Monday, August 11, 2014

Moving On: Leaving the Classroom and My New Job

It has been an exciting week around here. I officially graduated from the University of North Texas with my doctorate in early childhood studies and I accepted a job offer as a prek instructional specialist for Dallas ISD. I am so excited to be part of a district that values early childhood enough to employee a large department of people as support staff for all of their prek teachers.



I am not sure where my new career will take Chalk Talk. That is all still up in the air for me. If you have any suggestions for how I can continue to support you and keep the blog going now that I do not have my own classroom I would love to hear from you. My new contact email is april.larremore@gmail.com.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Read-Alouds for Back-to-School

After a much needed break I am finally starting to think about work again. After finally finishing my dissertation and completing my doctorate I needed a little time for doing nothing, thinking about things other than work, reading for fun, watching Orange is the New Black, and spending time with my family.



I hoped that a curriculum job in admin would open up in my area, but since that has not worked out yet, I am gearing up to go back into my classroom.

I just placed an order with Amazon for some new back to school read-alouds. I put together some of the class book pages I always make and made a few others to go with some of the new books I ordered. You can find my class book pages here.

Here are the new read-alouds I ordered. I love Is Your Buffalo Ready For Kindergarten?

  
  
  
  

Here are a few old favorites that I also plan to use...
  
  
  
 


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

D is for Duck Calls

I know it has been forever since I posted anything. After wrapping up the school year, I have spent most of my time with my girls, reading books for FUN, running, and looking for a new job. It feels so good to be finished!!!

a long weekend in Austin with both of my girls :)


I love alphabet books, but I am kind of picky about what makes a good one. I came across this alphabet book this week and I really liked it so I wanted to share. This alphabet book features everyone's favorite Duck Dynasty characters, sayings, and more! I am not a big Duck Dynasty fan, but I still found this alphabet book to be lots of fun. Your little ones who are Duck Dynasty fans will love it for sure! 
I had a few ideas for how I might use the book in my classroom:
1) Make a classroom alphabet book with classmates names, class rules and sayings, and other features unique to your classroom
2) Use with a study on the farm or animals - specifically with a study on ducks 
3) Use with a unit on families- compare the Duck Dynasty family to your classroom family or to the kids' families
4) When teaching little ones to research a topic, make an alphabet book on ducks. Students can even research ducks at home and be assigned a specific letter of the alphabet to connect their research to 
5) Make an alphabet book about families - students can complete a page or two at home by writing and illustrating something their family does related to their assigned letter

Theses are just a few ideas. I am sure you can come up with tons more!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Digital Media Literacy

This week we learned about media literacy. We focused on digital media. We made an anchor chart to show some of the most common types of digital media. 
We created a graph to show our favorite reasons for using digital media.
This recording sheet came from a unit my teammate created. We used the computer and the website Pebblego.com to research animals. This unit also contains activities about cyber safety. You can check out my teammate's unit here

We wrote about how we use digital media and how it helps us. 
I like computers. I like computers because I can play Starfall. 
I like to play on my iPad. I like to play Subway Surfers. 
It helps us learn to read. 
I like to hear (here) music on my phone. 
I like to watch Netflix. 

You can get the pieces for the anchor, digital media research writing, and graph here






Monday, May 12, 2014

Grumpy Bunny's Hat and a Hat Glyph

A teammate just shared the book Grumpy Bunny's Hat with me. Its a super cute book about a little bunny who doesn't want to give up her winter hat. It's a great spring board for talking about spring, seasons, and growing things. We used the book to create a circle map about spring and a hat glyph. The original idea for this hat glyph came from Shari Sloane. My teammate purchased the book through a Scholastic book order.




Saturday, May 3, 2014

Keep Calm and Get a Doctorate

On Friday, I defended my dissertation "Uncovering Gendered Teaching Practices in the Early Childhood Classroom" and passed!! I am now Dr. Larremore. Woohoo!!

Celebrating my doctorate with Pat Green and my good friend Amanda! Yah!!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Comparing Things using Height and Length

We are learning about height and length. We are comparing things using taller than and shorter than and longer than and shorter than. My kids loved this book. There are lots of comparisons to be made in it. After reading the book, my students paired up and compared themselves to see who was taller and who was shorter and who was longer and and who was shorter. We shared out and looked for patterns in their findings- such as the one who was taller was also longer.