Oral Language in Kindergarten...

Oral language in kindergarten is the key..... to everything else.
They may not be able to do it all yet,  but eventually.....
If they can speak it they can write it.
If they can speak it they can sound it out.
If they can speak it they can record it.
If they can speak it they can explain it.
If they can speak it they can share it and teach it to someone else.

It is not by accident that this magic has happened. It is by intention, planning, hard work, long days,
and LOTS of questioning and speaking opportunities and practice in meaningful ways everyday.

I truly believe that it is the most important skill a kindergarten kid should possess to be ready
for all that awaits in life, first grade, and beyond.

Communicating and articulating their thoughts, ideas, opinions, and knowledge,  in complete, connected, meaningful sentences, That....... is music to my ears. I will enjoy every minute of this for the next 6 days, until it is time to start over again.  :o)

These little partners are retelling the Life Cycle of the Sea Turtle with their cute little craftivity.
A little later in the day we had the i-pads, and the same little sweetie said "Look I drew the life cycle of the sea turtle! Can you see the clutch of eggs Mrs. Davidson?" I love it when they make my day and they don't even know it. Or maybe they do :o)

*Note to self: read this post in September, and again in October as a reminder.... it might be slow in coming but it will happen if you don't give up!


Happy Mother's Day! (Here's a little Freebie for you!)

Happy Mother's Day! Even if you're not a "mom" I know you are a mom to all of your school kiddos.
I mean how many times do we get called "mom" or "mama" and then get that cute little grin.... oops I called her mom :o) love that.

I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day! There is no more important or noble job than that of a mother. A friend of mine recently gave birth to two BEAUTIFUL baby girls. I saw a post on Facebook where she said, "Why didn't anyone tell me how wonderful being a mom is?" That really just says it all doesn't it?

I will be spending my Mother's Day watching my son play golf (NAIA Men's Golf National Championships! in Oregon... far from home) and then coming home to watch my sweet daughter graduate from high school.
What an amazing week it will be. I am so blessed, and so thankful for being mom to my son and daughter, and my many little ones throughout the last 24 years. :o)

Here is a little freebie for you just in case you might still need a little Mother's Day card for your
little ones to make!

Best wishes for a relaxing and peaceful Mother's Day!

Feeling Beachy/Favorite Authors

It seriously never ceases to amaze me how much my kids get out of close reading. They are so intent on listening, learning new words and interacting with the text! Their writing reflects the language they acquire, the information they are processing and their reading and writing skills. They squeeze so many facts and love to share!

We have had so much fun learing about Sea Turtles! It has been so much fun read all of the great writing that has come out of all of the ocean life activities. I needed an extra center this week, put out plain writing paper, shells and magnifying glasses and I could hardly believe all of the writing! SO cute!
"Tis wun is boodefl."
"Tis wun has strips."
"Tis wun you can heer the oshin."
I can't help it. Kindergarteners are my favorite authors. :o)