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My Big World: April


The My Big World magazine for April is here and it has been one of our favorites so far! We were learning about Animals in the Rain and Seeds!

We started our month with a nature science center that included the following topics: insects, seasons, wind, nature, day and night, seeds, tornados, and plants.

We explored and sorted seeds.

We planted our own seeds to take home.

We worked on our classroom garden.

Keep learning!

5th Blogiversary Giveaway!!!

Hello there!!!
I can't believe I started this little blog five years ago. It all began when I was trying to find a way to document my teaching journey and adventures. Fast forward five years, here we are, enjoying teaching and enjoying this teaching community by supporting each other along the way.

I like to celebrate this milestone with a GIVEAWAY!!! Five Years, Five Winners!

The wonderful people of Lakeshore Learning have donated this set of 

Our innovative blocks are translucent on all sides—giving kids an up-close view of magnetism in action! As children build with the blocks, they can see the embedded magnets flip to create a solid, no-fail connection every time…whether kids construct upward or side to side. The set includes 36 durable plastic blocks in 2 shapes and 6 colors; each block measures 1 3⁄8".
Develops skills in understanding magnetism

Another sweet item from Lakeshore Learning.
Plant the seed for early alphabet success—with help from some friendly worms! Our self-checking apples introduce letters and their sounds. Children simply identify the beginning letter represented by the picture on each illustrated apple…and then slide out the worm to instantly check their work. Includes 13 double-sided apples covering all 26 letters. Each durable plastic apple measures 3" x 3 1/2".

Develops skills in identifying letters and letter sounds.

The fantastic people from Beddy's have donated a $100 gift card to spend on their fabulous Beddy's.

The good people from KAPLAN are also giving away a $25 gift card.

Enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to be one of the 5 GIVEAWAY winners!
The lucky winners will be announced on Sunday, April 8th.

My Big World: March


The My Big World magazine for March is here and we love it, as always! This month we have Peep Peep and Up, Up, and Away! 

This issue of the My Big World magazine was a great part of our nature unit. We explored wind using pinwheels, explore sunlight using flashlights, and explored animals using magnifying glasses.

One of the big issues was about healthy eating by having a plate party. It tied in perfectly with our unit of Eating Well. My students investigated the big issue and identified which foods are healthy to eat everyday and names other foods that are only for sometimes.

The big issue gave us an incredible idea to set up a mini dramatic play area to explore healthy foods. Each student had a plate to fill with healthy foods.

The big issue also served to check for understanding while our students played teacher and "quiz" one another about healthy food choices.

The magazine activities were also very engaging. 

Keep learning!

My Big World: February


The My Big World magazine is here and we love it, as always! This month is all about Animal Friends and Shadows.


This issue of the My Big World magazine was a great part of our Valentine's Day celebration.

My students truly loved experimenting with shadows and creating shadows of their own.

My students used an iPad and took pictures themselves of different items they use to see their shadows.




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Easy Valentine Card Holder

Hello there!

I want to share with you my Valentine card holder we made this year. This project is very inexpensive and easy to complete.

For this project, you will need paper bags (brown or white), heart shape cookie cutters, pipe cleaners, and any color paint you have on hand.

This can easy turn into a 2-day project with your students. On the first day, they can stamp the hearts cookie cutters with paint and on the second day, they can fill in the inside of the hearts with markers, paint, glitter, stickers, water colors, or even crayons, as shown below.

The handle of the bag is very easy to achieve.

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My Big World: January

Happy New Year!!!

After three well-deserved weeks off of winter break, we just got back to school. I'm feeling refreshed and ready to tackle this second half of the school year.

Our new year started with lots of rain and very cold weather - not typical for San Diego.

The My Big World magazine is here and we love it! This month is all about winter and penguins.

One of our favorite parts of this issue was the icicles measuring. We used a variety of materials to measure them as well as made some painting of icicles. It was neat to learn more about things that melt as well in our science center.

We tried melting several foods such as: chocolate chips, popsicles, ice, goldfish crackers, cheese, and a banana.

We worked on making predictions about the foods and what would happen to them.

We also enjoyed counting penguins and using penguin figurines to demonstrate amounts and perform simple math problems.


Even our sensory table was transformed into an Emperor Penguin habitat!

Keep learning!