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Saturday, November 28, 2015

3 Take-aways From the NAEYC Conference Recap, and TPT Cyber Smile Sale

Hello, everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I got to see lots of friends and little baby Osric. Being a grandma is SOOO fantastic! I'd like to give a shout-out to all my new friends that I met at the NAEYC conference. Everyone in Florida was so kind and welcoming. It was a great time.

Here are three things that I came away with from the conference.

1. You can have students lay on their stomachs during story time with their hands propping up their chins. I tried this in my own room, and it worked like a dream. It made story time so much more cozy and comfortable.

2. Use more songs where students can play patty-cake style movements, such as Miss Mary Mack. The presenter told us that crossing the center line of the body (hand clapping across) exercises more of the brain and helps kids become more alert.

3. Allow children chances to use their whole body. Have them move around more. Walk and talk. Use whole-body games. Jump around.

I also wanted to let you know that I'm going to put my Teachers Pay Teachers store on sale for Monday and Tuesday as part of the sitewide Cyber Smile Sale. Everything is 20% off, so enjoy shopping and saving!

Have a great week!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Subitizing Snowmen

Hi all!  I'm in Orlando, Florida today at the NAEYC conference.  I will be presenting a session this Saturday morning at 8:00am, so if anyone's around and wants to stop by for a quick hug, I'll be there.  Also, I put up a new free product on TPT for December, if you'd like to take a peek:

Subitizing Snowmen

I realized that some of my children really need extra practice with subitizing.  When you use these, you just flash the cards really quickly.  It's not a counting activity, it's just for them to visually recognize (from the position) how many are there.

Have a great night!

Monday, November 9, 2015

I Just Became a Grandma!

Hello, everyone! What a fabulous week! I became a grandmother on Wednesday, November 4th, at 7:11am when my daughter gave birth to little Osric! He's SOOOO adorable! Does anybody know any great books about being a grandmother? I would love some titles.

Here I am holding him for the first time. He sure sleeps a lot so far. Isn't he a beautiful baby?