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Mrs. Valladares attended San Francisco State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development with a concentration in School Age Children and Families. She went on to Brandman University, working toward her Single Subject Credential in English.
Teaching has been her passion since she was in the Fifth Grade and was asked to read stories to the Special Needs class. She has worked with and taught children from as young as toddlers all the way through high school seniors. She believes that education is an ever evolving field, such that to remain effective it is important to keep children engaged, challenged, intrigued, and using their minds as critically as possible. She ensures the classroom is an environment in which students can thrive and succeed in becoming independent, lifelong learners. As a teacher, she feels that it is vital to ensure that she is not only teaching to the mind of the student by building upon their existing skills, but she is helping them develop into a whole person, physically, socially, and emotionally. When she is not teaching and lesson planning, she enjoys the company of her husband, their baby, and their little yorkie. 

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Last week I introduced addition word problems to students. We solved problems using various strategies: 10 frames, finger counting, number lines, and drawing a picture. We also worked on writing the answers in a complete sentences. 
This week we have begun our study of Australia! We began with a video of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. Next, students worked on mapping and learning the different territories of Australia. We will continue our journey with a more in-depth look at the Great Barrier Reef, native animals of Australia, and the aboriginals. 
Hour of Code!
On Tuesday Kindergartners participated in a lesson titled "My Robotic Friends", which is a great way of introducing coding to students. First, we discussed “Robot Vocabulary” which would allow Kindergartners to figure out how to communicate with the Robot to accomplish a specific task. I became Robot Valladares who had to be given very specific instructions to perform properly. This visual and hands on lesson shows students the connection between symbols and actions and what it takes to be a robot! 
For the last two weeks we have been working on solid and flat shapes. Today we took a closer look at a hexagon. We discussed how many sides and vertices the hexagon has. For a more in depth experience, students worked with the pattern block to see how many different ways they could create a hexagon. Here is Max working away at his hexagon! Below is Ariela equally working as hard. 
Today was apple tasting day! To continue our journey on everything apples, Kindergarteners sampled three types of apples: Red Apples, Granny Smith Apples, and Golden Apples. After a tasty treat, students then decided which apple was their favorite. Once students picked their favorite type, they colored a apple on paper which we then graphed together. At the end of our tasting, we discovered that most of the students in our class enjoyed Golden Apples the best!