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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

San Francisco Conference and a Freebie

My conference in San Francisco was great.  If you ever get a chance to attend a Learning and the Brain Conference I strongly recommend it.  Great ideas, new research, and lots of books added to my "must read" list. 

In addition to the conference, San Francisco is wonderful city to visit.  I did have a chance to get to The California Academy of Sciences and it was unbelievable.  They have a great rainforest exhibit (actually it's a three story rain forest dome).  Here are some pictures.

Rain Forest
Resident Parrot
Butterfly Garden
Visiting Bird 

Interactive Amazon Felt Board
The last picture shows an interactive Amazon felt board that the docent was using with children.  Not sure of you can see it but there are clear plastic pockets on all levels of the board.  The children selected plastic snakes, insects, birds, and animals from a basket and placed them in the correct pockets on the felt board.  It was very cool and I am definitely going to make one!   I'll be sure and show it off when I'm done!

Speaking of adventuring,  I created a fun Sentence Safari for the firsties that I am tutoring.  They have the root words down pat but add an "ing", "ed", or anything else and they struggle with decoding.  I'm offering a copy as a freebie.  Just click on the picture to download.

Have a great rest of the week.

Granny (Cindy)


  1. I teach in San Francisco and some of my friends went to this conference! I could have invited you to my classroom to see the beautiful collage hears inspired by your post a few weeks ago! :) I'm glad you had a good time in my "City by the Bay!" I just LOVE San Francisco!

  2. I would have LOVED visiting your classroom. Perhaps next year?


    1. Yes, I wish I would have attended the conference. I heard it was amazing! Luckily one of my teacher friends picked up a few things for me to read! :)


  3. How fun! I live just south of San Francisco and I love the Academy of Sciences! They have nights at the museum when you can go without little kids running around and it's great to do with friends.

    The Lower Elementary Cottage

  4. The nights at the museum sound pretty great. The aquarium was also amazing. What a wonderful resource to have in your “back yard”. My son just got a job south of San Francisco…perhaps that will equate to more visits to S.F. What city are you in, Lisa?

  5. This is very cute. Thank you for sharing.