Sunday, March 22, 2015

Ninja Week!

Just when you thought nothing could be more awesome than Wolf Week, I give to you Ninja Week!! 

One way I get my students to be quiet as we walk the halls is by pretending that we are ninjas. I tell them that ninjas creep and are stealthy. It works, for the most part. 

Ideally, Ninja week makes more sense in the beginning of the school year, when you're teaching students the rules and routines of the school and classroom. However, seeing that I have only just come across these books, Ninja Week begins tomorrow. Can't wait! 

Ninja, Ninja Never Stop by Todd Tuell
Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta
The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Alex Latimer
Wink The Ninja Who Wanted to Nap by J.C. Phillipps 
Wink The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed by J.C. Phillipps 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Wolf Week

Last year, for one of our Family Movie Days, my dad showed The Grey, a movie starring Liam Neeson and a pack of crazy wolves. That movie inspired a week's worth of wolf stories in my class. I called it Wolf Week. The kids loved it, especially the boys. 
So, now I'm planning for our 2nd Annual Wolf Week, and I am so excited! I've been chanting "Wolf Week! Wolf Week!" since I woke up this morning. I am so sure my excitement will be contagious when I get to school tomorrow. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Technology for Early Learning

I'm a hardcore bibliophile, and believe wholeheartedly that young children need to be exposed to high quality literature. Especially underprivileged children who are at risk of the million-word-gap. However, I also understand the importance of exposing young children to technology, specifically if it is technology with an aim to educate as opposed to strictly entertain children. 

One recommendation I can comfortably make is LeapFrog. From their computer games to videos to e-readers, LeapFrog has a plethora of developmentally appropriate technology for young children that teaches them literacy and numeracy skills.

Children need to feel comfortable using technology and LeapFrog is a great way for young children to gain entry into the tech world.