Hi! Just popping in today to talk a bit about stamping in maternelle. My students LOVE using stamps! Variety is the spice of life, and stamping is a new and exciting way to make words. Of course, stamping is not without its problems when you are doing it with a bunch of five year olds! The biggest problems I have come across so far when stamping with my students are:  1. Making sure my students understand the correct way to use stamps  and ink  (ie. not for creating temporary tattoos or to help the local police station with fingerprinting), 2. Keeping our stamps ORGANIZED so that my students can find the letters they need right away, and not waste valuable time, and... 3.  Getting my students to use the stamps to make actual words , and not to just fill the page with as many random letters as possible. I usually have stamping as an independent centre. This means that only some students are stamping at a time (usually two), and I am busy with another group and thus unava...
I have a busy class this year! I know, I know. Don't we all? Aren't all 5 year olds busy?? Mostly, yes :) But still, this year is one of my busier years. Which is fine by me! When I have busier classes, I find that I stretch myself even more than usual to try new things and become the best teacher I can be. Because, let's face it, when we have an "easy" class (as with just about anything in life), we have to be even more disciplined to try new things and grow... and I find myself taking the easier way out more often. And those years are great to rest and recharge! But, this year is not one of those years ;) All of that to say, this year I have been trying lots of new ideas to try and get my students as engaged as possible. In my experience, engagement is the name of the game. When our students' busy brains and bodies are engaged, there is less time for them to spend making questionable choices. And they learn more! One idea that I tried a few weeks...