Friday, March 28, 2014

Five for Friday



Happy Friday everyone! I've been on spring break and devoted lots of time to moving forward with a new project for TPT. I'm not saying much yet because the last time I did, it was bad juju and everything got delayed. Big time. So stay tuned...


Thank you Doodle Bugs for hosting my favorite linky party.

Here's a whole lot of random for you:


When I wasn't taking walks, working in the garden, napping or working on the afore mentioned project, I was playing around with all my art materials.

I got busy making thank you cards for my volunteers. I know it's early yet, but I get so busy at the end of the year that I thought it might be a good idea to get ahead of the rush.

That, and I was really sick of weeding my garden! Thank you to the DIY section of Pinterest!






I put all the cards into a shoe box. Let's hope I don't forget where I stash it. 


Once I got going on the cards, I thought it might be fun to place homemade cookies in a fun little package for the volunteers.

Don't be silly. Of course I didn't bake cookies months ahead of time!

But I did attempt to make the package. Here's the Pinterest version:

Here's mine. Oh dear.


For Mother's Day I make the kid's hands with clay. You can read about it here. It's super sweet and my moms always love them.
Here's the poem to go with the Mother's Day hand:

Here are some flowers bright and bold
Held by the hand you love to hold.
Someday the flowers will disappear
But this little hand will always be near.




Anywho, that's not what I'm excited about!! It's the little purse that I'm going to send it home in that is sooooo cute!

For years I've been sending the little hand home in a super dorky looking purse that I made up.


Look at the one I found on Pinterest from Graphic 45
Here's their tutorial!
Learn how to make these great Botanical Tea purses with a great tutorial from Kristin Wilson using brown paper lunch bags! Isn't this clever? #graphic45 #tutorials

I saw this pin last year and thought it was a fun way to work on our sight words.
shark crafts
 We whipped this up in no time and the kids loved it! I'd like to do this next week with my kiddos!
Here's the one we make:


Look at this! The kids would probably love to feed their sight words to this version but I might have nightmares!


This one is just plain silly.

My husband runs a rafting company and I know that spring's here because his chacos (sandals) are missing and all his pile gear is gone (Dang! Those sweatshirt thingys are my favs. They look especially wonderful with my capri jammies and his t-shirts. It's a look, I'm telling 'ya). He's gone to clean and organize the rafting warehouse and is a happy, happy boy. Now, the only reason I'm telling you this is because whenever he leaves, trouble ALWAYS happens.

Always.

Last time he left, a pipe burst late at night and yours truly had to go out in my scary looking jammies and try to deal with it. You can read about it here. It was classic. My neighbor has never laughed so hard.

Well, this time folks, I washed the Prius keys. Now, I've done this before and it's a terrible thing. The water causes some sort of electrical short and the alarm goes off when you and your neighbors least expect it.

Like at 2am. And again at 4am. Or maybe at 4:15 am.

I'm a nervous wreck all night and never quite close my eyes all the way. I say a prayer on the hour, every hour, for quiet. I develop a nervous tick and an eating disorder for the night.
My solution is to hide the key under layers of towels at the other end of the house, far from the car. When the alarm goes off anyway, and I've recovered from the near fatal heart attack, I have to rummage through the laundry as quickly as possible.

We point that key at the car and press the button like crazy. Eventually, it goes off. Usually after all the neighborhood lights turn on and I can hear babies crying.

I really can't believe my husband's gone. I called to tell him and this time he laughed hysterically because he's so happy to not be here. Oh my, oh my, oh my.

Luckily, my eldest was home for a visit and was quite amused. He was a huge help and took the key apart, dried it and placed it in rice. What a sweetie. He'd done everything you could possibly do. Then he said, "See 'ya, mom. Good luck." He had placed all the tools I might need to take the key apart on the kitchen windowsill and said I could call him if the alarm went off. Moral support. I could hear him chuckling as he drove off.

I decided to call my neighbor to warn him ahead of time, but he didn't pick up. I explained the problem on the answering machine and reminded him that he's the on-call-help-in-an-emergency guy when my husband is gone. I hope I got the right number this time (read the pipe burst story).

Then I went to bed. I tried to be prepared for anything last night. I had the keys in rice, I tried to wear some halfway decent jammies, put the flashlight next to the bed, and had my clothes set out fireman style. I had my husband on speed dial (he already told me he wouldn't be answering the phone. He mumbled something about his battery being low and that he'd forgotten his charger).

The quiet angels blessed me and the alarm didn't go off.

Until about 9 am this morning.

 Right after I'd  jumped in the shower...

I hope YOU have a quiet weekend! :)

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Monday, March 24, 2014

My Own Monday Made It Or Tuesday Tried It!

I'm on spring break this week and the weather where I live is beautiful. I've been out in my garden weeding, but it's overwhelming. Here's a picture of what I'm talking about!

 So, I came indoors to play!

We all know the saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." This year I have 28 kinders and I depend on parents, friends, and school volunteers to help me make school the best possible experience. This year I have some of the most wonderful people helping me out. Several of them are former students of mine who now have little ones in my classroom. Others are retired teachers with 3o years of primary teaching experience behind them. Anywho, they're all dependable ( I just about sit down and cry when they tell me they can't make it) and loving individuals.

So, I thought I'd get going on their thank you gifts (I know it's early, but that weedy garden makes me want to just about anything else!  I truly love these people, so this was way more fun). As the end of school approaches, I'm so swamped with things that I try to get done, my volunteers get the short end of the stick. Not this year!!

Pinterest was filled with great inspiration, as usual! These ideas came from the DIY section. Here's what I ended up with:




 Maria helped me sew some of the aprons I'm about to put up for sale on TPT. I thought this would be perfect for her.





Can you tell I love this font?





Now to put them away somewhere that I won't forget! Ha!

Then, as I was spending way too much time looking on Pinterest, I found the BEST idea ever!!

I make the kid's hands out of clay for Mother's Day.

Here are some flowers bright and bold,
Held by the hand you love to hold.
Someday the flowers will disappear,
But this little hand will always be near.
 I've have been sending them home in the DORKIEST little purse I dreamt up. But look what I found!!! I'm so excited to do this with my kids this year! The little purse is from Unique Papercrafting Graphics 45.

The directions were easy to follow.
Love it!


Woot woot!

The things I get excited about...

I'm headed back outside! I hope there was something that might help someone!

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Five for Friday

This week I'm calling my favorite linky party "Finally It's Friday." 
That leprechaun did me in this year, but it's spring break and I can fully recover!
Here's a peek at my week...



Speaking of Leprechauns... I actually had kids turning green! It was NOT good.

Here's what happened...

Last Friday, the leprechaun left a note that said he'd hidden a yummy snack somewhere in our classroom. We tore up the place looking for it and finally found some very small, but heavily iced green cupcakes!
What fun, right? We could hardly wait for snack time, let me tell 'ya!
When it was finally time to eat, they gobbled them up in one bite. As soon as they were done, one little said she felt sick, and then another...oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. I think the graham cracker and thick chocolate milk they had for snack may have contributed to our upset tummies, too. It was a case of too much sugar! I felt so sad for my two little buddies.
 So,
On Monday we had green apples and green grapes with low fat milk.

 No upset tummies.



Never a dull moment.

The best part to our St. Patrick's Day is ALWAYS the magic cooking project. You can read about it here.


We invited preschool in to watch and it was the best ever!! They all fell for it hook, line and sinker. I could hear them talking about it with their parents as they left school. Hee, hee!
We also made my layered St. Patrick's Day positional word book. It's free in my TPT store if you'd like to grab it for next year!





I just had to include our chameleons. This is without a doubt, out favorite art project of the year. Thank you Artolazzi!


Every year the kids name them and carry them around on their shoulders like they're real. Here's Lisa. 
 I see a perfect opportunity to make a little writing activity to go with it...
I'm sure they'll be thrilled!!


Math fun
We're in the middle of addition and subtraction right now and I found two really fun things to do with the kids. One is a game that Greg Smedley  (his blog is really wonderful and always makes me smile) talked about on his blog this week. It's called "Bump, Bump, Jump, Jump, Pump, Pump, Rump, Rump."

HILARIOUS!!!!

You've got to go to his blog and watch the video he made of his class playing the game. My kids loved it. LOVED it!

The other is an adorable packet for subtraction called
Subtraction Fun-Interactive Worksheets for Introducing Subtraction by From the Pond. We have had a blast doing the worksheets all week.




Next week, the kids will learn how to make both vertical and horizontal addition and subtraction problems with large graph paper. It sounds difficult but we make it age appropriate! I'll try to remember to post about it next week. 
(Considering that I forgot my #5 on my Five for Friday last week, it could be a problem...I just noticed that. Who does that?
A very tired teacher.)
We're having so much fun with our weather unit! We learned about wind and had to end our day with kites, of course. Here are some plastic bags with string that work really well. We use real kites, paper airplanes and army man parachutes, too. I'm always surprised how many kids have never flown kites before.
 I don't know about you, but I cringe on kite flying day because they never look where they're running. They're too busy trying to watch their kite and smack right into each other. Makes my hair gray(er).

We also learned about clouds. We went out in our field to look at the sky/clouds. What a special thing to do with your kids. So sweet to hear their thoughts.
Here's a little flip book they made:
 March came in like a lion and it looks like it will go out like a lamb. Here are lions. We'll make lambs on the 31st! -can't wait to show you. They're super cute!


This was my inspiration:


Our door has caused some commotion this year and raised a few eyebrows, totally by mistake.
A friend painted my door with chalkboard paint and it has turned out to be a wonderful thing. Most of the time, that is...

The first door message that got comments from parents:
Our sight word was love and our handwriting letter was R/r. I have the kids go out and practice their letters on the sidewalk with chalk and I guess someone decided to practice on the door. It wasn't until later in the week that a parent pointed out that our door said lover. Whoops and HA!
Door number two:
Our sight word was do. I sent them out to practice their sight word again on the sidewalk and that same little practiced on the door. Well, the kids caught this one and nothing makes kids laugh more than potty talk.

 Oh brother.

Five year olds and their senses of  humor. Got to love 'em!

That's it, folks. If you saw something you liked, I hope you'll comment!
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Have a great weekend!