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Jackie Clarke
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Kindergarten teacher committed to a workshop model; inspired by nature, art, children's lit, music/movement; journeying toward Reggio inspired, inquiry-based
Kindergarten teacher committed to a workshop model; inspired by nature, art, children's lit, music/movement; journeying toward Reggio inspired, inquiry-based

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The Green Project
     This project began in early March when the snowflakes and snowmen that hung in our room just didn't match what was happening outside our window.  The snow had begun to melt, the sun was shining and I was craving green! So I took it all down, sent the s...

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Bunny Brunch
     Easter has a way of sneaking up on me and I often find myself scrambling to fit it all in before it's time to move on down the bunny trail!      Despite this year's short notice (aka poor planning!), I still managed to pull a few "rabbits" out of my ha...

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Kindergarten STEAM: The Paintbrush Project
     We just finished a cool project that I wanted to share with all of you!   It comes to us from our Project Lead the Way program in our unit on structure and function. This year we coordinated with our art teacher, which was a wonderful opportunity for a...

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When the Leprechaun Comes Marching In
     While March 17th was intended to be about St. Patrick, the leprechaun has now taken center stage and even seems to have upgraded his status to one that rivals Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.  My own kids were even known to call it  "Leprechaun Day," w...

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Classroom Call Backs (Attention Getters)
     Ever stop to count the number of times you have to get children's attention throughout the day? Neither have I! But I would guess we're talking double digits. Multiply that by 5 days in a school week and your clap/clap/stomp, lights out, or "All  set/Y...

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Class Cheers
    When I was pregnant with my first child, I noticed pregnant women everywhere! Certainly pregnant women were nothing new, but I was tuned-in in a way that I had never been before. Positivity is like that too! The more you look, the more you’ll find!     ...

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Hands-in-Your-Lap Rhymes
       While criss-cross applesauce might seem like magic in September, it has usually lost its charm by December.  So if you’re like me and find that your classroom management needs a tune-up right about now, try these monthly hands-in-your-lap rhymes to p...

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The 100th Day of School: How it All Began
     Did you ever wonder how the 100th day of school began?  Many years ago, I had the pleasure of connecting with one of its originators while writing a book about this time-honored tradition.  Here's what I found out:      Back in 1979, Lynn Taylor, along...

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The Envelope Project
     We recently did an engineering and design project that was inspired by a child who came to school with a homemade envelope containing his Scholastic book order.       I invited him to share it with the class and he told us how he came to make the envel...

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What's New in the New Year?
     When you work in a school, the “new year” comes twice - once in September and once in January.  A bit confusing for the Kinders who also think school ends on the 100th day (how many times have you explained that one?!) Anyhow, both are about new beginn...
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