I am currently teaching at a private school that supports ages 18 months through Senior Kindergarten. I have been at this school for sixteen years. I have taught both 3-to-4 year old children. I have also taught art and science enrichment programs for both the students that attend our school and for other students that attend our after school care program and attend an elementary school located nearby. I am working on completing my B.A. degree at FIU. I felt it was a duty to acquire more education so that I may better teach my students. A degree is not necessary for teaching at the preschool level, but I personally feel it should be.
Insects! Comparing and Contrasting Ideas
This contains four journal articles and two book chapters that can help educators develop a lesson that teaches students about comparing and contrasting ideas about insects.
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Sat, Nov 23, 2019 12:35 PM in New teacher alert!! Lessons!
It's always difficult to know where to start and you will find some topics will be more interesting to the students than others. Just reflect on each lesson you do and learn from it. I just completed a science lesson on the topic of same and different things about insects, specifically ladybugs and butterflies. I just taught the lesson yesterday to a small group of kindergar...
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Wed, Nov 20, 2019 5:23 PM in Literature in Science
It looks like you got a lot of great ideas from other people. I am an Early childhood educator, and everyday we have circle time and along with discussions about the calendar each day we discuss the weather. There are a lot of great books about the weather for young children as well as activities you can do. You can read a book that is about snow or snow storms and do a science ac...
Tue, Sep 03, 2019 1:53 PM in Kindergarten Lesson About the Four Seasons
I have an idea that you can do over four days or a couple of days. First read the book The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons or there is a verson of the story on YouTube. Next, prepare ahead for each student a 11"x17" white construction paper, fold twice (by width) so you have 4 sections. Depending on the age you can cut out trees or Kindergarten chil...
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Sat, Nov 23, 2019 1:05 PM Insects - Book Chapter Review
I thought this book chapter provided great hands-on activities for elementary and primary students to not only engage in but will provide life long knowledge about insects. Observing insect behavior is an activity that can be done just about anywhere outdoors and indoors if teachers want to order kits. The bug zoo activity could save some money and it would provide students with the experience of capturing the insects and then observing them. The students will learn not only to be careful handling the insects, but they will gain a respect for them and their importance to our world. So many extensions of learning can be done just from observing them everyday. It would be interesting to have students do some research to find out how many years a certain species of insect has existed.
Biology: Photosynthesis Collection
Fri, Nov 22, 2019 3:30 PM Review of the Biology: Photosynthesis Collection
In my opinion the Biology: Photosynthesis Collection is a good collection and provides some valuable information to teach students about photosynthesis. It includes four items that provide educators with helpful knowledge about photosynthesis. 1. An article titled 3-D Teaching Models for All conveys how using the sense of touch can benefit students and how teachers can create models using cost-friendly and easily found materials. 2. Cells and Chemical Reactions: Photosynthesis are two-hour interactive online inquiry-based content modules that examine the chemical reactions that take place in plant cells and the process of photosynthesis used by plants. 3. Seedlings in a Jar, is a book chapter that examines investigating closed systems and that air has mass and contains substances that plants need to make food and thrive. 4. Strong STEMs Need Strong Sprouts!, a journal article that looks at how students examine the how and why plants work that allows students to gain a deeper understanding of science concepts and to make real world connections. My suggestion would be to add Plant Biomass (Photosynthesis) by Sampson & Schleigh, a book chapter that provides an activity for students to gain knowledge of syntheses, source of plant biomass, and supports opportunities to help students develop writing, speaking, and listening skills as well as other skills important to science.
Sun, Oct 13, 2019 1:30 PM My take on the Journal Article: Editor's Note: Early Childhood Engineering Exper
I have been an early childhood educator for nearly twenty years. I have had the opportunity, over the years, to come into contact with many of my former students and have found them to be well-rounded young people. I have volunteered in a classroom of 4th graders that were working on a group project in which some of the students were with me when they were 3 years old in preschool. This opportunity allowed me to see first hand how well they collaborated with others in their groups.
This article suggests that when student's successes are celebrated and valued that it will build on a student's ability to be persistent and it also helps build their motivation to become better at something. I agree with this statement. I think it has much more value than experts may know. This may benefit a students' prosperity over a lifetime.
Collaboration is a skill that becomes extremely important as children become older and remains important throughout their lives, as they need that skill to function in a workplace or within their communities. Children begin learning how to collaborate in preschool by sharing toys, building together, or even working on a puzzle together. Children can also learn about empathy when engaged in a collaborative activity.
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