Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Learning Resource Freebie

Here is my first learning resource on the Internet! It is a fun listening activity for all ages.
Comments and feedback are most welcome!

Little Miia's Reading Corner

Here's the reading corner I made a couple weeks ago for my 2 year old daughter, Miia. I used art shelves from Ikea, got out the drill and measuring tape, and VOILA!

In the past, when there was silence, she was usually up to no good (drawing on the wall, found some cream and was smearing it somewhere...). Now, I catch her silently looking at books in her reading corner!

Back to School

Here's a Back to School acrostic poem page for students who can write a bit. Let me know what you think! I'll be adding more resources for Back to School soon.

Monday, 30 July 2012

More graphics!

The new look for my blog is now complete.... well, for now. I created my own banner/logo at the top and also the polka dot background to match. It may change completely when I get tired of looking at it, or when my beginner skills in graphic design improve and I'll feel it looks too amateur.

I'm busy learning, learning, learning on Adobe Illustrator now. I'm not surprised people go to school for this stuff! Luckily there are loads of video tutorials online =)

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Listen up!

I recently became very interested in the importance of listening as a skill and learning style. We know that most people are visual learners. And as our world becomes more fast paced and full of visual stimulation, it seems that listening is becoming an old-fashioned skill. 
We cannot just expect that children are good listeners in school, but we can help them to become better listeners. Although we as teachers today know more and more about learning styles, school remains primarily auditory input based.
In recent years, research has also indicated that practice with auditory processing can help children with certain learning disorders. I see in my own students that those who struggle the most in class, often have a very difficult time repeating oral instructions. Of course, we want to continue to provide input for all learning styles as much as possible, but I think teaching children to become better listeners could be life-changing.
I also think that there is no better way for parents to prepare their children for school than helping them to learn to absorb information as easily as possible. Forget stressing about ABCs and 123s with your toddlers! Help them to learn to learn! This is something I’ve really been thinking a lot about in terms of my own 2 year old daughter.
For these reasons, I’ve started to explore and create listening activities for children. Over the past school year, I have been gathering a list of great games and activities that can be used by parents and teachers alike. Many of them you likely already use, but I hope you find the list useful. I’ll have it available ASAP =).

Friday, 20 July 2012

Beginner Clip Art

I'm finally officially on holidays now. We had school until July 20th.
Now I can devote more time to my new hobbies!

I've been playing around with making my own graphics and clip art on Power Point. Here are some images that I came up with. Feel free to use them for free, as I'm just starting out.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

The World of Blog

Wow! I literally discovered the world of education blogs this week (I know, where have I been, right?) and I am completely amazed, inspired and HOOKED!
I am so in awe of all of the fantastic sharing and innovation by other teachers.
My head has been buzzing with ideas, as well as trying to wrap my head around it all. I am so excited to share some of my ideas, make resources, learn to make my own clip art....

Success! I used Power Point to create my Amsterdam buildings. Not bad for my first try.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

It begins here!

I am so excited to start my own blog about education! I cannot wait to be a part of this inspirational exchange between teachers on the Internet.
First, I will just list some things that I'm really interested in, which I hope to expand upon in later posts.

Currently, this is what makes me excited in education!
- Learning Centers
- Creating and sharing resources
- Whole-brain learning
- Auditory Processing
- Inquiry-based learning

I am currently teaching the North American equivalent of first grade. I am really enjoying it. I love to get ideas from other first grade bloggers.