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It is no secret that young children learn best when their hands are active. As much as possible, I plan and provide for stimulating and tactile learning experiences. Creativity is one of my strengths as a teacher and I rely on it daily.

It seems any task that involves science goggles is guaranteed fun. Here students study the properties of dirt, water, and other organic matter.
During our "Camp-Learned-A-Lot" thematic unit for the last week of the school year, a favorte routine is reading, writing, an sharing spooky ghost stories around the faux camp fire. Of course, the lights are out and flashlights create the perfect ambiance.
Since there is only one of me and usually four different centers at once, I like to record some of my centers. That way, students practice listening skills (crucial of ELL), and the center is self-guided. Here children are playing sound bingo.
This center on sorting different objects and colors seems to work purely on a "the more you can touch, the better" mentality. Students are actively sorting into bowls and containers.
No classroom is complete without some interactive cooking experiences. There are numerous opportunities to learn through cooking. Here students are shaping the letters of their names using pretzel dough we made together.
School only occurs in the daytime, so what do you do when you are learning about night? Huddle under a sleeping back with flashlights and homemade "constellations" to study (made out of paper cups and tinfoil).
Most of the math concepts I teach are accomplished completely through manipulative centers. Here a student is ordering objects from 0 to 5 using pipe cleaner circles and number cards. Who needs paper and pencil when there are so many other materials waiting to be made and used?
When studying the geographical elements of Guatemala, we had fun making our own volcano. Everyone added little by little until Friday, when it was ready to make it erupt. Vinegar and baking soda did the trick and everyone shrieked with excitement.
After we studied the geography, we decided to make our own map. We got a little creative and made Mayan pyramids out of egg cartons, volcanoes using playdough, and colored glue for the rivers. Everyone had a part in it's creation.
Sometimes being in school is all about getting a little messy. As a fun literacy activity, we used shaving cream to make letters and spell words. It was good, clean fun.