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Ice cubes: determined children and creative thinkers

Ice is a hot thing in our classroom; I mean a REALLY hot thing. You can’t say the word ice without at least 3 children asking for it. We give ice to the children when they get a bump that swells almost instantly, when they bite their lip or bump it and it starts to… Continue reading Ice cubes: determined children and creative thinkers

Children and Emotions · Improving my Teaching Practice

How do we share OUR feelings with children?

I’ve been thinking a lot about how we share our own emotions with children, especially our big emotions like frustration, anger, over excitement, sadness and so on. I know as educators we are asked to leave our emotions at the door but this is so hard to do! I agree with this idea but at… Continue reading How do we share OUR feelings with children?

Children and Emotions

How do we support children in expressing their anger?

I’m continuing my reading in “it’s OK not to share” by Heather Shumaker. I recently read the chapter titled “Let kids hit and kick.” It really got me thinking about how we support children in expressing their anger. I strongly believe in helping children through their emotions rather than trying to fix them. Every child… Continue reading How do we support children in expressing their anger?

Improving my Teaching Practice · SLOW DOWN: Quality Time with Children

What does our touch say?

I dressed up as a salmon for Halloween and my boyfriend was a fisherman. He’s an avid angler in real life and mostly fishes for salmon, so I thought it was pretty funny. I worked really hard cutting out felt scales and gluing them onto the t-shirt I got. After I finished my project, I… Continue reading What does our touch say?

Classroom Environment

My sensory table mission: check in #1

I’m still working on using our sensory table and not letting it become a wasted space. I have to say I feel pretty proud of myself! With the help of my co-teacher, we have had the sensory table filled with explorations just about every morning.  I will admit that I have been slacking on letting… Continue reading My sensory table mission: check in #1