Friday, May 8, 2015

Dear Teacher, You Made A Difference

Dear Mrs. Johnson, 

When I think back to the first time I knew I wanted to be a teacher I can, without a doubt, say that it was because of my first grade teacher.  

Your sweet heart and the love you have for teaching created a learning environment that I can still remember.  You fostered a love for reading and learning that helped me to grow, not only as a first grader, but into the teacher I wanted to become.
I will never forget how much you reminded me of Mariah Carey and how much I wanted to be like you when I grew up.  

I wanted to read and teach others to read...just like you did for me,  
I wanted to show love to little learners...just like you did for me
And, I wanted to impact young minds...just like you did for me.

I am so happy to say that I knew I wanted to be a teacher from such a young age and to have an inspirational role model to look up to like you.  

Thank you, Mrs. Johnson, for impacting my life and for helping me to impact the lives of learners, as well.  You are truly a TEACHER THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE in my life!

Much love, 
Elissa Galloway (Jones)

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Spring Into Syllables

Spring time is in full bloom here in Texas and the little ones are seeing flowers and bugs all around.  I am huge believer in thematic learning so we brought a little spring into the classroom to help us learn how to count syllables.  Thematic learning is a great way to get students engaged in the activities presented to them and this activity was another example of just that.
I provided each student with tweezers and placed the insects in some grass.  The students took turns picking an insect from the grass, counted the syllables in the word and placing the insect case.
The great thing about this activity is that it is simple and can be used to teach or reinforce a variety of skills such as, initial sound, ending sound, creating sentences, etc.
You can grab these cute critters {here} to use with your own little learners!  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

$100 Teacher Appreciation Giveaway

Teacher Appreciation Week is just around the corner and I am thrilled to share some AMAZING giveaways that are going on at iTeach Kindergarten, iTeach First and iTeach Second!  

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Alphabet Pick-Up: Earth Day Literacy Center

Happy Saturday, y'all!  Hope you are enjoying the weekend so far with your family!

Today, I want to share an alphabet center we did this week to get your kiddos reviewing letter sounds and having some fun! 
I found these trash grabbers at the party favor aisle at Target or you can get {these claws} from Amazon.
Print out the letters from my {Alphabet Pick-Up Center} over on my {TpT Store}. Crumple up the letters and send the kids to work!
As the learners pick each piece of trash up they unfold the letter and say the letter name and letter sound.  You can also have them find and dot each letter on the Alphabet page with a Do-a-Dot marker as they pick them up. 
Be sure to go grab this center for free at my {TpT Store} and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Happy teaching!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

God's Happy Campers: Good Samaritan Lesson

The story of the Good Samaritan is a great way to teach little learners how God wants us to love one another.  I love this fun camping version that allows the kiddos to act out the story before they read it from the Bible...
We began the class by having the little ones make their {Camping Backpack Craftivity} and then we met together for some singing and to review and pack some of our camping materials.
After, we were packed and ready to go we began hiking through the "woods" when we came across a hurt frog...oh no!!!  
We decided that we needed to help the frog before we continued to our campsite, so first we checked our backpack for some bandaids.  I happened to have a handy first-aid kit that had pre-cut bandaids with sticky-tack on the back perfect for our little frog's injury.  Then, we gave the frog some water to drink from our canteens.
Since, the frog was lost in the woods and not in his home we worked together to find his pond and took him there so that he would be more comfortable.
And, of course, we had to make sure the little guy had some yummy food to eat, so we gathered up some flies from the pond and placed them on his lilypad for later.
After, the frog was all taken care of, we headed to our campsite and were planning on checking in on him as soon as we had a nice campfire and some s'mores.  
While we were circled around the fire I read the story of the The Good Samaritan (or similar version from a children's Bible). And we discussed how God wants us to help our neighbors just like the Samaritan did and just like we showed love to the frog.
We prayed that God would help us to love our neighbors and show kindness to everyone and that he would help to make the frog feel better.
After our s'mores and story by the fire we hiked back by the pond and saw that are frog was better!  We were so excited to see that our frog was happy and healed.
A few tips and tricks...
*I created 2 different frogs by gluing them to paper bags to help them stand and had a helper switch the frog while we read the story
*The campfire was created by gluing fire to paper bags
*The s'mores we played with were Step2 Stack n Stay S'mores Cooking Kitthat I purchased at a discount store.
You can find this resources and other resources for this lesson {here}.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

God's Happy Campers: Backpack Craft

This week I am sharing some fun activities from my God's Happy Campers unit that teaches little learners the story of the Good Samaritan.  Let's begin with the lesson's craft... 

For this Bible lesson we prepared our craft at the beginning of the class.  Every camper made a backpack and filled it with supplies to take with us on our camping trip.  Some of the supplies in the pack would be used to teach the lesson of the Good Samaritan. 

To make the bag begin by folding the top portion of the bag down and tracing a semi-circle from corner to corner.  Unfold the bag and cut of the line.
Next, cut off the side tabs to create a bag with only front and back flaps.
 To put straps on the bag, punch four holes on the corners of the back portion of the bag.
 Tie ribbon in the top and bottom holes to create straps and measure for each child if needed.  
Finally, have the children color and cut the supplies to place in their backpack.
 And, then each camper is all set and ready to begin our God's Happy Campers Bible Lesson!
You can find this resources and other resources for this lesson {here}.