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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!

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My Big World: October


We're so happy because My Big World magazine for October is here!!!

These two magazines we received were perfect for our Big Day PreK theme on Community. 

Included in our monthly subscription, we also received the Big Issue on How Do They Feel? Which is a perfect addition to our social and emotional center and continually reinforcing the classroom expectations throughout the year.

We truly enjoyed learning more about firefighters and their important role in the community. We pretended to be firefighters and helping people and animals in need.

Clifford accompanied us along our rescue missions as firefighters.

Learning about pumpkins was fantastic! 
There was so much we were able to do with this issue. We weighed pumpkins using rocks and different materials. We sorted pumpkins by size and shape as well.

We also estimated and measured the circumference of a large pumpkin. Then we opened it and explore its insides!

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Matching Activity Freebie

Hello there!

Today, I bring to you another collaborative blog post with Education.com. This time I'm bringing you a fun matching activity FREEBIE!

This fun worksheet is to draw a line from the left column which has CVC words to its picture on the right. Down below if the answer key to the worksheet.

Boost your child's reading skills with this fun matching game. Find more kindergarten resources to kickstart your child's learning over at Education.com!

These cool festive mazes are being featured right now! Bug crawlies, school, autumn leaves, under the sea, and kayaking

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My Big World: September

We're so happy because My Big World magazine for September is here!!!

These two magazines we received were so spot on for out first weeks of school! We dedicate the first three weeks to teach expectations and procedures. We teach how to play with our materials, how we use the playground equipment and how our behavior should be like in the classroom, among other important topics. We also focus on building positive relationships with students, parents and peers.

This month, I loved the How to Make School Friends Big Issue. My students refer to the Big Issue every time they encounter a challenge or need visual support.

The Big Issue is located in our social emotional area and it has been a great addition. I'm thinking of leaving the poster up all year! It's that good!

Our next magazine was all about apples! Perfect for September! We incorporated science and math with the magazine.

In our apple lesson we explore different types of apples and graphed which apples were our favorites.

Before cutting the apples, we estimated how many apple seeds it would have. We counted the seeds and determined how close we were to our estimations.

We learned about the parts of the apples and how they grow.

The best part about this lesson was testing all of the apples!

These magazines have been a great addition to our curriculum and expansion on our students interests. My students did the activities on the magazines. They counted seeds, sang songs, and continued the learning at home with the magazines.

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Pompom Number Toss

Hello there!

Wish your new student would develop a love for math? Play this fun number competition to help! Players toss pompoms into an empty ice tray with numbers in each compartment, then identify the number of the compartments their pompoms landed in. It's a fun way for your child to learn numbers, how to count, and perhaps even get a head start on addition!

What You Need:
  • Old ice tray
  • Sharpie markers
  • Pompoms (about 1/2" in diameter)
  • Paper and pencil

What You Do:

For preschoolers and kindergarteners:

  1. Use a sharpie to write the numbers 0 through 10 randomly in the bottom of each compartment of the ice tray. It's okay if some numbers show up more than once, as long as every compartment has a number at the bottom.
  2. Select two players and help each player count out 5 pompoms, this should be enough for five rounds.
  3. Have the first player toss one pompom into the tray. Remove the pompom and have her identify the number underneath; encourage her to memorize the number.
  4. Then the next player goes and does the same thing. Then have both players figure out which number is the higher number by counting to ten.
  5. The player with the higher number is the winner of the round! Play for five rounds, and whoever wins the most rounds is the winner of the game. There's no need to stop playing after round five if kids are having a fun time! Keep continue playing for as long as they want! This game helps with number recognition, which will be an important skill in kindergarten.
  6. Your child can also play this game by herself for practice counting and identifying numbers.
For first and second graders:
  1. Select at least two players and give each a pencil, a piece of paper, and 6 pompoms.
  2. The first player tosses two pompoms into the tray. Then, have her take the pompoms out of the compartments and identify each number.
  3. Have her write down the first number on the piece of paper in an equation format. For example, if the two numbers that her pompoms landed on are 2 and 6, she would write down 6 + 2 =_. Encourage her to add the numbers together and write down her answer.
  4. Have the next player go and do the same.
  5. Invite players to identify the higher number. Have the player with the larger number put a star or checkmark on her piece of paper.
  6. Do this for three rounds, and the person with the most stars or checkmarks is the winner! This game can also be played with subtraction and multiplication!

This blog post was in collaboration with Education.com

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QulyBox and GIVEAWAY!

Hello there!

A few weeks ago I came across this wonderful teacher box. QulyBox thinks we deserve a quality subscription box with innovative products at a very affordable cost every month. Teachers will receive 5 specialty items in their QulyBox
These items can be used in the classroom and will help teachers with their daily life. That sounds amazing, isn't it?!

Products like tea and coffee samples, stress relief patches, classroom scents from distinguished brands, pens, and lesson tools are just some of the things you'll see in your QulyBox each month!
QulyBox sent me two boxes for me and a teacher friend to try out and these are our findings!
Once I received the box I immediately opened it. I couldn't believe how many great things were in that cute little box!
The first thing that caught me eye was the wonderful pencil pouch. My teacher friend and I will definitely be using it to carry all of our flair pens! #staffmeeting not so much. But #staffmeeting on a pencil pouch, we love!
Agenda and planner stickers are always great to have. A teacher can never have too many planner stickers. The stylus pen was just amazing! It is a high quality pen, perfect for planning and writing progress reports.
The teas and energy patch were also very convenient. I used the teas right away, the energy patch I'm saving it for assessment period :)
The drawer sticks, I love! I immediately placed one in my desk drawer, another one by my morning meeting area and once by the kids' cubbies.

Getting Ready for School

Hi there,

As a teacher, we know what we need to do to get ready for school. Even new teachers have some idea on how they can prep over the summer and get as ready as they can. But, how parents get ready for school?

On a sumer day, I started talking with some moms and the school topic came about. One of the moms was extremely worried about her child going to kindergarten. That made me think of things we can do to get ready for school, as parents.

I have come up with three easy thing we all can do to get as ready as we can for school, either you've been in the education field for a long time, a new educator, a first time parent, a school director, a day care provider or a nanny.

Being involved in your child's education is truly necessary for their success and for developing a love for learning. Volunteering is a great way to be involved, learn about all of the school happenings, and helps familiarize with school staff and other parents on school campus. Volunteering can happen on school grounds, the classroom, and even from home. I love sending work home for parents to cut, put together, laminate, sort, file, etc.

Find your tribe! That's the best advice I can offer you. Regardless of your role, you need to mingle and find your tribe. Either you would find it online, on your school campus, with neighbors, at a playdate club, or even at your neighborhood park, having a support group is critical. 
I have definitely found my tribe with wonderful moms, teacher friends, and on social media! Just do an effort and connect with people who share the same interests as you.

Back to school can be very exciting but also can bring some nervousness and jitters to the most veteran teacher or parent. There's tools available to have your child up to speed in their development and keep their minds active and engaged.

This app Preto3 will make your life easier! This FREE app has valuable information and its designed for preschools, day cares and also parents.

Join Nitin Kake, Preto3 Business Developer on a Facebook Live on August 14, as he goes over all that it has to offer and answer questions of teachers, caregivers, directors, and parents. Click on the picture for more information!

Keep learning!