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.
It's Father's Day and I wanted to blog about my amazing dad.
Growing up, he was the best dad and he's been such a great support to me since I began teaching. When I need my language arts and math books torn apart, he does them for me. When I need booklets made, he folds and staples for me. What ever I need built, he does it. He's posing with the dough stamp holders that he made for me. I bought the letter and number dough stamps from Lakeshore but I didn't want to buy the holders as they were a little pricey. So I showed him pictures and he built them for me. When I first began teaching, I needed some easels so he built 3 different kinds. A tall one to hold chart paper, a short one, with a chalk backing (it was a looong time ago, lol) for my big books. He even put dowels in the back so I could hang the books. He also built a wide, double sided easel one side he painted with magnetic paint and the other side I stapled flannel to use for retelling with my flannel pieces.
These aren't very good pictures but you can see the tall easel on the left and the backside of the smaller easel with all the dowels he put so I could hang the books for storage.
He's made pocket chart holders.
And he made 30 of these frames for me for a Christmas craft one year.
He rigged up some little contraption so that he could make them quickly and evenly.
When I got moved to a grade I wasn't too crazy about, his response was "We'll help you." Awww....sniff, sniff....
Happy Father's Day, Dad!!!! Thanks for your support and love.
Wow, Farley posted this a few hours ago and I am already late to the party! There were already over 100 linked up! So here's what's currently happening with me: so loving that I am on vacation but not loving that I still have to pack up my room!! Grrr.....
I had to move to 1st grade this year. It was rough. Not only did we get a new language arts series that was massive but we got rid of class size reduction for 1st and 2nd. We are now up to 32. I know, crazy, huh? I did LOTS of 1st grade blogstalking this year. Figured some things out. The hard way. I am working on a couple of things I will do differently and hopefully by August I will be ready to face my new class.
What's currently happening with you? Join the party and link up at Oh Boy 3rd Grade.
Yay. My summer vacation is almost here. 6 more days. I'm so excited So I'm joining the Summer Bucket List linky party. Here are the things I want to do before my summer kicks the bucket. Have you noticed how 10 weeks just fly by during the summer and draaaaaag during the school year?
1. Learn to use my Cricut. I mean REALLY use it. This has been on my list for the last two summers so hopefully this year it happens. I've been looking at my cartridges and saw all kinds of craftivities and decorations I could have made for my classroom.
2. Learn how to really use Word or Powerpoint or Pages so I can create my own classroom materials.
3. Make a fake cake out of paper mache boxes. I have had this idea for over a year. I have the boxes and the paint, I just need to sit down and DO IT.
4. Sew. I want to make an overnite bag out of some cute polka dot oilcloth I bought a few months ago.
5. Go through my Pinterest boards and see what I can start making for next year.
That's it. In between working on these projects, I will be laying around watching TV, seeing some movies, reading and getting together with friends.
What's on your summer bucket list? Click on the picture above and link up your list.