It's been over a year since I last posted on my blog. This was on my to do list this summer. Didn't happen. I still have a week left of vacation so I thought I would join Doodlebugs linky party. A day late.
On Monday, panic set in. 2 weeks left of vacation and I haven't even been to the beach!! I only live 12 miles away, so there's no excuse! So I invited my niece and nephew and mom and off we went. The weather was great. We ate lunch on the pier and went for a 5 minute ride on the ferry. Such a nice day.
It has been so humid this summer. What better way to cool down that with some ice cream. Mint chocolate chip is my favorite but I decided to try strawberry banana. Mostly because there was no mint chip.
My vacation is almost over, so it's time to start getting things ready for the new year. I moved to a new classroom. I wasn't thrilled about moving rooms, this is my 3rd time in 2 years but it was a good move. I have 2 restrooms instead of one, I have a deep sink with a drinking fountain attached to it and the door opens out onto our playground, which is only for the TK class. Anyway, one of my projects was getting my 4 sided easel ready. It's a nice, big easel but needed lots of cleaning. Almost done. These are the "before" pictures.
I love Ebay. I spent lots of time browsing and buying mostly things for my class. I bought the whole series of Dinofour books by Steve Metzger. They're great for teaching social skills. I found some books that teachers have recommended. I bought some cartridges for my Cricut cutting machine, which I plan to use more this year. I joined a group on Facebook that shares ideas for using the Cricut Explore.
I'm obsessed with smashbooks, altered composition books, journaling and listing. This month I am doing a listing challenge. Everyday you have a prompt, like Things you are good at and then you list them. Do you like to make lists? You should try it. These listers also get very creative in making the books they use write their lists. Mine is going to be very simple. Journal cards, stamps, and stickers. If you have an Instagram account, check out #30daysoflists and see what it's all about.
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It's July already!! Can you believe it? This summer is going by too fast. Three weeks have already flown by. I haven't been doing too much but I am looking forward to a fun time with family on the 4th and then on to I Teach K in Vegas. Woohoo!
Anyway, July 1st means it's time to link up with Farley for this month's Currently. I don't do these every month and always need a "refresher" lesson.
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!
Here is what we made for our mommies.
My sister gave me the box of beads and my students have been having fun with them. We have used them for patterning, counting and working on fine motor skills.
One little sweetie asked if they could make bracelets for their moms. What a great idea! So that's what we did! We decorated small bags to put the bracelets in and made a card. I wish I would have taken pictures of those.
This is now going to be my annual Mother's Day gift. Very simple but very cute!
Halloween was last week but I wanted to share a few pictures of our day. We did not have a parade (jealous of everyone who had parades) but we did do a few activities.
One activity was the retelling of the book Big Pumpkin. I love this book, it's one of my favorite Halloween books. I bought some masks from Oriental Trading, got out my fake pumpkin and fake vine and we put on a little show. I read this book many times so the kids would be very familiar with it. As I mentioned, I love this book and I love the illustrations showing each character trying to pull the pumpkin off the vine. One of my little smartie pants burst my bubble as she yelled out, "why don't they just cut the vine with a knife?". Ummmmm.....cuz then we wouldn't have a story. She ended up playing the character of the witch and did a great job.
The cast of Big Pumpkin
We did the pumpkin activities and then we did a little graphing. Tiffani at Time 4 Kindergarten made a graph for Target's spooky fruit chews. The kids loved it and so did I. I love those fruit chews.
We watched a couple of Halloween shows, of course, and that was our day. Even though there were no costumes or party, it was still a wild and crazy day.
Wow! It has been so long since I last posted. Last year I didn't have much to post about, I was trying to adjust to a new grade level. First grade - it was REALLY HARD. Then I was enjoying my summer too much. Now a new school year has started and I am in a new grade level - Transitional Kindergarten. It's all very new but I am enjoying it. TK is considered the "gift of time" and I love that we are not stressing them out (or me) by pushing them to accomplish things they are not ready for. Hopefully that lasts and nobody decides to mess with it.
I am linking up with Farley for this month's Currently. I did my first one back in April and then couldn't remember how to do it!! Giving it another shot!
The down side to me getting the TK class was that I had to move schools. That was hard, I hated to leave my school. I really miss my old classroom. It was big with lots of windows, very bright. This new classroom is very small, only has 2 windows and has hardly any storage space so almost all my stuff is sitting in a huge pile in my backyard. Whenever I see dark clouds, I pray for no rain. My luck is going to run out soon.
I have no treats to give so I just told you what my favorite kind is. heehee.