Wednesday, November 4, 2015


Lucky me to visit Madison, Wisconsin, this week on a beautiful fall day!  And I got to do my new seminar called "Dr. Jean's Active Learning Adventure" for the best group ever!!!
Isn’t this a darling shirt designed by kindergarteners? Only a kid would think to put in real rocks!
And take a look at this photo of the Early Childhood team at St. Katharine Drexel Parish School in Beaver Dam, WI. They made their shoes out of paper, laminated them, and then taped them to the bottom of their shoes. Talk about creative! Eric Litwin has got to see this! 

A Rhyming We Will Go (Traci Zietlow)
(Tune: “The Farmer in the Dell”)
A-rhyming we will go.
A-rhyming we will go.
Hi ho the derry-o
A-rhyming we will go.
Cat rhymes with rat.
Cat rhymes with rat.
Hi ho the derry-o,
Cat rhymes with rat.
*Use rhyming pictures.
*Trick children by using words that don’t rhyme and saying, “Oh, no!”

Twiddle Your Thumbs (Sandra O’Laira)
Tell children if their hands get wiggly they can “twiddle their thumbs.”
Literally cross fingers and wiggle thumbs around each other.
Try twiddling your pointer fingers, pinkies, and other fingers.

Partner Work (Nancy Stevenson)
When children work with a partner, put a green sticker on the back of one of the partner cards so they will know who will go first. 

Hint!  Partner cards help children get a random friend to work with.  They can be made by cutting greeting cards, playing cards, or other photos in half.  Children match up cards to find their partner.

Fist List (Ezabel Decker)
To help children with sequencing encourage them to make a “fist list.”
Hold up 1 finger. “Wash your hands.”
Hold up 2nd finger. “Get your lunch box.”
Hold up 3rd finger. “Get in line quietly.”

Mittens Go Last (Stephanie Jack)
Stephanie wrote this song because her students were always trying to zip their coats with mitten-clad hands.
(Tune: “Three Blind Mice”)
Mittens go last.
Mittens go last.
So zip up your coat
And put on your hat.
And when these other things are done
And you want to go outside and run
Don’t forget the final part of this song…
Mittens go last.
Mittens go last.

Fox in Socks Who Lives in a Box (Shared by Jessica Allen and Laura Goldsmith)
You’ll need a fox puppet and a box to engage children in this rhyming activity. The fox only eats rhyming words. When the kids feed him rhyming words he says, “Yum! Yum!” When he is fed non-rhyming words he spits them out and says, “Yuck!”
He says with a fox voice, “I am fox in socks who lives in a box and I only eat rhyming words.”