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Thursday, February 23, 2017

February Readings

Hello PKP fans!


This month we'll be learning about Growing up Healthy. It will be all about exploring our five senses, how to be safe, how to identify when we're not feeling well, and how to eat and have a healthy lifestyle. Please note, we read these books multiple times and each time is focuses on a specific area, with a specific objective. Although these are our main readings, we also supplement our thematic unit with other books as well.


During this month, we will be mostly assessing students on Physical and Developmental Health area. Which is very easy to do when you use Learning Genie to collect your students’ data and grade their developmental level on these specific areas.



Our main activities' objectives will be on sorting everyday and sometimes foods, identifying what to do when having a knee or elbow scrape, making good food choices, learn about where our fruits and vegetables come from, and eat in moderation.

My favorite book this month is How Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? I just love reading this book and look at my students' reactions when the dinosaur throw its dirty tissue on the floor and refuses to take the medicine.

I want to share with you how easy it is to share a video or a book from the internet with the students' parents and save it on their daily report using the Learning Genie parent application.


This is a great way to continue the learning experience at home and increase parent involvement. Sometimes parents are not aware of what their child is reading at school, or maybe the child goes home and talk about dinosaurs, but it would be very difficult for the parents to figure out which book they read that day in school. This feature will close the gap between home and school.

Until the next one!

Keep reading!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Math: Valentine's Day Edition

Hello there!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! I don't know your students, but my students love holidays, any holidays. Once they find out a holiday celebration is approaching, everything revolves around it!

I've created this fun, engaging, and hands-on math product to practice basic preschool, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten math skills.

With all the mini-erasers running around social media and most of the classrooms everywhere, this math product is perfect for it, as well with other holiday-related small manipulatives. 

These are just a few suggested ideas to use as manipulatives. 

10 great math skills to practice.      



Happy Valentine's Day!!!


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Classroom Organization: Students' Portfolios

Hello there!

This is week#3 of the 2017 Classroom Organization Challenge Series. Once again, I've joined  Tami at Teaching and Learning with Preschoolers and Kate at Fun in ECSE in the students' portfolio organization challenge.

Teachers spend tons of resources, money, and time putting portfolios together, either for assessments or for end-of-year present for students. Students' portfolio are done in a variety of ways. Binders, folders, boxes, clipboards, and my favorite is........electronic!

I've been using Learning Genie electronic portfolio for several years now and I absolutely love it! I save photos as assessment evidence, those same photos are uploaded into the album feature and this is what you get! The best part, it's FREE, for classrooms of 30 students or less. Amazing!

Having all of your portfolio contents in an electronic form, gives teachers the freedom to work from anywhere. Everything you need for your students would be at your fingertips. Each student has an electronic file the can be access from anywhere. You would be able to upload, and label your collected data easily.

I also use this portfolio assessment. It allows you to track progress and development, three times per year.


This assessment can be done electronically or printed and share with parents during conferences. Click on the picture for more information.

Keep learning!


Monday, January 23, 2017

January Readings

January Readings

Hello there!

New Year, New Plans! I’d like to introduce you to our curriculum. Our bilingual PreK curriculum is divided into 8 thematic units. These 8 thematic units help us, teachers, to be able to assess our students in multiple areas. Each unit focuses on specific weekly themes for our children to learn, play, and explore.


Each month, I will bring you our monthly readings. Please note, we read these books multiple times and each time is focuses on a specific topic, with a specific purpose. Although these are our main readings, we also supplement our thematic unit with other books.


This month, we will be mostly assessing students on Language and Literacy area. Which is very easy to do when you use Learning Genie to collect your students’ data and grade their developmental level on these specific areas.


In the math area, we will be assessing students on different areas such as rote counting, one-to-one correspondent, mathematical operations, and classification by specific characteristics.


My favorite book to teach this month is 10 Black Dots. There’s so much you can do with this book. I intend to do math operations using 10 black dots, as well, classification by varied sizes, and creative art activities based on what your imagination can do with 10 black dots.

Question for you: What can you do with 10 Black Dots?


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Classroom Organization: Computer

Hello there!

This is week#2 of the 2017 Classroom Organization Challenge Series. I've joined the wonderful Tami at Teaching and Learning with Preschoolers and Kate at Fun in ECSE in the computer organization challenge.


It wasn't until a few years ago I learned you can physically organize your computer desktop....and it has been a blessing!

I was able to create a desktop template in which I can physically create areas to house my many, many folders. It has been so much easier to find things and it's visually more appealing.

You can grab this FREE desktop organizer by clicking the picture.

Well, now the desktop has been taken care of. Now it's time to tackle a larger beast...my clipart folders! Although I own a small fortune of clipart, borders and digital papers, TpT products, and fonts......I can never find anything and always end up downloading it again from TpT.

Recently, I can across this wonderful product that has saved my sanity. The talented Ashley at Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd created an organizer for all of your TpT purchases.

I simply added a preview of the product along with a code I created which the actual product is renamed under (in specific folders), and now I know where every product is. I have everything in a binder, accessible and ready for my next creation!





Did you know I own 50+ alphabet activities and over one hundred sets of digital paper?!?! I didn't either! 

Share with us how you organize your computer and your e-files.

Keep learning!