Friday, May 27, 2011

Grandparent's Day Tissue Paper Hats

It has been tradition for many years to make tissue paper hats with our grandparents.  I tried to take pictures of each step to share.  I believe some of you creative teachers might make these hats out of newspaper - too messy!  Some parents even keep the the hats stored away until their child graduates from high school to set out at his/her graduation party.  

Step 1 - two pieces of tissue paper crossed

Step 2 - two pieces of newsprint paper crossed

Step 3 - two more pieces of tissue paper crossed

Step 4 - One person holds the paper over the child's while the other person wraps tape around three times just above the ears.  Make sure to tell the students that it will only take a couple of seconds, it will be dark, and you will hear loud crinkly sounds. 

Step 5 - The grandparents and grandchild decorate the hats together.

Step 6 - the students get to wear their creative hats!

We will have a parade at the end of grandparent's day so all the students will be able to show off their special hats they made with their grandparents.


Grandparent's Day Hand Print Poem

I used to always use a solid paint color or stamp to add the hand print to the Grandparent's poem.  This year, I copied Ms. Dickinsen's way of doing it and I LOVE IT!  My teaching partners are so creative!   


Sunshine End Of The Year Bullentin Board


Revolving Reading Corner

The blog "Differentiation Daily" has spot lighted my Revolving Reading Corner I shared on my blog.  Thank you so much!   I am posting the 2 comments that were left on the post because it makes me SMILE!  
Post 1
I am lucky enough to have Mrs. Osterman as my best friend. She is an AmAzInG educator. I met Amber her first year teaching (and was lucky enought to be her mentor), and she blew me out of the water with her talent for the art of teaching. Her passion for educating our youth in the most spectacular and creative ways is fabulous. I love visiting her classroom and watching her teach. I am making the move from 5th grade to Kindergarten after 25 years of teaching. Can you guess who my new mentor is going to be???
Post 2
You are KIDDING? Wow– I am so glad you found us and this post! You can tell Mrs. Osterman that it is one of the most popular posts on the site so far. Your comment is so sweet– sounds like you are a wonderful team.


Graduation Kids

Have you check out the blog - Peace, Love, And Kindergarten yet?  If you have not seen their blog, here is one reason why to check it out.  I couldn't help but make these adorable "Graduation Kids" they shared.  What a nice project to end the year with!


Father's Day Gift

Our Father's Day gifts went home today and I think they turned out so cute.  The students made a calendar for their dads to hang somewhere special.  (Probably in the garage).  First, the students colored a picture about something special they like to do with their dads.  Then I laminated it to a sheet of construction paper of their choice.  I copied off a calendar from D.J. Inkers and stapled on the laminated construction paper.  Easy Cheesy!  


Sunday, May 22, 2011

A Little Bit of THIS and A Little Bit of THAT

Just spent the weekend with my best friend who has taught 5th grade for 25 years and was told she is going to kindergarten next year.  Wahoo for me - Bahoo for her!  I can't wait to "teach" her everything I have learned in the past 6 years.  She was an AMAZING 5th grade teacher and I know she will learn to enjoy the challenges ahead and singing all day long!  HE HE HE 

As I was doing my weekend cleaning today I couldn't help but think....I need a new vaccum, I could use a dish washer, how do I wash the outside windows in our new home, the worst thing in the world to do is put away laundry, etc.  Too bad I didn't make enough money as a teacher to hire a maid!  

While my 2 year old son was playing with a frog we found - I decided to get a little blog time out of my system.  I can't help but share what I found.  Kreative in Kindergarten posted her favorites of the year in a smilebox show.  LOVE IT!  We have 9 more days of school left, and I will be posting my favorites of the year soon! 

Finally....why can't my college credit course be as much fun as blog surfing!?!


Friday, May 6, 2011

Mother's Day Gift - Mommy's Notes

I don't know how many times I am looking for a scrap piece of paper to write a grocery list or phone number on.  I found this idea and I had to try it with my students. 

I cut a 8 1/2 piece of white paper in to 4s.  On each sheet, I added a different font at the top that said - Mommy's Notes.  I had my students write their name and do a little art at the end of each piece of paper.  I copied their work onto colored paper, cut it back into 4s, and tied a bow around it.  I am also sending a note home with the master so that the moms can go make more note paper at a copy business.  I am going to do this next year, too.  They turned out very cute!  I will attach a couple of pictures.  I will put my parent note on my teacher website. 

 If you have any questions, please let me know! 


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Thank You!

I would like to THANK everyone who attended my T-H-E-M-E-S Rock session at the Early Childhood Conference at UW-Stout.  What a great turn out and many good laughs!  I hope everyone was able to walk away with at least one new idea to use in their classroom.  I will be posting the session handout, rainbow hair poem, and tea pot master on my shutterfly website on Monday night.  I can't wait to see you ALL next year!  You are "ROCK STAR" educators!!! 

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