Hello All. I just found out that my donors choose project was funded today. Three of our TK families, current and former, and an organization from New York were the donors. Just sharing the news: https://www.donorschoose.org/?utm_source=dc&utm_medium=directlink&utm_campaign=project&utm_term=teacher_1516410&rf=directlink-dc-2018-03-project-teacher_1516410&challengeid=246101 Best, Mark Schwanz
I’ve had a fair amount of time to develop my TK teaching chops in Transitional Kindergarten. This is my fourth year and along the way I’ve learned from authors, early childhood courses, conferences, my collaborative team in my district, and simple professional practice. One thing I knew in the beginning was that I needed to… Continue reading
LUSD has put together this video describing our TK-K programs and some of my classroom is featured.
A recent buzz in education is all about room environment. Our District TK team has been having some focused discussion on these concepts and how they affect our program. I’m listing some of the resources we are using as links below. One thing is sure: we already have some careful planning and preparations to our… Continue reading
Lately I have been on the watch for the perfect combination of time, resources and a need in my classroom. About a week ago I happened upon a great idea. I needed new boxes for my student desks. The ones I had been using were from the beginning of the school year and it was… Continue reading
The #Nophonezone is nearly finished. I am making this charging station for our man-cave hangout area. It encourages people to put their devices on time out so that they can better spend time with others.
I wanted to have a way to make the puppet collection in my TK class accessible and inviting for the students in the dramatic play area. It came to me that the premade puppet stands from places like the teacher supply warehouses are expensive and not made well so I should just make one. I… Continue reading
This is a story of simple addition and multiplication, and thankful hearts. I have mentioned before that I have a friend who works for a local manufacturer. Recently, after meeting with their warehouse supervisor sharing my story, he has basically opened the door for me to have access to pallet wood, of varying origin, age,… Continue reading
The TK students kept bringing an interest they had to my attention. It came in different ways. I had suggestions, “My mom likes when I make cards.” There were questions like, “What craft are we doing next?” and “Can we use the markers again?” I had an “aha” moment when I realized I could set… Continue reading
I recently had a pallet of clean blue pine lumber donated to me. I thought it would be nice to make something to use in the classroom and that this wood would be perfect because it has good natural color, is sturdy and light. I got to thinking about what I could make that would… Continue reading