The Hands-On Teacher in First!

I blog about being a First grade teacher (and just teaching in general) and a Mom! I post ideas on DIY projects, lesson plans, science experiments, and more. It's a mix of all things that interest this Mom/Teacher/Blogger/SUPERWOMAN!

Marie is a winner of Top 25 Teacher Moms - 2013

What's one of your favorite new books for children?

I am a huge fan of Jamie Lee Curtis's childrens book collection. My newest favorite is one of her books called "It's Hard to Be Five". If you have young children, this book will make you laugh, but it will also be fun to read aloud with them. One of my favorite pages in the book says, "It's hard to be five. Just yelled at my brother. My minds says do one thing, but my mouth does another." I have a five year old daughter and this COULD NOT be more true! :)

What advice would you give to a mom who thinks her child has too much homework?

First, I would think about the reasons you think your child has too much homework. Is it the amount of work, or the amount of time it is taking your child to finish the work? Be sure you have your reasons and then go to the teacher and voice your concerns politely. Let the teacher know that you are concerned your child may not have enough time to finish the work, or that you are not able to help your child finish the work in a timely manner and ask if there is advice she can give you.

What's one of your favorite educational activities that can be done outside the classroom?

Nature walks! This is something I do with my own children all the time. Sometimes, slowing down and taking a look at the natural world can lead to some great discoveries and discussions. Just recently my family was on vacation and I took my 2 year old and 5 year old on what I called a "Treasure hunt". We walked a trail at the resort we were staying at and within 10 minutes we had seen 4 bunnies, a flock of pheasants, and found 1 really amazing feather. I took the time to tell my kids a few facts about bunnies and then when we got back to the room I Googled pictures of pheasants so we could see if the feather matched the birds we saw. Learning opportunities can be made in the simplest ways sometimes!