Sunday, September 20, 2009

Super Cute Sunday!

If you didn't notice, my blogging energy has been on a serious level of empty lately. I've been too busy with too many other things, and every time I sat down to write, nothing would come out. Really. Nothing. Nada. Zip.

I finally had to admit that it was time to spice things up a bit on this blog and figure out a way to add some more smiles! So welcome to my very first "Super Cute Sunday!" Hopefully, the first of many to come!

If you know me at all, you know that I usually spend a good part of Sundays at the stable with my daughter. And usually, I bring along a bag of clay to help pass the time. Today, I also brought in some delicious mini cupcakes (pastelitos en espanol) that were left over from a party I went to last night. Many thanks to Leo for baking those tasty treats! As I was offering the cupcakes to the riders and grooms, I realized that I HAD TO make a mini cupcake out of clay. :)

When I got home, the cute clay creations continued (it must be letter C week somewhere out there) and I created two cute cats! And just in case you're wondering about the size of these clay creations...I threw in a coin as well :)

Criminy! It's a cacophony of C's!! Oh well...just call me crazy! Let me know if you find any extreme cuteness in the world, and I may add it to next Sunday's post!

Till next time,

Cute as a button!
-Ralph Ganzer
(my high school geometry teacher!)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Creating an Easier Life!

Well...summer is quickly coming to a close for this preschool teacher/director! So I've put the clay away for a while and put some of my remaining summer energy into making the school year easier for our teaching staff.

With many thanks to Nikki for her gift of the Zutter Bind It All...I present my new ABC Assessment Record Book!!

For those of you who teach, you can understand how assessments and record keeping can take up a HUGE chunk of time. Well, this preschool teacher is ready for some extra free time!

Here's how our record books will work...There's a booklet for each of our classes and each child will have a different page (I'll try to put them in alphabetical order by first name, though our late starters sometimes mess up that plan!). Each month, we always focus on a different color (Sept - red, Oct - orange & black, Nov - brown, etc...). So, in September, I will have red pens handy to circle the letters that our children recognize or can write. In October, we'll have black pens available, in November, brown....etc. When one of our teachers is working at the literacy table, we'll just whip out that assessment book, and off we go!! Hooray for creativity, friends and the Zutter Bind It All!!

I'm also putting together booklets for our number assessments and our scissor assessments - hee hee!! I'm already imagining how much easier parent teacher conferences will be!! (and I'm imagining selling these on my Etsy shop, too!)
I must be a preschool teacher if I get this excited over keeping accurate assessment records!

Have a wonderful day wherever you are, and until next time...

Any genuine teaching will result, if successful, in someone's knowing how to bring about a better condition of things than existed earlier.
-John Dewey