Saturday, February 28, 2015

See You in March!

It's been a crazy winter in Michigan, as it usually is! I hope to get chalking with my kiddos again soon. In the meantime, if you got creative and want to share your link, leave it in the comments below.

Here is a throwback chalk poem!

Slice of Life Story Challenge begins tomorrow! See the Two Writing Teachers page for details!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Demanding Dudley: A Review

If you know me it is clear that my utmost purpose in my classroom is to build community and kinder kids. I am always on the lookout for books that emulate this message of kindness and courtesy toward others. Recently I was given the book, Demanding Dudley written by Deneen Renae and illustrated by Leslie Pinto, part of a series of books called The Wiblets. This book peeks inside the power of using our magic words, "please" and "thank you."

Dudley is a comical monster who demands things from his mother.

Like most good moms, she responds gently with a reminder, ""Is someone being a demanding Dudley?"

The book introduces children to words like, appreciated and thankful, explaining their meanings and how they make others feel.
I would recommend this book to parents and teachers (prek-2) when helping children learn the power of kindness and being mindful of how we talk to others.
Here is an excerpt from the book:

The book can be purchased from The Wiblets webpage. Every purchase from their website contributes to the charity, The Hawn Foundation.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Chalk-A-Bration November 2014

This month's poem was inspired by something I saw on Facebook. A piece written by Naomi Shihab Nye. Read it here.

The world 
we live in…
This is the world I want to live in
A world of 

I hope you will share your own chalk poetry today and find inspiration to share with others. Link below in the comments!
For more information on Chalk-A-Bration, click the tab above labeled Chalk-A-Bration. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Chalk-A-Bration October 2014

Happy Halloween! 
Today is Chalk-A-Bration, a celebration of chalk and poetry the last day of each month. This week we wrote a ghostly poem and students did chalk illustrations.

I asked students, "Tell me, what are some things ghosts will do or say?" Below is a list of their ideas made into a list poem. Then students took that idea and made their own illustrations for the poem.

Some students even tried to put some letters and words from the poem on their paper!

Here are all the chalker!

I hope you will join in for Chalk-A-Bration by leaving your link in the comments!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Chalk-A-Bration September 2014

It's been a fun few weeks in kindergarten! We have been chalking about the moon using a favorite poem from Amy Ludwig Vanderwater  at The Poem Farm as our inspiration!

Here is the poem we used from Amy:


And here we are chalking some stars to go with our moon and poem!
Here is our hallway display of the moon, stars and poem!

Join in the chalking fun here in the comments. Link your chalk and visit the other chalkers!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Prepare To Be Emazed!

A few weeks ago I stumbled onto a new tool for presentations called Emaze. It is much like Prezi but even faster and easier to make a presentation for your next session, classroom lesson or frankly just for fun. I sipped my coffee and made a presentation in about fifteen minutes. Simple! There are great templates and some Emaze presentations already created that offer inspiration. The other nice feature is you can make them private or public, as opposed to Prezi where all presentations are public. Very nice should you want your content to be viewed only by certain audiences and not shared.

Check it out and see if you can be Emazed!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Chalk-A-Bration August 2014

It's here again! I am sure many of you are getting ready or have already started school. I start on Tuesday and can't wait to share Chalk-A-Bration with a new batch of kiddos. Here is my chalk for the day. If you missed July's post I included all the chalk dates and links to shirts! Get a shirt!