Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Santa Directed Draw

Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE doing directed drawing with my kiddos? With all the different artistic ability levels, they always turn out so darn cute!

Merry CHRISTmas! :o)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Silence for Sandy Hook Elementary

Friday, December 7, 2012

Random Updates

Here's a peek at a few things we've been up to...

Dog's Colorful Day
SUCH a fun story! The kids LOVED sequencing, numbering, and coloring his spots as we reread it.

Hands & Feet Rudolph
One of my absolute favorite projects all year. They just turn out so darn cute!

Snowmen at Christmas
This story is about what the snowmen do at night while we're sleeping to prepare for Christmas. The kids brainstormed and wrote about different things they think the snowmen do at night. We then, of course, had to do a fun pinterest inspired craft to go along with our writing prompt (found here and here).
...drive tractors

...sleep with me

...go to the barn

...go to the park

...play football

...go to the school

...look at the snowflakes

...kick balls

...went to a party

...fly around

...went to a party

...come alive and push the snow on the grass

It's hard to tell, but we used pipecleaners for the arms since crayon wouldn't show up on the black paper. I thought about having them arms out of construction paper, but we would have lost many snowman fingers in the process! Naturally, some kids followed directions better than others...their scarves were supposed to have a pattern on them and the snowflakes were only supposed to have dots of glitter glue in the center of them. Still, they turned out great, and I will do this again!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful Turkeys

We just finished up our ELA unit about friendship, so I had the kiddos create turkeys telling why they are thankful for their friends. They turned out pretty cute, and some even had really good answers!

This one is my favorite! "If we didn't have them [friends], we would be lonely at school."

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election Day (a day late...)

A day late but posted nonetheless! Here are some photos of our presidential mini-unit. The kids were so excited to vote and watch the news in the morning to see if their prediction was correct. They came in telling me they were right this morning with huge smiles on their faces. Some of them were even lucky enough to go vote with their parents yesterday (possibly because I encouraged them to nag...I mean ask...their parents if they could tag along). :o)

We read Madam President by Lane Smith and My Teacher for President by Kay Winters, we visited the Scholastic sites for each candidate, and we read our Election Day Scholastic News and watched the mini video that accompanied it. We also made some pretty cute "I Voted!" headbands/hats, but I forgot to snap some photos of that. I just love what some of them would do if they were the president...too cute!

From Rachelle Smith's Presdient's Day Unit

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Four Seasons Craftivity

A few weeks ago we read Arnold's Apple Tree, and I had the kids tell me how to draw the trees from each season as we read the book. We've been discussing and learning about the four seasons since then. We did booklets, and now the big finale...painting! Yes, I got out the paint, and the kids did GREAT! We used Q-tips instead of paint brushes, and we were SUPPOSED to just do little dots. As you can see, some of us forgot and got carried away.