Thursday, June 27, 2013

Today marked our last day for Summer Fun Session One! We had a "blast" doing our Fourth of July crafts!!

Our first day, we made firecrackers!! The children decorated each firecracker with star stickers!

The second day, we sent home the patriotic pictures that we took prior to the week.  We used their hands to create a flag and added a poem. My Granddaughter is 7 years old, she made her own version without her picture. It's the last one shown in this segment.

For the third day, today, we created our own versions of the flag.  The kids had a lot of fun, and the parents loved the pictures we sent home!

In hopes that if anyone is traveling this fourth, to please have a happy and safe time!

Many Blessings,

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Under the Sea

I'm almost caught up with my blog!! Thank goodness only one more week left of Summer Fun.  (Which we're actually in as I type this one from last week!)

We went Under the Sea!

We made purple balloon octopus with a paper plate base.  The kids really loved throwing their octopus in the air to make it land back on his feet! This was a huge hit with our class this year!!

For the second day of Summer Fun, we actually made two crafts.  The night before I was searching around Pinterest and I discovered a dinosaur bracelet made from craft foam.  We searched in our little closet to find some ocean foamies that I picked up from the Dollar Tree a year or so ago, and we made bracelets.  The kiddos picked out the foamies they wanted to stick on their bracelets.  We punch the hole in the ends and instead of using curling ribbon like the original pinner said, I just used yarn.  It was easier on the skin than the curling ribbon.

We also made paper plate oysters.  The kids painted the back of the plates blue/purple and then the inside of the plate was painted pink.  Fold the plate in half and place your "pearl" inside.  We chose to use a cotton ball for our pearls.  The kiddos thought they needed eyes, so we told them they could pick their eyes and stick them on top of the oyster.

Our third project was a hand print crab.  Melissa is all about the sparkle, so once painted she added a little glitter glue to the the painted hands.  We used twisted streamer paper for seaweed on the side of the paper.  We chose two shades of green to make it show up.

Our next week's crafts will be fourth of July crafts.  We are out of school for the week of the fourth, so we choose to make our crafts a week early.  :)  The "Big Kids" of the school have a parade and sometimes we go over to watch the parade!!

Sherry :)

Father's Day Week

I think I failed to mention during the summer months, we only work three days! Our Father's Day Crafts weren't quite as elaborate as our Mother's Day items.  We managed to squeeze in some new stuff this year.

We made shoe prints.  Our moms brought in one of Dad's shoes, and we traced the outline, or if they wanted to bring in a tracing, we didn't mind that either.  We did begin asking for shoe prints the very first day of school.  Believe it or not, all but one of our 15 children brought them in!!  SUCCESS! We did have a plan B for the one that didn't get to bring one in.

We painted rocks.  Without paying a fortune, it's really hard to find large river rocks here.  I don't know, but, maybe I just looked at the wrong place! Guess I should have went to the RIVER, instead of Lowes!  I printed up the words, Dad, You Rock!

I found on Pinterest, a cute idea using a regular sized white security type envelope.  You seal the envelope. Snip off about a half inch, then a bit in the middle straight down on the side you address of the envelope.  Fold down the folds to make a shirt collar.  We added a tie.  We had the children paint their white envelope then using their thumbs, they "polka dotted" the tie.  Add the tie to the envelope under the collar, and it becomes a candy bar holder.  We placed Hershey Bars inside the envelopes and added a poem to the back.

We also made some little blue ribbon awards and we had the kiddos answer questions about their dads. For the kiddos that needed to make their crafts for their Granddaddies or Favorite Uncles, we just tweaked it by changing names and printing.  The award is pictured above.

You have to individually ask the kiddos the questions so you get different answers.  I know for a fact, when an almost three year old, or a three year old hears one person answer a question they mysteriously have the same answer!!  Go Figure!! We call this a case of the Monkey See Monkey Do Game!

Next Blog will be Under the Sea!

Sherry :)

Wow! It's Been A While!!

Our last week of school is the week after Mother's Day.  We used the week to catch up on the All About Me Books, Our Spanish Folders, and any other little projects in between that we try to do for the end of the school year.

We were off work for a bit, to start back for Summer Fun.  I am ashamed to say, that we are in our fourth week of Summer Fun and I've not posted anything! Sorry!!

The first week of Summer Fun we made Farm Crafts.  We themed our class based on the Farm for Summer.  I didn't take Farm pictures like I was suppose to.  Actually, I have a few crafts that we did in a folder TO ACTUALLY take the pictures.. I've sooo fallen behind.

I know one of our crafts (thinking back) was a pink pig.  We copied the pig on bright pink copy paper, then we had the kiddos bingo dab brown "mud" on the pig.  We had a piggy poem about playing in the mud. The pig picture is the only one that wasn't completed.  So you will have to use your imagination on how the mud looked on the pig!!

Another one of our crafts, for the farm we did, was a barn made from an envelope and we colored some animals.  The animals were suppose to have been stored in the barn (envelope) but Melissa thought it to be best to glue everything down. The children painted the envelope red. This one was done by five year old Granddaughter.

At the moment, I can't remember what the third farm animal was! Sorry!! I know I will remember when I get back to school and open the folder! :) Finally found the folder and took pictures tonight.. We made a footprint rooster!! This too is JaMiya's, so the foot is a little bigger than the kiddos in my classroom!!

I will come back and post pictures at another time! I promise. ~ I kept my promise! So glad I found the crafts we made!

Many Blessings to each of you.. Thank you for looking at the stuff we do in our classroom!!!
Sherry :)