To start off, I'll share the school-related idea. Let's be honest. Teaching phonics and grammar can be quite dull. Yes, word work has done wonders to make practicing words more engaging and even enjoyable. But what about the direct instruction times?
To spice things up in my room, I like to start or end with a game. Here are two that my firsties have by loving. I know they aren't my original creations, but perhaps they will inspire someone.
Grammar Game Show
This game is pretty straightforward. I use typical office-style bell. The kids come up two at a time to face off. They start with their hands behind their backs and wait for me to ask a question. I ask a variety of questions about sentences, parts of speech etc. Once I finish saying the question, the first kid to hit the bell gets to answer. If they are correct, they win the satisfaction of answering correctly. If they are incorrect, the other student gets a chance to steal. As long as I keep things upbeat using my crazy game show voice, the kiddos are able to stay positive even if they don't "win." Plus, I always ask for plenty of audience participation.
Since this game is such a hit, I plan to use it in other subject areas too.
Sight Word I Spy
Now, on to the recipes. My food discovery of the new year is...QUINOA!! Until recently, I had heard a lot about this super food, but hadn't dared cook with it. I thought it was too "fancy" to bother with. Well, after a trip to Trader Joe's, I decided to give it a shot. The result: some of the tastiest recipes I've had in a long time. They do take a bit of work, but nothing too complicated. All of them have great flavor and happen to be vegetarian or vegan. Here are the pins, so you can enjoy too.
|Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili From Lyss in the Kitchen|
Black Bean Quinoa Burgers from Vegetarian Times
|From Amanda's Apron|
So, that's what I've been eating lately. Anyone got any great quinoa recipes to share?
Also, before I go, be forewarned. I change is coming to this blog. A very good change. Stay tuned.