As a child educator for almost all my adult life, i have always known that the best way to learn is through play, art, story telling, and music and movement. now, i’m looking forward...
Happy World Teachers Day! Every now and then, I still find myself questioning why and how I happened to fall into teaching. I still haven’t figured out the answer to that, but every...
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Summertime is usually one of the busiest times of the school year. While the students may be on vacation from their regular classes, this is when they are enrolled in a whole bunch of other extra curricular activities. While some still come in for reading and math tutorials, many of the younger ones come in for trial runs for the upcoming school year. Older students come in for summer camps, some of which can include art, music an movement activities. Here are a few great ideas for summer activities:
1. Clean and Green – environmental awareness. Can include planting, composting and recycling activities
2. Rainbow Art – this can be done through tie dying projects (and the summer heat is perfect for drying up these art works easily even when you need your dryer repaired like I did hahaha) or paint popsicle art (freeze some poster color into popsicle crayons and let the kids loose on the sidewalk!)
3. Treasure Hunt – check out my previous post for map sample
4. Animal Parade
5. Seed art
These are pretty straightforward and simple activities Any other suggestions?Read More
In my last kids yoga class, we went on a treasure hunt. I hadn’t planned on making a map or what not, but five minutes before class this suddenly came to fruition! Not the best drawing, but the kids loved it I was able to incorporate a quick math lesson, a science exploration and even a language building activity in the yoga class. This, my dear, is what a preschool teacher is all about I’ve missed it!Read More
The summer heat is beginning to scorch and it’s that time of the year again where kids have no more classes and their parents are starting to scratch their heads thinking of what to do with them for the next two months or so.
One of the many suggestions I give parents for their kids is to enroll them in an activity that does not have anything to do with academics. After all, they have a whole school year of that. I tell them music and movement classes, for one, is a really good thing for their kids to explore. They can even gather up a few kids from the neighborhood hire a tutor or teacher to come to the house or to the clubhouse and they can do whatever lessons or activities together. All they really need is space, a music player (such as an ipod with a portable bluetooth speaker) and makeshift instruments (they don’t really have to be the real deal or be the best percussion instruments). This has the makings of a great summer.
So, allow your kids to explore the sounds of summer In the next few days I will give other suggestions for activities for kidsRead More
It’s just about that time of the year again when we congratulate the students who move on to the next phase in their lives as they graduate from whatever level they are in For those in college (then again for all levels, I guess) this is a major turning point.
One of the things I wish for this years graduates is that they find what they really want to do in life. As I said in my positive psychology class the other day, I wish they find what makes their hearts sing. Whether they want to pursue a career in the field they finished or if they want to become one of those dj mixers, or even a stylist or what not, I wish they find that connection and pursue what makes them happy.
Here’s to the graduatesRead More
Yes, this is another one of those letters from your teacher. This will be brief, however, because it seems that that’s all we can manage for now…I read through your papers recently and all I can do is ask WHAT HAPPENED???? I am saddened by the poor quality I see in your work now. I may not be pertaining to one student particularly, but for the most part.
I do hope you get to realize that reading and writing will still be an important part of your life.
Since I stopped teaching in the preschool level, I thought the concept of classroom safety was a thing in my past. Apparently I was wrong! Even as a college lecturer, I still have to remind my students to be careful and watch out for equipment and materials in the classroom as it may pose a threat unintentionally to the students. For example, a protruding nail underneath the desk chair. Although I may not need to safety proof my classroom the way I would have in a preschool setting, such as by ensuring drawers had cabinet latches and that sockets had seals, I still need to keep an eye out for things. I was reminded of this importance yesterday as I taught in class and sat on a chair that was kinda brittle and weak. Although it withstood my weight, I realized that if I had sat down quicker or with less finesse, it would have probably fallen! Gah!Read More
Break out the montecristo cigars, the babies are here!!! Nope, not mine, but the babies in my DevPsyc project! Since Valentine’s day, my students have been “raising” their children! It has been so fun. And funny, I must add! Sad to say one couple lost one of their twins to an accident, but many of those that had problems at birth or were diagnosed with a special condition are doing quite well
I’m looking forward to more of how this project will unfold and when I have the final outputs, I shall share them hereRead More
One of the best things I did for myself last year was enroll in the three day Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training program. That, coupled with my 300-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training from Beyond Yoga really changed my life immensely. This year, both teacher training programs will be doing a second run!
The Rainbow Kids Yoga teacher training will be led by my teacher, Lei Sadakari once again. It will still be hosted by Urban Ashram Manila. Please check out Rainbow Kids Yoga on Facebook or www.rainbowkidsyoga.net for more details.Read More
For my developmental psychology class this trimester, I finally got to do the baby egg project that I always wanted to do. Yey! I paired up my students and gave them a baby egg to take care of for the trimester, documenting the various stages of development throughout the lifespan in our Facebook group. It’s so much fun, but boy, this is an expensive project!!! I had to buy about 50 eggs for my classes! I thought of getting a baby book made for them and going through the whole envelope printing online for each baby but I decided to cut costs and be kind to the environment so we just posted everything online, haha Nonetheless, it’s so cute I’m such a kooky teacher I tell ya!Read More
Among the things I have been learning to appreciate later are Native Instruments. I particularly like the sound of a rain stick and the kulintang. These are great instruments to use in my kids yoga classes. It helps add a little oomph to my stories and yoga journeys. I’ve never really been the musically inclined type of person, but having these instruments allows me and my students to explore our bodies and movement more. Fun, right?
Do you have a favorite native instrument? If yes, what? Do shareRead More