Monday, 26 November 2018
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Saturday, 27 October 2018
This is a poster that I created for my grade 4 students to review the different ways that the long sound of a can be represented in words. This idea came about as we were working on the spelling of words with /ei/ and /ie/. I think that it is a smart idea to go back to the basics to guide them into learning this often difficult concept. You can print them as posters or they make the review sheet for students notebooks. Simply click the picture below to be taken to the free resource.
Saturday, 6 October 2018
A self-watering system consists of two parts. An outer container that holds the water and an inner container that holds the plant and soil. A wick is used to join the parts together. The wick allows water to move upwards into the soil (capillary action) from the reservoir when needed. A self-watering system is beneficial for people who may be away for a few days because the plant does not require daily watering but instead gets its own water from the reservoir underneath it.
In the pictures below, we planted turmeric rhizomes which I had sprouting on my kitchen counter top. Instead of discarding them I decided that we would use the rhizomes in our own self-watering planters. We will monitor their growth daily and each student will make the necessary notes in their journals. I plan to let them take the plants home after 4 weeks so that they can transplant their young plants to their own backyard.
Take a look at this video which demonstrates how to make your own self-watering planter.
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Are you transforming your classroom into a comfortable learning space where seating options vary? If so, then I'm sure that you are looking for flexible seating clip art to create your own classroom anchor charts. I created lots of flexible/alternative seating clip art images just for you! These images can be used to create anchor charts, seating charts, posters and plans for easy student reference.
This set contains each of my flexible seating clip art (45 seating options) for creating flexible seating resources that pop!. All images are original and created by Nicole Hernandez.
The seating options available in this pack are as follows:
exercise ball chair
lowered and raised table
lowered and raised table
All images are saved in PNG format (transparent background ONLY) to ensure high quality and sharp printing even when enlarged.
You can go directly to this classroom pack HERE
Sunday, 10 June 2018
These cards are available HERE.
Thursday, 31 May 2018
Mindfulness. It is the latest buzzword in education that many are not too familiar with, including myself. Of course, this concept came up recently in a recent google search on educational trends. Naturally, as an educator, I was curious to find out more on this frenzy, especially how it is practiced and how easily it can be taught to young children. After much reading, I have my own opinion about it but, for the sake of transferring basic information to you, I'm only going to discuss what I have found. I suggest that you do your own research :).
What is Mindfulness?
Teaching children about mindfulness is nothing new in my view. As teachers we are always guiding students toward discovering themselves, their inner being. We have always been encouraging self-reflection and promoting introspection for the benefit of our students. Let me not go off on a tangent here. Oh, yes! Like I was saying. Mindfulness is not a relatively new concept, despite what the trend seems to suggest. What is new is the focus on making mindfulness part of the curricular experience through targeted sessions in which students get an opportunity to introspect. Teaching mindfulness to students may make them less reactive to negative experiences and more likely to notice positive experiences which can help them psychologically. But you may ask the question, "How do I teach mindfulness with the resources that I now have?" or "What are some simple ways to teach mindfulness?" Well, to be honest, there are plethora of mindfulness activities that you can find across the web. Some may be overwhelming and others may be simple enough to give you a great start. A great idea is to start simple so that you can get into understanding it progressively. Here are four simple ways to teach mindfulness to your students that I have found for you. I have created some easy visuals to help you capture the gist of it.
4 Simple Ways to Teach Mindfulness
These are four of the most simple ways to introduce mindfulness in the classroom. There are many more can work well toward getting students to focus on the present. I suggest that you explore the concept in-depth.
1. Mindful Breathing
2. Mindful Eating
3. Mindful Walks
4. Mindful Coloring
Here are some of my favorite articles to help you discover more mindfulness ideas and activities:
on May 31, 2018
Saturday, 26 May 2018
At school this week we celebrated the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost is the festival that celebrates the gift of the Holy Spirit to the apostles who were gathered together in Jerusalem after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated on the Sunday fifty days after Easter. The name Pentecost comes from the Greek pentekoste which means "fiftieth". The symbols of Pentecost include flames, wind, the breath of God and a dove.
At our school our bulletin board was transformed into a sea of red to symbolize the tongues of fire. The tongues of fire were made with white, yellow and orange colored paper: the tips were colored with a red marker. The dove was made out of a Styrofoam plate that was cut out and assembled in the shape of the dove.
As you can see, the display is simple yet very effective. The dove was seated over the top with words underneath that took on the appearance of a flowing, mighty wind.
My students had fun making their tongues of fire headband craft. They colored their flame shapes then mounted them on strips of paper for the headband. Each headband was fitted to each child's head and a stapler was used to secure the headbands in place. Here they are posing with their headbands. They are adorable!!!!!
They had fun as they also sang the song Fire, Fire, Fire, Fire Fall on me. Boy! They really had a great time!
I created this memory verse chart for my class. You can download it here.
on May 26, 2018
Sunday, 6 May 2018
I believe that many parents today are only now realising how important they really are to the reading success of their children. If many were to turn the hands of time and go back to their child's infancy, I believe that they would have done things differently, if they could! I always encourage my school parents to help their children at home in any way possible, but, sad to say, many are either too busy or too tired. As a result, many five-year-olds continue to struggle daily. Indeed this is heart-wrenching! At this time of year we often see the agony and disappointment on their faces as they look on at their classmates who made it successfully to another class level.
Reading readiness has been defined as the point at which a child is ready to read. Let me just say that all children are not ready at the same time and few children come to school fully ready. According to experts a child's state of reading readiness is determined by many factors including the child’s self-concept, his or her values and attitude towards education, physiological and psychological maturity, and motivation. Many proport that there are five (5) critical skills which teachers can examine to identify those students who are ready to read. The following is a video sketch of the critical readiness skills.
Motivation to Read
on May 06, 2018
Friday, 23 March 2018
An abacus is an excellent resource for helping your students understand the concept of place value at any level. It can help them visualize the meaning of the places and internalize the grouping strategy behind it. An abacus shows clearly the two columns, ones (units) and the tens which students can manipulate themselves until they can completely internalize this concept. I have created a 2D set of place value mat and abacus cards to help with the translation from the concrete to the iconic stage of learning for students.
This is a set of abacus cards and mat for students to show the place value of tens and ones. Simply print and laminate the 2-digit number cards, abacus beads and the place value mat. Cut out the individual pieces and store in a ziploc bag.
Also included are abacus task cards for number writing practice.
You can check them out further by clicking any of the pictures above. Check back often for more Abacus place value resources for the different levels.
Wednesday, 7 March 2018
I just completed my multiplication posters for helping students to grasp this concept. These display posters feature kid-friendly graphics to illustrate your teaching on this topic. Great for enhancing your classroom, for general display, or as discussion prompts, this pack supports teaching the basics of the multiplication concept and strategies for young learners.
The pack includes:
General multiplication posters
DEFINITION POSTERS for the following key mathematical terms:
STRATEGY POSTERS for multiplication:
repeated addition of rows/columns in an array
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Monday, 5 March 2018
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Saturday, 17 February 2018
Check out my growing list of resources that I think you must have to make sight word learning for your students both fun and meaningful!
I am super excited about this set that I updated today! Yay! I'm not done yet! I'm working on other Dolch Noun resources so check back often for updates! :)
Sunday, 4 February 2018
Here is another mini book to get your kiddos going. It's a great little keepsake for your kids to celebrate 100 days of school and the 100th day of school. This 10-page book (half pages) consists of 4 colored pages (including the cover) and 6 pages are in black and white. There is a writing activity included at the bottom of each page.