At the beginning of kindergarten, I usually start kids off with blank paper, so they can explore. I let them play around with crayons, markers, and colored pencils. Some kids have lots of experience with these materials, while they are new to others. One tool I love to introduce is Rock Crayons. They are the
After school was out for the Summer, I received an email from a parent. She was hoping to get some handwriting ideas for her future first grader, since they had decided that improving handwriting would make a goal for the Summer. I was on vacation at the time, but my mind started racing with ideas.
It’s been quite a week around here. We broke a snow record that was set over a hundred years ago. I keep telling my kids to really enjoy this because they may never see snow like this, in our area, again in their lifetimes. I absolutely LOVE a good snow day. I know, as a
I hit the local pumpkin stand on the way home from work the other day, and I picked up a variety of gourds and pumpkins for the classroom. We’ve been looking at books and exploring the different varieties. There is a great pumpkin painting lesson on Deep Space Sparkle that I absolutely love. This year,
Have you heard of Reggio Emilia, Italy? I remember hearing a bit about this place when I was doing my undergraduate work, at Seattle Pacific University, in the 90’s. I was introduced to Reggio Emilia again in about 2000, when I was working on my Master’s in Reading and Literacy. The introductions were brief, maybe