year is sit them down and explain that this school year is almost over. I ask them what they liked so far about kindergarten. Then we start to make a list of things they want to do more of before the end of the school year. It takes a little while to get them to understand what you are asking, but once they do the list starts growing as well as students' excitement.


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Academic Spring Cleaning with Shaving Cream

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Writing, coloring, painting, gluing,… We give our tables a beating every day at the primary levels. It’s a never ending job of cleaning and wiping glue, crayons and pencil marks off the tables. In my classroom, my students love to help out with cleaning. Happily, I found an interactive and academic way for my students to help clean-up using shaving cream!

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Egg-cellent Eggs-periments

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Spring fever is the air and our young students are excited about preparing for Easter or other spring celebrations. Many students are learning about farms and reading spring stories this time of year. As you plan spring related stories, crafts, and activities – why not put in a few science experiments with eggs to challenge your students’ thinking? Take a look at my fun eggs-periments that are egg-cellent for your students to get their little hands on!

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