Tuesday, November 19, 2013


I'm joining another linky party, this time by Lindsay over at Pursuit of Joyfulness.

I've been several workshops and have seen lots of posts about manipulatives. I just started using them these year and I think it's going well. Here are two I've used recently:

1. Popsicle sticks

                These were awesome! My 3rd graders have just learned tiri-tiri and it's really nice for them to start dictating rhythms and writing their own patterns with them. They worked alone and in groups with this, helping one another to correctly create the rhythm patterns. Can't wait to do more with these!

2. Fall scatter shapes

I saw a post on this in September and was excited when I found them at Target. I used brown or red leaf for "ta" and pumpkin for "ti-ti." The kids went crazy for these! They loved making patterns of their own and sharing with others (awesome for student-centered learning!).


Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day

Our 4th graders put on the yearly Veteran's Program for the community. This year, they performed for the elementary building on Veteran's Day, as well as their nightly performance on November 12th for the community. I'm super proud of how it all turned out and I'm hearing great comments from teachers, parents, and local veterans just from the building performance. It's great for them to get another performance - I can't wait for tomorrow night to see the whole thing put together for the community! Here's my program for this year, as well as a video of our plate routine to "America, the Beautiful." I took the routine from Sardis Enrichment Academy's performance...it was taped by a parent and put on YouTube. Just beautiful!

4th Grade Veteran's Program - 2013

The Star Spangled Banner (traditional)
Pledge of Allegiance (traditional)
Rockin' Adventure in the U.S.A. (Music K8)
Thank A Vet (Music K8)
The Stars and Stripes Forever
Taps - Prologue
Taps (Music K8)

            *honoring of local veterans in the audience*
America, the Beautiful plate routine (Sardis)