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Monday, December 9, 2013


I know this is a busy time of year for all of you, but you might find an idea or two you can save for 2014.  My best advice for the days ahead is to SHUT YOUR DOOR and sing and dance and act like the Common Core doesn’t exist!  Your children are not responsible for all the things that are going on in the world of education.  They deserve a childhood.  They deserve to laugh and play.  They deserve some memories of this special season.  Take a trip down memory lane and try to recall some of your school experiences.  Do you remember a song?  Were you in a school program?  Did you make gifts for your parents?  Did you have a party?  Sweet!  Now give a little of that to your children!

Thumbs UP
Thumbs up!                  (stick up right thumb)
Across the chest.         (bring to left shoulder)
Pat on the back.           (pat right hand on the back of left shoulder)
You’re the best.            (hug self with both arms)

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Lap  (Jillian Frederick)
(Tune:  “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”)
Head, shoulders, knees and lap, knees and lap.
Head, shoulders, knees and lap, knees and lap.
Legs are criss-cross applesauce.
Head, shoulders, knees and lap!

LIS – TEN  (Connie Scribano)
The teacher sings:   L – I – S
Students respond:   T – E – N

1 2 3 – Eyes  (Dorothy Johnson)
Teacher says:            1, 2, 3, eyes on me.
Children say:              1, 2, eyes on you.

Hip, Hip, Hooray!  (Megan St. Pierre)
Hip                  (right hand taps right hip)
Hip                  (left hand taps hip)
Hooray            (bring hands to middle of body and make a rainbow in the air)
High Five Words (Rebecca Spitz)
Cut envelopes in half and right high frequency words on them.  Children wear them like a puppet and walk around giving “high five” to friends as they read the words.

A Dollar!  A Dollar!  (Jessica McNell)
25                          (right hand up in air)
50                          (left hand up in air)
75                          (left hand on hip)
A Dollar               (right hand on hip)
Hands on your hips and you give a little holler.    (wiggle hips)
A dollar!  A dollar!
I’ve got a dollar!

Visual Memory (Karen Kennedy)
Place 6 pictures in a pocket chart.  Name the objects.  Cover one with a picture of a kitty or another seasonal object.  Can children identify which one is hidden?
*Use shapes, letters, words, etc. to play the game.

Popcorn  (Joyce Frederick & friend Kathy)
Write sight words on half sheets of paper.  Crumble them up and throw them all around the room while yelling, “Pop!  Pop!  Pop!”  Give the kids cardboard popcorn boxes so they can pick up the words and read them with a buddy.

Sign Language App  (Karen)
Check out Marlee Matlin’s free sign language app for iPhones/Ipads.

Paint Stick Learning  (Beth Horler)
Put Velcro on a paint stick with the soft side up.  Use the hook side on letters, numerals, etc.  Use for:
ABC order
CVC words
Word families
Number order
Decomposing numbers
Spelling sight words
Retelling stories

Painting Words (Leslie Klein)
Use paint samples to segment and blend sounds by writing letters on different colors.

Rainbow Wishes (Karen Eldred)
Close your eyes and make a picture of _____ in your brain.  (Close eyes.)
Rub your hands together slowly as you think of _____.  (Rub palms)
Rub faster, thinking of everything you remember or love about them.
Send them your LOVE.  (Throw arms up in the air.)
Brab the love and bring it back to your heart.  (Cross arms over chest.)
*Use this for a friend who is sick or for someone special.

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