Category Archives: Presentations

HASTI 2013

Thanks for attending my session, “Going Green in Kindergarten” at HASTI 2013 this year.Β  Even if you didn’t, you can still download my presentation and have a look at it. πŸ™‚


going green in kindergarten


Kristen πŸ™‚

South Central Indiana AEYC Conference

On Saturday I presented a two hour workshop in Bloomington Indiana and promised that I would post the Power Point here for everyone to see. πŸ™‚ It was a great chance for me to share some inexpensive science ideas and we got to make most of them! πŸ™‚

Thanks to all 26 of you wonderful teachers who came to my session!

Here is the Power Point for you. πŸ™‚


Kristen πŸ™‚

Indianapolis Chapter Early Childhood Conference

If you attended my Science workshop today, here is the Power Point I shared (and if you didn’t, it’s okay to look too!).Β  Please e-mail me or contact me by e-mail ( or by leaving a comment below. πŸ™‚

Thanks for coming!Β  I hope you got lots of inexpensive science ideas to use in your early childhood classrooms!

Kristen πŸ™‚


Crazy week!

It’s been a crazy week!Β  I’m talking about my week that has now spanned from Tuesday to almost Tuesday.Β  Last Tuesday, I went to school not feeling so hot.Β  I went to talk to my principal and she said that I didn’t look so good and pretty much sent me home.Β  She made me promise that I would visit the doctor for some meds before getting on the plane to San Francisco!Β  That’s right San Francisco, where I was attending NSTA 2011.Β  The plane ride wasn’t so helpful for my cold…I used a box and a half of kleenex on the way to San Francisco.Β  We arrive around 9:30 pm their time and walked right past our hotel four times because it was being remodeled and we couldn’t find it.Β  By then it was 1:00 am midwest time and we were EXHAUSTED!!Β  Thursday, I was able to attend a full day of workshops and got some really great ideas!Β  I’ll be sharing them in the next few months as I use them in my classroom.Β  Thursday night, I got the thrill of a lifetime…we were invited to a VIP Reception through the Discovery Channel/Education people and got to meet….drumroll please….


Here’s proof:

I was so beside myself with excitement, that I eeked out a “HI!” and a “Thank You!” and that’s all I could come up with to say!Β  That’s my hubby behind me…I took him along because he has family in California and thought he might get to see them while we were there.

Friday, I got some more workshops in and then that darned earthquake happened in Japan, so we were on Tsunami Watch 2011.Β  I FREAKED!Β  I was there and didn’t know where higher ground might be, so I did the next best thing….started shopping for tickets to Vegas for the day–you know to get further inland.Β  After talking with my friends who were with us, I calmed down and we decided to stay put…good choice as nothing happened!

Friday afternoon, we toured the San Fran area by tour bus and then had dinner with the Science Companion President and some of her right and left hands.Β  Saturday morning, I presented along with my friends Amy and Steve and we spoke about incorporating children’s literature into science or the other way around, incorporating science into children’s literature.Β  I jumped on two planes after that to head home and was met with daylight savings time that put us not three hours back, but four!! Talk about jet lag!

I slept until noon on Sunday–I never do that and am slowly getting back into the normal routine!Β  Whatever that is!

Today (Monday), I had the opportunity to attend the ISRA (Indiana State Reading Association) Conference.Β  I got to meet a very special person (one who happens to read my blog…) maybe you know her??

Debbie Diller!! These have got to be my four most favorite books ever written!! I use them all the time.Β  Debbie was kind enough to come over and through conversation, we figured out that she knew me because of this blog!Β  Hi Debbie! πŸ™‚

Her presentation was wonderful and I got lots of new ideas from the two sessions I was able to attend.

I ran right to the exhibit hall and purchased a copy of her new book Math Work Stations and am already half way through it! πŸ™‚

So, it’s been the thrill of a lifetime for me to meet the MYTHBUSTERS and my idol Debbie Diller all in one week!Β  Be still my heart!Β  I don’t know how much more excitement I can take!

Tomorrow, it’s back to school for a few more weeks, then Spring Break! πŸ™‚

I’m linking Debbie’s wordpress blog here and in the blogroll on the right, be sure to check it out and her new puppy Atlas too! πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚

P.S. I’ve got a new Donor’s grant posted…check it out if you’re able to help! πŸ™‚ (I’m in Indiana)Β  It’s for an iPad for our classroom so we can do some wireless teaching and learning! πŸ™‚

Ice, Ice, Baby!

For the past two weeks, we’ve been experimenting with ice. This is the first unit this year that has been truly all inquiry. Usually, I have to provide some leading questions (ok, MANY leading questions!) to get us around to where we need to be, but this time, it took only three.

What do you know about ice?
What are your experiences with ice?
When do we usually see ice?

We only got the first one answered and went in a completely different direction than what I had planned (at least that’s what I wanted them to think!!). I was expecting to use the other two questions and after 2 weeks now, we still haven’t gotten around to answering them!! Did I mention I LOVE INQUIRY??

Below are some pictures of the things we have been doing. Most of the charts you can probably figure out, but we did two experiments and I wanted to explain them at bit.
Yesterday, after talking about ice and how to get rid of it, we determined that we wanted to test different types of salt. I happened to have (wink, wink) rock salt and table salt in the room along with some ice and cups. We had 5 different types of things to test to determine how best to get rid of ice; the sun (a flashlight), our hands, rock salt, table salt, and a base (the control group). We waited 5 minutes and then measured to see how much water was in each one.
Today, we used dirt, gravel, hot water, and sea salt to try the experiment again. This time we used an ice journal to record our findings. I am presenting at NSTA in Philadelphia in March and this is part of what I will be sharing.

Okay, now on the to the pictures:

Kristen πŸ™‚

The Farmer’s Market Handouts Available for purchase

I’ve had several (like 45+!) e-mails asking if I would be willing to sell my handouts from my workshop to those who did not win my comment contest a few weeks ago.

I’ve obtained a button through PayPal so that can happen.Β  The cost is $5.00 + $2.00 for shipping.Β  I tried to keep the cost low (because I know that as teachers we don’t make a lot! πŸ™‚Β  ).

What will you receive for your $5.00 you ask?

Full color copies of my Literacy Work Station checklist handouts, planning sheets (that have not been posted on the blog), poems, songs, bibliographies for themes covered (Monarchs, Farm, Fall Changes, Fall Animals, Composting/Worms), my Full Day Kindergarten schedule (newly updated for 2009-2010), binder tabs to organize the handouts, and photos taken during my workshop (June 15th, 2009).

Click the button to order now! πŸ™‚Β  I will also post this button on the left side of the page, where it will stay! πŸ˜‰

I will be doing more of these workshops throughout the school year and will post a PayPal button after each of those handout sets are complete.

Kristen πŸ™‚

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