Sunday, July 31, 2011

Caterpillar Numbers

Many of you probably do this already, but I just loved our daily number caterpillar last year.  I had to die cut 100 circles and have them laminated.  I did numbers 1-9 in light blue and each time I got to a ten, the circle was brown.  This made it really easy to count by 10's too.  One of our calendar jobs was to add a circle to the caterpillar.  At the beginning of the year I showed them how far it would grow across our classroom and they didn't believe me.  By the time we got to 100, they were amazed!  When we got to only 20 days left of school, we started counting backwards and removing the last 20 circles. 
This isn't the best picture, but it was the best I could do.

Friday, July 22, 2011

My School Banner

I love the banner idea from Babbling Abby!  I made one in my safari theme.  I also added iron on letters to spell out my school name.  I purchased white iron on patches and cut them into circles, then ironed the zebra print letter onto those so they would stand out a little more.  Kind of difficult to see in the picture, but it looks pretty good for a DIY project with a 6 year old helping out :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I was the Winner of the Altoid Contest!!!!

Hooray!  I was the winner of Color Me Happy in Kindergarten's contest!  Check out her great blog and read the fun ideas on what to do with empty Altoid containers.  I can't wait to head to Target with my  $10 gift card!  I need to come up with a fun contest too!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dressed up Target baskets


I needed to organize all of my class books.  I bought a bunch of baskets from Target in the $ section.  I added a little ribbon to dress them up a bit.  I will hang a label on each one when I go back to school.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Reading Corner Bench

So I like to get crafty in July.  I am going to use a safari theme in my classroom this year.  I made this fun bench to go in my reading corner.  The best part was, my husband did not have to do any of the work.  The wood was from Lowes and already the correct size.  The cement blocks just needed some black paint, and then zebra stripes.  I also have some black crates to cover and use as the storage/stools, as soon as I get my husband to cut some wood.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Birthdays


Birthdays have to be the most exciting day in kindergarten.  kids begin talking about it weeks ahead of time.  I have a special cupcake cover that goes over their chair for the day.  I also have this cute candle hat they wear during their happy birthday song.  I was at Michael's store with my 6 year old.  I found these really cute crowns that were not decorated yet.  She thought they were so fun.  I decided this year I will have kids decorate their own birthday crown to wear.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Book Boxes

You can turn an empty cereal box into a fancy book box.  Each year I have the kids bring in one cereal box.  I ask for sticker donations and a volunteer.  I have my volunteer cut the boxes down to the same size and wrap them.  I use colorful butcher paper from our supply room, but you could use pretty wrapping paper too.  We use letter stickers to spell our their names and they get to choose a handful of stickers to decorate their boxes.  We keep these on the shelf right above their coats and backpacks.  All year long we are reading the paper copies of our reading series.  I send some of these home, and choose certain ones to keep in their book box.  We find about 5-10 minutes a day to read from their book box. They love this time.  Later during the year I give them a small journal to go in their book box as well.   This picture does not really show how cute these boxes are.  The name is down the side of the box with jumbo letter stickers.

Great Bracelet Bargain!

I love summer clearance!  I was at Hobby Lobby this week and found these great slap bracelets.  I will use them at the beginning of the year for first and last names.  I haven't figured out how I am going to put their names on yet, (any fun ideas)??   I want something fancier than just markers.  Most of my kids can spell their first names coming into kindergarten, but many do not know last names.  They can keep these bracelets in their tool boxes.  50% off in the summer/ VBS section!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Looking for a NEW class pet


So last year I had a really cute (stuffed) leopard for our class pet.  He was a traveling pet and spent a weekend at everyone's home.  Each family took pictures Leo the Leopard and wrote in the journal telling all about Leo's adventure.  Leo was so fortunate to go all over the place.  He went to the football stadium, birthday parties, church, shopping, the zoo, dinners.  I have to say he was probably a favorite for my kindergarten students.  By the end of the year he was totally ready to retire.  I am on the lookout for a fresh, new pet.

My Very First Blog

So here it is!  Summer is 1/2 way over and I have just decided to start up this blog.  I can't wait to get things going.  I know it will take some time to get things figured out in my new world of blogging.