June 20, 2013

Throwback Thursday Linky!

I will be the first to admit that I had a rough time as a newbie blogger.  No lie--I had great intentions of updating this thing weekly.  I can blame it on having two babies under 5, or that teaching kindergarten can kick a person in the rear.  However, I am seeing the importance of making my little piece of the Internet a priority.

For one, it is free professional development.  While I have yet to meet any of these famous bloggers I adore, I stalk read their blogs every day.  I have grown more from blogstalking than from any conference I have attended in six years of teaching.  I have come to realize that I have great ideas as well.  Someone, somewhere might want to read about what I do with my sweet little Kindergarten Kids.  I can't say enough about the importance of social media in education today.  Blogging is just one way to share the wealth.

Another important reason for this blog is to have a record of all of the wonderful things I do with my kiddos on a regular basis.  It's my own little filing cabinet of things I do with my kids, but online. :)

Even though I haven't been blogging that long, I still am going to link up with The First Grade Parade and her Throwback Thursday (#tbt) Linky!

Last year, in one of my very first blogs, I documented my community helpers unit.  Each September, we learn all about firefighters, doctors, nurses, police officers, veterinarians, teachers, mail carriers, etc.  We always have a police officer and firefighter visit our classrooms.

(Original Post 9-13-12)

This makes day number two of posting on my blog!  Yay for me! :)

As I mentioned yesterday, this week our kindergarten classes at my school are learning about community helpers.  To be honest, the first few weeks of school, our units consist of mostly reading about the topics.  Back to school time is chaotic insane, and our sweet babies just learning to come to school.  Our units tie into learning routines, procedures, how to be a good friend, getting to know you, etc.  Our first big unit is our apple unit, which is next week.  We have TONS of fun stuff planned for that...  But back to community helpers...

We have been focusing mainly on police officers and firefighters.  Today, the assistant chief from our local department came to talk to the three kindergarten classes on what he does in a day.  And the kids also...drum to see his police car.  Here are a couple of pictures:

My babies loved it! 

Funny story of the day though...  One of my sweeties was standing back from the police car with his hands covering his eyes.  I thought for sure that when Mr. Policeman set off the sirens that he had gotten scared.  I asked him what was wrong, and, in his deep, southern twang said, "I don't like that car.  It's a FORD!!!"  :)  Those kids crack me up! :)

I'll post some pictures of our apple activities starting next week.  I am really excited to share them with you!

So not necessarily Vintage Mrs. Banister, but it works!  

I am already gearing up for teaching about community helpers in September!  I have JUST added my Community Helpers activity pack to my TPT shop, and until Saturday (6-22-13), it will be HALF OFF!  Click the icon below to snag 79 pages of FUN!

1 comment:

  1. You are 100% right about blogging being such fantastic professional development. The opportunity to reflect with teachers around the country and the world is unbeatable. I am thrilled to be your newest follower!