Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hello again!

Dear readers,

After a long hiatus, I have decided to return to this blog.  I am also returning to teaching in the classroom. I will be teaching UPK at the Family Help Center in Buffalo, NY. I hope to use this blog as a diary of my journeys, setbacks,etc. I will also share ideas and activities that I am using as part of this journey. 

So... wish me luck! I am excited for this to begin.


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Hand Holders: A Tribute To Caregivers

The Hand Holders:
A Tribute To Caregivers

There is no job more important than yours,
no job anywhere else in the land.
You are the keepers of the future;
you hold the smallest of hands.

Into your care you are trusted
to nurture and care for the young,
and for all of your everyday heroics,
your talents and skills go unsung.

You wipe tears from the eyes of the injured.
You rock babies brand new in your arms.
You encourage the shy and unsure child.
You make sure they are safe from all harm.

You foster the bonds of friendships,
letting no child go away mad.
You respect and you honour their emotions.
You give hugs to each child when they're sad.

You have more impact than does a professor,
a child's mind is moulded by four;
so whatever you lay on the table
is whatever the child will explore.

Give each child the tools for adventure,
let them be artists and writers and more;
let them fly on the wind and dance on the stars
and build castles of sand on the shore.

It is true that you don't make much money
and you don't get a whole lot of praise,
but when one small child says "I love you",
you're reminded of how this job pays.

author unknown

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Top Ten Reasons to Become a Preschool Teacher

Top Ten Reasons to Become a Preschool Teacher
1. Cute little children; cute little paycheck 
2. Confidence that you will never, ever forget to count to 10 
3. Attention span--Do they have one? 
4. Shoes that untie themselves 
5. Singing your favorite songs over and over and over 
6. With all this bending, who needs aerobics? 
7. Play, play, play 
8. Classroom art proudly displayed in kitchen "galleries" 
9. Small hands; LARGE crayons 
10. You alone make little ones count 


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Toilet Paper tube shamrocks

Exploring Pinterest seems to be my favorite past time lately.  I found an adorable St. Patrick’s Day banner tutorial from The Crafting Chicks that I loved! I especially liked the “leaves” of the shamrock that were made from hearts. Then, I remembered a post that I saw on, where they made toilet paper rolls into hearts. Combining the two amazing projects, I came up with toilet paper roll shamrocks!
What You Will Need:
1. Toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls. The amount you will need varies on the amount of shamrocks you are going to make. For the two shamrocks that I made, I used almost 1 paper towel roll.
2. Scissors.
3. Hot glue gun/hot glue.
How To Do It:
1. Cut your toilet paper rolls into 1/2 inch strips.
2. Form them into hearts.
3. Make the stem. All you have to do is take one of your toilet paper strips and cut it at one end. I left my stem long until I put the entire shamrock together. I cut it a little shorter later on, but it’s up to you.
4. Glue everything together. I started by gluing the stem to the first “leaf” of the shamrock.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Read for the Trees and NEA's Read Across America

Read for the Trees and NEA's Read Across America

The theme is green for a very special 2012 Read Across America celebration. NEA's Read Across America campaign will showcase the Lorax book as well as NBC/Universal's The Lorax (featuring the voices of Taylor Swift, Zach Effron, Danny Devito and Betty White).  For a sneak peek, here's the latest trailer. The film opens nationwide March 2, 2012 and Universal, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, and Random House have joined NEA's Read Across America, creating new posters and classroom guides for the campaign. Read Across America will also develop new event ideas and materials to help you make this a Seussational celebration. (This comes right from the NEA's website.)

This event also happens to be on Dr. Seuss' birthday. This is the link for the activity guide that accompanies this wonderful program. 

Get planning!  March 2 will be here before you know it.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Kohl's Cares for Kids books and stuffed animals

Right now at Kohl's stores is a great deal that any teacher will love. Eric Carle hardcover books and the animal that matches the story are now on sale for $5.00 each. What a great deal!
What is even better is that 100% of the net profit from each book and animal will be donated to support children's health and education initiatives in communities nationwide. So while you are getting great books and props for your classroom (or your own children) you are doing something great for children nationwide.

Here are the books being offered:
 Eric Carle "The Very Busy Spider"
 Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"
 Eric Carle "Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?"
 Eric Carle "10 Little Rubber Ducks"

Here is the link to Kohl's website:

Happy Reading!