Friday, June 26, 2015

Five for Friday

Happy Friday everyone!
 I have no business posting today. I'm super busy getting ready for the I Teach K conference in Vegas!
Thank you sweet Doodle Bugs for hosting my favorite linky!
Be forewarned...this entire post is about aprons because it's all I've got.
And it's been all-consuming.

Okay, this may not be a big deal to anyone but me,
but I'm beyond excited about learning something new!!
Let me explain.
I make a walking pocket chart apron that I love.
I wear mine every single day (not during the summer-that would be weird).

It's not just a normal apron.
It involves cards and work.
You have to figure out what you want to emphasize that day and then put cards in the clear plastic pockets for the kids to see.
All day.
It's right at their eye level.
They can't get away from you!
Anyway, for three years I drew my own cards with a permanent pen because I didn't know how to use power point or clip art. This took hours and hours.
And hours.
My husband helped make cards on the computer when he could,
but it's not exactly how he wanted to spend a Saturday.
Years later...
I've finally learned how to make cards!!!
I'm old enough to be your mom so
this is a BIG deal! I'm not great on the computer.
I have a million cards I want to make just for me!!!!
In fact, it's all I want to do!
Groceries? Nah.
Laundry. Nah.
 I'll make my husband (best sport ever) a quesadilla and throw a whole avocado and a jar of salsa his way, but that's about it. For a real treat I might buy him a sandwich at the deli.
Look at all the fun I'm having...

Middle and ending sounds

Five Little Ducks Went Out One Day

Digraph sorting
(my class loves this-hide the dots with a blank
card. Lift one card up quickly and replace. Have kids tell you how many dots they saw)
Vowel sort

How many claps (syllables)

Beginning sound sorts

Greater than Less than or equal
I Know a Round and Juicy Fruit and Apple Is It's Name, Oh!
 More songs!!!

I haven't even addressed math or science yet!
How about a 5 Senses sort?
Growth cycle of an apple, pumpkin, butterfly, plants?
Oh my!
I'm a card making maniac!
I'm mad that I have to go to the dentist today.

Give away bags ready to go...

I'm hand wrapping over 500 aprons.
Talk about positive thinking...

Packing up!

I love this quote.
Last year, some very kind women encouraged me to take on this whole apron adventure.
I had absolutely no confidence until they came along
(in fact, I didn't show anyone my apron for a full year).
They gave me courage and I think about them whenever I read this quote.
Since then, I have learned so much.
Running a small business after teaching all day has been a challenge.
My family and students come first. Always.
But I have grown in so many ways.
I don't sew, but I can purchase huge quantities of fabric and make paper patterns. I can cut fabric for hundreds of aprons and I know about the different qualities of buttons and vinyl. I can even return poorly sewn aprons to the manufacturer and discuss the issue when I would have preferred to be quiet.
My two latest accomplishments are driving to SF to pick up aprons (I hate to drive across the Bay Bridge. It's like the Indy 500 with 10 lanes merging and exiting) and learning how to make cards for the apron on the computer.
Seems small, I know.

I will tell you the best thing BY FAR is when your twenty something sons give you a hug and tell you that they're proud of you.

Thank you to the kind women (you know who you are are) who have encouraged me.
You turned my life around.
So true
Thanks for hanging in there!
This was a long post.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Late Five for Friday

I'm linking up late with another Five for Friday! Thanks Doodle Bugs for hosting!

I've done a lot of goofy things and swallowed my pride to make kindergarten more fun, but this may have been the silliest. I'm pretty sure I jeopardized my reputation and got poison oak all at the same time!
I saw some adorable wish jars on Pinterest a while back and have been smitten with them ever since. So...I thought I'd try to make some for kindergarten graduation gifts. I grabbed my pitcher and some scissors and somehow convinced my husband to come along. Well, the only place I could find sturdy dandelion puffs was on the highway near a very busy overpass. I looked absolutely ridiculous! My husband wouldn't get out of the car to help. I went delicately through poison oak for the most perfect puffs.

Then I trimmed the stems and very carefully pushed them into salt and pepper shakers (so they get air), attached a note and a poem (see below).

Although I didn't make these dandelion q-tip projects this year, I have in the past. It's fun to attach a wish for the next year/grade and what they hope to learn.

We had a photo booth for graduation. The lettering is from Simply Kinder's Jennifer Kadar. It includes the letters for the beginning of the year, too. This was a great purchase!
Chalkboard Poster Set - First Day of Kinder

This is the only picture I took. 
The final project had ballon flowers (a new talent of mine) around the edges.

We also made these cutie patootie posters for each child. This idea came from Little Warriors, a kindergarten blog. She wrote a wonderful post about how she made hers.

I posted about this last year. I can't believe that I ddn't take pictures of the adorable paper dolls this year. Drat!
Here's last year's post.

One of our bulletin boards that we put up for graduation is future professions.
I love these. The entire family is supposed to help them make the paper doll and I think they did a great job!

I've gotten many great reactions to this silly tutu apron! 
The seamstress is making some to take to Vegas. We'll see how they do!!!
I wore an apron for graduation (I don't think my kids would recognize me without it) and had "happy" in the pocket until I read the following poem. That's when I changed the word to sappy!

2015 Graduation Poem

Well we’ve come to graduation, how fast the year has gone,
It’s time to take your sneakers off and put your flip-flops on.

It’s time to put your pencil down and remove your thinking cap,
It’s time for you to take a trip and for me to take a nap.

But before we break for summer, and out the door I shove (use a silly voice)  you,
I want to take a moment, to tell you each how much I love you.

Tony I love your laugh and Kate I love your smile,
And Annie I really admire, your fashionista style.

Kyle I love the way you think and Sue the way you care,
And Sally what I would give, if I could have your hair.

And my three little sidekick buddies, Mary, Martha and Sammie,
You could probably teach the class, every day without me.

I wish I had dimples like Lori’s and charm like Kate’s.
Jamie, someday you’ll be, President of the United States.

Kayla I love your neatness and Mac your Lego play,
And Tim and Ben I’m sure, you’ll make it to the NBA.

Michael I love the way you dream and Carol the way you sing.
And Alice I wouldn’t have made it, if you hadn’t told me everything.

Nat I think you’re sweet, Taylor I think you’re funny.
Pat, I’m glad you’re leaving, before I run out of money (I called him Nat by accident all the time. I had to pay him a penny every time I made the mistake. He was rich by the end of the year!)

Daniel I love your bashful smile, Vicky I love your grace.
And Georgia I wish I had your freckles on my face.

Chris you are so nice, there’s no one you don’t like,
And Laura I love how you are a ballerina on the bike.

And all of you together, well you make me grin from ear to ear!
We’ve had a fun adventure, it’s been a wonderful year.

But now it’s on to First Grade, and then Grades Two and Three,
And lickety split, before you know it, you’ll be as old as me.

You’ll be doctors and farmers and fancy cake bakers.
You’ll be pilots and poets and computer game makers.

You’ll be dancers twirling in tutus, you’ll be firemen covered in cinders,
But whatever you are, for the rest of your lives, you’ll always be my Kinders.

So, my wishes for you come in one last little burst:
I hope you always remember to put other people first.

I hope you always remember to sing and to dance,
I hope you never find frogs in your underpants!

That last line gets LOTS of laughter!

Have a great weekend!