Friday, February 16, 2018

Lunar New Year Fun for Kids

Lunar New Year fun for kids...
lives in their memories forever.

Want to see a Chinese Dancing Dragon fly?  Nothing beats the sound of a dragon tail fluttering as you dance with it--along with 25 kids and their dragons!

It takes all morning to create these dancing Chinese New Year Dragons--punctuated by little breaks to practice our dance moves to the pounding drums, clashing cymbals and high flute of Chinese parade music.


My early finishers can read and color their Chinese New Year One-page mini-book of traditions and the cycle of animals sheet.

I've just added gorgeous Chinese New Year printables for kids to color and decorate, or write on (using creative prompts), as a Morning Work when they enter the room and get settled.

2008 Chinese New Year Song 
blends pop and traditional elements into a visual spectacular.  It's a great cultural backdrop for your own class parade.  Video footage includes a crowded Chinese New Year parade with giant dancing dragons, Chinese mountains, temples, lanterns, fans, cherry blossoms, waterfalls, and gardens.  A 3-girl pop group, The M-Girls, cheerfully sing in several Chinese styles and tempos.  They alternate wearing contemporary and traditional gear.   (9:49)

Chinese New Year Story Video For Kids
is a beautifully crafted shadow puppet story.  It tells the origin of the Chinese New Year cycle of twelve animals.  (2:43) is a great source for videos.  Many schools block YouTube, so you’ll have to use software, a YouTube to MP4 converter.  This is best done at home.  Then you can bring the MP4 on a flash drive to view at school on your SMARTboard or computer.

At the end of the day I've asked my kids what they’d like to do with their dragons.  They said…
·         Dance all night
·         Do ballet
·         Eat it
·         Feed it
·         Watch it grow
·         Do magic
·         Put on a magic show
·         Sleep with it
·         March in a parade
·         Put it in a doll house
·         Ride a scooter with it
·         Destroy it (said with a cartoonish swagger)
 A dozen ways to celebrate the night of the new moon.  Gung Hay Fat Choy, everybody!
If you'd like a Chinese Dancing Dragon, and all the memories and joy that come with it, it's right here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Teacher Resources on Sale!

LOVE TeachersPayTeachers--ON SALE!

Teacher resources at 25% off--there's a lotta love here!

Please stop by and look around...

 Number Chart Robots

 Number Chart Robots

I'll see you there!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

100th Day of School Fun

The 100th Day of School--or is that 100 Days of Cool?
It's coming!!

We start the day by making Super Hero Masks, so we can wear them all day.  

I still think my kids look way cooler than I do in a mask.
There's nothing more fun than 25 5-year-olds striking 100 super hero poses as we march around the room to my Counting to 100 song...

...Except maybe chant and response from a list of How to Say One Hundred in 25 Languages--all to a heavy rock beat on my electric piano.

We choose a super-creative task from my task cards in social studies, science, reading, writing, or math.  

 100 Days of School - Renee Dawn

Create 100 bugs anybody?  Budding scientists will be enthralled.

And we sing 100th Day of School songs all day.

If you'd like to do these too, take a look at this super-creative 100th Day of School resource that includes all of this and much more.  It'll keep you supplied for weeks after the festivities are over.
If  Number Chart Robots thrill you -- here they are:

 Number Chart Robots 1 - 100 Renee Dawn

Last year my kindergartners created the robots as a Do Now, while I set up their 100th Day art collages, brought from home.  

An editable Letter to the Parents explaining the collage project is included in the 100th Day of School Bundle.  Here's my favorite one from last year:

Happy 100th!!! 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

TeachersPayTeachers Seller Spotlight
I'm in the Seller Spotlight!

Every little honor packs a punch!
But some honors are Woooow!!!

I'm in the Seller Spotlight in the TeachersPayTeachers Newsletter today!  (Be still, my heart!)  It's the
TpT Newsletter Vol 481: Grades PreK - 5.

This is what I saw staring back at me in this morning's email:
...and these are the links to the resources:

Our journey at TpT is so step-by-step—it’s soooo nice to take a giant leap every once in a while.

Thank y'all for sharing the journey with me!
Cheers, hugs, and truckloads of New Years confetti to ALL of our leaps--big and small!

I'm wishing you all MANY leaps in the coming year--and an ocean of health and happiness.

Lots of Love,

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Top 10 Resolutions for Teachers

Happy New Year everybody!
Here are my Top 10 Resolutions for Teachers:
  1. Be happy!  You're a teacher.  You've just got to figure out how to custom-design it for you.
  2. Self-Improve!  Use mentors and the internet to learn and make your teaching life better than you can even imagine. 
  3. Behavior Management is king!  Treat it like royalty and everything else will fall into place.
  4. Organize!  Work smarter, not harder.  Prioritize what MUST get done, and delegate whenever possible--to parents, teacher teams, student teachers, and even kids.
  5. Get creative!  Teach your kids to see the world through fresh eyes, and personalize the thrill of learning.
  6. Beautify!  Check out your classroom's feng shui, or flow.  Improve your classroom's landscape.  Add eye-catching and inspirational posters and kids' art work--in 3D, hanging from ceilings and popping off walls.
  7. Smile!  If you were waiting for Christmas, go!  Smile--it's contagious--and even better, laugh more often.  You'll trigger endorphins and good will all around you.
  8. Move!  Don't just sit there.  Jog or dance while you read anchor charts, sight words, and chant math facts.  Extra points if you grab a weight vest or bar bells, too. 
  9. Get healthier!  Don't just teach, teach, teach; learn to eat, sleep, meditate, move, breathe, and think healthier.
  10.  Be grateful!  Ask non-teachers which job they wished for.  Sooo many say teacher!  You've got it.  Start a Gratefulness Diary.
Here's a gallery for your New Year's resolutions, dreams, goals, and plans:

 As always, I'm wishing you a wonderful, calm and confident, New Year!  And I'd love to know what you're adding to your top 10 list of resolutions for teachers so I can add some more to mine.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Holiday Humor for Kids

Can you teach kids to write with humor?   Humor for the Holidays?

A Christmas wish isn’t funny.  
Wishing for your 2 front teeth—and a kid-sized Ferrari—is. 
Humor happens when two worlds collide, and when they come together unexpectedly.   It’s funny, playful, and creative—as long as no one gets hurt in the crash.  Let’s watch humor in action...

Start with a character or a setting.  Add an unexpected or surprising detail…

          A look, expression, or object: a ghost with a… goofy smile, holding a tiny holiday tree

          A sound: a dog…barking a Christmas carol

          A feel:  a lady with tall gelled hair that’s filled with holiday lights

          A mood: an alligator…wrapped in ribbons and giggling

          An action: Santa flying…upside down, in his sleep

          An exaggeration: a kid who wants to fly with Santa, 24/7

          A usage: Santa on a…skateboard, a drone, or a bat

          A behavior: Santa planning peace on Earth…over a piece of pie 
That’s funny. 

I made it easy to be funny--or cheerful--for the holidays, with charming printables and plenty of writing tips.  You'll get a complete kit that's perfect for TAG kids, ELL kids, and everyone in between.

If you’d like my Christmas brainstorming posters, as well as 53 Christmas characters with speech bubbles, and cool Christmas writing paper for extended writing, please look under my holiday tree and I'll show you…

...a happy holiday!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Teacher Resources on Sale

It's a TeachersPayTeachers sale!

If you've been on the fence, please consider these teacher resources at steep Cyber Monday discounts:
Yes, you can make your lessons perfect, and your observation lessons sooooooo much easier with this Teacher Evaluation Guide.  

It includes checklists, charts, cheat-sheets, tips, scripts, class posters, lesson plans and lesson plan templates for your expert Danielson-style teacher evaluation.

I use it all the time for my lesson templates and reminders of best practices.  And I admit, I carry the one-page mini-lesson cheat-sheet in my pocket, in the weeks before every unannounced observation (really!).

If you're a substitute teacher, you'll find that The Substitute Teacher Guide  is much more than a run-of-the-mill kit.

You see, after over 20 years teaching, I've observed hundreds of subs and teachers in action.  I've seen it all--the good, the bad, and the Kindergarten Cop Chaos.  This resource is a detailed and comprehensive account of what to bring, do, and say when you sub.

And it includes dozens of printables a sub can use all year.

NOT JUST FOR SUBS!  If you're a regular teacher, it makes a handy Substitute Binder--for the days you're absent--with explicit directions so you'll return to a semi-normal room.

It also serves as a refresher course for regular teachers, with guides for lessons, behavior management, managing trips, parties, assemblies, and more.

My current favorite is Behavior Management with Humor--a creative approach to discipline in the classroom.  You’ll find tons of tools and strategies for behavior management with laughter.

At every step, we start with the essential skills for no-stress behavior management. Then I'll show you how to infuse these with respectful fun, so they come alive in your classroom.
 If you'd rather go for the whole kit 'n kaboodle -- or is that kitten kaboodle?  --  Here's a soup to nuts behavior management, with the heart of a tiger in a kitten's fur.  

You'll be CALM and CONFIDENT at school—with step-by-step instructions for teaching school rules—starting from the moment you walk through the door of your classroom. 

This mega-bundle includes Behavior Management with Humor, with all the bells 'n whistles, teacher scripts, behavior mod charts that really work (instructions included), Callbacks galore--and my favorite new-agey counting song to calm kids instantly.
Cyber Monday wouldn't be complete without a little holiday fun, now, would it? 

Have a very happy cyber Monday, and I'll see you there.