Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Hygiene lesson from a 6 year old

I am a pretty busy and tired person... I will be honest, I don't shower everyday. My hair is usually in a pony tail. My students always comment when I do take a shower and take the time to blow dry my hair. Apparently it is a big difference, because a Kindergartner said to me today, "Mrs. Valadez, you took a shower today!" Wow... that was an eye opener... do I really look THAT bad every other day??? I guess so!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Comprehension using Expository Texts

The fourth grade slump has been attributed to the lack of informational texts used in pre-school through 1st grade.
Research proves that informational texts are increasingly important in students comprehension abilities.
Informational texts are not as predictable in their story structure as a narrative text.
They give the reader 3 times the opportunities to use comprehension skills than narrative texts.
When reading a story as a read aloud, think about reading informational texts. Your students will no doubt benefit!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Free Header

A blog I follow is giving away FREE headers!! Yes, that's right! A free header!!
To get the free header you must

-Follow Army Wife Jesse Mac
-Be A Facebook Fan (and comment on the fan page)
-Follow Us On Twitter (and then tweet about the giveaway)
-Subscribe via email (look on the right side bar for this, just enter your email)
-Post About This On Your Blog
go here to find our more:

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Manipulatives for reading?

I have determined that my little low achieving kindergartners will be lucky if they go to 1st grade knowing their letter names and sounds. I have tried EVERYTHING. Now there is only so much I can do in 15 minutes a day for my small group. But, here are some of my new things.

Play dough: make a letter with your play dough. (What letter says /s/? Show me with your play dough)
Stamps: Let the students explore with letter stamps.
Bingo: find the letter that says /b/ and put a marker there.