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?  

Friday, October 31, 2014

Five for Friday - Halloween Style

It's been quite a few weeks since I've posted anything, so I thought a little Five for Friday with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching was a good way to jump right back into things. 

We started up math centers a few weeks ago, and my students are loving them!

We have been working hard on our color words lately.  My Kinders completed this color words skills sheet and then played a color words matching game.  

I am so proud of my Kinders.  They are working so hard at sounding out unknown words!  One of my Kinders completed this during literacy center time.

Today is Nevada Day, so we celebrated Halloween yesterday with a costume parade and party.  My Kinders had such a great time!  We played lots of fun games like mummy bowling, spider web splat, pumpkin ring toss, and tape the ghost to the Haunted House.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the cute ghosts for the game.

It's always a nice reminder why we do what we do.  Our students are the reason we are teachers.  All the "stuff" we are required to do is secondary.  I got this reminder just when I needed it.  Funny how that happens, huh?

Thanks for joining me for my Five for Friday!  Hope you had a great Halloween!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Peek at My Week - Fire Safety

I am linking up with DeeDee for my very first Peek at My Week post.  I cannot guarantee that I will do this every week, but I hope to do it often.

Click on the pictures below to see what my plans are for this week.  If there is a cover page, there is a link to direct you to the product.  If there is not, it's either something that I have made for my class or something that has been in my files for years, and I'm not sure where I got it. {If it's yours, please let me know.}

Of course, this doesn't include the earthquake drill that I'm sure we'll have tomorrow.  We had a small earthquake here in Las Vegas this morning.  I have never been through an earthquake before, so it was quite the experience!

Have a great week!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Five For Friday {On Saturday, Of Course}

If you have been a follower for any amount of time, you may know that I love linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five For Friday.  You also know that I am usually a smidge late when doing so. That's ok though.  Better late than never!

Last week I read Apple Trouble! to my students.  When we were finished, we talked about other things that the hedgehog could get stuck in his quills.  I then did a directed drawing of the hedgehog with my students.   Before we colored our pictures, we drew a picture of something that could have gotten stuck on hedgehog's back.  The pictures turned out so cute!

On Thursday, we made these super cute apples.  Thanks Michelle for the freebie!

I am in love with my new Fall bulletin board!  For the tree craft, students were given a 3 x 12 piece of brown paper.  They folded the paper and cut it half.  The students then cut one of those pieces into three parts.  Then, they glued the uncut piece to represent the the trunk onto a white piece of paper and glued the three cut pieces to represent the branches of the tree.  The students finally used a q-tip and paint to make leaves on the tree and ground.  For the leaves, I cut out leaf frames on my Silhouette and stapled the frames to white construction paper.  Students used their thumbs to paint inside the frame.  When the paint dried, I cut around the edges of the leaves. 

I was looking for a fun way to review rhyming words, and I couldn't quite find what I was looking for.  So what does a teacher do when they can't find what they are looking for?  Why, make it of course.  I made a Rhyming Bingo game for my students to play that they just love!  On the first day, they colored the pictures, and then picked sixteen pictures to be on their board.   The next day, we played many games of Rhyming Bingo.  They loved shouting out "Bingo!".  If you are wanting to Rhyming Bingo with your students, it is a freebie in my Teachers Pay Teachers store

On a very noneducational note, I bought a new car last week!  I hate the car buying process with a passion, but I am loving having my new car {You should read my husband's Yelp review.  It's not pretty.  haha}  I got a 2015 Mazda CX-5.  It has a lot of bells and whistles that are new to me.  Loving the backup camera and the blind spot thingamajig (trust me - real word) on the side mirrors.  Last Sunday, I was driving somewhere and it beeped at me.  I told my husband it beeped at me for no reason, and he said there had to be a reason.  lol  Guess I should check out the manual.  :)

Thanks for joining me for my Five For Friday {On Saturday}!  Have a great rest of the weekend!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Make Your Own Spinners - A Tutorial

Last night, I posted this picture on Instagram.  Someone requested that I share how I made these fun spinners that I made to practice color words.  Warning:  This post is very picture heavy.  :)  {I'm showing a new spinner that I am made for a 3D shapes game I'm in the process of making.  The color words spinner was made using the exact same process.}

I started by opening up PowerPoint and making a 5x5 inch square for the base of the spinner.  I then filled it with an orange digital paper.  

Next, I added two different fraction circles and sized them to 4.5 x 4.5 inches.  Each fraction circle had four different sections.   {Please note that you can find fraction circle clip art on Teachers Pay Teachers if you want more or less sections.}

Next, I filled one of the circles with a color and made sure the other had no fill.

Then, I placed the circle with no fill on top of the colored circle and grouped them.

Finally, I placed the circle on top of the square base and added the information I wanted on my spinner.

I was finished with my spinner in PowerPoint, so I printed it off, laminated it and cut it out.

Now that the spinner is made and printed out, you can do one of two things.  The first thing you can do is use the trusted pencil and paperclip trick that we all know and love deal with.  {Thanks to my son for demonstrating this.}

The other way is my preferred way - using game spinners.  The spinners I am using are a few years old.  I bought them from Really Good Stuff, but I looked tonight and they are no longer available.

However, I did find some spinners on Amazon if you are interested.  {Click the picture to check them out.}

Ok, back to my project.  I grabbed my trusty Cropodile from my scrapbooking room to punch out the middle of the card to place the spinner.  I put one hole in the middle and then punched around that hole until it was large enough for the back to go through.

I then placed the top of the spinner onto the back and tried it out.  {My husband was very proud of his picture of the spinner spinning.  ;)  }

I hope you enjoyed my little process of how I made my spinners.  I know there are tons of great spinner games on Teachers Pay Teachers, but sometimes you need one that's not available.  I highly recommend you try making your own sometime.  It's definitely worth the effort.  My Kinders loved using the color words spinners today during literacy centers!

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