Monday, August 2, 2010

I'm Wild About Learning!

As a result of consuming way too much diet coke and Starbucks and living on caffeine, my sleep habits are completely messed up. However, one perk? At night, when I should be sleeping, I instead have been planning and getting ideas for this year.

Let me start by sharing my theme for the year with you...

...We're going on a Learning Safari!

Another wonderful amazing teacher at my school (and one of my best friends at my school) is currently in Africa, and while she taught kindergarten last year, this year she's moving to 5th grade. As a motivator for her to visit my class (and to bring her awesome students with) I am doing a Safari theme since she loves Africa and is planning to move there one day!

In no particular order, here are some of the ways I see the theme popping up in my classroom:

  • "Spotted: Great Work!" --to show off my students' awesome hard work in the classroom
  • "Leap into Learning about..." --for our concept/question board
  • "Top Toucan" --a.k.a. Star of the Week
  • Music during workshop (and the occasional dance party--you know, Elton John's I Just Can't Wait to be King is the perfect song to rock out to)...The Lion King musical soundtrack
  • Leopards Earning their Spots-- maybe to track the books we read or when they bring back their reading logs? We shall see...oooh or maybe it will be my whole class tracker!

Some photos I've found for inspiration:


http://afullelementaryclassroom.blogspot.com


http://www.bulletinboardpro.com/BB92.html


http://www.flickr.com/photos/51089309@N04/4695803350/

CLASS MOTTO: Hakuna matata.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Help make the world a KINDer place!

I'm writing to ask you to support some amazing Pepperdine graduates (and friends of mine), Molly Stroud and Lauren Parsekian, who are the founders of Kind Campaign by voting for them to win a grant from the Pepsi Refresh Everything Project! If they win the grant, they can offer assemblies at schools, just like mine, for FREE!

Kind Campaign is: A movement and documentary, based upon the powerful belief in KINDness, that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl "crime".

The founders, Molly and Lauren, are doing absolutely amazing things with this campaign, and with the grant money they will be able to finish their film, fund their Fall KC school assembly tour, start Kind Clubs, and offer their national program FREE OF CHARGE to schools. Your votes can help bring a phenomenal program to us!

Check out their website for more info: www.kindcampaign.com, and PLEASE VOTE! You can vote twice a day every day for the month of August--once on your computer and once from your phone! Take 5 seconds to vote: visit http://www.refresheverything.com/kindcampaign, and text 101818 to Pepsi (73774) to vote by phone!


Thanks in advance for taking the time to support a wonderful program (and passing this on to your family and friends)!

Check out the Finding Kind trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woZTiMgWYDo and two previous posts on my personal blog where I mention KC:
I'm just really happy! :)

Kind Campaign...in the New York Times!