Sunday, May 27, 2012

Last Week of School 2011 - 2012

Wow, our last week of school!!  I can honestly say, we worked hard getting to this week!  Monday, we had to finish up all our placemats.  (They really aren't placemats, but they are laminated pictures since the beginning of the school year.)  We start out with a beginning of school picture, and usually at the beginning of each month we took another picture of each child. We try real hard to take the end of the school year picture at the same place as the beginning of the school year, so you can visually see how much the children grow.  It's a neat project, just time consuming at the end of the school year when we rubber cement all the pictures then laminate them. 

We also started a Spanish Coloring Sheet folder at the beginning of the school year.  Sometimes, there are a few kiddos that miss coloring their pictures, so we have to catch those up.  Melissa is pretty awesome at keeping up with those!!

This year, we also tried our hands at an "All About Me" Book.  This book was a little work as well. I believe it was well worth it by the end of the school year!

We gave the kiddos some sidewalk chalk, some bubbles, and a cd of the music we use in our classroom.  For Mom and Dad, we gave them a cd copy of all the pictures that we took during our school year!! This way, if we take a favorite picture, it can be copied or printed on a picture machine!

We had a lot of goodies for everyone as we said our goodbyes to our classroom!!  What a sad and happy time of year.  We truly don't like goodbyes, but it is such a pleasure to send our kiddos off to the "Big Kid" class! This means we have had a very successful school year.

Thursday, May 17, 2012, our last day of school! What a day!!! I'd like to give a big shout out to some of our Parents, Mrs. Raber, Mrs. Littlefield, Mrs. Hatcher, Mrs. Carter, and Mrs. Hiltz.  These ladies have truly been there for us when we needed them.  They have watched our classroom so we can attend "Big Kid" Programs and especially Kindergarten Graduation.  None have complained when we took off our teacher hats and put on our Gramma and Aunt hats to be there for family! (My Granddaughters!) We can't thank you enough!!!

We started this day with Kindergarten Graduation.  I cried! It's hard to believe, my little granddaughter has graduated kindergarten and is moving on to big school!  Graduation was beautiful! Thank you to Mrs. Williford and Mrs. Preast for a terrific kindergarten experience!

Getting back to the classroom, we said our goodbyes to the kiddos then Lakendra and I headed towards North Carolina, for my mom had surgery the day before.  I'm still in I type my blog!
We will go home next week!!

I wanted to take the time to officially say good-bye to our students and to welcome our new students for Summer Fun! Summer Fun begins on Monday, June 4th! I probably won't blog again, till the weekend of Summer Fun!

Blessings until then!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mother's Day Week!

Oh what fun we had this week!! Busy, Oh YEAH! But way worth the time and effort that it took to get through this week with success!!  Even through all the fun, it's still in the back of my head that next week is our very last week of school for this school year! Of course, we still have plenty to do and hope and Pray we get it all finished!!  :)

Oh yeah, back to what we did this week!  (So easily side tracked!) This week, was all about .. Mom! I have to admit, we started taking pictures and getting things prepared for this week, so they would be ready to send home.  There were a few days, I stayed a little after work, to make sure some of the busy stuff got finished!

On Monday, we asked the kiddos questions about their mom.  They answered as honestly as they could!  :)  When asked how old mom was, one little guy said, "Oh my Mom is really old, because Daddy said so! She's 10 years old!" Now we hope we didn't get dad put in the doghouse, with that comment!!  They colored the side that said, I Love You!

On Tuesday, we made a Loopy Flower.  I saw this on Pinterest, but as a bulletin board display! We just individualized it! We had the children paint an entire sheet of white construction paper using sparkly yellow finger paint.  When it dried, I cut into strips and then made a flower design with the loops.  We stamped handprints using the green stamp pad for the leaves to the flower and had a construction paper stem.  We added a flower poem.  We used a picture that we took and placed it in the center of the flower! It was adorable!  The Flower Poem: I am your little flower, Mom     Please help me grow and bloom;    Take the weeds, but leave the roots     And give me lots of room.    (Next Verse)  Mom, you are my gardener;     My sunshine and my rain        Too much will make me wither     With enough, I'll bloom again.        (Next Verse)   I am your little flower, Mom       I'm different from the rest;      Don't pick me Mom, just help me grow          To be my very best.

For Wednesday, we stamped everyone's handprint onto a pretty printed computer paper that was picked up at Big Lots for $1.00.  The top read.. This is the hand you dearly hold while I'm only 3 years old!

Thursday, I had cut out some card stock in 8X10 Rectangles (in case mommy wanted to frame it) and we made the fingerprint flower. I think it may be a hyacinth. We used the three fingers for the leaves, then drew up a stem and then place purple fingerprints up the stem then back down the other side.  Previously, I took pictures of the kiddos with their moms.  We placed the picture in the picture frame and at the top, I had typed up "My Mom is the Greatest!" (Next Line) I typed, Happy Mother's Day, Mommy, I love you!! The bottom of the frame, we placed the year.

We laminated as much as we could so it would last!  Everything was so cute, we made sure every child got every craft for the week. The only problem we had was when a couple kiddos didn't make it to school.  You might so, that's no big deal, but, at our school, I have children that come 1 day a week, 2 days a week, 3, 4, and then 5 days!  Believe me, some days was definitely a challenge!

Friday, if you recall, is a different kind of day for us.  We combine younger twos with older twos with older twos.  Of course, by now, most of them are 3, there are still a few that are 2.  Last Friday, we traced as many footprints as possible, by today, we had everyone's footprint with the exception of two children.  Not so bad! We quickly traced their feet and cut them out. We carefully taped them down to a piece of card stock (I didn't cut it to size for a frame) The kiddos painted all over their footprints with pink, yellow, and green paint.  I lifted up the footprints to have them show up on the cardstock white! (Now mind you, with little kiddos, they weren't perfect and some paint got into where it wasn't suppose to be, which was expected!) For the most, they did an awesome job! At the top, I typed up  "Please walk slower, Mommy," said a child so small. "I'm walking in your footsteps and I don't want to fall!" At the bottom, I had typed up Happy Mother's Day and the class and year. This actually turned out better than I expected.  Our Mommies LOVED all their precious little treasures!!

In all, we wrapped up an AWESOME week!! Everyone left happy, which made us happy!
Until next week...  Blessings and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all of you!!!!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Catch Up Week at School

I'm getting here kinda late tonight.. What a busy busy schedule!!  This week, at school, we had a catch up week.

We caught up on that train project, and a couple of the bus projects.  We also got mostly caught up on our Spanish Folders that we have worked on all year.  We decided what we were going to do for Mother's Day Projects and we took pictures this week.  Lots of pictures!!  It's so hard for me to believe that we will be out of school in just 9 more short days!!!
We still have one more project to catch up on, and next week will be all about Mom!!

I only have a new train picture to post this week and our Sombrero we made on Friday, in honor of Cinco de Mayo!

Next week, we will be back in the swing of things and have some cool Mother's Day Stuff to post!  We won't have any crafts the last week of school, for kiddos all come and go on different days.

I won't have anything to blog nor post til our Summer Class starts on Monday, June 4th!!  Actually, that's not entirely true... Summer Classes start June 4th and we only work 3 days a week.  Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  I really won't have anything to post until either Thursday, June 7th or Friday, June 8th!!!  That's a long time to go!!

Here's this year's picture of our train  project:

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Here's our Sombrero.  The kiddos had some fun applying glue stick glue and putting the pom poms on the edge.  It's not exactly like the original post, but, with my free hand pattern, it was definitely my best!!

Have an awesome week!! Happy Early Mother's Day to all that apply!!  :)