Sunday, October 19, 2014
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Guess who came to our room today? One of our sweet grandmas brought her rescued squirrel in for a fall visit!
Skippy was rescued after falling out of his nest as a tiny baby squirrel with no hair and eyes still closed. This is the 6th squirrel they have rescued, and they are becoming quite knowledgeable in the ins and outs of it all! Skippy has made a TON of progress and is growing like a weed. He drinks milk from a dropper, takes naps in his blanket, and gets some exercise in the house.
Once spring arrives, he will be prepped and released back into the wild. They have had lots of success releasing their little patients back into the wild, including having them visit every so often just to check in! How sweet!
This was such a great lesson in caring for nature and bringing the outdoors inside...up close and personal!
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
How do you teach self control to young kiddos or even older kiddos?? Let's just say BUBBLES and M&Ms (or any other yummy irresistible candy or treat)
Steps to teaching self control...
Teacher Says: Did you know you have a super power???
Whisper to your friend, what you think your super power is.
Students: Students whisper to a friend then give various responses for what they think is their super power
Teacher Says: 1-2 (students respond ... eyes on you)
Teacher Says: Your super power is self control.
Whisper to your friend what you think self control means
Teacher Says: 1-2 (students respond... eyes on you)
Students: Students share about their super power with teacher and class
Teacher Says: Self Control is when you try really hard not to do something that you really, really want to do. We are going to practice this with my bubble blowing machine. (You can use bubble blowing machine, bubble gun, or manually blow bubbles with a wand. A bubble gun may be frowned upon in the school setting).
Teacher Says: When I turn on the bubbles, I want you to use self control and not pop the bubbles. It is going to be really, really difficult, but I know you can do it.
Teacher turns on the machine. It may take a few times before teacher can turn on the machine without students popping bubbles. Keep trying while talking about self control each time.
After students master using SELF CONTROL for not popping any bubbles, have them to pop one bubble. This may be even more difficult for students than not popping any bubbles.
You can do something similar with M&Ms. Tell the kiddos they can have 1 M&M now or wait until later and get 5. You will be amazed at the kiddos who can wait and those who can not.
After the fun lesson part with bubble and M&Ms, have kiddos discuss ways they can show self control in the classroom and at home. Then have them write about it.
The kiddos had a blast with this lesson. My sister in law told me about the idea and our counselor used it in grades pre k to 5th grade!
It was super fun and effective!!! Check out our Counselor's cutie pie son! He has self control!! It is his super power!!
Let us know if you have a great way to teach self control or other character traits!
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
So Cristy and I had a blast this week presenting our bag of tricks at another school! We were invited by the principal and she wanted us to share a little bit of everything!! It was super fun!! I love presenting with Cristy!! Wish we could do it more!! We really do have good stuff to share!!
Anyone have any tips on being able to share at conferences? There are some conferences that don't allow partner presenters, but we are a package deal!!! Would love to hear any info you guys can share!!
Monday, September 29, 2014
Here are just a few quick tips to help you show how AWESOME you are in the category of Instructional Delivery! Those observing are looking for consistency of practice so incorporate the tips and make them become a natural part of your routine.
We would love to know what you have to do in other states!!