Friday, June 15, 2012

Inspiration Comes in the Strangest Places

For the last few weeks, I've been struggling to think of units to make to use at the beginning of the school year.  I knew I wanted to incorporate the Common Core units Common Core Curriculum Maps but I just had a brain freeze.  Blame it on summer, too much blog hopping, laziness etc..
But today I took my son to an indoor playground called Makutu's Island here in the Phoenix area. To be honest,  I bribed him because I had to go to Lakeshore Learning to laminate first and it's on the way home...
Anyway, I brought a book to read and a notebook just in case I got bored.  We always stay for several hours so the chance of that were pretty good.  It's kind of loud and I really couldn't concentrate on the book I was ready. Good thing I brought the notebook.  I don't know how or why, but I found my inspiration!  Unit One is called "A Colorful Time with Rhythm and Rhyme."  I've got plans for a big nursery rhyme unit with the poems for pocket charts- I had already created a few of those-, rhyming games based on nursery rhymes, some Read It, Trace It, Put the Sentences together, and some beginning math games.  We'll see where it takes me, but I am excited to get started.
After I wrote down all my ideas for that, then I started thinking about the color portion of the unit, and my brain just started going with ideas for a color unit as well incorporating some popular books that are listed in the unit's resources.
So, anyway, we are home now and I need to get busy!
Oh, one more thing before I get busy on my unit- a HUGE thanks to Alicia at Dreamlike Magic for the new blog look!  It's so much cuter than I ever could have done on my own! Love it, love it, love it!


  1. Your blog looks awesome!! I'm happy you were able to find some inspiration to help you with the Common Core planning. That is something that I really need to work on this summer. :)

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  2. Karla, your new design is fantastic! It looks amazing!
    I wanted to make sure you got the details about the AZ Meet-Up. I have it up on my blog now. I hope you can come!


  3. I love the idea of nursery rhymes in a unit!! And a color unit!! Can't wait to check them out!

    I'm your newest follower! I hope you'll check out my new "manly" blog about kindergarten!