Friday, January 30, 2015

Super Bowl Week

Finally getting all caught up with my blog! This week, we had a Super Bowl Week. All of our crafts were geared towards either the Seahawks or the Patriots. We showed each child in our class a black and white picture of both teams and had them pick the ones they wanted to win. Some understood, some didn't. Each craft for the week, was done according to their picks!!

I have two awesome websites I use for the helmets and for the logos.

I searched online for free football fonts and was able to find a few. The poems, I wrote to adapt to the
teams playing.

Monday and Tuesday, we were mostly busy with picking teams. I used this sheet to pick the teams then had the kiddos color the paper. Each child colored their picks.

Tuesday, we had about 4 or 5 students that came on Monday, so I made up this sheet for them to make to have something different to take home. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera and used my phone for the picture. It's rather blurred!! We bingo dabbed the picture.

Wednesday, we made footballs. My plan was to include a handprint on these, but, with the Super Bowl XLIX on the football, there was no room for the handprints, soooo, I went to Plan B. :)  Today, was also the day, we caught the rest of the class up on their Super Stars from last week. I used a white paint pen for the seam of the football.

Thursday, we made a posterboard version of the famous "foam finger". Our kiddos loved painting the fingers but most of they really loved marching around the room with their giant finger and chanting, "We're Number One!" We made sure all the children made a Number One Finger by catching everyone up on Friday. Today, we also caught up the last two Super Stars and laminated each of the remaining stars to send home. Whew, it felt good to get all caught up!! :)

Friday, we made use of those handprints that we had cut out, just had to cut an extra. We bingo dabbed the football, colored the logo, and used construction paper hands! :)  I can say, with the construction paper handprints it made this sheet vibrant!!

Was a busy week, but, we're all caught up! Now, I'm all caught up with the blog as well.. Next week, we will start on Valentines! :) What a fun busy time of year.

Many Blessings to each of you,
Sherry :)

Winter ~ Bears ~ Stars

Looks like I am once again, behind! :) I think it just happens!

On the second week of January, we focused on Winter! We made snowmen, mittens, and hot chocolate!
Now, in the South, the weather is pretty unpredictable, however, this week, it was COLD outside, so it was a perfect theme for the weather.

Now we all know, in Georgia, it can snow, and by noon it's all melted away! This is our melted snowman! :) The children painted globs, then added snowman parts. We had them paint a sunshine. We explained how when the sun comes out, the snow melts away.

Per request from one of my little students, when she discovered that we would talk about winter and snowmen, that she wanted something to do with the movie Frozen. I searched Pinterest, and found an Olaf craft. Thanks Pinterest!! :)

We made these cute little penguins by tracing shoe prints. Adding little penguin embellishments. In Spanish, we learned that Hace Frio means It is Cold!

We also made a Cold Hands Warm Heart picture, but, I forgot my camera for this day, so I have included a picture from last year.

Then on Friday, we made real hot chocolate to taste then took home a paper hot chocolate craft. Some children loved their taste of hot chocolate, some didn't, and some wouldn't even taste it. These are mugs cut from construction paper, they colored the top part and we sprinkled some hot chocolate mix on top then added some "marshmallows" which was cotton balls spread apart.

Since I am behind, I am going to include our third week of January. This was a four day week, for we were out of school on Monday. We asked the children to bring in their favorite bears. Our bears went to Chapel with us and we danced with them, and just had a lot of fun!!

Our first bear craft was just coloring a bear. Time flew away from us on Tuesday, which is our Chapel day, and the weather was just plain awesome, so we quickly made a craft and headed OUTDOORS!

On Wednesday, we were a little short staffed at school. We combined both two year old classes. The weather was sooo gorgeous out, and much much warmer than the week before, we decided to skip a craft and just go outside and enjoy the afternoon. Wednesday is also our Music Class so our morning was tied up with that. We did manage to get some pictures taken for a craft that we were suppose to do on Thursday and Friday, however, yours truly didn't make it to CVS Wednesday night to have pictures developed so that didn't quite turn out as planned. :)  There's ALWAYS a Plan B, right???

Thursday, we made Star Bears!! These had such personality, they were awesome, it also includes an original poem I wrote.

Then on Friday, we finally got to our Super Star Project. We will make sure every student gets one of these, so we will finish up next week during our Super Bowl Week to catch everyone up on a star! :)  I cut a star shape from poster board. We had the children sponge paint stars and then add some star stickers. The children are saying, "SUPERSTAR" as they hold their arms up. Each child was able to pick their favorite color (from the package of sunglasses) and model them for the picture!

What a fabulous week! Even though it was a short one, it really didn't seem like a four day week. We have been Blessed with good weather, with the exception of Friday and it rained.

Take care and count those Blessings!! :)
Sherry :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy New Year

Well, it looks like I am getting behind even further! I can say, at least it's still January and I'm just now posting our New Year Stuff! Sometimes, I wonder where the time goes in a day, (okay  month!)

For the brand new year, everyone was sooo ready to get back to school. Stories were told of Santa with enthusiasm. Excitement flowed through the classroom as the kiddos told us about their Christmas holidays.
It was a great feeling to be back!

For Monday, we made a cute little homemade calendar. The kiddos colored each picture to represent each month.

On Tuesday, we had fun making Happy New Year Handprints. Stamp or paint handprints, then write the year across the hands. We attach a poem.

On Wednesday, we made rockets! These were done by wrapping loosely a rectangle around a straw. We used the bendable straws, so they would bend to fit mouths so they were easier to blow. The triangle was placed on top of the rectangle. I folded the tip of the rectangle before placing the triangle. The kiddos decorated their rockets before assembling. They had fun with these.

Thursday, we made glitter fireworks with glue!

On Friday, we made another set of handprints to finish off our week. We have students that come different days. Only a handful come every day.  These were traced and cut from construction paper, handprints could be stamped or painted. I found a different little poem to use for this.

I hope you are Blessed with a very Happy New Year!!
Sherry :)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Christmas 2

Well, it looks like I didn't post the second part of our Christmas activities. I am notorious for stuff like this!! :)

Sorry about that!!

Our Parent Gifts this year was a footprint canvas. We had the children paint wooden stars and glued them to the canvas. We used fabric paint so it would last for years to come. The canvas size was an 8X10.

We also made our famous Pringle Lid Ornaments. This was an original idea. The kids place the pom poms around the edge of the Pringle Lid after placing a picture inside. However, we have found that hot glue works best.

The children made Baby Jesus Ornaments, again, this year. We included the Christmas Story that was found online and we turned this into a Bible Craft to go with the Baby Jesus Ornament.

Then we made our famous Magic Santa Keys. This is a key pattern that I made up years ago and the children decorated it with Christmas Stickers. We added the poem. This is so Santa can come in without having to go down a chimney or in case your house may not have one for Santa to go down. This is a simple craft and the kids love it. It's very good for fine motor skills.

Next we made these nifty reindeer food holders. We made the reindeer food at our Christmas Party but, had our holders already done, so we could just pop the food right into the holder to be sent home. This was made by folding a painting a white cheap paper plate. Everything else was construction paper.

Then we had the children make snowman ornaments from a plastic spoon. This is another simple craft. But, it really turns out cute.

I found a Santa Suit fairly inexpensive and dressed as Santa, minus the beard, and took pictures with each child, wrote a poem, laminated the picture, then attached it with the parent gift along with the Pringle Lid Ornament!!

Sorry for the delay in the Christmas Activities, but.. hey.. it happens!! :)

Next, I will share the New Year's Pictures!!
Many Blessings,
Sherry :)