Monday, May 25, 2015

End of the Year Gifts!

Hey bloggers!

I know many have already started their summer break, but I still have 5 more days! I wanted to post a few "End of the Year Gift" ideas.

This is what my little guy will be giving his daycare teachers. The books can be used in his room and in other rooms at the center. I tried to send some different age books.
Nail polish, Kisses, & Books

The following pictures are gifts that the teachers at my school received from our principal during Teacher Appreciation Week. They are all great ideas!

Movie Gift Card

Tote of Supplies
Pencils, Pens, Post-Its, Mini Notebook, Notepad

Wake Up Wednesday
Starbucks Giftcard, Mug

Thankful Thursday


At the end of the year, I always give my kids a little something too. I always give them a book. This year they are getting First Grade Friends Forever: Second Grade Rocks! Scholastic had it for $1 each!
This year I will also be giving them some chalk. I love this cute idea I saw over at My Sweet Sanity. Simple & sweet!

What are some of your favorite end of the year gifts??!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

It's starting to look a lot like spring!

Hey bloggers!

Our open house is coming up!  My bulletin board in the hallway is spring ready! I updated my borders & background. The background is wrapping paper from Target :)

Our hallway bulletin boards are required to have writing displayed on them. The picture above has their opinion writing pieces on it. This week I updated the board with their realistic fiction stories (below).

There are a few art projects below the board that we have been working on. The flowers are covered in tissue paper. The template for this craft came from Mess for Less. There is a free template on their blog!
The kids colored the flower template first. Then they cut it out and glued it onto construction paper. Then they cut it out again, leaving some of the construction paper border. Then they bunched up their tissue paper and glued it on. So simple and so cute!

The other project is a cute caterpillar! This project came from Buggy and Buddy. We got the sponges from the dollar store and already had paint at school. So that we could finish the project in one day, we had the kids do their sponge painting in the morning. Then it had time to dry so that they could cut it out, add their eyes, antennae, and legs in the afternoon. They turned out really cute too!

I also started a summer countdown right outside our classroom door. It's time.
This was taken a few days ago...we are actually down to 17 days now!

Tuesday was my student teacher's last day with us! We threw her a little party with a surprise gift. Over the last few weeks, the kids were bringing in supplies for her gift. They would drop them off with the school secretary before coming to the room in the morning. She ended up with some nice goodies!
I sent her to the office with a note for the secretary (it was a fake note-it just had an inside joke inside the note). While she was delivering the note, I told the kids to quickly clean up and that I was going to get her gift and we would surprise her when she got back. They were SO excited. I have never seen them clean up so quickly! When she came back, they were all standing around her gift and yelled surprise.
They loved watching her look through everything that they had brought in for her. There was even a class book that they had made for her.
Then we had some snacks and a dance party. Good times were had by all :)

Happy spring, everyone!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Where has the time gone?!

Hey bloggers!

Is it seriously already April?! This school year is flying! I can't believe we are already on spring break! Unfortunately, my husband and I have different spring breaks (his was last week). So that's a bummer. This is what my kitchen counter looked like when he was home alone with our little guy all week...
Seriously. that I have a little free time I can update you on the happenings in my classroom!

In math we have been working on measurement! The kids have been measuring pictures on paper and items around the room. So far they have been measuring with paperclips, unifex cubes, and mini erasers. Here is a picture of a measurement station that they worked on last week! This one they used erasers from the Target Dollar Spot.
And another picture using paperclips.

They have also been working on missing addends in math!
This activity can be found in my TpT store! The kids chose an equation card and used their blank 10 frame & mini erasers to find the missing number.

We also made some adorable bunny art projects. These are great for easter or just for spring in general! They traced the bunny template onto white construction paper, colored the ears pink, and then glued cotton balls all over the white parts! Then they colored the feet pink (I had these already printed and cut) and glued them onto the cotton. They glued a picture of their face into the center of the bunny's face as well. They turned out really cute :)

My school is connected to a junior high school in our district. The week before break, the junior high kids were having a competition among their "teams." The last few years they have let the elementary kids join in on the fun. We go to a few of their assemblies and get to participate in the games one day. The kids love it. Here are a few pics of the junior high kids helping our littles.
There were obstacle courses, leap frog competitions, relay races, and more. They had a blast!

AND, I totally missed the April Currently with Farley. So here ya go!

We have spent a lot of time in my room representing numbers in multiple ways...if you are looking for some extra practice with this, you can check out my Number Match Cards {they are free!}.

Have a great week!!

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