Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Sale!

A ton of bloggers have decided to have an Easter Sale this weekend and I'm jumping on the bandwagon!

Visit my store to grab your deals then check out what other bloggers are offering too~



Friday, April 11, 2014

Two Easter crafts: Religious and Secular!

We're gearing up for Easter in my class and next week is a crazy week for us!

Monday is report-card day, so it's a half day, and we also will be enjoying a musical performance in the morning.
Tuesday is a normal day.
Wednesday is our normal staff meeting/early dismissal day for students.
Thursday is a normalish day.
Friday there is no school for Good Friday, and it's also the start of our Easter Break! One week off to relax with my husband and daughter!

To prep for the holidays we've done a couple of crafts.

Earlier this week we made these tape resist crosses inspired by Apples and ABC'S. They were SO simple to make!


My quick tutorial:

Use masking tape for best results (I bet painters tape would be even better!)
Teacher before class starts puts a cross down the centre of a sheet of white paper. We used plain copy paper, but you could use art paper instead for a sturdier paper. I may use card stock next year...
Show students how to use watercolour paint (we used pucks) to spread paint across their paper.
Direct to NOT remove tape until it is dry or else it WILL rip tear and form holes.
Once dry, CAREFULLY remove all tape to reveal a simple white cross.

Note: While I allowed my students to use whatever colours were on their trays, I used the following for these reasons:
Green: New Life
Purple: Royalty (Jesus was the King of Kings)
Yellow: Light (Jesus has no darkness in him, he is all light)
Red: Blood Shed

The white revealed by the tape being removed is his purity or sinless.


TODAY we made SPARKLE BUNNIES!
This was a hit, and SO EASY to make. You definitely need an extra helper when making these. Our LNC teacher offered to come in and help as she loves crafts.



My Quick Tutorial:

So Easy again!
Take a paint brush and paint the four fingers and palm of each students hand, but NOT the thumb.
Have students form the LIVE LONG AND PROSPER Vulcan hand salute. Most will need help.
Press their hand down on the purple paper and hold while they pull it back up.
Pour sparkles over top and pour excess off. (I do this step)
Tie a bow with ribbon and glue to neck of Bunny.
TaDa!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Book Doors!

I convinced the staff at our school to participate in National Reading Month this March, and so we all decorated our doors to represent a different book. Most teachers had students contribute to their doors.

Here are our finished products!

Grade 6: I Spy

Grade 2: Charlotte's Web 

Our LNC teacher: Happy Birthday, Moon 

Grade 2/3: Buddy 

Resource: Mortimer

Grade 2: the Mitten 

OTHER grade 1: Caps for sale 

And of course you've already seen mine: If you give a mouse a cookie


I hope we've inspired you with ideas for next year!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

More 100th day postcards? thank you!

Can you believe that it's now over a month since we celebrated our 100th day of school, and we've still seen a trickle of cards arriving at school every single week?

As of my last post we had received 27 postcards from around the world.

Since then we have received a further 21 plus a card!

So our new final total is 48  plus 1. So close to 50!






Thank you everyone!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kandoo is Kool!

Yup, on purpose spelling mistake and all!

So today this was my class:

It of course, made me the BEST TEACHER EVER!
I received SO many hugs and "I love you, teacher"s today, lol.

So how did this happen? back in December I wrote on the company's Facebook Page.


I, of course, immediately replied to their message with this email:


I figured it would be another long wait, since it had been several weeks since my original post...


So fast!


And then I waited...

Yesterday I received this lovely box:

Sweet!
I opened it and found 15 packages and 17 capes!
Each package included these wonderful surprises for my kiddies:
5 tattoos, a "What's your Super power" pin, a wipe, colouring page and a coupon for their moms!

I opened a cape to see what it looked like and put it on my husband:
Not his colour, he prefers Batman.

Our daughter checked it out but decided there was no way she was going to allow us to put it on her. However, it was okay to put on her dolly and make her fly across the room and land on the floor.

She was a little confused why the dog wouldn't let her put it on. 

So today I brought the rest to school and my kids were ecstatic!




Thank you so much Kandoo!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March events

We're celebrating International Reading Month at my school, and one thing the teachers are doing is decorating our doors. After everyone has their doors done, I'll take pictures of all the rest to share. What I've seen so far is Awesome!

For now, mine:

I gave them a few favourites to choose from, and I hyped this one up a bit more before we voted and this book was chosen. I had the students each make a cookie for the door, and chose a few to paint the mouse I'd traced on the overhead.


I also decided to share pictures of my kids reading on my outside bulletin board:

I don't know if you can tell, but each paper is folded and popped off the wall for a 3D effect.

And finally, since it's March and St. Patrick's day is next week, we made these Pots of shiny gold at the end of the rainbow:


Saturday, March 8, 2014

Wow, busy night! Three new products ready.

So last night I finally finished up and posted three products from my long list of unfinished products (and those needing a freshening up).

I posted these great products. Very recently I shared my new colour posters for next year, and last night I shared my shape posters! I actually posted two very similar versions.

Here's a sneak peek. I like the black version better I think, but when I shared a sample page on my Facebook Fan page for help, half my respondents preferred the grey, so I made both!


And the third product I've been stressing over for a long time, and had hope to have it finished it time for the product swap this month, but didn't finally like it until last night.
This I'm really proud of. It's a Fry's first one hundred activity bundle, including flashcards, game cards, dominoes and dice. I'm hoping to eventually also add Bingo cards, and I have who has, but I'm thinking I'll make the second hundred first.

Which would you prefer?

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