Saturday, December 19, 2015

Late for Friday, Let's Make It Saturday!!

Hello!!!! It's been a while since I've blogged. I've been busy with my little buddies and trying so hard to make the holiday season special for them. I'm happy to be joining in with Kacey's Five for Friday. Thank you so very much Doodle Bugs.
This will be quick. I don't know if anyone else does this, but I don't shop for my own family until I'm done with my kinders. It's not pretty, folks. I'm that person you see on the news that's shopping up until Christmas Eve. We have no Christmas tree, lights or homemade goodies.
We tried the Rudolph directed draw again this year. I couldn't love them more.
I have a dear friend who taught kindergarten for 30 years. Every year when I put up our art for the Spring Show, he teases me and points out that the projects look a little too perfect. I will admit to helping them too much in the past. This year, I'm teaching TK (4 year olds) as well and I have completely backed off of correcting what I used to consider mistakes or undone projects. I teach the process of how to paint and let them go. If they love it , that's all that counts. If I "fix" things, I'm teaching them that what they do doesn't count, it isn't good enough. What a a rotten message to send! You can see lots of white spaces that would have driven me crazy in the past,
 The expressions are priceless.
In fact, I've had some of these looks on my face...
"Could you say that a little more slowly, please?"

"Why would you think it would be ok to go outside without your shoes?"
"Of course I know I have glitter on my face."
You look beautiful today, Mrs. Welch.

 We're working on our pesky teens.
I want them to understand what makes a teen number and love our base ten cards.
Of course, we build with manipulatives first and play lots of games. They're getting it. I may have caused an issue though... while introducing the numbers we decided that whoever came up with the names eleven, twelve, thirteen and fifteen weren't making sense. They should have been called oneteen, twoteen threeteen and fiveteen. They giggled and though that was so funny! Well, let's just say I've had to correct a few of my friends when they count out loud.

Random art projects and parent gift bag.

Holiday program prep.
I know that many of you spent last weekend getting ready for your program. I hot glue gunned hair necessities, steam straightened tutus and ironed vests.
And made gingerbread men.
Rudolph hairdo pieces,
 tutus fluffed,
vests ironed and ready to go.

We used the apron to learn how to spell Santa and sing the silly song set to the tune of B-I-N-G-O.
I'm not into the video thing. I'm sort of shy. And old.
Here's another dorky video that might be helpful for teachers who have another week before vacation!

I love this...

Happy weekend!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fried on Friday!

Thank you Doodle Bugs!!
I may have been a little frazzled by the end of the report card/Thanksgiving Feast week..

Let's try a Five Words for Friday...

Turkeys ready for the feast!

Lots to be thankful for...

The silliest Mayflower boat EVER!

We are ready to celebrate!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The turkey’s in the oven, the peas are in the pot.
The pie is on the windowsill until it’s not so hot.

The potatoes are on the stovetop, the yams are in the pan.
Aunt Judy’s green bean casserole won’t be ready “until the top is tan”.

There’s cranberries on the table, gravy in a boat,
And something simmering on the stove that sort of burns my throat.

The stuffing’s in a big bowl, the rolls have been put out.
But there is absolutely no way, I’m eating a Brussels Sprout.

There are plates of beets and carrots, trays of cheese and meat;
My entire house is full of things that I don’t like to eat.

My couch is full of uncles; my kitchen is full of aunts.
Our dining room is overflowing with candles and flowers and plants.

The guest room is off limits and smells like grandma’s perfume.
And Great-grandpa Charlie is napping in my room!

The entryway is packed with shoes; the closet is a coat hodgepodge.
And I’m not supposed to open the door that goes to the garage.

Cousin Lily is in her crib so I can’t make a sound,
And Grandpa Joe is in the backyard – I think he’s just wandering around.

The TV is turned to football; all my toys are put away,
There’s not a single place in my whole house where I can go to play.

Well, they’re calling me for dinner and I know I can’t be rude.
Time to “sit still and mind my manners”; time to poke at all that food.

But wait, what’s this? There’s no little table - sitting over there?
No “special children’s corner.” No rickety folding chair?

And look! Mom is waving me over and dad is smiling with glee.
There’s an open chair right between them – and they’re holding it out for me.

Wow! My own nametag, my own napkin, my own crystal goblet with ice!
Wow! Everyone looks so pretty. Everything smells so nice.

So this is what it’s like. This is the fancy living.
Eating at the grown up table...

Man, I love Thanksgiving! 

Finished the website for my apron!!
I'm so excited except I can't stand to watch the videos.

Many wishes for a happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Five Minutes for Friday!

Thank you , sweet Doodle Bugs!
I have report cards and a feast to prep for so this will be fast!!

Yesterday was World Kindness Day. I believe one of my jobs is to teach my kindergartners the importance of being kind and compassionate towards others. It is what I consider to be a life skill and one of the greatest joys you can experience. If you were to ask my kids what the three rules in my classroom are, they would say, "Be kind. Be kind. Be kind."
We began our day listening to "How Full Is Your Bucket?" They caught on and totally agreed how wonderful it feels to do something kind for someone. It's even  fun to do something kind without needing or looking for a thank you. So, with all this in mind, we set out to do something fun and kind for our upper grade kids...

I told them that to find a penny is good luck and that when you find one, you're supposed to make a wish and put the penny in your shoe. Some already knew this, but most had never heard of such a fun thing! They were sooooo excited to place a penny on the sidewalk for our biggest kids. Off we tippy toed...I brought enough pennies for everyone to place on the sidewalk in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade corridor. As they quietly (HA!) placed a penny on the sidewalk, or benches or doormats, I kept watch. What fun!!! We were all giggly and tickled with ourselves. Our buckets felt full.Off we went on our way to the computer lab and later, up to the library.
When we got to the library, the librarian came to story time and told them that she had been down the upper grade corridor and found a penny. In fact, she saw lots of pennies but only picked up one. She was smiling from ear to ear. She took the penny out of her shoe and taught them this little poem that she learned as a child; 
Find a penny
Pick it up.
All day long you'll 
Have good luck!
Well, they were about to burst and couldn't wait to tell her that they were responsible for those pennies and good luck wishes. It was the BEST, I tell you!
Mission accomplished!

Here's our finished Veterans Day project.
I wish I had used a deeper red/orange shade of watercolor.
Oh well, California poppies are orange...

Here comes Thanksgiving!!

Here's a cute toast to teach your kids for the holidays:
There are wood ships,
And there are good ships,
And there are ships upon the sea.
But the best ships
Are friendships,
And may ours always be.

 We're trying desperately to decorate for the Feast and did this directed drawing activity. They'll paint the background on Monday. They make me smile! Aren't these full of personality?

More prep for that Feast!!
These are the milk carton holders for the table. So cute when there are 25 lining the table!

I can't believe I bother with this vest project. It makes for part of a cute Thanksgiving costume and picture memory for the parents. It takes hours to make them with my trusty glue gun and stapler.The kids tear them off as soon as we take the picture. My vision of them wearing the whole costume at their family's celebration may be just a false hope!

So, this made me cry. 
Look what I found on my desk this week. I still don't know who did this very kind thing for me.
 I have always saved kind notes that parents have written me. I keep them in my memory trunk, along with baby clothes and pictures. This will be added to my treasure box.
Sniff, sniff. 

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Five for Friday

Happy Halloween Party Friday. I've never been so happy to see a weekend. Whew, I'm exhausted and feel I deserve the extra hour of sleep!

Thank you doodle Bugs for hosting my favorite weekly linky party!
I'm not sure I have five things to post about. Hmmmm, let's see...

I saw this idea on Facebook and thought it would be fun to try.
I love the candy corn costume! I certainly have the right figure for it!
Princess was the winner, however. I thought I might have queen status by now, but I believe they think princesses are prettier!! Made my day! You know how it goes, as soon as one little girl draws a princess, they all decide to draw the same. Princess it was!! I threw on my tutu apron and tiara and put the word princess in the pockets. Teachable moment! It gave me an opportunity to tell them about c and e. We use Zoophonics and so I explained that Catina Cat and Ellie Elephant are close friends and  sometimes, when they are together, Catina makes a soft s sound.  Easy peesy!

Isn't this picture of a princess costume spectacular? What an artist!!!

We learned about pumpkins, owls and bats. I can't believe I didn't take more pictures.
My favorite things are the pumpkin faces! So much fun to sing and/or act out pumpkin songs and poems!

These are our Busy Baskets. I teach TK this year and sometimes when they arrive, I'm busy finishing up with my kinders. The Tk kids know to grab their assigned Busy Basket and work on whatever skill I've placed inside for them. I change up the manipulative every few days to make it more fun. This is a 1 to 1 correspondence job.

We're decomposing numbers and I made some bat and cat mats to practice with candy corn. I was going to trim the lamination and decided to keep it so that they could write on it for fun. Or maybe the bell rang and I couldn't trim fast enough and just gave up!
We'll use this next week to decompose  to 5 as we go in or out the door!

I'm making a holiday walking pocket chart apron for a sweet friend. 
I thought this fabric would look good with a cheery red or green fabric!
What do you think?
I'm making some children's aprons for the Northern and Southern California  Kindergarten Conferences! We'll try to make some tutu children's aprons also.

Happy weekend to you all. I'm going to try NOT to eat all the chocolate candies in the Halloween Trick or Treat bowl!!