Monday, June 8, 2015

Two Sides

If you always remember to bring an umbrella, you'll never get caught in the rain... you'll never have a stranger share his umbrella with you... But then again, there's always a chance you'll end up alone, cold and soaked through.

If you always order the same meal at the restaurant, you'll always know you'll be happy with what you get... but you'll never get to taste something new.

Sometimes I actually like when Tim Horton's screws up my order because I end up trying something new that I would've never tried on my own. Sometimes, though, I was really hankering for whatever it was I ordered and I get it corrected.

Bottom line is, there are two sides to everything that happens... every choice you could make... every road you could take. It depends on your outlook, the situation, even your mood... So the next time something doesn't go your way, consider the alternative. It might make you look at things differently.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Math Integration in the Early Childhood Classroom

It’s not always easy to integrate mathematics into the early childhood classroom.  Perusing the Common Core Standards for math can be a bit daunting, even when you’re teaching three- and four-year-olds.  However, when you stop to think about all of the ways you’re already using math in your daily routine, it becomes a lot simpler. 

Calendar

During most early childhood circle times, the calendar is covered.  This not only reinforces a sense of understanding of the year, each month, and the days of the week, but also gives your students a chance to look at numbers (at least numbers 1 through 31) and put them in sequential order. 

Weather

The daily weather report is not only a daily science lesson and a way to increase your students’ awareness of the world around them, but also a great opportunity for students to practice graphing skills. By having the students make a pictograph or bar graph of the types of weather they are observing each day, they will have an early introduction to graphing.

Days of School

The Hundredth Day of School celebration is nothing new to most pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and other early elementary classrooms’ annual calendars, but doing simple math operations with the days of school is a great way to introduce addition to early childhood students.

Attendance

Even helping your students take attendance can be a daily lesson in math.  Counting their classmates not only reinforces basic counting, but (especially early in the year) helps them learn each other's names.

Transitions

During transitional times, such as lining up to go to the playground or even lining up to wash hands prior to mealtimes, you can call students in groups of two or three, having them count themselves. It also introduces students to skip-counting early on.

What ways do you incorporate mathematics into your early childhood classroom?

Monday, June 1, 2015

Writing Challenge #6


Scariest Fictional World

Today's culture is riddled with apocalypses, caused by zombies, aliensextreme weather, and lack of natural resources.  Describe the scariest fictional world you have come across in literature, television, or film.  Or, if you have imagined your own "end of days" world, describe it!

It's a Date!

Throughout the course of a year, we have many special occasions to remember.  Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, parties, reunions...  The list goes on and on.  I know I would be completely lost without my Google Calendar.  But there are certain dates I remember without needing to refer to my calendar.  What dates do you always remember and why are they special enough for you to have committed to memory?

Customer Loyalty Program

I love Kohl's.  I love getting Kohl's Rewards back for shopping, love finding a 30% off coupon in my mailbox every few months, and love receiving deals and discounts for having a Kohl's Charge card.  I am loyal to the store because I feel like I get rewarded for shopping there.  I don't feel that way when I go to Walmart.  Although I might find some decent prices compared to other stores, I resent spending my money there compared to other grocery or department stores.  So what stores do you enjoy and why do you feel good about patronizing them versus other retailers?