Friday, December 21, 2012

Oh Deer!......parent gifts

Well, I am cutting it close this year.....sheesh!  Normally by this time I would have gifts all wrapped up and sent home.  I just really procrastinated this year with what I wanted to do.  I think I pinned everything on Pinterest.  I loved the reindeer ornament on the small canvas but after pricing those cute little things, I had to come up with something new.

So as I was walking away from the cute little canvas isle I noticed a SALE on beautiful, shiny, and clear christmas bulbs.  PERRRRFECT!!

So right then and there it had be decided.  We will make reindeer with our thumbprints.  I've seen that somewhere but cannot think of where.  I thought it was something that I had pinned on Pinterest but I couldn't find it on my board.  So I bought and borrowed some acrylic paint and we got started.  A teamie of mine said "I love you dearly". Yes! Yes! Yes! 

I'm the worst photographer EVER....and I should paint my nails....anyway, didn't they turn out cute????  They wrote "i love you dearly" but with my picture taking skills you can't see it.

I sure hope the parents adore them like I do.  I love to get pictures of MY kids from their classroom so I just assume other parents are the same way, so I added a picture of the kids on the tag.  One side has each kiddos picture and on the other side the poem below.  I came up with the poem below and I would LOVE for you to have it, I just ask that you give me credit if you use it.  
I am sure at this point I am not helping anyone but I choose to look at it like I am early for next year. :0

Have a SWEET day!! 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Game and Goodies

I just love reader's theater.  I think it is fabulous and there is just soooo much you can do with it (I'll share some of the things we do later).  Usually I do reader's theater in my small groups but this week we are doing it as a whole class.  We are reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas, {click here} to get a copy for your class.  It's perfect for a large class and I had planned for the kids to read it to their parents at the Christmas party little sweeties keep getting sick.  I had 3 out today and sent 3 home throwing up.  Yikes!!  Hello Lysol!!  

Last week we learned the long o sound spelled ow, oa, and o.  I made a game for the kiddos to play and thought I would share it with you.  
We have also spent the entire school year (it feels like) learning types of sentences and using the correct terminology.  There is really nothing cuter than to hear them tell me it's an interrogative sentence.  They truly butcher mispronounce that word but they know what it is. 

Our parent gifts are coming along nicely!!  I think they are turning out pretty stinkin' cute, if I do say so myself.  My favorite kind of gifts from my own sweeties involves something on their body painted-then transformed into something else (example: like feet turned into ghosts) and pictures. I believe I have captured both. {squealing!!}  Pics coming.

Okay, I've shared a game now let me share a goodie.  I love to make cake balls aka blobs (mine actually resemble a blob) and give them as gifts.  So my little sass and I got started, we used a chocolate cake mix and frosting and a vanilla cake mix and frosting.  This is really super duper easy.  First, you bake a cake according the box directions.  Let it cool and then break it apart in a bowl a mix in the frosting.
Form small balls or blobs and freeze for a couple of hours.  Melt candy chocolate and dip the cake ball in the chocolate and place on wax paper to cool.  To dress up our blobs we melted white chocolate and drizzled it over the top.  Finally, try to give most of them away otherwise you will get carried away eating them.

Sweet Dreams Friends!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Slowing Down....When the World is So Busy

It seems after this weekend the things that I felt were so important and busy with are no longer so important.  It is time to slow down and treasure each and every minute in the day.  This weekend the Mr. and I spent time with our children and each other.  It wasn't different than any other weekend other than it was intentional.  We slowed down and treasured each moment.
Getting ready to hunt with daddy.
{GASP!}  Being chauffeured around town.

Cooking treats with my sweet.
 As much as I want to stay home with my sweets and never leave the house, the other part of me can't wait to hold to the kiddos in my classroom.  I have been reminded to  treasure the moments in the classroom especially during such a busy time of year.  My heart and prayers go out to the families and everyone involved with Sandy Hook Elementary.  

A little update with what's going on in the classroom.  We just finished Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells Batman Smells and the LOVED it.  I only had one kid that had previously read the book.....that really surprised me AND made it so much more fun.  We took a field trip to the Dallas Children's Theatre and watched the book live onstage.
So exciting!!  We made ourselves into elves, learned about idioms and quotation marks. 
Thanks to this sweet little goodie from TPT I didn't have to create too many activities. 

Ugh!!  Not sure why this is blurry but click {here} to see it on TPT.

After we made ourselves into an elf and discussed speech bubbles and what they mean, I told each sweetie to pretend their elf is looking to the elf next to them and write what they would say.  Ha!-and they turned out great!

The elf on the left said, "The elf next to me is off their rocker!

Then we took our speech bubbles and discussed quotation marks using elbow macaroni.  We spent a lot of time using pre-made sentences and moving our pasta around to the correct place of quotations.  After lots of practice we wrote our own sentence on a sentence strip and glued our pasta for the quotation marks.  Of course, we wrote our sentence as if our elf said it. :)

I received the COOOOOLEST gift ever from my sweet friend over at Smitten with First.  You have to check out her newest unit. 
Click {here}

It's fabulous!! The first activity we did was create a Christmas tree and using common and proper nouns.
The kids had to come up with a proper noun and then list the common noun under the Christmas ornament.  I just LOVE my funky Christmas tree!!  Thanks so much, Michelle, my talented friend!!

Have a very blessed and SWEET day!