Monday, March 12, 2012

My March Door...
    So decorating my classroom door is what keeps me going as a teacher, as weird as that sounds.  I started college as an Graphic Design Major and quickly switched to Art Education , thinking I would merge the two worlds of being good with kids and being good at art.  I quickly realized that I didn't exactly "fit the mold" of the typical art student.  It frustrated me that I had to do many more art classes than education classes and eventually my frustration led me down the path of Elementary Education.  It's weird looking back, because I wasn't one of those little girls who always dreamed of being a teacher.  Sure, I played school at home and loved to put my little sister in time out, but if you look in my 5th grade yearbook it says I'll be a Veterinarian or a Marine Biologist...yeah right.  Try:  Most days you'll feel like a glorified babysitter, but every once in awhile you have a moment when you realize you are making small differences in the world, child by child, and it makes it all worth it.
     So back to my door... I love getting the opportunity to still feel like an "artist," even though it's just some tempera paint and bulletin board paper.  Here it is-

And oh yeah... this dog won't stop growing! ...

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Hello March...

March is one of my favorite months of the year...It's my birthday month!  I also love celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday and St. Patrick's Day with the kids...they're two holidays you can have tons of fun with.

Today, in preparation for Dr. Seuss's birthday, we made "The Cat in the Hat Magic Dough."  We have been learning about "How-To" writing, so it was the perfect activity/shared experience for writer's workshop.  I got the idea from a friend who made the dough with her toddler (Thanks Haley!) and put the Seussical-Spin on it.  It's amazing what adding colored glitter can do for a 5 year old's excitement level.  You would have thought it was Christmas morning when I let them mix this stuff with their bare hands.

Here's the recipe we used:
(We made 4 separate bins at our tables) ...
4 cups flour
1/2 cup baby oil
red and blue glitter (as much as you want)
**Be specific with your measurements.  We had a group thinking it would be "cool" to add a little more flour and theirs ended up being the hardest to work with.

Mix the ingredients with your hands.  It forms a dry dough that can be formed in balls but easily broken back into its original form- very cool.

Following the activity I had the table teams write the steps to the activity together.  As a class, we voted on and discussed which group was most specific with their writing.  It was a fun way to collaborate and tie-in our writing objective for the week.

At the end of the day, I sent each child home with a sandwich baggie filled with 1 cup of the dough.  I made labels to go on it so their parents wouldn't think they were bringing home glittered kitty litter. :) (Oh-- and we discussed that you DON'T eat it! Hey, it's Kindergarten)

HERE is the link for the labels! -FREE @ my TpT store.

Here is another fun Dr. Seuss activity we completed in our literacy centers this week...I created the sheet to go along with the book "Green Eggs & Ham."  We are turning this into our own classroom book...

**Thanks to for the cute border!


Last- we went with a "1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" theme for math centers this week.  The kids made fish tanks using colored goldfish and created an addition sentence to match-- so much fun!  I came up with a catchy poem to go along with it:
____ fish and ____ fish in water so blue
How much do you get when you join the two?

(my example)

(kids work)

Annnnd as if Dr. Seuss days are not exciting enough-- I came home to see these beauties popping up in my yard!  I guess it's safe to say Spring is on the way!!

Annnddd as if this were not the longest blog posting already... Something else made my week extra special. :) Last Friday we brought our first "new addition" home... Meet Charlie Laver! She's such a love.