Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Doctor and Me ABC Book (a new ABC book)

What Kindergarten teacher doesn't like a good ABC book in their classroom library?!

Dr. Stephanie Cox, a practicing family doctor in Des Moines, Iowa, USA.  She wrote this fantastic, rhyming book on what children will expect while visiting their doctor.  This book is called My Doctor and Me ABC.  I knew this book would be perfect for my English Language Students who can identify the familiar body parts and medical tools in the illustrations.  This book is great to introducing new vocabulary and easing anxiety and fears of visiting the doctor.

I love how each letter focuses on something important a patient may encounter while talking with the doctor.  Not only does the book teaches new vocabulary but also gives information and meaning to the vocabulary in simple, kid-friendly wording.  For example, "A is for abdomen, better known as your tummy..."

I am so excited to use this book to share the importance of eating well and staying healthy and strong with my little kinders this year.  I know my kids will enjoy the kid-friendly illustrations all year long!  Even living in China, many of the students can relate going to a Chinese doctor versus their home country doctor.  I, myself, never visited a local Chinese doctor, but I heard visiting them is very similar in visiting a doctor in the States.  The waiting rooms can become a bit more crowded and could take up to a whole day waiting to see the doctor (even with an appointment)! 

On a side note, I actually had to go to the hospital last Wednesday to the urgent care to see my doctor (he's from the US since it's an international hospital).  Long story short, I got stung by a mosquito in our ECC Kindergarten garden and I had a BAD allergic reaction from the sting!

Here's my sad and HUGE bump on the lip picture.

This book is great for the littlest of readers and especially for those who are scared or have not been to the doctor's office before.  I highly recommend this book!  This book is available on Amazon by softcover or kindle e-book just under $10.00 (US). 

Thank you Dr. Stephanie Cox for sharing this awesome book with me on the other side of the world!

PS- I did schedule my annual check-up for the year after writing this post! :)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Teacher Week: What I like to teach? + a freebie

 The last day of the Meet the Teacher Linky hosted by Blog Hoppin'!  Today's topic is WHAT do you love to teach?

I love to teach literacy and writing! Something about watch the little learners grow from the beginning of the year to the end excites me!  I love finding new ideas and strategies to teach literacy to my kindergarteners.  Teaching the little kiddos how to read reminds me what a perfect match I am for Kindergarten! 

Another subject I fell in love teaching is Bible.  The international school I work for is a private Christian school, where we are allowed to teach Bible classes to our students in China.  Teaching Bible has definitely helped me grow in my personal relationship with the Lord and it has made me grow stronger towards Him.  Also, it's amazing how He can work wonders in these precious 5 year old's hearts!
I recently wrote a post of how I like to introduce and review sight words from the word wall.  Click the picture above to read more about it!

I made this simple writing center activity as a freebie in my TpT store.  Click the picture below to get it!

What do you like to teach most?! I would love to hear about it below in the comments or link up with the linky by clicking the picture below!  Anyone else happy it's the weekend?!  Today I just finished our FIRST WEEK of school!  I just gotta say, I am exhausted being back to a full and busy schedule!  Have a GREAT Weekend everyone!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Blog Hoppin's Teacher Week: Why?- Organization TIps (and a freebie)

Happy Wednesday! Welcome to day 3 of Blog Hoppin's annual teacher week.  I like to tell myself that I am a neat and organized person.  But in reality, I am definitely a stacker in my classroom!  Since I work in an international school, most of the classrooms are filled with files and STUFF from previous teachers.  I think my classroom has stuff from at least 5 teachers! 

Organizational Tip #1:
One organizational tip I learned from my cooperating teacher while I was a student teacher was keeping my printables organized by days of the week.  I bought these magazine holders at IKEA since I wasn't sure where else to find these in China.

 Click on the picture above to get the Days of the Week labels for FREE!! 

I would put a clipboard in every magazine file holder so the papers on top of the clipboard represent the present week and the papers behind it represent the following week.  I like this system because I can tell my TA to print multiple files for me and I use a post-it note to let her know which day of the week she can put the printables in.  I also like the easy access to all of my printables for my lessons. 

Organizational Tip #2:
Do you keep student work throughout the year and create an end of the year portfolio or binder?  In the ECC, we are required to so I use the same IKEA magazine file holders to store and sort student work in.  I also keep my students' handwriting and writing journals in it.  I like this organizational system because it keeps all of the student's work together in one place and I don't have to put the paper inside the the binder right away. 

Be sure to check back in tomorrow to see my WHEN post and a sneak peek of my day! :)  Also, don't forget to LINK UP with Blog Hoppin'!