Thursday, January 8, 2015

Brrrr, it's cold

Hi friends!

The temps here in Illinois are freezing!...actually, they're worse than freezing. We went back to school after break on Monday & Tuesday. Then Wednesday and today were canceled because of the below zero temps. A decision hasn't been made about Friday yet, but we are still in a "wind chill advisory." So we will see!

What is it like by you??

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I think I can...I think I can...

Hey bloggers!

We are almost there...5 school days left! This school year is seriously flying. I'm fine with it. Here is what we have been up to lately!

Here is our main parent gift this year:
Snowmen Ornaments!
I have seen these all over the blog sites this year! I have seen them with fancy names on them, with earmuffs on them...but I'll be honest, I don't have time to add fancy names or hot glue earmuffs on to 26 ornaments. If it isn't something the kids can do themselves, we don't do it. These were super simple though! Here is what you need:
-clear, plastic ornaments (I got mine at Michael's)
-white & clear shred
-sharpie paint pens (black & orange)

I had my kids watch Frosty the Snowman while I called groups of kids back to make their own Frosty! They loved it.

We will also be making snowflake ornaments from popsicle sticks this week to send home as our second parent gift.

This is the gift that came home with my little guy from daycare! Love it of course :)

This is what I made my student teacher for Christmas:
A Teacher Clipboard!
 This one was pretty simple as well. What you will need:
-clipboard (I chose clear from Walmart)
-cutting machine (I used my Silhouette Cameo)
-adhesive vinyl
-Sticko letter stickers

I found some cute polka dot apple cut outs to use with my Cameo. I cut them on to red & green adhesive vinyl. I used the polka dots that came out of the apples for decorations around the apples on the board. I then used Sticko Letter stickers for the name on the back and the initial on the front. You could also use your cutting machine to cut letters out though. Then I tied the ribbon on to the front board clasp. It looks great! I added a few book too (Junie B Thanksgiving, Sneezy the Snowman, and Jingle Bells Homework smells.
 *If you use the Sticko letter stickers, BE CAREFUL. They are super sticky! It bothers me that the last letter in her name is lower than the rest, but it would have been impossible to remove without destroying it. So it stays!*

We have a full week this week. Our Christmas party is Thursday at the end of the day and then Friday we have "Literacy Day." The students are in mixed grade level groups (K-3) and they go to different classrooms for literacy activities! When they come to my group, they will be doing a word hunt mystery picture! It will be fun...because that day is also Pajama Day! I'm excited for that. It's also our Polar Express Day.

After we watch the movie (& enjoy our popcorn) the kids will get these great bells that I found in the Target Dollar Spot. Thank you , Target!

Speaking of Target, I have been searching stores and online for these "bundled up birds" ever since I saw another blogger post a picture of them in her house. They are ADORABLE. Well, my store was out of stock...and so was every other store within an hour of me! I have been checking the website every few days to see if they would be restocked. Today when I woke up, the website said my store had them in stock, so I jumped up and sped on over there!
I was so excited to get them home and get them up! They are too cute. The reindeer & mini ornaments are also from Target!

Have a great week!

Friday, December 5, 2014

{Five for Friday}

Hey bloggers!

It has been awhile since I have linked up with Doodle Bugs for a Five for Friday!
But, I'm back!

Here is what we have been up to this week in my classroom!
December is in full swing...all of the turkeys, scarecrows, and fall trees are down and the snowflakes, polar bears, and cups of hot cocoa are going up!

We started our polar bear non-fiction study this week. Before break, I let the kids vote on whether they wanted to learn about polar bears or penguins and the polar bears won!
 We started reading books and recording what we learned on Monday. This is our chart where we have been keeping track of things that we have learned about the polar bear. They are very interesting!

Today, we made a polar bear craft! It was super simple and the kids loved it! 
Things you need:
-polar bear template (I googled and found one online)
-blue construction paper
-shaving cream
-google eyes
I mixed equally parts Elmer's Glue and shaving cream. Then the kids used their fingers to spread the puffy paint mixture onto their polar bears. Then they added the google eyes. They were still drying at the end of the day today so I will have to take a final picture on Monday!

We also made some hot cocoa addition crafts this week!
What you need:
-construction paper (assorted colors)
-mug templates (I drew them on the construction paper for the kids to save time, but you could also have them trace the mugs themselves and cut them out)
I gave the kids a handful of marshmallows and let them make their own addition sentences (obviously they got a few extra when they were done to eat!). They turned out super cute and we have gotten many compliments!
Not school related-but I did finish up decorating my house for Christmas this week! I love it. I switched my Christmas decorations this year to a color theme-blue, green, purple, & pink. I love it!
I {LOVE} these reindeer on our mantle! They are from Target :)
I also attempted Christmas pictures with the little man, but he loved the tree too much to look at the camera! :)
Last, I found these awesome little bells in the Target dollar spot! They were 12 for $3. We watch the Polar Express every year and these will be perfect for Polar Express! I'm super excited :)

So there you have my 5! I'm so glad to have the first week of December out of the way! You can tell Christmas is inching are a few of my favorite December eCards :)
Have a great weekend!

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