Jump In

Jump In

by Patty Nelson


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During her eighteen years as a kindergarten teacher, she developed a method of teaching that provides an excellent classroom atmosphere in which young children can excel in learning. She believes the first two weeks of school are very important because that is when the teacher sets the stage for an exciting, adventurous, and memorable academic school year. During that time, her students learned what acceptable behavior was in the classroom and while moving across campus as a group. Once they learned what was acceptable, the rest of the school year fell into place, and the children were excited to learn. This drastically reduces discipline problems for the rest of the school year. She has mentored two teachers at the request of her principal, using these methods and both continue to use them. These methods are simple, effective, and straightforward.

This book is the third of a four-book series that describes her methods of instruction and classroom management. The book is full of cute illustrations provided by her sister-in-law, Carolyn Smith. There are also numerous photographs of holiday art and special projects for the kids to do that can be both instructional and fun. Patty has reviewed the book with principals, school superintendents, and an instructor at Northern Arizona University. All believed that it is an excellent and practical book for beginning teachers.

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ISBN-13: 9781504917865
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 06/17/2015
Pages: 82
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.22(d)

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Jump In

As the Journey Continues

By Patty Nelson, Carolyn Smith


Copyright © 2015 Patty Nelson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-5049-1786-5


Holiday Art Projects

Give students a second chance.

Classroom Gift for October

Carved by a father of one of my students.

Mr. Turkey Visits Our Classroom

One school year in November, a parent came to me with a fun idea. She told me that since we were creating turkeys for an art project and she had a friend that had a turkey for a pet, she wondered if my students might enjoy having a turkey visit our classroom. Of course, I thought that would be a great experience for everyone. And, it truly was for the children and me!

As you can see in this photo, Mr. Turkey was "up" for this very exciting event!

Handprint Turkey

Created and given to me by one of my proud students!

Fun Photos

Kindergarten Christmas Program

This Christmas program was presented to the entire student body at our school, the kindergarten parents, and the entire community.

While the kindergarten students acted out the performance, a parent volunteer sang the words for the entire program. Afterward, a holiday party was given for the students and their parents. The kindergarteners were dismissed after the party to go home with their parents. It was a beautiful way to start the Christmas holiday season.


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Table of Contents


Welcome to Mrs. Nelson's Classroom, 1,
Holiday Art & Special Projects,
Inspiration, 3,
Classroom Gift for October, 4,
Inspiration, 5,
Mr. Turkey Visits Our Classroom, 6,
Handprint Turkey, 7,
Fun Photos, 8,
Kindergarten Christmas Program, 9,
Ideas for the Holidays, 10,
Holiday Gifts for Parents, 11,
A Fun January Snowman Art Project, 15,
Inspiration, 19,
Mother's Day Gift Art Project, 20,
Bunny Art Container, 23,
Kindergarten Spanish Class Challenges Jr. High Spanish Class, 24,
Inspiration, 27,
Mother Goose Unit,
Inspiration, 29,
Welcome to Mother Goose Land, 30,
It's Mother Goose Time, 31,
The Old Woman in the Shoe's Home, 34,
Mother Goose Photo Fun, 36,
Mother Goose Party Apron, 37,
Mother Goose Land, 39,
Mother Goose Props, 40,
Mother Goose Performance, 41,
Mother Goose Quiz, 42,
Mother Goose Party Treats & Recipes, 43,
Mother Goose Drawings, 46,
Inspiration, 47,
Mother Goose Bookmarks, 48,
Inspiration, 49,
Special Projects,
Inspiration, 51,
Somebunny Special, 52,
I'm Somebunny Special" Bulletin Board, 55,
I'm Somebunny Special, 56,
Blue Ribbon Helper, 57,
Blue Ribbon Helper Chart, 59,
Stuffed Animal Day, 60,
Marco Polo, 61,
Butterfly Unit, 63,
Adopt a Senior Citizen, 64,
Birthday Celebration, 66,
Our Senior Citizen's Birthday Celebration, 68,
Celebrating Our Senior Citizen's Birthday, 69,
Senior Citizen's 98th Birthday Celebration, 70,
Class Photo Album, 74,
Teaching Series, 76,

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