Saturday, May 21, 2016

Fast Five for Friday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bug's Five for Friday.
Thank you Kacey for hosting!
I'm really, really tired this week trying to get everything ready for the end of year.
I realized things were bad when I tried to open my classroom door by pointing and clicking my car keys at it.
This pretty much sums up the look on my face.
I'm a little too busy...
It's official. I need a life. (And I don't know how to fix whatever I did to the margins and there's no one home to help me so I'm leaving it! HA) Just scroll on down to the next line.

After spending the morning working on report cards, 
I made thank you notes for my parent volunteers.
I've been teaching for more than 30 years and my favorite parent thank you is a heartfelt note. In fact, I've saved every single one!
Because I cherish their notes, I try to return the love.
It takes hours to make the cards for my volunteers, and they're a little dorky, but I hope they convey my appreciation. I always try to find a little bud vase and fill it with flowers. This year I used salt shakers and hot glued bows and name tags.

I had 13 volunteers this year!!!!
I'd be in a whole world of hurt without their dedication!
I've got the portfolios ready to go home!!

My all time favorite gift to my students is a wish jar (use salt shakers so they get air).
I found the perfect jars this year and only have to attach the poem.
I was late collecting the puffs this year and had to go up in elevation to find fresh ones!


I hope the kids love their wish jars!

No pictures for this one!
Just something I've done for years that has proven to make a difference for my kids...
I'm sure many of you already do this.
Every year I write a note to be found later in each child's journal.
Sometimes they're not found until much later!
I write something about why I think they're so spectacular.
I've had kids come back years later and tell me how and when they found the note.
This is just plain silly.
Never talk on the phone with your sister while mixing a cake.
I was so enthralled with her conversation that I left out the baking soda.
Happy weekend everyone!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Five for Friday

Five for Friday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bug's Five for Friday.
Thank you Kacey for hosting!
I haven't posted in a while because my camera has been broken!!
These are some of the pictures that survived...

 Earth Day bulletin board
We used recycled newspaper and tissue.

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.
We made purses to get our presents home safely!

 How To writing 
April was filled with dandelion puffs and writing about how to make a wish.
We went on a dandelion puff hunt (use salt shakers so they get air), wrote about how to make a wish, learned how to draw puffs and then
we made wishes for the Earth...

Look at this sweet puff!
This little one has been listening to her teacher!
Our three rules are to be kind, be kind, be kind.
And we moved on to learning how to blow a bubble and then wrote about the three steps.
They had so much fun practicing! This idea is from Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten.
We also blew bubbles with soap wands and
learned how to draw them too! I found this on a blog called The Lost Sock.
These looked cute paired with their How To papers.
I can honestly say we've  pretty much covered everything bubble!
 Friday was Cowboy day!!
I love this picture!
Not my best look...
Sheriff Welch
Those are coffee grounds on my face. I smelled great but they leave an
 interesting 2 O'clock shadow stain when you wash them off.  I get
some interesting looks at the grocery store.
My new favorite Cowboy Day project. 
The kids were so excited when we turned out the lights
 and they had their own campfire!
I wear my apron every day to reinforce all kinds of concepts.
Here are some of the ideas for sight words:
Side note: My door has been painted with chalkboard paint and has
 turned out to be perfect for our sight words!
Every week we concentrate on a new sight word and add it to our door.
Here was our word this particular week. As the kids come through the door, they rainbow write the word with chalk, spelling it aloud as they trace.
Now for the apron!
I greet them at the door with the sight word letters in my pocket and we learn Heid's song to go with the word as they stand in line.
(This is one of my favorite aprons
but the pattern is a little too busy)
Throughout the day and week I might place a blank card in front of one or two of letters.
As they come in or go out the door they have to tell me which letter is missing
or they have to unscramble the letters.
I might greet them with a scrambled sentence that 
they have to fix.
We can use an Expo pen (I usually use a black Expo pen but I took this picture at home) to make capitals and punctuation directly onto the vinyl.
Just be sure to erase soon so it doesn't become permanent!
I use question and exclamation marks too so that we can practice intonation.
Changing the picture cards as they come through the door makes it more fun for the kids.