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Friday, April 29, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Week!

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week!
Let's see who is watching.
Each day I will post one free packet that you can download from 9:00 to 5:00.
After that it will go back to it's original price.  
I will try and post things useful for all of you and ... PLEASE leave a comment!
Have fun this week.
You are the best and my goal is to supply you with products that will enhance your classroom and develop student strategies to promote learning.
First "FREEBIE" will be Monday.


Thursday, April 28, 2016

DIY Projects




 I fell in love with some of the new "clothespin" necklaces I have seen on Pinterest.
Knowing that I had limited resources I took a chance on some inexpensive items to create one of my own.


I purchased a package of clothespins.
Next I pulled the wooden pieces apart to take out the wire piece.
(I saved the wooden pieces.  Not sure what I will do with them yet.)

I threaded a pretty white ribbon through the spiral where the chain was on the necklace I saw.  
Any color ribbon would be lovely.
Then I used inexpensive beads from Hobby Lobby.  Mine were wooden but I think most any would work depending on what you wanted to spend.
This was the end result.
What mom would not want to wear this?
Not very child created BUT what if you used string and they put beads on either side.
With a beautiful card made by them I think Mom can wear this!!
Next, I post this every year BUT I just LOVE pinwheels.
My concern with children is using PINS to attach the pinwheel so instead I used a paper fastener with long prongs and attached it to a craft stick with a pipe cleaner.


But check this idea out!
How simple.  Just make sure the pencil is not sharpened. Or that would also work with the craft stick.
Here are the four steps.


1.  Cut a square.
2.  Fold in half into a triangle and then in half again.
3.  Cut almost to the center.
4.  Fold every other point to the center.
5.  Paper punch.
6.  Insert paper fastener. (Do not fold tabs back tight)
7.  Wrap pipe cleaner around the paper fastener on the back.
8.  Wrap around the craft stick.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Final Countdown...FREE

I love this final countdown chart.
There are 12 days available on the download but here I show 7.
As we complete a day a student is selected to remove the number!!



I mounted this on tagboard and hung a fat white ribbon from it.
I then attached the numbers to the ribbon.
Next I added these little icons to the numbers so the students know what day we were celebrating.
You can just use the numbers if you are NOT using the daily celebrations available in the Survival Kit.  They can each be purchased separately as well.






Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mother's Day Freebie

I think these posters will be delightful hanging in the room, on lockers, or mounted on paper.  But the best part will be when they go home to mom.  Date them for a keepsake.  FREE FOR YOU!

So I am going to elaborate on this.
In my packet I have this...

I have the kiddos making paper clips with buttons and I love them.
BUT
I spotted this on Pinterest...
And I thought ... How simple and cute are these!!
So another idea for you with a tag to attach to them.


I also spotted this on Pinterest.
I revised it a little with using tagboard and added a flower.
This was the result.



You could fill it with anything!!
Kisses and Hugs
Lifesavers
Muffin
Cookie

If you like these I know you will love the complete packet.









Saturday, April 23, 2016

5 Little Monkeys!

I have always loved these stories and children do too!
This packet takes six of the popular "monkey" stories and provides activities for comprehension, word work, writing, a craft, and FUN!!
These adorable monkey patterns are fun for decorating a bulletin board or wall.
I like to hang mine from our clothes line.
And there are 16 vocabulary cards for posting by your literature.
Ideal for reading, abc order, finding ideas in the stories.
The comprehension activities fit with the common core.
Here is a sample of sequencing.
Read, order, paste.