Monday, January 27, 2014

Snowflake Art

Here's a little snowflake project we did last week...

I know it's hard to read in the picture, but the poem underneath says: Thank you, God, for winter fun and snowflakes from above. Thank you, God, for sending us your blessings and your love. Amen

Thanks for checking in and stay warm!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Magnet Center

Hello! I 'revamped' our magnet center this month.

I printed a few simple prayers that contain some of our sight words. I made magnets out of the missing words for the children to fill in. (They can use the black and white copy to find the missing word.)

I also am using this awesome freebie to review beginning sounds and practice cvc and color words.

And here is the little bucket holding the newest letters I got at the Dollar Tree last week.
Thanks for checking in and have a great day!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Roll a Snowman...felt style!

Happy Winter! We are still in the deep freeze here and since we have to endure winter anyway, we might as well make it fun, right? I saw this Roll a Snowman game made out of felt on Pinterest. I LOVED that it was made out of felt instead of paper...our kids get so much laminated paper, I thought the felt might be fun for a change. I came up with my own version that looks like this:

I made a set of 4 snowmen, along with enough accessories for each one to have a  hat, 2 wiggly eyes, a nose, *smile*, scarf, and 3 buttons. All of the pieces are kept in a plastic shoe box for easy storage and clean up. (You could also adapt it and use 2 dice, but you would need more pieces, like arms and boots.)

I scanned all of the pieces if you'd like a *faux* felt game! You need to print 4 (right click save the image to your computer first) of the first one, so you have enough bodies, noses, and eyes.
(print 4 copies of this one)

(print 1)
(print 1)

I made a trip to the Dollar Tree over the weekend and found these fun things to use in my classroom:

I haven't opened the magnetic letters yet to check them out, but you can never have too many of those, right?? The pink and red hearts will make good counters or game pieces. I also bought the red plastic shoe box, just cuz I like'd it! I am sure I'll find a use for it. They had a variety of colors. Apparently, January is a good time to get storage items there. = )

Thanks for checking in and have a super day!

Monday, January 6, 2014

A little crochet creativity....

Hello! I am enjoying one extra day off today, due to severe the severe windchill in our part of the country. I thought I'd share some projects I did over Christmas break...they are not school related, just so you know. = )

I made each of my students a crochet snowflake for Christmas and since then I've been bitten by the crochet bug! I've wanted to learn how to read and follow crochet charts for quite a while, so I've been focusing on that over the past couple weeks. I started a crochet charts Pinterest board as well, where you can find most of the following projects. I purchased the book Connect the Shapes: crochet motifs  from Barnes and Noble last summer...and finally took it out and set to work. The first few pages explain the symbols and basics of reading charts. This little motif was a favorite! I made 3 of them to use as coasters.

I also sat at my computer with charts I found online. Some of them are easier to read than others. I also found some of them are too small or out of focus to actually read. I pinned the ones I found easiest to read.
Now I have a little stack of these cute here's what I've decided to do with them...

Use them as coasters....I'm going to take one to school to keep on my desk, too!

I am going to use them around the under candles or under my jar of crochet hooks.

Eventually I'd like to make enough of one kind of motif and join them together to make a pretty pillow or table runner....and I want to get more fun colors of crochet cotton. There's a lot of color inspiration out there!

Thanks for checking in and stay warm! I'll be back tomorrow with a school project...a felt "Roll the Snowman" game.