Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Online Learning Guest Writer

Have you seen Catherine's Blog? It's called Learning is Fun!

She has so many amazing posts about how to put fun back into learning. Whether it's online of offline, she has some really great ideas. Head on over to check it out.
I have heard so much about parents having their kids going offline this summer. I think it's awesome! If this is not for you, here is an blog post by Catherine to help you find some online activities for your kiddos this summer.
Enjoy!


How Online Learning Resources Can Harness Kids’ Creativity
E-learning is one of the most effective ways of educating kids, but young online learners are highly likely to lose focus, get bored and indulge in unproductive activities like chatting, texting and checking email before zoning out altogether. I wouldn’t blame the kids though, because smart teachers and parents have plenty of online learning resources to stimulate kids and make them more creative. Here are the top four – guaranteed to keep kids, even those with notoriously short attention spans, creatively engaged. 

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  1. Crafts
A quick Google search will come up with hundreds of websites offering DIY craft ideas and projects for kids. If your child is the ‘crafty’ type, or even if he isn’t, he’s sure to find something that grabs his attention and inspires him to unleash his latent creativity. There are e-learning resources dedicated to a variety of crafts – pottery, bookmarks, glass painting, and holiday and seasonal crafts– and loads of other fascinating stuff. You can also find crafts to suit your child’s age and skill level; and in any case, most of them come with detailed instructions to make it easier for novices. 


  1. Games
Letting your child play online games may not be your idea of ‘learning,’ but research shows that playing online learning games for kids actually boosts their social and emotional skills, fosters critical thinking and problem-solving and helps them master basic and advanced skills in a variety of academic subjects. Besides, online games are so much fun and kids never realize they’re learning something in the process!These games are also known for the intellectual stimulation they offer. So the next time your child begs to be allowed to play online, get him started on educational kids’ games.

  1. Coloring
Kids love to color and there are many good reasons why you should encourage your little one to take up online coloring as a hobby. Coloring a page online helps young children to develop hand-eye coordination as they learn to focus on details and color within a specified area. Kids who lack confidence in their drawing skills or find drawing intimidating can relax when they’re simply coloring a piece of art online – it exercises their imagination and gives them the freedom to play around with colors without the fear of criticism. Online coloring pages allow kids to experience a sense of accomplishment upon completion. 

  1. Brainteasers
The best part about assembling a jigsaw or solving a crossword puzzle online is the sheer variety that’s available. Most websites offer free and sometimes even printable brainteasers suitable for a wide range of skill levels. Children who engage their minds with brainteasers are known to have higher IQs and better memories.They also get to exercise both sides of the brain, enhance their visual skills and indulge in a very absorbing form of recreation. 

There’s really no downside to letting your child take advantage of these fun and creative online learning resources, but ‘everything in moderation’ is a good rule of thumb to follow!

Author Bio:

Catherine Ross is a full-time stay-at-home-mum who believes learning should be enjoyable for young minds. An erstwhile elementary school teacher, Catherine loves coming up with creative ways through which kids can grasp the seemingly difficult concepts of learning easily. She believes that a ‘fun factor’ can go a long way in enhancing kids’ understanding and blogs at http://kidslearninggames.weebly.com/


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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Countdown Day 3

Today was such a yucky day. It misted all morning and we weren't able to do our special surpass outside.
Oh Well! We had a shared iPad day. :)
My colleague and I got an iPad cart and had our firsties share iPads. They have never had to do this before. They have always had their own individual ones to use. Interesting. :)
There was only the sound of joyful chatter and iPads.
They had so much fun showing one another the apps they had already used.

Oh, did I mention that it was also mustache day?


We are going to start a trend…what do you think?


I mustache you a question...


Everyone loved it!


Team Kempf

I know it doesn't seem like it, but we are finishing up some academic stuff too. 
"The most important thing about first grade" book is coming soon!

Have a wonderful day!

There may be a surprise tomorrow on my FB page. :)


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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Countdown…Day 2 :)

Yesterday we had such a blast!
It was BUBBLE DAY!!!




We bought these scented bubbles at Target. The kiddos LOVED them. They were actually trying to catch them in their mouths. They learned very quickly that they do not taste like they smell. :)

Here is a video we are going to show the kids today. They have also been writing and thinking scientifically about bubbles. So much fun!




Have a wonderful day!



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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

First Day of Countdown

Hello All!
I hope you are enjoying your last days of school or are already relaxing in your summer vacation.
We have this week and a few days next week.
The good news is that I have all my report cards done and I am starting on my permanent records.
The bad news is that I am DONE and I can't imagine what my firsties feel like if I feel like this. :)
Anyway, we are dealing with some fun mixed in with our academic time.

Day 1 of our Countdown


Last year the kiddos popped a balloon and I had the activity scrolled up in the balloon with glitter. This year I have a firstie that cannot handle balloons. So, we decided to hide the activity in a box with glitter. The kids are still so excited about it!
Notice the glitter all over the carpet. I have not been scolded yet. :)


Our first day's activity was sidewalk chalk. The kiddos covered the blacktop with chalk. I love it!!!

Wait until tomorrow!!!
Have a wonderful day!


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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Camp Read-a-Lot

I was able to visit one of my colleagues as she was having a Camp Read-a-Lot Day with her class. I went outside to visit with the kiddos and read with one of my favorite "old" firsties.



Thanks Kara for letting me come and be part of your reading celebration. 

We will be having a camping day of reading next week. We can't wait!

Have a wonderful day!


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Friday, June 6, 2014

Five for Friday


I am linking up Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.
I thought this would be a great way to get back into blogging.


Have you ever had one of those weeks? You get the emails from the parents who have not read the emails that you sent out asking you all sorts of questions about what was on said email (already sent out)! UGH! It's just been one of those weeks.
And then your student comes up and shows you what it's all about, why you are here... why you are teaching.
One of my firsties in the beginning of the school year could barely write a legible sentence. He has worked so hard to improve his handwriting. 
Check out his work. AMAZING!!!


This little firstie decided to write a story. She created her own graphic organizer. This is on the APPR for NYS teachers K-12…yep K-12…can my firsties do it? YES!!!


We had our school wide picnic. So fun!



I was humbled by my softball team. 
Our season ended and we are all so sad. 
They are amazing girls. 



Last, but not least…
Dance Party!!!


Head on over to link up!
Have a wonderful day!


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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sale!!! TpT Store 20% off! I appreciate YOU!

Oh MY!
I just looked on my TpT store and I have 600 followers! Wow! I am amazed and thankful and WOW!
For my appreciation of you, I would like to off you 20% off of my entire store Wednesday and Thursday.

Have a wonderful day!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

So Jealous!

I keep seeing all you teachers blogging about how many days you have left.
Well, I am jealous!
I have 25 more days of school.
The good thing is that I am living vicariously through you and you have given me a ton of ideas to use at the end of the year.
So, how many days do you have left?
Do you have any suggestions for me?
How do you keep the kiddos motivated?



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