Saturday, July 30, 2011

Stephanie asks...

I am wondering if anyone knows where I can purchase a bell as an attention getter. It is not your regular bell, though, it is one that makes a very soothing noise. Has anyone seen these? I believe they are Montessori. I would love any tips on where to find!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Stacy asks...

I have been teaching Kindergarten and implementing centers for 6 years, but I am still struggling each week with the question, "What are next week's centers?" How do you organize all of your centers for planning and storage?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Elissa asks...

We have kindergarten round-up and take our future class into our rooms to meet the teacher and see the room.  We read a story and then have time for a craft.  Does anyone have a cute and easy craft they do at round up.  I have about 30 minutes with them.  Thanks!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dusty asks...

I am a homeschooler, but have a deep respect for those with the capacity and love of teaching other's children. And am SUPER appreciative of everyone of you that shares your experiences and methods. My daughter is 5 and we believe she may be dyslexic. Her father is dyslexic and while we are not currently in a position to have her tested, she struggles a lot with reading simple words, often reading "pat" instead of "tap" (and even reading "21" instead of "12") and the like. Does anyone have experience teaching phonics to dyslexics and know of a good approach? I have been assembling a number of manipulatives and trying to compile some games, but everything seems to only frustrate her. We do well with all other subjects, math being her favorite. I just don't know if approaching phonics with her, assuming she may have the same struggles her father did, would help her. Her father was made to memorize everything as a site word. And he continues to struggle with unusual words. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rorey asks...

I am teaching at an international school in Tanzania and will be using a Primary Years Programe (PYP) for the first time. What strategies or advice can people with PYP experience offer me? How to set up units of inquiry? Organizational strategies? Management?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Isabel asks...

What preschool blogs can people recommend?

After being a stay at home mom for many many years, I returned to the classroom not as an elementary school teacher like in the past but as a preschool one. I have discovered some amazing blogs for elementary teachers but would love to find some that are for preschool teachers.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tracy asks...

I am wondering what methods others use to keep kids busy during reading group time for Kindergarten. Anyone use Workshop Way? It seems time consuming to set up but maybe it is better when it is all ready to go and the kids are trained?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Katie asks...

What are your favorite books for teaching math concepts?

I love Give Me Half by Stuart J. Murphy for introducing fractions. I also like Bunny Day by Rick Walton for introducing the clock. What other picture books do you love to use?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Katie asks...

How do you store your word wall words when they aren't on the wall?

I've tried storing them alphabetically and I've tried grouping them by week. I've tried storing them in ziploc bags, but then I just have a big bag full of a bunch of little bags. I also have mine magnetized because I use a white board for my Word Wall. Any creative storage ideas?