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…
Compassionate?
Shared?
Love?
This is the world I want to live in
A world of 
compassionate 
shared 
love. 

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!


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Chalk-A-Bration July 2014




Chalk dust 
settles
like seeds
planting poetry.


Go out and plant some poems with chalk today! Link it up here and visit the other chalkers. 



How about a shirt?
Chalk-A-Bration now has shirts to let you show off your chalky selves. Here are some links to get to the shop and some customized shirts too (men's short sleeve, women's short sleeve, women's long sleeve)!

Would you like the dates for all the upcoming Chalk-A-Bration celebrations?
Here they are!

Sunday, August 31st
Tuesday, September 30th
Friday, October 31st
Sunday, November 30th
Wednesday, December 31st
Saturday, January 31st
Saturday, February 28th
Tuesday, March 31st
Thursday, April 30th
Sunday, May 31st
Tuesday, June 30th
Friday, July 31st