Last week when we had our Circus theme, my class made a train with animals. I was searching around for some good pictures they could color and paint when I realized it would be more fun if they drew the animals themselves! They could draw whatever they wanted and I cut it out for them. Then they glued it onto a colored rectangle and glued on some black strips of paper for the bars. Tippytoe Crafts Tippytoe Crafts
Origami Instructions These origami instructions and diagrams were written to be as easy to follow as possible. I recommend using origami paper if you want them to turn out nice, but regular paper will do fine for simple diagrams. For those who are unfamiliar with origami, it is the art of folding paper into a sculpture without using glue or scissors. This may seem like a daunting task, but it's entirely possible to fold paper into very sophistocated and beautiful designs. Most origami instructions and diagrams here will be easy in order to not discourage you, but feel free to tackle the harder ones if you feel daring want some challenge. Origami Instructions
Kingdom of the Pink Princesses We've been trying a new routine every morning for a few weeks now. Until this we did not have routine, the kids and I walked into the School room and well, just started on with work. I thought it would be nice to have a morning routine to change things up and plus get in some daily practice and inspiration for the rest of the day. I have this big non-magnetic white board in the school room that we never used. Kingdom of the Pink Princesses
Chalk Talk: A Kindergarten Blog

Chalk Talk: A Kindergarten Blog

Today we read one of my favorite Christmas books. My students tell me I say that every book I read is my favorite. Lol.
B.Inspired, Mama!
little illuminations Enjoy Nature--plant a garden! We 've started a little garden behind our classroom. This week we've worked hard to make sure it is watered properly and even planted a new plant someone gave us. We have a little blue skink that lives in our garden! I think it may be the same one from last year. He is getting a little bolder and sticking around a little longer so we can get a better look at him! little illuminations
We last visited Build-a-Bear Workshop a couple of years ago when the kids were given a gift voucher. Then aged three and one I think they were a little too young and didn't really get the concept, but on our return visit today, now they are older, they loved the entire process. For the un-initiated this is a shop where you create your own teddy by stuffing a skin (but you probably could have guessed that from the shop's name). Knitty Mummy Knitty Mummy
I have just uploaded a bunch of new files to review and consolidate Winter words with my children. Click on the image to check them Wondering what to do with the bunch of plastic bottle caps you have at home? Ingles360 Ingles360
"Mini Babybel" provided me with product for this review. However, thoughts and opinions are our own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand. Beep comes the Easter Babybel Bunny riding his Pig in a Blanket Race Car! We created this fun lunch the other day & my boys thought it was awesome! Very easy to make & such a cute Easter lunch that the kids will love! Babybel recently sent us their different kinds of mini Babybel's to sample. Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons
Elaine Ng Friis Dear Readers Thank you for reading my blog for the past three years. Due to the growing popularity of this blog (sometimes not always wanted), I have decided to migrate to a new blog to retain our privacy. If you are a mom and would like to continue to be a reader, please send me a comment to this post with your email address, and I will provide you with the URL to the new blog. If you are concerned about your own privacy, the comments will be inactivated after sometime. Elaine Ng Friis
retrospective retrospective The 3 and 4-year olds went on a walk in the forest. I wanted them to document this experience with what I would describe as a story collage. I wanted to recreate the map that I used to outline our journey and then introduce the colors and textures of the trip itself. I had this idea that I wanted the components of this project to be crisp and clean in color.
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I love teaching a weather unit around this time every year. At least in Indiana, March is perfect for teaching about weather because one day it will be in the 70's and the next day, it will be snowing. You can pretty much guarantee that March in Indiana is going to bring sun, snow, rain, and thunderstorms, so we get some real life experience with it all. We began on Monday by brainstorming a list of weather words. After creating our list, I passed out 2 raindrop shapes to each student and had them write a weather word and illustrate it for our Weather Vocabulary board that will stay up in our classroom while we are learning about weather. Fun in First Grade
Welcome, if you're new here! I am a technological cave person. Absolutely NOTHING comes intuitively to me in the realm of technology, with the one notable exception: Pinterest! I do 'get' Pinterest. {See my P-Tutorial here.} I get to travel as an Author-Illustrator making school visits, so I'm used to taking a lot of pictures.
The Educators' Spin On It Survival Guide for Indoor Cold Winter Days. The forecast calls for extreme cold in much of the USA and other places around the world. Although I am a huge advocate for playing outside in all sorts of weather, there are times when it is NOT SAFE for outside play. Schools are canceled already for Monday due to the extreme cold temperatures. This means kids are having indoor days, even trips our of the house can pose safety risks in some areas. The Educators' Spin On It
TEACHING IN THE DIGITAL AGE - TECHIES AND DINOSAURS! By Brian Puerling Chapter Two “Using Photographs and Images to Inspire” Oh, my goodness! I haven’t written a book report since high school! Let’s see if I can remember how to do this!
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