Friday, May 31, 2013

Extending your Classroom to your WINDOWS!!!

Some of our schools are lucky enough to have some big beautiful windows on the inside and outside of their schools.  Here are some ways that you can make the most of your VENTANAS en los dos lugares!!!  

Use them to create a bulletin board of art!!

Use them for doing planting of real seeds!!

Use them for changing out the decor for the season!!

Porter Square 

Use them for marketing the school!!

Use them for displaying information about what you're learning about in the month!!


Kendall Square:  
Use them for hanging art (like these silhouettes that Denise did last year)

Use them for making creative bulletin boards!!

South End
Use them as an extension of your dramatic play area!!

Use them for marketing the school too!

Use them for displaying the children's art!!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Morning Message for Pre-K

Britni (Pre-K teacher in Newton) recently started doing Morning Messages in her circle time.  A Morning Message is a daily message written by the teacher for the class and highlights one aspect of the learning day ahead.  It's a highly effective technique for welcoming students into the classroom and generating their excitement and sensed of competence as they begin the day.  It can also help set the tone for the day and be used to reinforce a wide range of academic skills.   

Check out these samples from Britni and Katie's Pre-K classroom in Newton!

Ohdra in Porter does a shortened version of a Morning Message for her preschoolers.  They take turns writing in the letters on her dry erase board.  She also reviews simply the words of the week that they are studying.  (i.e. Dr Seuss, Eric Carle, Arte)

Here's a sample using images that can help non-readers start to connect the image with the word.


Be Inspired!!