Saturday, November 29, 2014

Five for Friday

Thanks to Doodle Bugs for hosting my favorite linky party!

My husband just walked by and reminded me that my posts need to have meaningful content.
 I will try harder to only post about kindergarten ideas.
Next time...
Thanksgiving table ready to go!
My husband runs an amazing nonprofit rafting company.
The pie was made for the annual A.R.T.A.  holiday card.
My carrot cake with two pieces missing. 
I shared this recipe last week. It's a good one!

Just being silly...
It's all about the baste,
No trouble!

I'm working on some Christmas songs for my apron. I have to hand draw because I don't know how to make cards with all of the adorable clip art that I see out there.
 Here's what I've got for Must Be Santa:

We have  a booth at the Northern (January 17-19) and Southern (February 27-28) KindergartenConferences. I'm busy making cutsie doorprize bags for giveaways.
I'm so excited and the very best part is meeting all of you!
 Can you tell how much I hate taking pictures?

By the way, the  aprons are beautifully made in the United States.
It was very important to me to support the textile industry in America!


This next subject is so long that I'm counting it for both 4 and 5!
It's a repost, so forgive me if that's considered improper!

I had a request to show how I use my apron, so here goes...
Brace yourself. I've been using the apron for 2 1/2 years!
Here are a few ways that I use the apron:

First off, you all need to know that my apron came about because I'm a mess. Not only do I need the apron to save my wardrobe, but I leave things everywhere! Unfortunately, I'm sort of known for it. The plastic pockets help me stay more organized and it keeps my hands free-important when you teach five year olds.

It started with sight words. We all have our weekly "password" on our doors. As the kids come through the door, they read the word. Well, my friends would often touch it with their hands and erase the word. So, I started off with spelling one sight word in my pocket. It was perfect for Heidi's sight word songs too, which we love.

Then I decided to put more than one sight word in the pockets. There were those who could read all the words, and others maybe one or two. I could point to the word/s I wanted them to read. It worked as a great quick assessment. My hands were free to take notes or deal with rascally behavior! The other unexpected plus was that the word/s were right at their eye level. Whatever concept I was reinforcing was there all day and they couldn't get away from it!

Next, I tried CVC words. I layered the initial sound with a variety of consonants, all the vowels and different final consonants. As I change the cards, the kids read the words. They have to decide if it's a silly or real word. If it's a real word, they can use it in a sentence Then we tried word families, blends and bossy e. This picture is  a little much. I don't layer this many letters at the beginning stages; I just wanted to show you some examples.

Watch out for inappropriate words!
I jumble sentences, and then have the kids help me unscramble the words. We use our expo pen to write directly onto the plastic to make lower case letters into capitals and add punctuation.

I've placed a period, question mark, exclamation mark, comma and quotation marks in the pockets and then ask them to tell me what each one is called.

We alphabetize the picture noun cards.

They can place picture cards for stories into beginning, middle and end. Author, illustrator, problem and solution.

In math, I've put two and three dimensional shape pictures in the pockets. They've also helped to put numbers in order, identify the teens and then tell me how many tens and units in the chosen number. Patterns, greater than, less than, addition and subtraction, clocks and on and on!!!

And then some days, I just put in a message!
I wrote about this message in an earlier post. We were learning a song for graduation and they needed to know how to spell I love you, so I had it in my pocket for the week.
I got hugs and "Right back at 'ya," all week.

I keep my cards in one of those layered lunch boxes. A recipe file works well, too.

We've included lots of blank cards for you to write on. Write on them with a never come off pen (kinderese for permanent pen), but be sure to erase with a white sponge a day or two later. Otherwise, it won't come off.

If you go to my TPT to get cards, be sure to cut them so that they are as tall the pocket so that you can get them in and out without trouble. Kids don't like to wait while you fiddle with stuck cards!

Really, the ideas for cards are endless!
Are you still with me?
Thanks for putting up with all that!

Ok, it's time to gear up for the holidays! I'm off to get my room ready. It's such a magical time for little ones!
love this.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Another Late Five for Friday!

OK. This is an all time record for being late for the Five for Friday.
Busy, busy, busy!
I'm busy cleaning. Lots of company headed our way for Thanksgiving. 

But the most worrisome part of this holiday is that, at age 56 years, I'm baking my first turkey. I have people on speed dial should I need help. And, if you're brave enough to read this whole post, you'll see why this is such a huge concern...

This post isn't full of great ideas. It's full of blunders.
It happens. 

Well, we sort of survived The Feast. I made new paper vests this year and they bombed. The paper edges were irritating their necks and they couldn't get them off fast enough. We managed to take the Thanksgiving picture and then there was lots of tearing and throwing away of little vests. Poor babies and poor me! It took hours to put those vests together. NEVER AGAIN!!! We'll joke about it at graduation.

And don't even ask about the woven placemats!
On my goshhhhhhhhhhhh!

Here's the next blunder.
I saw these turkeys on Pinterest and thought they would be fun to make for the kids.
I went to 4 stores looking for candy corn. Did you know stores send back candy corn after Halloween? I had no idea. I finally found some and headed home to get to work. It was about 7pm by this time and these little fellas took a long time to make. Cute, huh?

I came downstairs the next morning and found this little guy my husband made just for me!
I put the turkeys in the back of my car and headed off for a very busy kindergarten day.
I somehow thought they'd be fine there for awhile and so, I left them for later. My plan was to  surprise the kids with the turkeys at dessert time.
I underestimated the temperature in my car.
The chocolate glue completely melted and they collapsed.
Fell over on top of each other.
Turkey suicide.
Just my luck.
All you can do is laugh. 
And grab a cup of coffee to go with the drown your sorrows chocolate binge.

I love the toast that I teach my kids for our Feast.

There are good ships,
And wood ships,
And ships that sail the sea.
But the best ships
Are friendships
And may ours always be.

Here's what they ended up saying:

There are good ships,
And ships that sail the sea.
But the best chips
Are friendships.
And may ours always be.

Oh well.
Those wood chips have caused nothing but trouble.

I would tell you to never eat dinner at my house. In fact, I'd tell you to run in the other direction! My poor husband would tell you that too. My "go to" dinner is a quesadilla that's served with a bottle of salsa and a whole, uncut avocado. It's up to the diner to spoon out their own salsa and cut the avocado. If you're lucky, I might even take it out of the pan and serve it on a plate! HA!

Dessert is a different story. Be sure to drop by after dinner has been served.

 I LOVE to bake. It makes your home smell cozy and always brings smiles.  Since I'm not sharing anything educational this week, I'd like to share one of my favorite recipes instead.

When I was in high school (40 years ago), I worked at an organic restaurant. Whenever the owner baked cakes, she would let me help. I would scurry around the kitchen grabbing ingredients for her. None of the recipes were ever written down and she would just somehow know what to add. It was magical and the cakes were incredible.

Here is a wonderful carrot cake recipe that is very close to hers. I hope your family loves it as much as mine does. It sure beats my quesadilla!!!

Use fresh carrots, not the pre-grated kind. This recipe makes two layers. I make a triple layer cake and 1 and 1/2 times the recipe. It looks very impressive!

Cream together:
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
Add :
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups oil
Mix well.
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
Mix well.
2 cups of finely shredded carrots
2 small cans of crushed pineapple, including juice
2 cups raisins
1 cup nuts

Preheat oven to 350.

I cut parchment paper, butter and flour my pans. Divide batter evenly between pans. Bake until golden brown. Cool completely.

The frosting is just a cream cheese frosting with whipped cream folded in.

Lots of whipped cream.

Whip 1.5  cup of heavy cream until stiff. No need to add powdered sugar. Place in a separate bowl.

With the mixer, cream together:
1 8oz. package softened cream cheese
1 cube softened butter(yes, a whole cube!)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Add powdered sugar alternately with a few tablespoons of milk until you like the consistency. Beat until lumps are gone. Fold in the whipped cream and frost that cake!! If it's soft, I will often place it in the freezer for an hour. Oh, yum!

My aprons finally arrived yesterday!
Woot woot!

We're ready for the holidays!!

I'm thrilled that they're here. I have preorders to fill and the shipping department is ready to go!

Go to my TPT store Kinder-gardening/apron to check them out! 
I'm going all out and will wrap them up cutsie style for the holidays!

This is my personal favorite.
Here's a close up of the fabric

We're also getting ready to sell the child sized version and hope to have them shortly!

We have a Facebook page for the Show and Tell Aprons. 
The problem is,  I have no idea how Facebook works. 
I need lessons. 
Anyway, I hope you'll "like "it.
I was thrilled that I had 60 likes, but when my family broke into hysterics, I realized that's considered pitiful.
Oh dear.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

I am grateful for family and friends and good health.
I am also so grateful for the little feet that run through my classroom door. 
Those 5 year olds are truly the best part of my day.