Monday, January 26, 2015

Hey Diddle, Diddle Flipbook {Freebie}

I hope you have had a wonderful start back to school after Winter Break!  Overall, my new year has been going really well.  Last week, my school had a fire drill during Kindergarten lunch.  My class rocked it out!  It didn't even phase them to go to a different spot outside.  Proud teacher moment, for sure!

I want to share an activity that my Kinders completed last week.  Do you use nursery rhymes in your classroom?  Each week my bestie and I pick a nursery rhyme to focus on.  We use it to identify popcorn words, rhyming words, and to work on reading fluently with one-to-one correspondence.  On Friday, we put the nursery rhyme into our poetry journals and usually do a fun activity to go with it.  Well, two weeks ago our nursery rhyme was Hey Diddle, Diddle.  We started this project on Friday before the three day weekend, and finished it up last Tuesday {It took a smidge more time than we had planned for - oops!}

I love making flipbooks with my students!  Oddly, we hadn't made one yet this school year.  So, off I went to prepare a fun flipbook to go with Hey Diddle, Diddle.  First I folded a 12 X 18 sheet of construction paper lengthwise, measured out four sections of 4.5 inches each, and drew lines with my sharpie.  I then made copies of the nursery rhyme and matching pictures.

Each student was given a prepared piece of construction paper, a copy of the nursery rhyme, and a copy of the pictures.  The students first cut on the black line to make the flaps for their books.  They then colored the frames and pictures.  Once the frames and pictures were colored, the students cut them out and put them in order with the nursery rhyme on top of the flap and the picture under the flap.

I was so pleased with how they turned out!  They look great out our bulletin board in the hallway!

If you would like to make these Hey Diddle, Diddle flipbooks with your class, click on the picture below or go to my Freebies page.

I would love to hear what kind of activities you do in your classroom with nursery rhymes!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Top 10 Insta Pics of 2014 Linky

Do you Instagram?  I joined Instagram about a year and a half ago.  I added one picture of my son's Earth Day crafts for school.  About a week later, I added a couple more pictures from my classroom.  Months later I added a picture of my son going down a water slide.  To be perfectly honest, I had no idea what I was doing with Instagram.  The hashtag thing confused me to no end.  Well, I finally bit the bullet in about April and really started to add more photos.  I became a little more confident in my hashtagging (verb?).  Now, I don't know what I would do without it.  I find it to be so much fun to share my pictures and to check out other great teachers!

This morning I was looking over my blog feed and saw that Natalie from Teachery Tidbits started a fun linky about her top 10 Instagram pictures.  I decided to jump in on the fun!

I just put my binders together, and I'm ready to get organized! 
#organization #ihopethishelpsme #tpt #blog #lessonplans
 #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers

Sadly, I have not used these as much as I would have liked.  However, I plan to dust them off and get going again!

So my bestie ordered us some crayons for our classrooms, and they shorted us one box.
This is how they sent our one box of crayons. lol
#schoolsupplies #bts14 #teachersfollowteachers #teachersof instagram
A little overkill on the packaging, don't you think?

One of centers for this week is our picking apples letter tracing center.
Of course, it's even better when you get to use markers to trace the letters.
#handwriting #iteachtoo #iteachk #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram
My students loved this fun activity!

Save the Clock Tower!
#backtothefuture #delorean #teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram
We had the opportunity to go to a Delorean meet-up.  My son had an absolute blast!

I'm working on a new write the room activity for my students.  They just love this center!
#writetheroom #literacycenters #differentiation #teachersfollowteachers
#teachersofinstagram #iteachtoo #iteachk
I really started back up making activities for my students to do.  This was one of my favorites from this fall!

The real reason a teacher goes to Sam's Club.  Never mind all the stuff I
 needed for Thanksgiving, I needed this more!
#teachersfollowteachers #teachersofinstagram #iteachtoo

I just broke into the cardstock yesterday and haven't opened the laminating pouches yet.  I have them when I need them though!

This is my classroom theme for the upcoming school year.
I'm so excited!
#classroomtheme #iloveclipart #teachersofinstagram #teachersfollowteachers
I'm still excited about my classroom theme!  I love the colors and the birds!

My husband ad son ordered a Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  Love it!
#charliebrownchristmas #teachersfollowteachers #iteachtoo

Who doesn't love a Charlie Brown Christmas tree?

My son has Autism and uses a communication device at school.  On the right is his old
Galaxy Player with Sonoflex.  On the left is his new HTC with TalkTablet.
So much better!  I'm so excited for him!
#talktablet #autism #htc #teachersfollowteachers #iteachtoo

My son has used a communication device at school since he was 4 years old.  He started out with an iPod with Proloquo2Go.  He then went to the Galaxy Player with Sonoflex.  Now he has his HTC with TalkTablet.  By far, the HTC is the best device he has to date.  He only used it for about a week before Winter Break, but he was very happy with it.  His teacher was too!  I'm so proud of him!

Cute apple craft my students made yesterday.
@smittenwithfirst - Thanks for the great freebie!
#apples #fall #crafts #teachersfollowteachers #iteachtoo #iteachk

I just love how these cute little apples turned out!

Thanks for joining me for a little trip down Instagram memory lane.  I would love for you to follow me - @teachingissweet!

See you soon!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Winter Gifts for Parents and Students

Hi Bloggy friends!  It has again been about a month since I visited my little place on web.  The month of December has been busy, busy!  We had conferences the second week of the month.  I was so happy with how every single one of them went.  I have the best students and parents this year!

I wanted to share with you the gifts that my students made for their families.  My students made these before Winter Break for a holiday gift, but they would be great gifts even in January.  I found this great idea on Pinterest and thought it would be a perfect gift.  

We started off the process by painting the students' handprints with white paint.  After the paint dried, the students used markers to add hats, scarves, carrot noses, and coal eyes, mouths, and buttons.  Finally, the students added the poem to their papers.

When the gifts were finished, the students were given a manila envelope to decorate.  The students did a wonderful job decorating their envelopes.  Here are a couple examples of the great pictures that my students drew.

Once their envelopes were completed, I placed their snowman pictures into their envelopes and the students took them home.  I hope their families loved them as much as I did!

Well, I couldn't have my students give a gift to their families without giving them a gift from me.  I gave each student two books and a Smencil.  Instead of wrapping them, I purchased decorative Ziploc bags and put the gifts inside.  Easy peasy!

Speaking of gifts, my son asked Santa for the Let's Play School Kit from Lakeshore.  My son was not disappointed on Christmas morning.  He loves it!  I have to say I am kind of jealous.  I would have loved to have had this as a gift when I was a child!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are having a wonderful Winter Break!  See you soon!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know, I know.  I'm a horrible blogger! {again!} Someday I'll get this blogging regularly thing down.  Haha! 

Before time gets away from us and that other big holiday gets here, I wanted to share a few things that my Kinders made for Thanksgiving.

The first thing I wanted to share with you is our annual cornucopia family project.  At the beginning of the month, I sent home a packet that contained a template for a cornucopia and fruits/veggies.  My Kinders worked with their families to decorate and put them together.  This is one of my favorite projects every year.  I just love what my students came up with this year!

We also made these cute turkeys from Ms. Makinson again this year.  Love them!

My students have been loving making crowns this year, so I whipped up an "I am thankful" crown for them to make.  They turned out so cute!  I wish I could show you all their smiling faces with their crowns on, but here is an example of one of my Kinder's crowns.

One of my Kinders drew a picture of me on her crown.  So cute!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We had my husband's family over today and had a wonderful time.  We ended the afternoon with our family tradition of s'mores by the pool.  Yummy!  Do you have any Thanksgiving Day family traditions?  

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