Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! It's a time to think about and thank all those that you are thankful for.  The colors that surround us are absolutely gorgeous.  Digging up old family recipes and even creating new ones fill my heart with joy! Remembering loved ones that you wish you could say hello to again.  It's just a fabulous time of year for me!

It was certainly busy at school.  We got to enjoy the older classes perform their Thanksgiving Program.  We also were able to make some awesome stuff! I have to admit, we didn't get to all that we planned for.  We had a few sick kiddos that came back to school at the last minute and the things we did were just too awesome for them to get passed up.  A couple days, I even snuck out of work, and headed to CVS to get some last minute pictures done!!  :)

First we made sure everyone had a "Thankful" picture. The paper was found at Hobby Lobby.  It was my lucky day, for it was also half price!!  A teacher's favorite thing to hear!



Thanks to Pinterest and a couple other ideas put into one, we came up with this awesome turkey craft! This I must say was a huge hit! Pictures were taken of each child wearing a silly turkey hat that was purchased after Thanksgiving at the Christmas Tree Shoppe! This handprint, accordion legged turkey had so much personality and was a huge hit!!




Now mind you, getting a picture of everyone in the class is not an easy task.  We have children that come two days here, three days there, sometimes four, and on occasion all five days!! Somehow, God was with us and we were able to get pictures of everyone.  Unfortunately, with that, we had to go a day or two without a new craft.  Especially since, we decided on TWO picture crafts!!

Lastly, we made a footprint and hand prints turkey. Now it was my idea to turn this into our felt board story that we have been doing all month.  The kids love the song and love learning their colors in English and Spanish, but this one was WORK! This turkey was so time consuming I honestly didn't think we would get this finished. And some of the kiddos still had their turkeys hanging in the hallway on Friday, when we left.





All of the projects took at LEAST two days to complete! This is what I am sad about, for usually we manage one craft a day!! I feel like we just missed something!  :)  Now, my parents loved what they got and commented over and over how much they liked it.  It was just not my norm!

Next, we will begin our Christmas Items.  I hope we can do better with more stuff to send home!! :)

May you all have a very Blessed Thanksgiving!!
Until next time,
Sherry :)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fall

Although I'm a little late with my blogging this time and Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, (next week) I decided to make my fall post.  The one I was supposed to make a week after Halloween!!  :)

The Thursday after Halloween, we began our fall stuff! We had a good 7 days of fall crafts.

On Thursday, we painted an acorn and included a little song to go with it.  We kept things a little simple.  I think everyone was recouping from a busy night before!! Even through that, we didn't forget to crack our nut!!  That was done with a little gold glitter glue!





For Friday, we decided to make some coffee filter leaves.  We found a little song and included it with the fall colored leaves.  We had the children color with markers then we sprayed the colored coffee filters with water to make the colors bleed together!




Monday, we made a Happy Fall mobile.  We bingo dabbed a fall leaf cut from card stock. I typed up Happy and Fall. I know I took a picture of this, but it's somewhere out in cyberspace on a camera card from somewhere.  Tonight, I just don't have it.  :(  I will try and locate a picture, and post it a little later! :)

Later came! Melissa was babysitting one of our kiddos and they still had it hanging up, so she captured a picture. It's not the best picture, but now, actually remember exactly what we did!! I did type up Happy and Fall in the largest outline font that would fit on one line.  They kiddos bingo dabbed the letters, then we cut them out.  They painted a leaf.  We mounted the letters on brown construction paper, then hung the painted leaf in the middle of both pieces of brown construction paper!! This was a little work, but did turn out cute!



Tuesday was a lot of fun, we made edible acorns! We used a milk chocolate chip, whipped milk chocolate frosting, a miniature nutter butter cookie and a hershey kiss for each acorn.  We allowed the kiddos to make two each and this they took home!  I created our own poem for this one.  The acorn font was found free online.







Wednesday, we hooked up with the other two year old classroom and painted some bread with a little tiny bit of milk and some food coloring! The children LOVED this.  Then we put the bread in the toaster, toasted it and used a leaf cookie cutter to make the leafy toast.  As the cookie cutter cut through the bread it made a crunching sound.  We told the children that's how dried leaves sound when they step on them.  (Don't use too much milk or the bread will become very soggy.  We also used brand new paint brushes for this because we didn't want the children eating old paint!! :) We placed the milk and food coloring in a muffin tin.  We knew we couldn't send the toast home. So we decorated a leaf cut from card stock.  Some of the children wanted more toast!  I'm not sure if they liked painting it or eating it most!! :)







Then on Thursday, we decided to make a little leafy squirrel. The kiddos painted a squirrel, with bingo dabbers, then we added a little poem on the side. When it was nice and dry, They put sticker eyes upon the squirrel giving him lots of personality.  The bingo dabber gave the squirrel a more furry look.




On Friday, we painted hands and feet once again!  This time to make a crow from them.  This craft was found online!  The song, we tweaked until we got it to say what we wanted!!




Next blog will show our Thanksgiving Crafts!!

Until then, may you be Blessed with an awesome week!!
Sherry :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

H-A-Double L-O-W-Double E-N spells Halloween!!

Well, I had my blog all typed out.. Had a little distraction and have to leave the computer and of course.. as it usually does when you don't save something.. Pooof! Gone! I came back to the computer, had another window in front of the blog, and closed everything out!!  I was trying to get this posted at least ON Halloween!  Now everyone is posting Thanksgiving ideas and I'm last on the totem pole with Halloween!

Enough of the pity party!  We just go with Plan B and start all over again!!  :)

We had an awesome 8 days before our big celebration at school.

For Monday, we started out with the Christian Jack-O-Lantern.  We had the children glue on the pieces from the Christian Jack-O-Lantern Poem accordingly.  For a personal touch we included a handprint leaf!




Tuesday through Thursday, we decorated our Fun-Fest Bags! This is an original idea as far as I know from Melissa and myself.  To my knowledge, I have not seen another bad made quite like this one!  It took us three days to make the bags because our children come to school different days! To make sure each child in the classroom had a bag, we had to stretch this craft!  Prep for this craft takes a little time.  Fringing one bag, then folding it over gluing another bag inside. Then poking holes in the first bag on the sides, placing reinforcements on each side of the hole and then tying the curling ribbon to form a handle is  quite time consuming but well worth it in the long run! We cut out the hats and allowed the children to pick their colors, then we matched the name with the color hat using markers.  The kiddos glued on the large wiggle eyes and the noses.  (Noses were cut from black construction paper)  The scarecrow bags turn out very cute and we had a lot of compliments on them!!  Melissa just drew on the big happy smile! The hat is attached to the second bag which is glued in the folded bag.



Friday, we finished the week with a Christian Door Knob hanger.  This was made from black construction paper, curling ribbon to hang. The pieces were typed up on the computer.  I found the Jack-O-Lantern picture on bing.com under black and white clip art!  We had the children bingo dab their Jack-O-Lanterns with orange and green.  Then we put some gold glitter glue inside the face to help with the shine.  My granddaughter made the one in the picture, and she just colored hers. (That works too!)





Monday, we stamped hands and feet and created bats. This idea was found on Pinterest!  We did place a little song on each person's bat picture!  The kiddos placed the sticker eyes to give each bat some extraordinary personality!!




Tuesday, we just made a little spooky hand.  We used a latex free, powder free glove.  Filled the tips of the gloves with candy corn, then the rest with popcorn.  Each child got to pick out their very own spider ring and each glove had a cute little friendly ghost with the child's name.  This turned out very cute.  I've never made them before now.  I have seen them done, just hadn't done one myself!  This little craft is all over the internet!  



Wednesday, our day of celebrations! First we went to each classroom door and paraded our costumes and used our manners upon leaving the classroom for treats (candy or trinkets) We did this first thing upon dropping children off asking parents if they could stay with their child throughout this event. Later in the day, we had a lunch party.  We had pizza, apple slices, gold fish, and juice boxes!!  The kiddos LOVED their special lunch!!  Immediately following lunch, we decorated some pumpkin cookies, had a pumpkin story, then back to the table for mini pumpkin decorating!!  Our party was AWESOME!!  This is a picture of Melissa and me! I'm the purple crayon and she is the pink kitty!!



Thursday, we decided to finish up the week with fall decorations.  We painted an acorn! Added a little gold glitter glue for a little shine and cracked our acorns to accommodate the Acorn Song!




Friday, we cut out some leaves from coffee filters.  We had the children color the leaf filters with markers (red, yellow, brown, and orange) Then we allowed them to trigger spray water upon the filter leaves to make the colors bleed together.  We glued these down on construction paper with a little song about leaves to the tune of London Brides!




Next week, we will continue with a fall theme!  Soon to start on Thanksgiving!!  :)
Until then, we hope everyone has a fabulous week!!
Sherry