Friday, October 10, 2014

New Blog

Hi everybody, I have decided to open a new blog that I named A Life Full of Passions but I would like to have your opinion about the preschool activities,

should I post them there too instead of this blog, that way I have it all in one blog? or

should I separate the preschool things and keep them here?

I would really appreciate you taking 30 seconds to give me your opinion about it...

Thank You,



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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Making Changes from the Inside Out

I have to admit I am a Self Help fanatic, all I read are educational books especially Self Help.

I remember when I was a teenager I wanted to be a Psychologist but growing up in South America your parents tell you if you can study what you like or not.  They didn't approve of it, because in Psychology you had to deal with crazy people. That was their believe and that was IT!

Well as you can see in my About Me page I decided to take another easier more approved route, I became a Cosmetologist (Hair, Skin and Nails Professional) and after 12 years I decided to get another short career, a Preschool Teacher, a switch that helped me be with my kids when they came back from school and be with them as much as possible.

Anyways back to Psychology... Now that I have the freedom to do more things that I like I have chosen to read Self Help books which I want to start sharing my thoughts about what I read with you.

Is there any Self Help book that you like that I should add to my list?
Or maybe a book that you've been wanting to read but haven't get to it yet?
I am looking forward for you to share with me :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Circle Time (not so) Fun

I am writing this out of frustration hoping it helps new teachers out there.

I have been a lead preschool teacher for quite a few years now, but due to my choice of working part time I had to step down and be an assistant/floater. I am mostly with two year olds and the lead teacher that I help most of the time is new with preschoolers, she is an elementary school teacher mostly kindergarten and first grade, so two years old is quite different to what she is used to.

As I watch her “teach” a small group of two year olds, I have come to learn that a lot of things that are easy, common sense and second nature to me is not to others.

Let me start with circle time…

·       Please, please, please put a little more life to circle time that you normally would.  Circle time sets the energy for the rest of the day, either the kids are going to love it and enjoy it or hate it and start fuzzing, moving, wanting to go away or crying.

·       By putting more life to it I mean, add songs with hands and body movements, if you don’t know any… make them up. Learn sign language for the words you are using on your songs.
·       Add movement to your circle time, using songs that require children to get up and dance, stretch or touch something.

·       How about adding a marching band to circle time, maybe you can find a song that is suitable to march around the classroom giving each child a musical instrument.

·       When you see your kids (in your classroom) moving around, getting up, wanting to leave, why not follow their lead, you are not always going to have a perfect circle time, just let them get up and put a song that everybody can dance to it. And while you are all there might as well make it two (songs).

·       Once in a while bring something different to start the day with, maybe:

1.     Playdough
2.     A big hoola hoop for the kids to jump IN as you call their names
3.     A tunnel for them to go through as you call their names
4.     A limbo game to start the day
5.     Musical chairs
6.     Line up the chairs and pretend the kids are coming in to the school 1.     bus or train.

I mean the ideas are unlimited, maybe you can start the day with a felt story with you making funny voices for the characters.

Whichever of this ideas you decide to use just remember they are very young children that like to play and move around A LOT,  not sit for most of the day as most "teachers" believe so.

With all my best intentions, I hope this helps a lot of teachers out there :)


Monday, September 22, 2014

C is for Clay Homemade Recipe

Here is a very easy recipe for clay that is safe for kids



2 cups baking soda
1 cup Argo Corn Starch
1 1/4 cups water

Mix cornstarch and baking soda, add water and mix.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until is thick like mashed potatoes.

There you have it clay ready to form into desired shapes.
Let it dry for 36 hours.
Paint and you can also coat it with shellac or clear nail polish.

Please use your judgment of what parts kids can make depending on the age of the children :)


Please let me know what are you working on in the coming weeks :)


Saturday, September 20, 2014

B for Boxes

Here is an idea for the letter B, the kids can decorate boxes.

Decorated boxes make a delightful gift, or it can be their own treasure box.



Here are the materials you need:

Small box with a lid, like those that you find at the craft stores
Paint
glue
decorations like glitter, buttons, macaroni, shells, ribbon, beans, etc.

They can start by painting the boxes.
Let them dry, then they can work on gluing the decorations to the lid/top of the box.  Just make sure it's completely dry before they take it home :)

Hope you like it :)

I'll be posting more ideas for the letter B this week.

If you are working on another letter or book or any other activity, theme, etc. please let me know if I can be of any help :)

Thanks for visiting my blog :)


Friday, September 12, 2014

Apple Theme and an Important Question at the End of the Post

At the Preschool I am working at, we are working on:
Letter A
Color Red
Number 1

The first and easiest thing to do your lesson plan on is
A for Apple, which is red also :)

But we, as preschool teachers have to come up with ideas for every day activities based on these themes, being frugal at the same time.

Here are some ideas on the themes (hopefully you can find something new here)

We can start by searching for an apple template, then we can do a few different things with it

We can paint it with a brush

Finger paint it with the whole hand or just using the fingers

Glue crumbled tissue paper on it

Glue tiny scraps of construction paper on it like a collage

Paint it using daubers

Paint it using a pom pom either holding it with the fingers or with preschool tweezers

You can print it, laminate it and use it as a playdoh mat

You name it! There are tons of things we can do with a printable outline, but in this case we are concentrating on just One Red Apple since that's the theme :)

Now if you want to do an Apple Tree you can do a few different things:

Glue pom poms as apples on the tree

Put fingerprints (apples) all over the tree

Glue crumbled red tissue paper as apples

Paint the apples with daubers all over the tree



Paint the apples on the tree with a pom pom.

They can always either paint or color the tree first either using crayons or markers.

Now I have to tell you... 

I enjoyed very much writing this post, but actually publishing it, made me doubt a lot. There are so many resources out there, not just other blogs from teachers, moms, homeschoolers, but also Pinterest, etc. is really crazy, it kind of brought me down and reminded me why I stayed away from posting in this blog for such a long time :( but...

I love blogging and I love sharing what I know, what I read, what I think it helps.  So please help me make this dream a reality, where I can share what I like and not be boring or repetitive.

How can I make this blog a better place for you?
What would you like to see more of?
I really want to help people out there, but I need help figuring out what do you need :)

Thanks for visiting me :)

By the way, you might be asking... what do I get out of it?

Self Satisfaction, a feeling of accomplishment of doing something productive with my life :)

A Teacher, A Mom and A Wife...Back With Resources Soon...

Hi Everybody:



I have to tell you, I am totally amazed since last night!  As you all can see, I totally abandoned this blog for about six months and before that I abandoned for another year or two but I am still getting comments and requests on my blog posts.  I am not proud for leaving this blog as I did, but I have been in a profound search for my true self: what is my mission? why am I here? The doubt is still in my head. But I figure... I am still a preschool teacher, a mother and a wife. And I am itching for time for myself and blog about the things I make, cook, read, etc. So here I am again, going with the flow and see if this is really my calling.

Thanks for being here with me, thanks for keep visiting my blog.

I am sorry to all those teachers who once requested something from my blog and never got. I hope you understand that besides dealing with a search of my true identity, I also had to deal with a lot of health issues.

Thanks a million to all of you :)

See you soon,

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Do you like to Crochet?

For those moms or teachers that have other hobbies or would like to try other hobbies like crochet, I just wanted to invite you over to Arts Crafts and Scraps to see how I made my latest crochet creation, a Tablet Cover :)

 
Thanks for visiting :)
 
 
 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Different Approaches to Matching Colors

As I mentioned before I took over a toddler classroom, the themes for the whole month of March were already done with the advantage that I can come up with the activities for what was written already.

Here is the lesson plan for the coming week:

Monday: Match the shamrock to its appropriate color

For this it can be as easy as gluing color shamrocks in construction paper matching the colors or
You can go the way I do it which is letting the kids move around... Having them sitting in circle time let them watch you place a paint bottle or different color construction paper on the floor or the table at the same time that you call the name of the color you are placing down, then call a child an give them a colored shamrock or whatever you are using to match colors and let them walk to the paint bottle to match the color and ask them what color do they have. Pretty simple, that's one way to go.



Another way to do this which is a little more fun would be having an obstacle course, place some pillows to jump over, a tunnel to go thru, a foam block to jump from, you get the idea; then explain the children while sitting in a circle what do they have to do, if possible demonstrate how to do it. Then call a child give them the colored shamrock and let them go thru the obstacle course to match it with the paint bottle that is waiting at the table :)


I'll post the rest of the week soon, hopefully tomorrow :)

Thanks for visiting :)




Sunday, March 16, 2014

Re-Finding My Passion(s) - I'm Back :)

If you have been following my blog you know that I've been absent for quite a while, life threw me a curve ball and I stopped everything I liked for a few months maybe a year; during that time I decided to try new things, new hobbies, new ways to find myself, I even opened a new blog ArtsCraftsandScraps but somehow, by God's grace I ended up doing the same thing without asking for it... Teaching Preschool.

So now I am back teaching preschool and still doing all these new hobbies that I found I like :) crocheting, knitting, art journaling, scrapbooking, and so much more.

Right now the preschool I work for is in spring break, but when I go back I'll start as a Lead Teacher in the Two Year Old Classroom, the rest of this week I'll be posting what we are going to work on for the rest of March, and after that I'll be posting themes and resources as my lesson plans continue.

Thanks for hanging out with me all this time, I hope all this resources come to help to everybody :)

I do have to apologize to the person that wrote to me trying to get some resources that I had in my 4shared account, due to inactivity they closed my account, but not to worry, I still have the files in my computer I'll try to find a way to share documents I have and if you have an idea please share with me, it would benefit a lot of people out there :)

Thank you for visiting my blog,

I would love to see you back and throwing a comment here and there :)