An elementary blog to see!

Classroom Blogs:
Elementary Blog: Kindergarten Tales
I visited a great kindergarten classroom blog. Wow, I can see why this blog earned so many awards. The first feature I noticed was a “Listen now” button. When clicked, the text was read outload clearly. To me, that is a great resource for kindergarten students who are learning to read. They not only can read the blog post, but can hear it too. The teacher had posted a video about a hummingbird that was only partially viewed in class because of time constraints. This is a great use of a blog because it encourages students to log in at home and share their day with their families.
Mrs. Blakely has a beautiful background for her blog. It is cheery and colorful with birds and  a white picket fence with the alphabet on it. The background fits well with the audience of the young learner. Each week of the school year, Mrs. Blakely posts a short paragraph about the day in the classroom. For each blog post, she includes a link to a video, artwork, or a picture. The format is simple, yet engaging. Mrs. Blakely has a catchy title for each weekly post such as “Dads and Doughnuts and Books, Oh My!”

The site also includes reading sheets that parents can work on with their children at home. Comments are made to the blog by families but also other educators who like the ideas and want to share their own.
This is a perfect example of how you would use the blog in a primary classroom. The value for the student is that they can share their day with their family and feel proud of their accomplishments. Whenever teachers connect school to family life, it benefits everyone because the family can reinforce concepts learned in school and be active participants in the learning process. The value of this blog for educators is that it demonstrates how short and simple classroom news can be effective. Depending on when and if I get a teaching job when I graduate, I would love to make a blog similar to this for the primary grades. A blog such as Mrs. Blakely’s can be used for not only the classroom teacher, but primary content area teachers. As a primary grade PE or health teacher, a simple blog could be set up to include the weekly lessons and digital resources available.

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4 responses »

  1. slm508msw says:

    How fun! As a middle school teacher, I tend to always think of older students and it is amazing to see how easily we can incorporate technology with young students. Cool hummingbird video and link with teacher reading text. Great for young students! If teachers begin this early, I can’t imagine how savvy they will be when they get to middle school. It would be wonderful!

  2. I love that so many blogs have pages dedicated to the parents of students. It always seems to me that parents want to help their children be successful in school- but few understand how to provide that help and support. With links to text books, educational sites, and helpful worksheets, parents can really help their children at home. Great blog-thanks.

  3. Beth says:

    You mention the background in the kindergarten blog. I think it’s amazing how important even the visual aspect of a blog is! We are so used to the visuals of the web that we don’t really notice them unless we have an assignment like this where we must analyze it; however, I feel that I immediately turn away from a site if the visuals are overcrowded or just unpleasant. This is sort of analogous to the importance of using visuals in teaching also, playing into different learning styles. Come to think of it, blogging naturally plays into many learning styles: audio, visual, etc. Great blog! 🙂

  4. slm508das says:

    The video (made by kindergartners) was produced using photostory. See:
    http://microsoft-photo-story.en.softonic.com/

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