I am linking up with Leigh at The Applicious Teacher for an An Apple a Day linky.

This is something that I struggle with and would love some suggestions and feedback to make this more effective. My homework involves the students getting involved with the parents. At the end of each weekly note I have an activity or suggestion to try with their child. I send home the corresponding things needed (cut out shapes or color cards, ABC cards, tips on reading to your child, etc.) However, I know that really only probably 2-3 of my parents last year did these tasks with their child. They are not long tasks (it may be reading a book to their child, playing with play-doh, using scissors with their child, helping to teach their child to zip their coat or backpack, etc.), but only these 2-3 parents do them. Last summer, I spent a lot of time finding the necessary resources and things that are simple, but skills that all of my students need help with and it was disappointing when only a few parents really worked with their child. Any tips or suggestions?! I would like this year's try with this to be way more effective, but I am not sure what to do.

I am also linking up with Christina at Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge

Fortunately we have a basement and spare bedroom still!

The big box at the bottom I need to go through.
Have a relaxing Sunday!

I hope everyone had a fun fourth of July. I have to be honest I am exhausted and we have another event to go to tonight with my family. We are going to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Greenfield Village (another must see place if you come to MI). Anyways, Cara is hosting Favorite Pins Friday. Link up here. Here are a few of my fav pins from this week.

Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons.

Pete the Cat and His 4 Groovy Buttons Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods

Board Books turned into chalkboards.
Beat-up board book + chalkboard paint = Portable Mini-chalkboard
I have pinned this one a few times so obviously it is a favorite. www.letterschool.com I must admit I have not tried it out yet and unfortunately I don't have any I-pads to use in our classroom yet. We were suppose to get some and I am not sure if that is still in the process or not.
App for handwriting.  Supposed to be good - need to try it.This last one was Ready Teacher. I am looking forward to finding some time to try this one out as well, but it looks like there are a lot of great books read by celebrities to choose from.

Pinner said:  An online library of children's picture books read by professional narrators and complemented with original soundtracks produced by former Sesame musical director Robby Merkin. This site is a must checkout!



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Happy 4th of July! We are having some friends over for a BBQ, beanbags, and a bonfire and possibly some fireworks to celebrate Matt and my 4th Anniversary. Before all the festivities start Ethan is taking a nap and I am catching up on reading some blogs.

Anyway, I am participating in Cara's Throwback Thursday. I did this with my little ones this past year and they loved digging for the dino bones in the sand. Have a great 4th of July!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Dinosaur Dig

I saw this on another blog and thought it looked like a lot of fun for the kiddos. Buy some dog bones and on the blog I saw she spray painted them white, but I had an almond color spray already so I used that. I sprayed them and then added numbers and letters to the bones. You put them in the sand table and the kids hunt them out. I made a recording sheet for the students too. This way they can collect the bones they get and then record their findings. I will have the kids use bingo markers to record their findings.

I totally forgot about these until Erica over at Sprinkles to Kindergarten shared her block task cards. These are some task cards for how to use a book and magnet puzzles that my kids love from Melissa and Doug.  I have made some similar cards for building Mr. Potato Head. You can get that here Visuals are so useful for all students, but especially your special needs students. The more visuals the better! Enjoy and have a fun Wednesday!
Happy 4th of July too! It is Matt and my 4th Anniversary tomorrow. Where has the time gone?! We are going to be celebrating with family and friends with a BBQ which I am looking forward too!

Check out these lego task cards here. 

This past week Ethan and I had some fun trying out some of the many pins I have pinned to try with him.

First, we tried bath paint.
You need baby shampoo (4 squirts), corn starch (1tbsp), water, (1-2tsp) and food coloring (1-2 drops) and just mix it.

I got the recipe from team dischinger

Ethan loved it. He was surprised that the color showed up on the tub. It washes away super easily, which is great!
We also made some sidewalk paint.  

For the sidewalk paint all you need is 1 part water, 1 part cornstarch and a drop of food coloring.

The recipe came from All Things Simple

He also loved this. We only did one color because I wasn't sure if his attention would last or not. It lasted longer than I anticipated.
For my students at school I made Velcro popsicle sticks. Super easy. We will see if they like them. I got the color popsicle sticks from Lakeshore and the Velcro at Hobby Lobby. The idea came from Tot Treasures

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

I also made a corresponding worksheet of what they can create with the sticks. Some of my students will need some guidance with that.
I also made the birthday pencils I give each of the students. I used my Cricut to cut out the balloons and just cut two slits and add the pencil.

Have a great Monday!
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