Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fourth of July

I know it isn't quite the Fourth of July! Heck it isn't even July yet!  At school, we celebrated our Fourth of July this week! For next week, the actual date, we are out of school!  This week was busy for the entire school.  On Sunday, Lakendra was asked to create some posters for the annual Fourth of July Parade! She was so proud to make those poster signs! She created three different ones.  She had a little help with the glitter part and some spelling. For the most she found what she wanted to do. She found a picture on Pinterest of handprint fireworks, and she went to work!

The week before, we took pictures of the kiddos.  (I know, we LOVE picture crafts and have found the parents do too! When you can get 16 photos for $1.00, why not??  At CVS, you can create a collage of 4 different pictures that are 2 inches by 3 inches.  We use this size a lot, you can also get 2 pictures on one 4X6 photo sheet.  You still get only charged for 1 picture.  LOVE IT!
With our photo craft, we also painted the children's hands in the form of the flag.  We put everything on printed paper from Wal-Mart! It was awesome!! I made sure to have photos of each child, most come different days, so we started the handprints on Monday in hopes to have everyone done by Thursday! All were done, with the exception of twin boys that had been sick and their mom decided to keep them home.  We will catch them up when they get back in school.  (It was too cute of a project for the two of them to miss!) Of course, we laminated this project.

Wednesday, we gave the kiddos some stripes and we gave them some stars that we punched out and had them make a stars and stripes collage.  Now, we didn't expect them to actually look like the American Flag, but we did use white construction paper as the background and gave them red stripes with some red and blue stars.  We did our little magic with a cute little poem that I created.  I used the stars and stripes font and randomly chose words from the poem turning them either blue or red. AWESOME!!

The picture of this poem is a little hard to read, it says: It's not just red or white or blue; It's our pride and joy too!; The stripes are there for me and you; The stripes are there for me and you.; It all comes together, for it's true.; The beautiful stars just make it right.; Oh my goodness, what a sight!

Thursday, the Big kids of the school had their parade.  We got to go out to the curb in the school parking lot.  Very safe, I promise! We cheered the big kids on! Our little class really enjoyed it! After the parade, we went in and had freeze pops!!

Before the parade, we made handprint fireworks.  I found the original pattern on Pinterest! From previous years of teaching, I have created a HUGE notebook with themed crafts, fingerplays, poems, and songs.  Glory behold there was a song about fireworks that was sang to the tune of "Row Row Row Your Boat"! I can honestly say, these were sooo cute!

We are off work next week.  I will take a break from the blogging and picture taking! But one thing for sure, I will be back!!  :)

Before I go, I'd like to give a shout out to Melissa! She will celebrate her 28th Birthday on Tuesday, July 3rd! I love working with you Melissa but most of all, I'm so proud to be your Mom!!

Happy Safe and Fun Fourth of July! Happy Birthday, Melissa and you too USA!

Many Blessings,
Sherry :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Butterflies & Bugs

This week was bug/butterfly week at school.  I'm really ready to get back to school for regular days.  Three days just isn't enough to satisfy classroom needs! I really love my job and love being in the classroom.  I won't complain, for I am grateful for even the three or four days that I am there during the summer too!

On Monday, we made shoe print butterflies!  These were cute and awesome!  Of course, we had to laminate these for safe keeping!! We had the children take their shoes off and we rubbed crayons on a sheet of construction paper over the shoes.  Some of the children had some pretty interesting shoe prints! Monday morning I put my brain to work and came up with the shoe print butterfly poem.  (Of course on Thursday, while making lunch, I found Miya's that we made last year, with a different poem that we came up with!! Nothing like racking your brain first thing on a Monday Morning!!) I will include both poems.  I believe Melissa came up with the one from last year.  We both LOVE creating little poems to accommodate our crafts!

The poem from last year is: It's not just a butterfly you see; It's very special made by me! The wings that fly in the sky of blue; are only prints made from my shoe!  

On Wednesday, we made a firefly.  This didn't turn out as cute as I had hoped, but the kids had a lot of fun painting the bodies and glittering the tail lights!  We just used aluminum foil for the wings.  I found this template on line, but for the life of me, I can't remember from where.  I think I may have found it on Pinterest. I think what I would do next year, is give the bodies more color! I think they are a little bland.  I can say, they definitely have personality!!! The fire fly song was found online!

Thursday, we had the kiddos paint some fly swatter prints.  Then they stamped on some bugs and some fingerprints, which Melissa turned into bugs!  This was pretty cute. The fly swatter painting came from an idea from Pinterest.  The bugs and such to the craft, Melissa and I decided to add.

Next week, we will work on fourth of July items!!  There is just no telling what we will come up with!!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Week Before Father's Day Sunday

I'd like to dedicate this post to my own Dad! My daddy went to be with Jesus and received his Angel Wings on June 19, 2001.  He was a good man, and I vowed to try and live up to his expectations and be like him.  Oh I know there were days I slipped, but, I know He guided me back to where I need to be!

We were so busy at school this week.  (Honestly, even some of last week, it's when we started our crafts. One reason for starting this, was we had one child that wasn't going to be at school this week, and we really didn't want to leave him nor his dad out on Father's Day items!)  We just got an early start and had his things completed last week.  The bucket loads of rain that we had last week, allowed us to get this done without taking away from the other kiddos in class!

We had a few things already chosen for our items, but, I'm gonna say, Pinterest just had more! Instead of replacing them, we added to our list!!!

The first thing we did, was to take pictures of each child.  I really started this on the first day of school last week.  I wanted to make sure I had plenty time to get every child in the class.  (We only have 15, and I knew it wouldn't be too difficult, but I really like being prepared!) had some really cool Father's Day Poems and templates.  I printed up a handprint one that also talked about smiles.  We attached the picture in the corner, with the poem to it's side and put handprints on the bottom of the page.  We will call this one Project 1.  This particular craft was also geared to a couple of our Granddads that play a very important role to kiddos in our room.  We made one for Grandpa and one for Dad! (Not for everyone, just the Grampas we see at school almost every single day!)

We also had the children color some "suppose to be" blue ribbons.  They chose their own colors and we backed the award ribbon on blue after we cut it out.  This will be Project 2.

Now, you know, you can't have handprints without footprints!  I found a while back a poem about Daddy's Role.  I'm not sure where I found it, but, I know it was online.  I did retype the poem to switch the words he/she; him/her to keep things personal.  It's not that hard to figure how many girls and how many boys that need the particular poem.  Although the first time we did it this week.  Melissa didn't read the poem and placed a girl's foot print on a boy's poem.  Oh well, it wasn't that hard to restamp the foot onto the right poem and make another copy!! We will call this, Project 3.

Years ago, I found a little questionnaire. It said at the top: "What I Know About My Daddy".  I may have found this online or in a project book.  I'm really not sure where.  I keep a notebook of my crafts and this was in the notebook.  (When you teach for nearly 20 years, you learn real quick to save stuff to notebooks in page protectors!!) Secretly, we asked each child the set of questions.  This year, you would have thought we asked in front of each other, because even being days apart before we could catch each child, they almost all said their daddy's were as handsome as a cow! Now I guess in the mind of a 2 year old and some 3 year olds, cows must be the most handsome animal!!  Other than the thing that made them laugh the most was daddy tickling them, most had different and quite interesting answers!!  This is one of our favorite things to do, because no matter what age, it's just plain cute!! We had them color the fishing clipart, with their choice of colors!  We did refrain from a lot of black, because you just can't see the pictures sometimes when they color hard.  This will be called Project 4.

I think I found in an art project book, a toilet paper roll covered or painted red and made to resemble a stick of dynamite! (We chose to cover ours with red construction paper.)  I used a smoke font, and typed up: One Dynamite Dad.  I was able to fit two of these on a page.  Somewhere online I found a list of treats for dad.  Beside each treat there was pun to go with it.  We made a copy of the "treat" list and stapled it to the sandwich bag which contained the treats.  We then placed the treats inside each toilet paper roll.  This project was kinda a double project in itself.  This too, we catered to the two Granpas! I just retyped the Dad word and personalized it to what the two boys called their Granpas.  One was Pop and the other was Papa.  That wasn't too awful hard, just a little tiny work on my part.  I also made sure the bag of treats said, "Treats for Pop" and "Treats for Papa" I didn't want them to get stuff that said, "Dad!" However it did say Happy Father's Day!  This would be Project 5!

I mentioned earlier, that thanks to Pinterest, we added a project. I saw where a mom had dipped dad's shoe in paint then placed her child's footprint inside the shoe print.  I thought this was just precious! Not all mom's came through for me, so I think I had three children that didn't get this craft.  No, I didn't dip dad's shoe in paint or ask the mom's to do it.  I simplified it just a little.  I had mom or child, either bring in one of dad's shoes or just trace around one at home.  Some brought in traced shoes and a couple brought in actual shoes.  Now one of my Grampas said, "Oh, and we have a shoe for you! I'm not real sure why we needed to bring in just one of Dad's shoes, but, we have it!" I looked at him and said, "Oh THAT is AWESOME! It's just what we need!" Then I told him, sometimes, I'd like to be a fly on the wall or even a person of interest looking in our windows, because there is absolutely NO TELLING, what we may request or what compromising position one may see.  He laughed and went on his way.  Probably more confused than when he came.  We made sure dads got all their shoes back.  We retraced all shoes on the same paper and had the kiddos paint them.  We cut the prints out.  On another sheet of paper, we stamped the children's feet that  brought in a shoe or print of one.  We then glued Dad's shoe onto a large piece of construction paper. Then we placed that tiny stamped foot in the middle of dad's.  Again, on the site, there it was! The same Footprint poem that was used on the Pinterest Pin! This time, I copied the template in black and white (the handprint one, I copied in color, I wanted them a little different!) We had the children color the little foot print border that came with the copy (again, their choice of colors) and placed the poem to the side of the daddy and child footprint!  I wrote on top of the poem on the construction paper: Happy Father's Day, Daddy! I love you! Placing the child's name underneath I love you.  On the bottom of the shoe/foot prints, I wrote on the Construction Paper: June 2012.  This would be Project 6! This, I can honestly say is where we stopped! I'm sure we could have just skipped the "Under the Sea" theme and just started out with Father's Day items! We could have easily added a few more projects!  :)  Oh how I love saved projects and the internet!!

We have access to lamination at work. We decided to laminate all our projects for safe keeping. Oops, we didn't laminate the dynamite! That would have made it even harder to keep it on the rolls! We probably didn't do these projects in the same exact order that I posted, because, with kiddos coming different days, we couldn't do one specific item on a certain day.  We had to complete them as we went through the week.

We certainly hope you have a very Happy Father's Day. Please, if you get the chance, while you can to tell your dad that you love him! For one day, that chance may be gone.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Finally Back to School!

I was so glad to get back to school that I forgot to BLOG about it!! Can you believe it???

The thing about forgetting to blog is that I also forgot to take pictures of the "stuff we did"!

Scrambling around and wondering how I could "fix" the sudden problem wasn't quite as difficult as I thought it would be!! (Kinda!)

We had the fish theme going on for when we started our "Summer Fun" Classes!  The first craft we did was the famous "Handprint Fish".  We placed the handprint onto some really cute fish and ocean paper that was found at the Dollar Tree.  Since it was our first craft, and it was a handprint craft too, we decided to laminate these.  Was a huge success, the parents absolutely loved them!

(Sorry, this is the ONE that I don't have a picture of!) You will have to only imagine!!  :)  I did get a  picture of the blank paper that I purchased from the Dollar Tree!!

The second craft that we did when we got back to school was a sea star!  Since I learned that a star fish isn't suppose to be called a fish and it's suppose to be called a sea star, I didn't want to mislead our kiddos, so I changed the words in the song to say what I needed it to say.  Thankfully, one of my kiddos left their project at school and I was able to get a picture of this when I realized I had forgotten to take pictures!

The third craft we made for our "Under the Sea" theme, was a big purple balloon headed octopus.  The legs were a paper plate cut (actually into almost a flower shape) leaving 8 legs!  The kids LOVED this one.  We had them color the plate purple then I tried to cut the best colored parts!  I got this picture, because my lovely Granddaughters wanted to make one of these too! (Balloon projects are just inviting that way) One of the granddaughters, took hers with her, but left it in the hot car! (Let me tell ya, heat and blown up balloons aren't a very good combo, for her octopus had a shrunken head!!) Lakendra had left her octopus at school in the air conditioning, now, after three days, it was showing a little shrinkage, but it was picture manageable!

The following week we made Father's Day Projects.  We were actually able to get a little headstart this week, because we suddenly had a lot of rain, and had a lot of time for some rainy day projects!!   :)

Blessings until the next blog!