We took the time this week to learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and how he had a DREAM for all of us.
To begin we watched the sort video on Martin Luther King Jr for kids.
After watching we had a group discussion about how we are all alike and different.
Some questions arose after watching the sort clip like what was segregation. So, with that we asked the children how we could sort the class into two groups.
They came up with ideas on how we could do that.
The group decided on hair colors dark hair and light hair. After the children were sorted into the two groups they stood across from one another.
Telling them that we just segregated them into two different groups.
Then we asked them how they would feel if they could not play together.
“That’s not nice Ms. Tami. My friend is over there.” One little girl told us.
This turned into a great discussion about how it would make us feel if we had to be segregated.
We read The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. and had a group discussion of what our dreams would be today.
Day Three and Four
During worktime children had the opportunity to make I Have a DREAM signs for our march.
We finished the week with our annual I have a dream march around the school.
Classroom Bulletin Board
You still have time to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. with a classroom march of dreams to remember a man that changed our country and how we think of one another.
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When it comes to the teachers desk it usually means the biggest source of clutter in our classroom. Piles of papers, planners, loose notes, binders and who knows what else might be lying around there. There are 4 things you can do this week to help you get a handle on your desk top dumpster (a.k.a. cluttered desk)
Tip #1 Declutter the top of your desk. An organized desk = a prepared teacher. When your desk is free of all that clutter, you are better prepared for the day at hand. At the end of each day take a few minutes to tidy up your desk and put everything in its rightful home.
Tip #2 Organize your files. Paperwork stacks up and accumulates because we don’t always have a system to place it. By creating a color-coded filling system, you can eliminate the paper clutter.
Tip #3 A place for everything. Designate a spot for everything that you need at your desk. If it doesn’t have a home it doesn’t belong on your desk. Separate and organize items into categories.
Tip #4 Label, Label and Label. Can you guess that one of my favorite ways to organize is to label everything. With labels, there is no need to look through every basket, tube, drawer or bin. You and others will be able to find the needed item in a snap that will save time and you will never forget where it goes.
Week 1 Teacher Desk Check List
Print out the teacher desk checklist to help you stay on top of the organization process.
I have broken it down into small steps each day to get you the result with little frustration.
Don’t forget to share your progress with us on Instagram. The challenge hashtag is #2017tptprekchallenge or you can tag us so that we can follow along and give encouragement along the way.
We will also be sharing on Facebook so join the conversation and share your progress along the way.
Busy hands are happy hands.
Your little ones will have busy happy hands with these fun interactive letter activities. These interactive activities are a great way to accommodate multiple learning styles.
Interactive ABC Books
Interactive books are a great way to keep students actively involved as they build vocabulary and isolate beginning sounds.
Each interactive book is 7 pages long with 5 interactive pieces that children can match picture cards to each page.
I like to use these interactive ABC books for, morning worktime, small group activities, individual instruction and in the book center.
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Q-tip Letter Painting
Your little ones won’t want to miss out on this activity. Q-tip letter painting is a hands-on way for your little ones to identify and form letters.
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Spin, Say and Color ABC's
Spin, Say and Color sheets are designed to build children’s vocabulary while building on their letter knowledge. Children will be engaged and excited to talk about their letters and letters sounds as they spin along with friends.
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Pinch and Match ABC's
Children learn best when they can be activity involved in the process. With these pinch and match ABC mats children, can be doing as they are building vocabulary, learning letters and build fine motor skills.
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I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.
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