Monday, November 19, 2012

Debbie & Me

GUESS WHAT!! Sometimes it just works out without any obstacles or hassles....It is just meant to be!!
That is exactly what happened with Debbie Clement from Rainbows Within Reach and Me, Michelle Ayala fromm Kinder Fun!
    This is a great example of the power of a blog and facebook page.  Debbie and I have become good friends through our love for children, Pinterest, Facebook, and blogs.  I have never been to Florida and She had never been to South Texas.  Most of all the blogs and classroom pages on facebook that I follow are my inspiration.  I love to collaborate and communicate with you because you are the reason I am a great teacher.  At the same time I never really imagine that I would meet any of you.  I see occasionally the east coast crew meet up and I only wish I knew more bloggers near me.  I have still never been to Florida but I can say that I have my first friend from Florida!

   Debbie was able to visit us today, November 19th in Harlingen TX @ Dr. Rodriguez Elementary, a day I will never forget!

Debbie's personality, voice, sense of humor, talent, singing, books, music, and her ability to connect with young children is so unique and inspirational.
  I want to thank Debbie and her husband for making a dream come true for me and my students.  My kinder kiddos may not realize it now but they will never forget Mrs. Debbie and her wonderful spirit!  I know we will meet again if not in person through skype for sure!

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Here are a few pictures we took today!!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Virtual Field Trips

Going on a field trip is typically a student's most highly anticipated event of the school year—there's nothing more exciting than packing a sack lunch and experiencing a new, exciting place off campus.  But the downside of traditional field trips is that they often take too much time, money, and require extra adult supervision that may not be available to you. If you are struggling with a dwindling school budget or just want to give your students an experience of-a-lifetime without the fuss of permission slips, technology can really save the day.
What are Virtual Field Trips?
Like the name implies, virtual field trips can essentially let your kindergarten students have a "virtual" exciting adventure without ever having to leave the classroom.  Depending on which program you choose to use, your students can experience a trip into space, explore an erupting volcano, or visit the pyramids of Gyza all with the click of a mouse button.
While there are programs that have intricate field trips created (with included lessons plans) like the Micronauts e-mission designed for grades K-3, often times they require a small fee to access. But do note that you can scour the internet for free virtual field trips like the one offered at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History or the ones listed on the Scholastic for Teachers website.
Other sources to consider include the VC Content Provider Database (which offers some free virtual tours on specific days of the week) and the Global Nomads Group which connects your students with other students across the globe via video conferencing.
To make this happen all you need is internet connection and preferably a projector screen or a television with the proper lap top connections. Or students can watch the videos individually via the school's tech lab. Make sure to ask thought-provoking questions so that your students get the most out of their experience after experience the "field trip."
DIY Virtual Field Trips
While the sources referenced above can make virtual tours in the classroom a possibility, do keep in mind that you can create your own virtual tour using the tools you already have access too as well such as Panoramio and Earth, both offered through Google. These two features can transport your students to unique places around the world or to the moon. You can also make semi-virtual tours. For example, if you just visited city or landmark that has a lot of historical significance and you took ample amount of photos, you can display them on a slide show for your students.
Virtual tours can really open up a window of opportunity you didn’t think was possible.
Lenore Holditch is an education writer and a regular contributor to, a site that specializes in higher alternative education. She welcomes your comments. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November in Kinder Fun

Thanksgiving Time

Thanksgiving time is here
Let's give a great big cheer
For food and friends and family
Thanksgiving time is here.

We are well underway in November! Lots of culture, symbols, customs, and celebrations around the world! We started November with Election Week and then moved on to Veteran's Day, Native Americans, Pilgrims, and we will end right before the holiday with a Kindergarten Pow Wow where students will rotate and migrate to different regions (kinder teachers) and create a project in each region.We only have a week and a half before the holiday break. Here is what we have worked on or will be working on in November.

 Directed Drawing Native Americans.

If You're Thankful 
If you're thankful and you know it clap your handsIf you're thankful and you know it clap your handsIf you're thankful and you know itThen your face will surely show itIf you're thankful and you know it clap your hands!
Do the Turkey Pokey 
Tune: Hokey Pokey

Sing the Hokey Pokey like normal,
but then the last line goes as follows:
"You do the Turkey Pokey and you gobble all around,
that's what it's all about." 

Veteran's Day/Presidential Election

I just recently found this great post by
First Grade Blue Skies

 Stay tuned for much more!!