Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Let's Roar!

Just like Katy Perry, we are champions who you are going to hear roaring through the year! Our students decided to roar like lions in conjunction with the letter L and we went wild with lion activities. As you know every year brings a different set of students and a different set of challenges and skill levels. This year we will be working a little slower and spending time with fine motor skills and letter/sound recognition. There is nothing like a good ROAR to feel like a champion!

Lion Activities:

Lion Videos :



Lion Products:

Creative Lion Snacks:

Lion Pinterest Board:

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Boxed In!

Whether you are moving into a new house or a new classroom, unpacking is definitely not high on our list of things we want to do before kids return to school. However, many good things can come from being “boxed in.” Boxes themselves are wonderful tools to use in the classroom. Creativity and learning abounds when children are given empty boxes. Jewelry boxes, pizza boxes, toolboxes, gift boxes, and yes, packing boxes are excellent teaching tools for lessons on measurement to storytelling and everything in-between. We would love to share our boxes with you, but hopefully someone closer will be willing to share.   

Enjoying Pizza in a box! 

Need a weaving box?

School walk-about to see how students and teachers use boxes.

Obstacle course with boxes

Sorting pictures of boxes by what they are made from.

Family Projects: decorate tissue box to be used in classroom; list boxes used at home and child draws a picture of his/her favorite box

Be creative and make a game!  

Tool boxes! 

What can be more fun than building a house?

box skating 

Books about boxes! 

Thinking Outside the Box 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

A House Becomes a Home!

The summer has come and gone and DoDDS teachers spent it by traveling, visiting in the states or simply looking at paint colors, bathroom fixtures, and flooring.  One of us is building a house in the states and the other is building a house in Germany. Who knew there could be so many variances when building a house in different countries? Especially with all the city codes, yikes! But we both know that the end result will be great and neither one of us can wait to move into our new abodes.

It is a good thing we spent some time talking about buildings with our classes this past year. We were able to recognize the vehicles used and some of the processes for building a house due to our previous study on buildings.  Our end results will not be as grand, but definitely more permanent!

American House:  

German Haus:

STEM House Building Project: 

The Three Pigs are trying their best to build a house that will protect them from the Big Bad Wolf. For their STEM building project, they were given materials such as cardboard, tape, craft sticks, popsicle sticks, cereal boxes, or pipe cleaners – anything that would promote creativity and solution of the problem! Check out some of the creations!

I just made a new Voki. See it here:

Other activities:


Pinterest Board: