Bulletin Board: Teachers…Visit the Virtual Classroom

The virtual classroom

Please enjoy your trip down the hallways of our virtual classroom. Why don’t you participate in DaVinci’s Classroom? Send images of your classroom to terri@devokids.com and I’ll post them here.  Share this site with your teaching friends. This is the go-to place for educators to learn from each other.  Save time and money…visit the virtual classroom:  www.davincisclassroom.wordpress.com!

Utilize the hallways for beauty and space.

(Remember to check the fire safety guidelines for your school.)


Bulletin Board: Teachers and Homeschoolers

Send you images to terri@terribkelly.com  on the web mid-October 2012.

Book Nook Calendar

Please visit my other blog:  www.davincisgallery.blogspot.com

Thanks…send me your classroom pictures.  terri@devokids.com.

Bulletin Board


“Girl.   You spell girl, “g-o-o-l”.  Giirrrl

“No, you don’t.  Ga.  G-i-r-l-e.  Girl.”


“Moma, come play with me.” 

So, I’ve been on duty.  Here’s your summer recipe which I read the on a great craft blog: www.kidscraftweekly.com . 

 Recipe for Preserving Children

1 grassy field

1 half-dozen children (or more)

several dogs (and puppies, if available)

1 brook



1.  Into field pour children and dogs, allowing to mix well.

2.  Pour brooke over pebbles until slightly frothy.

3.  When children are nicely brown, cool in warm bath.

4.  When dry, serve with milk and fresh gingerbread. 

from www.kidscraftweekly.com

Playing…..but I’ll be back.   Tomorrow.  Really.

Bulletin Board: Woman to Woman to Woman to Woman…

Salt your coffee?  Yes.   Read the post at Brownie Points Blog for better coffee ideas.

Not Martha: anyone claiming this title deserves a look.   Her site is sugar-n-spice nice.  How about a guest post here at DaVinci’s Classroom, Not Martha?

The Organizing Junkie features Responsibility Charts for her children. Wonderful idea! Will you make some for my children? And, will you drop by and watch to make sure they follow through? (There’s the key, friends–follow through. Minutes disappear for moms due to Follow Through Duty.)
Teachers….there’s a tip for you, too. Giving directions doesn’t work unless you watch to make sure the kids actually do what you say. I knew that, you say? See, I’ve been saying you are a great teacher!Honey, if you’re reading this.)

Do you want to try the No Spend Challenge here.
Frankly, I’ve been on this challenge for six years now….Kinda. Have you ever heard of a “spending budget”? Send in your questions and I’ll share our family’s money saving tips.

I blogged.
It’s May.  My Stay-At-Blogger status is compromised. Please, don’t tell my husband I call myself a Stay-At-Home Blogger. He’s sure I’m a Stay-At-Home Mom. (Joking…..Joking…Joking…..)

Writing conference is around the corner and- and -and -and and……I can’t tell all today.

Please… share this link with 10 friends today. And your 10 friends will say, Thank-You.
Do it in the next 10 seconds and something will happen–the clock will tick, the sun will shine, the grass grow green…  (Ever get those kinds of forwards?   The difference is my promises are real.  Ha. Ha-Ha. I’ll be grateful if you just share this site.)

And there’s a wee little COMMENT section at the bottom of each post. I’d love to hear from you.
Your friend,
DaVinci’s Classroom Teacher

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Are you ready for next year?

I’m serious. May requires more diligence, more dedication ending one school year and planning the next.
1. Plan your bulletin boards for August/September or July (year round schools). Make materials and cover the boards before putting one itsy-bitsy toe out the door for summer. If your classroom is painted or cleaned, be sure to cover the boards with newspaper to protect.
2. Plan your “Welcome to School” letter.
3. Plan the school supply list. Many stores now post the lists for parents beginning in July. Make sure the list is in the right hands.
4. Plan and prepare all materials you’ll need for the first full week of school.

Now if you’re a veteran teacher, you’ve already started. The tip today is for the new folks who marvel over how teachers set-up their classroom in the fall.
Everything you can prepare ahead saves time during the crunch week before school begins.

Ready, Set, Go…..but don’t neglect your May/June duties.  Busy…………

From your friend, DaVinci’s Classroom Teacher

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Explore math:  http://www.dupagechildrensmuseum.org/aunty/index.html

Look around here:  http://www.drjean.org 

Create lesson plans:  http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/lesson_plan/


Enjoy Spring


Teach outside

Teach outside

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Attention: Funeral Announcement
Bury the red pens.
And thank-you.
More tomorrow…..
Love, DaVinci’s Classroom

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Question: What is a loess? (egad!!!! a what????) See end of post for answer

How to teach geography

·        Begin with what the student knows:  mountains, desert, ocean, rivers, plains, valleys, plateaus, hills, loess, glaciers.   Make connections to unknown through comparison of features.

·        Teach concrete skills first through observation and manipulation of concrete objects:   clay, salt-n-flour models, puzzles.

·        Introduce maps and globes.  Visual trips via the internet.

·        The last step is to transfer the skills to paperwork such as workbooks and worksheets.

HOW IS GEOGRAPHY TAUGHT IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS?                                                              Author: Haas, Mary E.     

“Personal experiences begin with children interacting with their own environment. Children begin by recording their observations from walks and fieldtrips in essays, pictures, or simple maps. Children decide what is important to show on their maps and what symbols to use. At first children show things rather crudely, using sequence, approximate size, and location. Interactive formal instruction in the cardinal directions begins by learning left and right and locating north through observations of the movement of the sun. By interacting directly with people from other places or vicariously through stories and pictures, children begin to recognize both the common and unique attributes of more distant locations. They offer explanations for locations and differences in the environment. Such interactions result in descriptions and definitions of places.

Most geography is taught as a part of social studies and, to a lesser degree, in science. Only a small portion of the school day is spent in the study of these subjects. Teachers are often concerned with the shortage of time to teach what they perceive as more important subjects, and when they do teach geography feel pressed to cover material in textbooks and curriculum guides rather than to work toward comprehension (Thornton & Wenger 1989).

In 1984 the National Council for Geographic Education and the Association of American Geographers took a major step toward helping to improve the organization of the geographic curriculum with the publication of GUIDELINES FOR GEOGRAPHIC EDUCATION. These guidelines provide help in the selection of objectives and organization of geographic knowledge for elementary students. Five themes of geography are recommended for study by students at all levels: location, place, human and environment relationships, movement, and regions.”

ERIC Identifier: ED309133
Read the complete article:   http://www.ericdigests.org/pre-9212/geography.htm

A light-up globe….

Five Times Five: Five Activities for Teaching Geography’s Five Themes http://www.proteacher.com/
“How many of your students could identify the location of their home country on a world map? U.S. education officials were shocked when a nine-nation survey found that one in five young Americans (18- to 24-year-olds) could not locate the United States on an outline map of the world!
That study represents one of the turning points in geography education in the United States. Although most U.S. students still don’t take a “geography” course in school — as students in many other countries do — increased emphasis on the development of geography skills is more widespread today than it was ten years ago. Organizations such as National Geographic and the National Council for the Social Studies have created materials to aid teachers in teaching geography skills. And about ten years ago, the Joint Committee on Geographic Education of the National Council for Geographic Education and the American Association of Geographers developed five specific themes to help focus teacher and student thinking when it comes to geography. Those five themes follow:
• Location — Where are things located? A location can be specific (for example, it can be stated as coordinates of longitude and latitude or as a distance from another place) or general (it’s in the Northeast).
• Place — What makes a place different from other places? Differences might be defined in terms of climate, physical features, or the people who live there and their traditions.
• Human-environment interaction — What are the relationships among people and places? How have people changed the environment to better suit their needs?
• Movement — What are the patterns of movement of people, products, and information? A study of movement includes learning about major modes of transportation used by people, an area’s major exports and imports, and ways in which people communicate (move ideas).
• Regions — How can Earth be divided into regions for study? Regions can be defined by a number of characteristics including area, language, political divisions, religions, and vegetation (for example, grassland, marshland, desert, rain forest).”

“Loess is a geologically recent deposit of silt or material which is usually yellowish or brown in color and consisting of tiny mineral particles brought by wind to the places where they now lie. It is a product of past glacial activity in an area. It is a sedimentary deposit of mineral particles which are finer than sand but coarser than dust or clay, deposited by the wind. (Did you know this? Yikes…I never heard of a loess.)

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       “perty”   Interpretation:  pretty                                                     

How do you display books?