Friday, May 18, 2012

Get Inspired!!!

Get Inspired!!!

After reading my BLOG post about LABELING, all of the teachers in the South End took pictures of their toys and labeled their toy shelves.  I always love to hear how you have gotten inspired by the weekly IDEAS DE INSPIRACION.  Keep me posted on what is inspiring YOU!!!


I just LOVED how Marissa in Needham used this beautiful floral paper which she picked up at The Dollar Tree to display the photographs of the children in her portfolios.  As you can see, it adds such a lovely element to the portfolio, and it adds a perfect amount of space to write a caption about what's happening in the photo underneath.  I just had to share!!


As you put the finishing touches on your portfolios, it's a wonderful time to review and reflect on what samples you have collected for each area of development. That way, it can help you move forward for the upcoming year. So if you only have SHAPE RECOGNITION in your math area, then next year you need to think about offering a larger variety of math activities for your children (seriation, sorting, patterning, finger plays, estimation, counting charting etc...).  Or if you only have color mixing for your science section, then it's time to think about adding more data collection, experiments, theories they may have, animal and plant exploration, the human body, the five senses, pictures at the sensory table etc...)

Patterning idea

Sorting Idea

Daily Reports Timesaver

Since Savi works alone in the classroom, she types up her Daily Reports in the morning, sends them to the printer right from her classroom, then personalizes them with a SPECIAL MESSAGE for each child.  
What a great timesaver!!

I had to share this wonderful sample of some books that Savi had her preschoolers make during the Art appreciation Unit.  This could be adapted for ANYTHING!!  

"En el arte, yo veo..."

Then she printed some famous art and had the children describe what they saw and she took dictations."

The Spanglish that the kids used in their descriptions was PRICELESS!!  

"Yo veo una chica hanging out with these pollitos and there is music.  There is a skeleton too because I see it."  SOOOOO PRECIOUS!!!

Some Videos for Inspiration!!

Savi Reviewing the Alphabet with the Kids in Spanish

Savi Reviewing Numbers with the kids before counting the calendar days - LOVE

"Mami de Mis Amores" song with Maru and Patricia

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