Monday, October 8, 2018

Art Tip

My students do art often. The thought of washing 32 (or more) paint brushes does not sound like fun. So a few years ago I decided to use sponges and then have the kids throw them away after they are done with their work. Last week, I ran out of sponges so I went and bought more today. Here is what I do.

First, I cut the sponges in quarters.

Next, I let the sponges air dry completely.

Last, I put the sponges in a ziplock bag and store them in my art closet.

I only use the sponges if the whole class is painting at the same time.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Class Auction Item Number 1

I have so many cute ideas for our class auction item that I think we need to do several auction items.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and I had to make it. I bought a piece of wood from Michael's craft store. I painted a tree trunk and branches on the wood. 

Then the each of the kids put five fingerprints on the tree.

Then I wrote the students names around the edge of the wood. Finally, I painted Mod Podge on top to seal our project. 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

This Week in Kindergarten

We have been very busy in Kindergarten this week. We learned about Jackson Pollock and then did splatter art. We wore smocks, but we were still covered in paint! The kids loved doing splatter art. 

Our seventh grade buddies read books to us outside. The Kinders love having big kids read to them and the big kids do an awesome job acting like older siblings.

We visited our school garden. I think we will plant some veggies soon.

We did patterns in math. This child is making AB patterns with apple cutouts.

We also made AB sticker patterns. 

These two kids are making ABC sticker patterns.

We learned some prayers.

We did a craft about prayer before meals.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Back to School 2018

We had an awesome first week of school. I took each child's picture on our playground with a basket of apples. It is going to make a cute keepsake for the parents. 

We practiced our fine motor skills by using stickers to write our names. I wrote the kids' names on a piece of paper with a marker first. Then the kids used stickers to cover the lines. They came out so cute! 

The kids made these adorable apples for their parents.  First, they finger painted circles on a sheet of white paper. Then I drew a stem, leaf, and apple shape on the paper. Next, the kids cut out the shapes. Last, the kids glued the pieces to black paper to make an apple. 

The kids made a jelly fish craft. They had to follow verbal step by step directions to complete the project. 

It was the second grade teacher's birthday so we made her a bouquet of flowers made out of cupcake liners and pipe cleaners. Each student made two flowers. 

We had a wonderful first week. I have a great group of kids and cannot wait to post more fun projects this year.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Kindergarten Graduation 2018

Today was Kindergarten graduation. Here are the highlights.  

Graduation Photos

Programs and Crayons (made from recycled Kinder crayons)

The Photo Booth

Art Masters and Music Masters Portfolios

Each child made a person craft with their favorite memory written on it.

 The Stage

Each child made this keepsake with their handprint on it.  

 This is the hall when it was all set up for the graduation. 

One of the Kindergarten mom's made this beautiful cake. It was delicious. 

These are some of the kids in their fancy clothes.

Some of my kids made this cute picture for me. 

They also made this page. The kids connected three pages together and made me a tiny town. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Teeny Town

Over the last month, we have been learning about maps and our community. We decided to make our own table top map that the kids affectionately named Teeny Town. 
 The kids made buildings.

 We have a fire station, police station, church, and library.

We have the beach with a pier and a light house (the one with a yellow cone roof).

We have a hospital.

We have a school with a playground and field.

We have a residential section near the school. Chucky E. Cheese's is right across the street from the school.

We have foil boats in the water. Titanic is also off the coast (it is the big boat on two index cards).

We have beach city shops right on the edge of the ocean.

Of course we can't forget the Apple Store, Home Depot, and Trader Joe's. 

The kids had a lot of fun creating Teeny Town.