Sunday, February 16, 2014

Are you an Advocate? Part II

As parents and educators, helping our children is our priority. Helping our children means being their Advocate. No two children are alike, even those from the same family.

My daughter was saying simple words like  "mama" around 10 months old. My son will be 2 soon and his vocabulary is not close to where my daughter was by this age.

For months, I have had a big concern regarding his speech development. The pediatricians and ENT say he's fine, his hearing is fine, there is no need for concern before he turns 2. (He has had tubes since he was 9 months old due to frequent ear infections)

Well I've been researching and the process can begin before age 2 to help speech delays. I finally found a speech pathologist that I discussed ALL my concerns with and she said all my concerns were valid! This was something I had been waiting for!

She spoke to me for over an hour, she gave me some great tips to try until we can get in to see her (we're on her waiting list). He is progressing and has been saying simple 2 word sentences such as "Mama kitty" and "sit down". However a lot of his speech is still unclear and babble.

Having his teachers being on the same page with me has definitely been a help. If there is no home/school connection, then it would be the child that suffers due to lack of consistency.
 
If ANYONE tells you to wait when you are concerned for your child's development or if it is a child in your class... DO NOT LISTEN, go with your gut and be the ADVOCATE, the voice for YOUR child/ student! Its OK to do your own research and do whatever you can for YOUR child/student. As a teacher, one barrier is the parent, but if you are persistent and work with the parents you are still helping that child. Even if a close friend or relative tells you what worked for their child, remember NO TWO CHILDREN ARE ALIKE! Trust your instincts.
 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Simple Sensory fun!

This simple sensory activity is lots of fun! All you need is shaving cream, baking soda and glitter for some snow dough play. 


The snow dough has a smooth texture and is moldable.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Science/Sensory

Today I tried a fun new idea for the sensory table! I added 2 magnet wands, 2 magnet balls, some magna tiles in various shapes along with pom poms, feathers, and small bumpy gems. The children LOVED it!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Fun with Pumpkins!

October has past and we had some fun with pumpkins! We worked on the concept of measuring a pumpkin by using the terms inches, how tall, how wide, and around. The children made guesses on how tall and how wide around our pumpkin was the we used a ruler and measuring tape to make our observations. Then we learned how to answer a question in a complete sentence, making this simple 10 minute activity use math, science and literacy.
For a fun finger play, movement activity we sang
5 Little Pumpkins...
" 5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said "oh my it's getting late"
The second one said "there are witches in the air"
The third one said "oh, we don't care"
The 4th one said  "lets run and run and run"
The 5th one said "get ready for some fun"
Then oooo went the wind and out went the lights
and the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!"

After we learned the song, we did an activity that incorporated math, creativity and fine motor skills. Each child was given 6 popsicle sticks and 5 pumpkin cutouts. Due to the various levels in my class the children had a choice to draw faces on each pumpkin and or number each pumpkin 1-5. 










Another fun creative activity we did was painting with pinecones, the children loved using the pinecones and dipping them in paint. They rolled, dabbed, and brushed the painted covered pinecones on the pumpkin cutouts.
Stay tuned for more fun activities for November!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Back to school!

It's back to school time! How has this week been for you and or your children?
My son started the Toddler room and my daughter is in her 2nd year of Preschool!
My new class is amazingly loaded with energy but I have lots of fun planned for the coming months!
Here are just a few things we have begun so far this school year.
We are using our 100 board again this year along with  place value chart to help with number/object association.
For language development and literacy we have our Chicken Soup with Rice poem of the month, along with our Literacy area supplied with pencils, writing sheets, ABC board, number, shape and color words...plus more!

In the sensory table, we have a multitude of colored floam to explore with measuring cups.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

It has been a while...

The end of the school year was a busy time. Between science experiments, ever changing dramatic play, assessments, parent/teacher conferences and finding out at the end of the school year the school was closing it was an exciting and interesting time.

As a fun end of the year "field trip", I had families meet at a local zoo. It was a great reward for all the hard work the children did throughout the school year as well as a thank you to the parents for the continued support and understanding.
The last day of school was an emotional turning point for me. I greeted the first child that arrived and said goodbye to the last child who departed. In one instance, I lost my job and had to say goodbye to some wonderful children and families. However,  I was blessed with the opportunity to spend the summer home with my children while looking for a new job.

This summer has been the best! I have had the opportunity to spend precious time with my children along with many play dates with now former coworkers and students.

Its sad the summer is coming to an end, but on a lighter note, I will be starting a new job that is a step up in my career and both of my children will be going to school. A fresh start and a new beginning for my family.

In this recent experience, I have decided to write my own book!
Be on the look out for more information on Children All Day Everyday!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Taking care of yourself...

As a Mom of 2 and a full time Preschool Teacher, it has been hard finding to take care of myself, Now this may sound selfish, as children are my life, however its something necessary to keep a healthy balance in your life.

For me,  have begun to take kickboxing classes and I absolutely LOVE it! Its an hour of stress release and self focus.

http://www.ilovekickboxing.com

What ways do you take care of yourself while taking care of others? Are you able to find that healthy balance in your daily life?

I'd love to hear some ideas! Please share!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Our Meet the Author Night!

It was great to see families coming together to celebrate their childs first attempt at writing and illustrating his/her own book. The night was short but definitely sweet. This is what the room looked like at set up time. Books we read throughout the month were also displayed with projects we created.

All books displayed on chairs for families to take a look

Eric Carle style creations

Author signatures

Our Spring web of book topic ideas

Key terms used throughout the process...repetition, illustrator, author, describing words, conflict/resolution, title, rhyme, setting, character and pictures of the process.








I am so proud of all the hardwork and efforts made by all of these 3-5 year olds. Because of their hard work, they earned not 1 but 2 pajama days!