Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Earth Day

Here are some of the fun craftivities we did last week for Earth day. 

The kids always love making the earths; they think it is just so cool how the marker colors bleed together when I spray their filter.
I can help the earth by...turning the water off, recycling.

I can help the earth by planting trees.

I can help the earth by...recycling batteries.

I can help the earth by...turning off the water.

I can help the earth by...I will turn off the lights.

I can help the earth by...I could throw away bottles.

They completed the Lorax activities with substitute teachers while I was out, but they still turned out pretty good! I always get a little nervous when I'm not there to walk them through something since I have my own particular way I go through things, you know how that is (right? I can't be the only one with a touch of OCD.).
...picking up trash so you can toss away bottles you can toss away bottles.

...not cut down trees. Picking up trash.

...recycle and help clean up.

...I would ride my bike. Riding the bus.

...recycling newspapers, recycling cans, throwing trash away, not cutting trees down, not wasting electricity.

...I will not cut down trees. I will turn off lights.

We also started reading and learning about the parts of a plant this week. I can't wait until Friday! We'll be doing one of my favorite crafts; you can find last year's version here.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spring Cleaning

Here is the sad/embarrassing before photo of my desk:
Please disregard the oldness and well-lovedness of this desk...perhaps that's why it's so messy?  To cover all the worn spots? 

I got some inspiration from a pin of Miss Kindergarten's desk redo. You can check hers out here. I, however, couldn't find a file box like hers, so I ended up with a tote one (and tucked the handles inside). I think it will work out even better than planned because I can easily grab it and bring it home when needed!
I was pretty stoked that I successfully consolidated my plans down to 1 page from 2...tiny handwriting is a MUST!

Files: next week, to do, to copy, to file, pacing charts, & communication

So far, I'm pretty pleased with my desk if I could just keep it looking nice and organized!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Pete the Cat Update!

I was just browsing Amazon in order to buy Pete the Cat for a baby shower gift, and guess what I found! Pete the Cat Saves Christmas will be released September 25th! I'm so excited!! So, now we get a new release in May (Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons) AND September.

Is anyone else's Amazon Associates gadget thing not working? I couldn't search or add images to this post. :o(

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Here are some photos of our scrambled egg centers and other Easter themed centers in action! If you'd like some of the recording sheets, check out this post.

Scrambled Egg Subtraction

Scrambled Egg Sight Words

From The Moffatt Girls

From Growing Kinders (we'll do 2 letters/week for the rest of the year)

We also made boo boo bunnies again this year, and they turned out so darn cute! This is one of my favorite crafts, and the kids absolutely LOVE that they have their own stuffy to take home with them. To see directions on how to make your own bunny, check out my post from last year--it works great.

Happy Easter (and happy spring break to me!)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

April Currently

It's that time again! Here's my April currently; head on over to Oh Boy 4th Grade to link up! I always enjoy reading everybody else's currently...what a fun idea.