Diwali is November the 11th this year, Auckland city celebrated it early in Aotea Square on the 17 & 18th Oct.
We are celebrating Diwali at school and have been using lots of ideas around Diwali to talk about and introduce to the children.
The school organised a lady to come in an give anyone who was interested a henna design on their hand for $5. Here is mine in the classroom just after being done and later on the evening when all the paste had come off.
This week, Monday was a public holiday so we had the day off. Then on Friday i had an induction day so my class was split. So not as much learning has gone on as I would have hoped. We were basing it around the little red riding hood story. We have watched a whole range of video’s on You Tube.
We used a variety of activities from this wonderful set by 123 homeschool 4 me. You can download a whole set of worksheets for a range of skills including fine motor skills, ordering and maths.
We have used the cutting practise sheets, story sequencing sheet, size ordering sheet and the continuing a pattern sheet.
I have done a LOT of testing as well this week to get it all done before my reports are due in next week. Hopefully, now that is out of the way we can get on to some really great learning, rather than me setting tasks they can do without my supervision so I can test children.
So the second week of school and both me and the Kiddies are settled in. I went from 4 to 13 kiddies in a week and think I might have levelled out for a bit.
I was sent my report outline, given some leeway as we were all new, but I have had to start writing reports to get them completed before the deadline in two weeks while completing my maths and reading testing. So it’s been a busy week.
This week I have focused on The Three Little Pigs as a sub-topic to our school one of Imagination. We watched the story daily on You tube and by the end of the week the kids could tell it off by heart.
We acted out the story using props that we made, some pig ear headbands, and found to help us remember what happened.
We have been building our own houses in our construction site using wooden blocks. They enjoyed wearing the Hi-Vis jackets and safety glasses I got and they randomly wear them around the classroom.
During maths, I have introduced graphing. We discuss then poll a different question every day. Our first question was what colour eyes do we have? I was the only blue eyed person in the room.
I finally got my laminating back from the office, it has been absent for the whole two weeks. I haven’t had a chance to get it all up on the walls yet, but my classroom is starting to come together.
Positive behaviour and making good choices earns them a sticker.
Keeping track of the days and weather.
Our letters of the day go here along with extra sheets.
I keep our class poetry book, letter of the day sheets and a current reading book for the class here
I made play dough! I’m still very new to the whole being an early years teacher. This is the first class younger than year 3 that I have been officially responsible for, longer than a couple of days. So for me creating activities and planning educational play are unknown territory. Continue reading “How to make quick and easy playdough”→
I’m not sure how we survived before Pinterest. As I teacher, it is the go-to website for ideas.
I have been planning for a new entrants class (year 0/ kindergarten) for kiddies who have just turned 5 and are starting school for the first time. So in need of ideas I head over to Pinterest and a Facebook shout out to all my teacher friends.
I have spent a frantic week planning, organising, sorting and seeing up my new classroom. It’s not as ready as I’d like but it’ll have to do. Now I’m back in full-time school mode posting may get a bit lax but I will try my hardest to juggle both. More insights into school life and my general day to day maybe more frequent. I’m thinking of setting up a separate blog for teaching post’s.
What do you think? Are you interested in reading about the ins and outs of teaching here? Or just the more general posts?