Monday, October 28, 2013

50's Day

I love 50's Day!  We celebrate the 50th day of school by dressing up and pretending to be back in the 1950's.  The students probably don't really understand what that means except that they get to dress up and eat.  That's all that matters.

My aide probably has a love/hate relationship with me.  She is always such a good sport to dress up.  Glasses were in this year.  Almost all the girls wore glasses.  Sooo cute!

Only one little girl could blow bubbles.  She is in the top left hand corner.  She said, "Mrs. Paige, you know why i am able to blow bubbles?"  "Why?" "Because I have been practicing for years."  She's only 5.

Loved our decorations and tables.  One of my moms used to be an event planner.  Of course, I grabbed her up to help me.  I saw the cupcakes on this site

We had miniature hamburgers, french fry chips, cupcakes, pigs in a blanket, Twizzlers, and little bottles of Coke.

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We've been studying nocturnal animals for a couple of weeks.  I can't help but spend more time with owls.  They are fun and interesting creatures to study.

We did a directed drawing of an owl.  I am not sure of the source of the original owl.  I had done the drawing myself and had found it in my box.  I was really proud of what they did. I think they were excited, too.  They drew owls at every spare moment the next week.

The idea for the large owl came from Deanna Jump. My mom made it for me.  The little owls at the bottom are a torn paper owl project.  You just need an owl pattern and then the students tear small pieces of paper and glue them to the owl pattern.  I used a scallop punch and circle punch for the eyes.

We also made owl cupcakes.  I just found these on Pinterest.  We used cupcakes with chocolate icing, brown m & m's, double-stuffed Oreos, and a candy corn.  They were fun to make and of course, super yummy!

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

Every year I watch the website for the dates of St. Luke's Pumpkin Patch.  They only offer field trips for one week. The first ones to sign up get to visit the Pumpkin Patch.  I admit I am a little bit anal when it comes to checking the website to see when we will be able to sign up.  This year we were the first to sign up. YES! 

We always pray for beautiful weather so that we can enjoy the pumpkins and go to the park for a picnic afterwards. They offer a little program inside the church teaching about pumpkins and sharing favorite pumpkin books. Then, we're off to check out all the cool pumpkins. They have a great place set up to take pictures and a "real" scarecrow to add to all the fun.  Everyone goes home with a little pumpkin.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Fall is in the Air

Here are three displays we have in the hallway and in the classroom.  The first one was completed during our apple unit.  The ideas came from Kim Adsit.  The second one was painted by my aide's daughter.  She creates backdrops for all of our special events.  She is so talented.  Thank you, Jessica.  The third display is made up of pumpkins that we drew and painted.  This idea came from Deep Space Sparkle. The tree and the scarecrow were enlarged at Kinko's from a clip art book and colored with chalk. Fall means cooler temperatures, holiday breaks, and homemade goodies are just around the corner. Happy Fall, Y'all!

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Nursery Rhyme Day

We stepped up our Nursery Rhyme Day a little from last year. This year we created a food-themed table with special snacks. We videotaped the nursery rhyme performances.  For two weeks, we learned nursery rhymes, did art activities, and sang songs.  We ended our unit with a Nursery Rhymes in Never, Never Land Celebration.

Our backdrop for photos 

Our take home - play-doh and a cookie cutter that was the students' initial  

The Old Woman in the Shoe and Little Bo Peep 

Mother Goose Juice 

Jack and Jill 

Three Blind Mice 

Jack Be Nimble 

The Muffin Man 

Little Bo Peeps 

Little Miss Muffets 

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Grandparents' Day

I always struggle with what to do for Grandparents' Day.  It's always a challenge to come up with something for the students to make.  This year, I decided to do something different.  We made these pictures, framed them in black card stock, and put a label on them.  We made two for each student, so that they could give one to each set of grandparents.

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First Days of School

First quarter is almost over, and I am just now posting our first day of kindergarten pictures.  Time has certainly gotten away from me.  We have some really cute students, some who are so excited to learn.

One morning I was going over calendar and our schedule for the day.  One of my little boys kept saying, "And then what Mrs. Paige, and then what?"  He was so excited, I got tickled.

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