Wednesday, August 2, 2017

More summer fun

I am a Kindergarten teacher and I also direct the middle school girls choir at my school. I have sung in choirs since second grade and I love singing. I have a strong background in music. Until last school year, I had never conducted a choir before. Near the end of the school, year my principal asked me to direct the choir for the following year and so I started looking for professional development relating to choir conducting. I was lucky enough to find the Summer Choral Conducting Workshop presented by Dr. Walders and the San Diego Pro Arte Voices. It was an AWESOME experience. It reminded me of things I had forgotten and made me much more confident about being a conductor. 

This summer I went to the Choral Conducting Workshop again to learn even more. It was so much fun. 

The workshop was 30 hours spread out over two and a half days. It was a busy few days, but it was a lot of fun.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What do you do with old crayon pieces?

At the end of the year there are always pieces of crayons left over. I use the old crayons to make new shape crayons. Fill 8oz measuring cups with crayons. Put them on a cookie sheet to prevent spilling the wax all over. Put them in the oven at 375 degrees fahrenheit for 35 minutes.

Remove the crayons from the oven and let them cool to 160 degrees fahrenheit. 

Stir the melted crayons before you pour them into the candy molds.

Pour the melted crayons into the candy molds and let cool. When they are solid, put the molds into the freezer for five minutes. Then, take the candy molds out of the freezer and turn them over on the counter. The crayons will fall right out. 

Here are the finished crayons.

They are so much fun to make and use. I am going to make welcome to school bags with the crayons in them.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Classroom Update

Last Friday, I went up to school to work for a little while and I was pleasantly surprised to find that my bulletin boards were painted and my floor was waxed. Our facilities manager and his assistant did an awesome job on my room. They touched up the paint on the wood work too. 

This is what my room looked like when I got to school.

 Here is the front of the room.

I got to work putting up boarders in the bathrooms. I am hoping to find some cute woodland creature wall decals.

I started putting boarders on all of my bulletin boards.

Here is my room at the end of the day.

Here is the writing wall in the back of the room.

I have more to do, but it is a good start. 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Summer Fun

What do teachers do all summer? Well, I think that most of us work to get ready for next year. My classroom bulletin boards are being painted this summer so I took everything off of them.

I decided that this is going to be a great time to change themes. I have had a frog theme in my room for the past five years. This year I am going to switch to a woodland friends theme. 
 So cute...

Frogs live in the forest too so I can still use my frog alphabet and number line. At the end of last school year, I made Froggy Folders for next year so it is a good thing that frogs work with my new theme. Last week, I sent postcards to each child who will be in my class. 

I also made this cute chalkboard sign for the kids to hold on the first day of school.

Here is my favorite new find. I got a Scotch personal laminator. It is AWESOME! I have used it for school projects and to laminate items at home. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Where the Wild Things Are Play 2017

Tonight we performed our Where the Wild Things Are play. The kids did an awesome job. I made the costumes five years ago when my first Kindergarten class performed the play. They are made out of fleece and are washable. The hats are a pattern I made the first year after a costume I saw online. We make new hats every year and the kids get to take them home.

Here is the front gate of the school. This year I made the vines out of brown craft paper. Then I cut out leaves in three shades of green and stapled them onto the vines. I made the Max cut out using on paper glued to cardboard. 

There are wild things on the doors and over the doors to the hall. There are wild thing footprints along the walkway to the hall.

The sign on the door says "Wild things enter here".

These are our programs and prayer. 

This is the stage with our backdrop which I bought from Oriental Trading.

I painted this backdrop five years ago and it still looks good. I think I need to touch up a few places for next year.

I made this boat five years ago and it is still doing well. I might have to make a new one next year or reinforce the cardboard. It is starting to deteriorate.  

The kids did an awesome job! I cannot believe how much they have grown this year.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Holy Week 2017

It has been a busy few weeks. Last week, was our first week back to school after Easter vacation. The week before Easter vacation was Holy Week and we did a lot of fun activities. Here is are some of the Holy Week activities that we did.

We read the story of Palm Sunday and made this tear and glue palm leaf craft.

The kids made this book which tells what we Jesus went through in his last week of life. On each page, the kids have to cut and paste letters to spell Jesus and then they color a picture to go with the sentence that is on the page.

We talked about the Stations of the Cross and each child made one of these lift the flap Stations of the Cross to take home with them.

Each child made this Holy Week in Fingerprints activity.  It is a wonderful keepsake. I adapted it from this activity by Catholic Icing. It is more manageable for a whole class activity if you use fingerprints instead of handprints.

We read the story of the Last Supper and then we made this washing of the feet craft. To make the footprints we made our hands into a fist and then pressed the fist, pinky side down, onto a stamp pad. We made the toes with fingerprints.

We also made this stained glass looking crucifix craft. It is made with liquid starch and tissue paper pieces.

We talked about the Veil of Veronica and the kids made a drawing of what they thought Jesus' face looked like on a piece of cloth.

Throughout the week we used Resurrection Eggs to talk about Jesus' Holy Week. By the end of the week, the students we able to tell me what the symbols in each egg represented. This year I used a book called Benjamin's Box to go with the Resurrection Eggs. There are a couple differences in the eggs and the book, but we made it work. 

On Holy Thursday, our fourth and fifth grade classes act out the Last Supper. It is wonderful for the students to see a play about the Last Supper. Jesus is played by an eighth grade student.

Yesterday, we finished our learning about Easter with a cooking activity called Resurrection Rolls. First we rolled out a pillsbury crescent roll on a plate. Next, we put a marshmallow on top of the crescent roll. The crescent roll represents the tomb that Jesus was put in after he was taken off the cross and the marshmallow represents Jesus.

Then, we sprinkled a cinnamon and sugar mixture on top of the marshmallow.

We folded the dough around the marshmallow and put the bundle onto a baking sheet.

When the rolls came out of the oven the kids got to eat them. As they were eating them, they realized that the marshmallow was gone; just like on Easter morning when Jesus rose from the dead.

It was a busy few weeks and the kids learned a lot about Jesus' Holy Week and Easter.