Saturday, October 5, 2013

Free Reading Frog Pattern and Schools in Colombia South America

Back to Blogging and School!!

Wow!  I have to hand it to all you blogger/teachers out there!  I am impressed by all the blogging even in the face of a new school year, and during the summer.  I was very busy traveling all summer.  The biggest trip was to Colombia, South America where we stayed with my daughter's birth family and had a wonderful experience!  She is 23 and found her birth mother last year, and travelled to meet her and the rest of her large birth family.  This amazing family took us in during another visit from my daughter, husband, and me this past summer.  We had the best time and felt so comfortable, cared for, and lucky to have them in our lives.  I am currently trying to create a blog with our experiences that I will share soon.  Anyway, I was able to visit some schools while there. School was not in session of course, but I got to talk with some teachers, and here are some pics.  I got the impression from the questions I asked, that the teachers taught the basics without the programs we all share (i.e.  literacy centers).  However, the teachers seemed very comitted and appeared to enjoy their jobs.
The schools are much more open air due to the temperate climate.

This is the recess/play area. The schools are protected from the streets outside.  Notice the mountains in the background. 

Children's restroom and sinks outside the door.

The children have a covered outside cafeteria.

I have moved to Kindergarten from First Grade this year, my choice.  I love Kindergarten and am very happy!!!  I love the age, and the open minded creativity the children exhibit.  It's been a job though figuring out so many new programs, and setting up a new room.  I have posted some pictures of my room and things we have done lately.  Hope I can keep up with sharing!!
This is my beginning of the year bulletin board.  I actually had my first graders draw their favorite  book cover and make the "Reading Frogs" for the kindergarteners this year.  But, I think the Kindergarteners could also do this project and it would satisfy part of the
K common core standard: 
  Below are closeup pics of the frogs and feel free to download the patterns for free here.  

My leveled reading class library.  The rug is actually a large blind from Ikea that was in the bargain bin.  I like it because it is a flexible, soft plastic and can be cleaned.

My management wheel to keep track of who has visited the literacy centers. It is a circle inside a larger circle, made of laminated poster board and a brad in the center allowing the center circle to move.  I usedVelcro for the names so pairs of student's could easily be changed.

My "Helpers" board (graphics from My Cute Graphics)

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