Saturday, November 30, 2013

Professing Our Love of Lakeshore!

Have you ever listened to the radio or a talk show and they ask people to profess their love for something? I love when they do that on the radio station I listen to on my way to work! Today we are professing our love for Lakeshore and for laminating!!!

This is where we spent our Saturday:
It's so fun pulling into the parking lot! We are so giddy, it's like we are children on Christmas morning! Even Kelly's little girl gets excited. She even brings her own papers to laminate! How cute is that?
 
Here is the laminating pile:
 
Here it is going through the laminator...oh, ah...so pretty!!
 
One of the cool things about Lakeshore is how they always think about children. Every Saturday they have a craft table set up. Here is Kelly's daughter with her leaf mobile she made today:
Look how proud she is! On the way home from Lakeshore she asked her mom if she could put it above her brother's crib so he could look at it. Aww....such a good big sister!!
 
Now, as I am professing my love for laminating I do have to tell you that I have no love for cutting it out! Haha!!
 
In addition to my laminating, here is what I bought today:
 
There was a great sale on this and I am so excited to use it for one of my behavior tickets rewards. It is called Super Supplies and the child can choose to use these extra special art supplies during centers. My students are going to be so excited!!
 
What is something you would like to profess your love for?
 

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Turkey Fun!

Happy Monday everyone! We hope you had a great day!

This weekend as we were searching for some fun Thanksgiving activities we came across these adorable turkey headbands from Miss Kindergarten. They are absolutely adorable! Go visit her blog and check them out! Click Here
 
Here is our version of these turkeys, we think they turned out great!
 
The children cut out the eyes, beak, wattle, and feathers and glued them onto a brown strip of construction paper. Just look at these cute little turkeys!
 
What fun crafts are you doing this week?
 
 
 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Turkey Trouble Excitement!!

Can you believe we just discovered the book Turkey Trouble about a two weeks ago!! Really!?!? Wow! Where has this book been through our teaching careers and how come no one told us about it?! :)

Well, the first time I read through it by myself I was in my classroom laughing out loud. All by myself!! Then once Kelly read it, we knew we had to make up a fun lesson to go with it. So we worked for the last two nights coming up with some ideas. We taught it today and a lot of fun was had by all!!


We are working on a fun pack for our Teachers Pay Teachers store to share with all of you too! We hope to have it up by tomorrow. Here are some of the fun things we did today:

Children were put into groups and given pictures of turkeys in disguise and sentences that they had to read and match to the correct turkey. Groups were differentiated based on their ability. Some groups just matched a single word to each turkey and other groups had sentences of varying difficulty.


After our small group activity, children worked independently at their table to assemble sentences about two more turkeys in disguise. This was our first time doing something like this, so we supported them a lot this time. Some of the students were able to use the words we gave them and assemble their sentences with no extra help at all. Great job!


 
For the last bit of creative turkey fun, the children were given a black and white clipart turkey and they were to help come up with a new disguise that would be the best one yet! Some of them turned out so stinkin' cute!!
  
This little turkey is disguised as a bee! Adorable!
 
This turkey is a football player for the Ravens! Cute!
 
This one is just plain fun. He is a spy agent and he is wearing a leather coat!
 
This is awesome! This is a flag turkey! I would have loved to have seen more red, white, and blue! Great idea!
 
This turkey is working hard for the money! She is a cleaning lady. Don't you just love her vacuum cleaner?
 
Here is a cute, cuddly rabbit turkey!
 
Ahh...what a fun, fun day!! Now we are going to finish up this fun pack to get it in our store. We are hoping to have it up tomorrow, but no later than Sunday definitely!
 
Happy Thanksgiving!
 
What fun activities did you do with this fun book?
 
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Displaying Student Work

We all know that children LOVE to see their creations hanging up in our classrooms to show off to everyone that enters the room, but do you start to ask yourself how do I accomplish this with all the other stuff I am expected to have displayed in the classroom? OR do you have one of those bulletin boards (like we do) that you have to stand on a counter to get to and then maneuver around the computers or other center materials just to get to it? UGH! I remember one summer while I was setting up my classroom falling off said counter and scraping the whole side of my leg on the way down! Can we just say BIG, ugly, purple, and blue bruise that didn't go away for months! Oh my!

Sometimes just the changing of the work can be so time consuming and overwhelming it is easier to leave it up there. We surely loved hanging work all over the room from the lights and ceiling, but then the fire mashall put the big ixnay on that method.

THEN, one day we came across this wonderful idea for displaying student work in an easy and accessible way....
All you need are some page protectors and staples or velcro (depending on where you are posting the student work). Velcro to the cabinets or walls, or staple the two sealed corners and the backside of the two open corners.


 
Then, slide in student work.




Viola! Super simple bulletin board! We like to do this on our cabinets or closet doors, or on a fabric covered bulletin board that we leave up throughout the school year.

 
What is your FAVORITE way to display student work in your classroom?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Giving Thanks!

I am just so excited to share with you my class's adorable bulletin board for November! The children worked so hard on it and the final product is just what I envisioned. I wish I could show you the whole bulletin board here, but I can't show all of their work and pictures. So, I will give you a little look into what the children did.

First the children were given a turkey pattern already copied onto construction paper. I then taught them how to use a large thumb tack to "pin punch" out the pattern. They had to punch out the turkey, his beak, his wattle, and his feathers. They got to choose the color of the feathers, but were asked to put them in a pattern. Here a picture of some children "pin punching" the turkey:
 
Here is a child pin punching the wattle:

 
This was so great for their fine motor!! Some of them did such a great job with the pin punching that the turkey just fell out of the other paper with no problem.
 
Next, the children had to think about something they are thankful for. They dictated their sentence to me, which I wrote down for them. They then had to copy their sentence and then glue their turkey on the corner of their paper. Here are some of the final products:
 


Aren't these just the cutest things? I was absolutely over the moon with how they turned out.
 
For the finishing touch I took pictures of all of the children and added their adorable little faces to the Create a Pilgrim clipart from Scrappin' Doodles. (www.scrappindoodles.com)

 
Oh my goodness, they make me smile every time I walk by them in the hallway!
 
There are so many things to be thankful for every day. Some days are harder than others, but there is always something good about it. What are you most thankful for today?
 
 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Freebie!

Oh those teen numbers, those pesky little teen numbers. We have lots of names for them: Tricky Teens, Terrible Teens, Tough Teens, Troublesome Teens, we could go on and on. What is the verdict on these numbers?! They are hard for our little ones to learn because they just don't make sense to them. So how do we help them to make sense of them?

Well, we have been working hard this week and I think the children are finally starting to understand that the teen numbers mean there is ten and some more. We have acted them out (academy award winning performances I must say), we have danced about them (some of it I call dancing), we have sung about them, we have written them, we have used ten frames, counters, etc. and I can't tell a lie we have cried a little too. Here is a link to a fun YouTube video we watched about the teen numbers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGa2cVluGnU

Today we put a really fun spin on it for the children and let them write numbers on each other's backs to see if their partner can guess it without looking. Don't worry, we didn't ruin any clothes in the process, they wrote on their backs with their fingers! One person in the pair had the numerals written on a card and the other person had a set that represented the numeral. They took turns writing the numbers on their friend's backs and they also had to match the numeral to a set.
At one point today as my children were participating in this activity, I sat down in my chair and just watched them. Every single child in my class was engaged in this activity and every single child was having fun!! Wow! At that very moment I was reminded of why I became a teacher!

We are linking up with Teaching Blog Addict this week to bring you a fun and exciting 0-20 number freebie. It is our version of the "I have, Who has" games with a cute little monster to help out!
 
You can download it here.

Don't forget to check out all the other wonderful freebies over at Teaching Blog Addict.
What is one of your tried and true ways to teach the teen numbers?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Poster-Crazy!

A few years ago, we discovered that our awesome Epson printers have a “multi-page” printing function! Oh my…how did we not know this before? Anything small can be printed 50% to 400% bigger, which is a dream for a primary classroom!

We have worked on making many of our fun classroom resources poster-size to make them easier for our students to see and use as learning tools each day…we are “techy” teachers who prefer computer-created products over those made with markers and chart paper.

Here is our latest “Retelling a Story” poster from our “Stunning Story Elements Posters” pack (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Stunning-Story-Elements-Posters-character-setting-events-retelling-969436) in our TeachersPayTeachers store. The multi-page function on our desktop printers is convenient, but it is not available to everyone depending on your printer. We like to recreate this effect by enlarging documents to poster-size for some of our store products.

Follow these steps to piece together a large classroom learning poster to make for stellar classroom visuals for your students!

1. Print the pieces.
 
2. Trim either the top or bottom white edge off of each page (make sure it is the same on all page).


3. Trim either the left or right white edge off of each page (again making sure it is the same side from all pages).
 
4. Layout the pieces to see that they match up. Overlap to make the images connect in the right places.




5. Apply tape or a thin layer of glue, to the remaining white edges. (Tip: We like to use the clear Scotch scrapbook glue, but we used Elmer’s glue today.)
6. Overlap the pieces that fit together. You may need to slide them around a tad to get them exactly where you want them to make the entire poster fit together just right. (Tip: Smaller two-page posters are easier, larger eight-page or sixteen-page posters take a bit more patience and perseverance.)

Here are a few photos of other classroom visuals we have created with the same poster-making process!

 
Do you have any smaller classroom resources that you wish you could print poster-size for your students? If so, we hope this is helpful!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Napping House

What is the best time to stay home and nap all day? When it is raining outside of course!

This week our theme is Families. We like to read The Napping House by Audrey Wood during this unit. This is such a great story and there is so much to do with it. First we talked about the describing words the author uses to describe the characters in the book. I read this book every year and it never fails that the children laugh and giggle when they hear that granny is a "snoring granny". Haha....kids are funny!
 
After reading the book we completed a sequencing activity. The children colored and cut out clipart of the characters and then put them onto a bed that is in a house. The children enjoyed retelling the  story with their friends, especially when the flea wakes everyone up and causes a commotion.
The dreaming child is joining the snoring granny in bed.

Here the snoozing cat is finding a cozy spot on top of the dozing dog.

Last, here comes that wakeful flea!! Let the bed breaking start! Haha!!
 
We also did a follow up writing activity where the children had to design their own house. They were told they could live in any kind of house they would want to live in and to use their imagination. Here are some of the results:
 Who doesn't want to live in a beautiful summer house? I just love her flowers!
 

Aww...a loving house! How awesome is that? Everyone would love each other and hearts are everywhere, sounds like a great place to live to me!

This is great! A costume party house. We can wear a different costume every day and to make the party even better, the house comes with a disco ball too!

This is awesome! When the child first brought this picture to me I thought she wanted a movie house or a house with cameras or something but when she said. "I want to live in a Target house." I totally got her picture! I love the red target in the middle, the cash register, money and the toys on the shelf to buy! So clever!
 
What kind of house do you want to live in?

 


Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday Math

Happy Monday and Happy Veteran's Day! We are so thankful to all of those that serve our country.

Ahhh..those pesky teen numbers! Today we tackled them head on by having fun! Fun? Yes! Did you know all you need to have a good time is a spinner, a paper clip, a pencil, and a recording sheet? It is true and we have the pictures to prove it!

The children took turns spinning the paper clip around the spinner. When the paper clip stopped, they had to read the numeral and say it out loud.
Look at the concentration and the smiles! :)


After they read the numeral out loud, each child practiced writing the numeral as well. After a certain period of time, the spinning stopped and we compared which teen number was spun the most among the groups. The children had so much fun, they wanted to keep playing. It is a successful lesson when the children do not want the learning to stop!
 
More fun will be had tomorrow on Tricky Teen Tuesday as we continue to make sense of those silly numbers.
 
What are some fun activities you do to help your students with those tricky teens?
 
 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

It's the Little Things...

It's always the little things that make you happy! Hearing children's laughter, an unexpected phone call from a friend, a simple thank you, or I appreciate you.

We are so happy to see the end of the first marking period! Not because we are rushing the school year, but because now we can put some of our energy back into our store and this poor little neglected blog!

Yesterday I got home from a day of professional development and in the mail was my brand new lanyard that I bought from a store on Etsy! Can I just say cutest thing ever!! Look at this picture:
Did you guess that I love Mickey Mouse? In fact, I love everything Disney! I can't wait to see the new animated movie Frozen. It looks great!
 
As I was checking out Etsy I also found the perfect lanyard for Kelly. Take a look at hers:
It is even cuter in person. It was a happy birthday gift for her! Aren't the polka dots fun?  
 
What is a little thing that has made you smile big lately?
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