February 26, 2013

purrrfect snow day

Today was snow day #3.
Snow day #4 has already been called in for tomorrow.

I am actually happy because I am now back on normal rotation so none of my classes will be off schedule.

Since I have no lessons to share because I am never at school these days.
Enjoy my art project for the day.

February 21, 2013

snow day

Two years ago I experienced my first snow day ever as a teacher.
But not only did I just experience one snow day...we had six that year!

Then I watched for the last two years my dream of a snow day drifting away.
Here's the deal.
I don't really need a snow day.
I don't really want a snow day.
These are the days that create one class to be three weeks ahead of the other two classes.
It is these days that make you want to throw your lessons plan book out the window.

But I still don't care.
The snow is upon us.
It is beautiful.
And I am snowww happy.

February 20, 2013

four blogs to follow

To my online family.
Which would be all of you.

In the past few weeks or slightly longer I have run across four ladies on four blogs.

I just felt like I wanted to bring these ladies and their blogs to your attention because they are all so great.

// ARTipelago //
One of her recent endeavors was an // elmer the elephant // weaving. The results were so cute plus it connects to a book. You can't beat projects where you can read to your students and create something beautiful. Go see what she is all about.

Hello witty blog title! Clearly when you get creative with your blog title then you know you are bound to find creativity within the blog. Staci is pretty new to the blogging world (like a month ago new) but so were we all once. Head on over there to see what she is up to.

Beth has been faithfully commenting on my blog for a while now. It wasn't until today that I realized she had a blog of her own. I was so excited just to be able to comment back, but then I realized, her blog is awesome! Hooray for excellent finds! Go see for yourself.

Morgan's blog was a really random Pinterest find. She has one of those blogs that will suck you in for hours just because her photos are so striking. Oh and did I mention she renovated a barn and lives in it? I was dying just looking at the gorgeous photos. Go. You will love her stuff too.

February 19, 2013

value piggies

One of the lessons I love to do with my Kindergartners is value pigs.
We have a little discussion about value, but most of this is exploration.
I can't remember where I got this idea, so if it is yours let me know.
This year I decided to use tracers.
It was too much of a marathon to free hand the main shapes and get them to be a good size within a thirty-minute span.
I was worried they wouldn't look unique, but they free hand all the details, so trust me, they do!
We draw the details on with pencil and then outline with black crayon.
I give the kids three shades of pink.
Even though this looks like mixed paint, I purposefully don't mix them completely because it is fun to watch them experience the colors mixing on their paper.
At the end of day one the pig should look something like this.
Snout is light pink.
Head, tail, top part of ear are medium pink.
Body, middle part of ear are dark pink.

On day two we get thick sharpies and we outline everything.
Fill in the hooves with sharpie.
Cut and glue down a pig-pen.
Cut out the piggie and glue him down.

February 12, 2013

organizing weaving supplies

Weaving can be a very chaotic medium to teach if you aren't organized.
So here is one of my organization tricks.

You'll need:
A few empty paper towel rolls.
Piece of construction paper.

Cut the paper towel rolls in half.
Stand them up vertically and tape them together.
Tape the piece of construction paper to the bottom and sides of the rolls.
These are my favorite way to organize the weaving strips.
I like to have a few of these on hand so I can put different size strips in them.
Easy storage.

February 7, 2013

refashioned globe

Yesterday I spotted my school getting rid of these beauties.
So I snagged a few.
Months ago I saw this // pin //
and I instantly saw a future craft.
So I utilized some spar time today in order to make a statement piece for my nightstand.
For my globe I used gesso (although any paint will work). Paintbrushes. Palette.
Running total for this craft...free.
Can't beat that.
Siri helped me find some synonyms and definitions for words pertaining to adventure.
My favorite being...
"take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome"
It barely took any gesso to cover my globe with many words, phrases, and drawings.
I used hearts to highlight all the places on my globe where I have been
or want to go.
Places near and dear to my heart.
Life is a journey.
Hold on and take a breath.
I even used lyrics from songs I love like // this one //.
This craft was easy and the perfect creative release.

February 6, 2013

i'm here...no malware...

Technically there really was no malware...
I already knew what Google was accusing my blog of having.
But what google didn't know was they were dealing with someone who was computer savvy and had already caught said malware ages ago...
Sorry though if you got caught in believing the lie.
I also should let you all know I am in the midst of the last semester of my Masters.
It seems to be taking up more of my time than I'd like.
So have patience with me concerning the blog.
I am here.
Just trying to further my education.
3 months and 4 days until ultimate freedom.