As I was putting up my holiday decorations I came across some of my creations from when I was younger. Here is something that is cute and relatively inexpensive.

Using a wire hanger form it into a diamond shape. Then using nylons cover the diamond wire hanger. Then using construction paper make eye, anters, and a nose. Now you can hang it up!


Tomorrow I have conferences. It is nice to finally get an opportunity to talk to some of the parents, but it also makes for a long day! Well, wish me luck.



Many of my students flip through the books quickly and are done in like 5 seconds. To slow them down and actually look at the pictures I made a few interactive books. This was inspired from my co-worker, Diana. She said she had made some of these when she taught an AI room and so I thought this would be a great activity for my students as well.
Here's how I did it:
1.) Scan the pictures from the book.
2.) Print the pictures on cardstock and laminate.
3.) Cut out the pictures
4.) Put velcro on the back of the picture and on the picture in the book.
5.) When I give this to the students I am going to have the students pull off the the pictures and put them in in a basket.
I will try to get a picture this week of my students doing this. I used board books are the pages are durable. :) I will let you know how my little ones do with it.





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We try to make my little ones as independent about putting on their coats and  backpacks, but something we are running into now with hats, mittens, and other winter accessories. So I made this picture prompt to show the students what goes on first. I am sure this will help to prompt them through the process.



The last few weeks I have been terrible about taking pictures, but here are a few I have taken.

Clipping on turkey feathers. With the afternoon class I had them roll a color and then find that clothespin and attach it.


A turkey handprint and poem for our parents/guardians.

Food Sensory bin. Leaves are also in there, but they are not visible. I had the kids sort the food by color and identify the food that they found.


Snip paper turkeys.
 

Tissue paper corn husk.Another way to make this a bit more challenging is to have the children crinkle the tissue paper into little balls. It's great for fine motor practice.



 Turkey hats

Happy Turkey Day!

After a fun and exhausting weekend I did end up making these two songs. We had Friends Giving, which is when we try to get some of our college friends that live in the area together again. Fortunately each year (this is our 3rd annual one) we get a few more friends to join us. It was a lot of fun and great to catch up with everyone! Then, today was just trying to get laundry done, reclean the house, and get ready for Thanksgiving (we host this as well). Lots of fun!
Anyways, I have been putting off making these since the summer and as I was cleaning up some of my teaching stuff in the basement when I came across them.  I made up the songs so I can put them on a posterboard for my little ones. February will be here before I know it and I will forget about it if I don't do it right away.
You can download them from Scribd or my tpt store. I made the transportation song two ways. One for you to just sing and another way that's a little more interactive.

Transportation Song

Wheels on the Train



Enjoy and Yay for a short week!

I did a little quick Christmas shopping. Ethan was with me so we had to keep moving to keep him content. He doesn't enjoy shopping like me.
At Target I bought some pencils for the holidays and some more ornaments. I have some from last year. I use them for sorting and counting out. All in the $1 section.

 
At Lakeshore I bought some of these for my little ones and I bought a set for Ethan. They were on sale! :)

 
I bought this game. Since my kids skills are so varied this year I though this would be a great game! It was also on sale for $15.

 
I may have to head back next week for some more Lakeshore materials for the classroom. They have some great deals right now you'll have to check out. :) Happy Sunday!
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This past week we talked about colors. Unfortunately, it was a super crazy week at work and home so I didn't get the opportunity to take many pictures. The owls are from last week.


We read Dog's Colorful Day and bingo stamped the story. I got this idea from A Special Kind of Class. She has a lot of great ideas of activities to do with this book.
 We also fingerpainted in plastic bags. The kids squished the paint around and mixed colors after reading Mouse Paint. It was a lot of fun for the kids and good sensory experience! :)
 
We also found color items in the Color Sensory Bottles I had made this past summer and yesterday we painted with marshmallows to make circles and lots of colors (another great fine motor activity). Next week we start Thanksgiving, which is right around the corner! Crazy how fast the time goes! Well, have a fun weekend!
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This past October I made lots of fun stuff. It is my stress reliever and needless to say this past month and the upcoming month are going to be stressful ones! Between work, classes and just trying to be a mom (we are transitioning to whole milk which has been quite the challenge!) my time is spread thin.

Anyways, here are some of the fun things I have been up to. You can link up too at 4th Grade Frolics



Eye spy bags. I got this bag from the dentist and got the plastic pellets at Hobby Lobby. The shapes in there are made from foam.


In this bag I included pom-poms, buttons, and foam shapes.
 
I also made glitter clothespins. Thoughtfully Simple has some great directions of how to do this.


I also made some sensory bags. I used plastic bags, buttons, glitter, and hair gel. All from the dollar store! My kids love them!
 

 
Last, but not least something for the upcoming winter season. I used two wine bottles and sprayed them blue. Then, I used spray adhesive on and rolled them in Epsom Salt. I just got some branches with some fun glitter on them for a $1 from Hobby Lobby and this past weekend they were 50% off! Even better! :) Happy Monday!





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You can link up at Oh Boy 4th Grade!
 
This upcoming month is super busy and I am overwelmed just thinking about it. I have conferences, report cards and IEP progress reports due, a few FBA meetings and one of my grad classes is ending and I am trying to get my project all together. Yikes! I am trying to mazimize Ethan's nap times and trying to stay up a little later to get this all done. I am looking forward to our FriendsGiving (weekend before Thanksgiving we get all our friends together for a turkey dinner) and hosting Thanksgiving, but before all that I have lots to do!
A couple of other bloggers posted this Teachers Help Teachers, which I think is a great cause especially after all the destruction that was done to NYC. I know November is busy for many teachers and this can help ease a little of the stress some teachers are facing. So if you are able to help it will help teachers that have lost all of their teaching materials.
 
Teachers Help Teachers






We did halloween activities this week and had our Halloween party on Wednesday. It was a lot of fun and went really well. There was a good parent turn-out too which was nice!
This week we made witches. The afternoon made this one:
The morning class just made a witch's face.


We colored and laced pumpkins.

We also made Frankenstein faces.


Here are the morning kids all ready to go.


We played with play-doh at one of our centers.




Playing play-doh.


Making Boo Mix, which the kids loved! It was cinnamon toast crunch, mini marshmallows, raisins, and candy corn. The kids scooped it into their baggies.

Snow White helping.


Our last center was playing cars and trucks.

It was a fun, but exhausting week! November is also going to be a super busy month! Conferences, lots of meetings, being observed, and Thanksgiving! Yikes! Anyways, have a fabulous weekend!


KATE
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