Well, teaching is truly a full time job, and it requires the patience of JOB at times, but can be a very rewarding career. It is no easy task to be the anchor for children during the duration of 187 days in a school year. My hubby and I met in this particular arena, but it was built in a great place, and we wouldn’t change anything. During the course of a school year you will meet the most interesting, amazing, loving, special children. I have been a teacher for the last 15 years, and every year has given me the chance to come across some amazing teachers, and students from all walks of life.
I have lots of friends that have small children under the age of 5, or in elementary school currently. I have taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade, currently I am teaching 3rd grade Math, Science, and Social Studies. In which I am so astonished because I hated math when I went through school. (Isn’t that crazy)!! I tell my students that and they get the most puzzled looks on their faces, and look at me in awe like really Mrs. Williams!!!! I am going to give you a few tips for small kids, and as we step up to the secondary grades in elementary 3rd, 4th, and 5th. The first thing I want to mention is handwriting, and how this plays an integral part in the pre-primary years. I have some 3rd graders right now that are really struggling with neat handwriting, and it can be very grueling for them to do any written work in class. As, kids began to manipulate a pencil, or crayon it is very important we notice their grip, how their holding the pencil, and or is their hand steady, or shaky. Handwriting plays a huge role for kids that are gifted too!! My nephew applied for Gifted classes, and the Reading and writing teacher reviewed some of his past work, and told him, “Sweetie your not ready for gifted ELA your handwriting is not up to par”! I said, (WOW)!! well, there we have it…
When your little ones are starting to begin their writing there is a cool app called ITRACE, and it can only be used on an tablet, or IPAD. This app is highly engaging, and really keeps them engaged for a while. Kids are so mobile friendly, computer ready, and technology literate that this will be right up your alley. This APP has over 300,000 users, and children can use their finger to trace, and also choose different colors to write with. These types of activities increases their fine motor skills at an alarming rate. It is such a wonderful tool, it has guidelines for using the app, when they are actively using it.
TIPS: for ITRACE…
- When they start it also helps them to grow with letter recognition.
- Also, it helps them incorporate letter sounds.
- It also will show red, when they are tracing if they get out of the lines.
- It increases their motor strength too..
- Their speed increases more with accuracy…
Give it a go, you will be so surprised how they grow!
This can be such a task for any child if they are not fluent. Reading every night is essential and it keeps those word meanings, chunks, digraphs, and sounds strong and prevalent. The longer I teach the more children are arriving to 3rd grade with the lack luster of reading on level, and also a handful are almost illiterate. Take 30 minutes a night , and read with your children it builds their confidence, helps their accuracy, fluency, and they will self-correct themselves. The state of Texas is requiring so much more on our children, with standardized testing. Statistics say that a child that is not reading on level, at or above will not be successful on these state mandated tests. (How much of that I believe maybe to some degree)!! Bottom line these little folks need us more than ever…
I love this shirt, it is so AMAZING!! Speaks so highly of me in my younger years. But, even now as a 15 year veteran the way Math is changing nowadays I am tutoring my parents too!! Math has taken a huge leap into the future, and its no stopping it now!! Here are some non frustrating tips to help your little one with fact fluency, number repetition, building math autonomy. Kind of like the movie “Field of Dreams” if you build it they will come!!!
1. Practice fast facts!(Work on doubles such as (5+5), (6+6), (7+7), etc….
2. Complete Math homework nightly it helps, they will see it again on test. (I am sure of that)!!
3. They have cool math APP games for primary, and secondary. One math site I love is Khan Academy, IXL.com, also Big Brainz (Multiplication fluency), Think Through Math, Reflex Math etc.
4. Have fun, so they will love it too!!