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This week was was a super busy week! I was suppose to be observed, but that has been postponed, I had conferences yesterday, have had to start assessing for IEP's which are next month and we started to talk about spring even though here in MI it is still very much winter! I introduced spring with some Eric Carle books.

Here are a few things we did.

1. We made some crabs to go with Eric Carle's a House for Hermit Crab. These are the am's

and this the pm's.  

2. We played Spin the Pinwheel. You can get this game on my tpt store for free!

3. We classifed pictures. All the ones that are spring related were glued to the flowers.

5. We started our grouchy ladybugs and will finish those up next week.

5. We began using pointers when reading emergent readers to help with reading left to right and top to bottom.  

6. Lastly (I know this is 6) my morning class loves the Easter sensory bin! Although, my classroom has been very dry and the grass is clinging to everything and anything. I went home with some on my pants the other day, but they enjoy it which is all that matters!

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Have a great weekend!

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I want to share Krista's Creative Chalkboard blog! I love her clip art! It is super cute! She always has her classroom  always decorated super cute with some great ideas for teaching.

Make sure to check out her blog, The Creative Chalkboard and her tpt store, Creative Clips!

Another idea from the Shared Reading conference was the use of pointers. I have used a pointer for the special helper to point to the numbers for counting, alphabet, etc. but she suggested how to make these and they are much more durable then some of the fun ones I got from Target in the dollar section. I made these pointers out of large paint sticks, paint, glitter, and foam stickers.

Here are some small group pointers for students to use in books and I used them with my kids and they loved using them. It helped them point to each word and directionality.  

We also used the phones, which they love! We have used these many times before and the kids always love hearing themselves talk.

The next couple days are busy ones. An observation tomorrow (it was suppose to be last week and it was cancelled) and Thursday are conferences. I can't wait for spring break next week! It definitely can't come soon enough.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to go to a shared reading conference and it was great! I came away with a lot of new ideas and some reminders of things I use to, but have gotten away from doing. At the same time, whenever I leave a conference like this I always feel like I am not doing enough and need to be doing a lot more. So I have been making some notes and plans of implementing some ideas right away and others to definitely do next year. One of my biggest challenges, is trying to simplify these activities for my little ones in ECSE. There attention span is very short and making sure it is developmentally appropriate for all of them. There is a huge range in their abilities and what their needs are and circle time is a challenge.

Anyways, from this conference here are a few things I learned:

Here is a song that can be sang to Frere, Frere Jacqua. You can use highlighting tape to highlight the word (something new I learned). Wikki stix also work on laminated chart paper or sentence strips so the students can circle words, letters, or punctuation (another thing I learned).

Color poems. Put on chart paper and add a picture to help students join in the reading.

Morning message for preschool with picture prompts.

Purple and Black color song from Frog Street Press. Again make sure to use picture prompts to help your little ones!
You can get the songs on YouTube here (put in frog street press color songs).

Here is an example.

I have so much to share and will try to do that in the next couple of weeks! :) Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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