Wonderful workshop with Deanna Jump!

I attended a wonderful workshop with Deanna Jump today! It was a Reading, Math, and Science workshop sponsored by our Illinois ASCD. It was a great day for a couple reasons.... First, I was able to spend the day with one of my kinder co-workers, Lisa, who I haven't seen since school was out in May. We had a fun time catching up during our hour long drive to the workshop. Second, I saw my good friend, Karen, who has been teaching kindergarten as long as I have in a school about 2 hours away and this is the first time we have seen each other for at least 20 years! Third, I was honored to have lunch with Deanna who spent at least 15 minutes at our table and I have to tell you that she is as sweet as apple pie! I am an author on Blog Hopper, but Deanna and I have only communicated through email and this was our first "face to face!" When we met, she told me that she didn't recognize me at first because I look 15 years younger in person than the picture I use on my blog and TPT! Okay, is this a compliment?? Hmmmmm........ I think I am going to take it as one! :) Deanna was so nice to agree to have a picture taken with me! As I said, she is as sweet as apple pie and her workshop was AWESOME! If you ever get a chance to attend one, I would highly recommend it! You won't be disappointed!

Here is a picture of a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom coconut tree anchor chart asking the question: Will a coconut float?

Here is a cute way to compare/contrast farm animals. Deanna suggested using this style instead of a traditional Venn diagram. The facts are written on the flowers.

I came away with so much fun stuff and it made me excited to get going on my new school year! Next week, I plan to be in my classroom to begin some serious organization!


  1. I am going on Wednesday with another teacher from my school to her Oakbrook conference! Looking forward to it!

  2. I love the flower venn diagram! Deanna is amazing!

    Heather's Heart

  3. Hi. I came across your blog via the Kindergarten Klub blog. I like how Deanna used the picture venn rather than the traditional one. I started out in a Catholic school (first five years) and still miss my first principal, Sister Cecilia! Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!
    Chris Kazanjian
    The Kinder"garden" Teacher

  4. Cindy, Thanks so much for the sweet post!
    I loved being able to finally meet you!
    BTW...it was a total compliment. I promise. :)

  5. You make me blush, Deanna! And I am thrilled to have met you! You are definitely my inspiration!