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A Mommy Keelyn Day

Today I was home from work with my sick little girl.  She was sick through the night and in the morning when I had to make the decision to send her to school or stay home with her the answer was clear.  Poor little button!  But I’m sure all of you can identify the need to be with your mama when you are feeling that way.  My 6:30am riser slept in until 9:30 and then asked to be relocated to the couch.  She tried to be up a few times but it didn’t last long as she told me she was feeling dizzy.  A few movies later (thank you Netflix) and lots of snuggles she had started to perk up and that’s when I could see the boredom creep in.  A quick Pinterest search later and I found a fast and easy salt dough recipe  ornament that had 3 simple ingredients, flour, salt, warm water.  I knew this would be perfect for my recovering 4 year old as she was doing somersaults on the couch.  She could measure, pour, mix the ingredients independently and then use her mad playdough skills to roll and cut.    She came up with the idea to make it colourful.  She said purple and pink but I convinced her that red and green would be more Christmasy.  It’s also a no-bake we just put them on parchment on the island to dry.  We made 2 batches and it made about 30 ornaments. I think I might try this out with my students too! In a few days once they are fully dry  her and her little brother William will paint them.

A simple, quick and easy gift for all of her Great Aunts, Uncles and Grandparents and a super fast boredom buster!  I think I’ll try it again sometime but show her how to roll balls and make snowman sculptures!

This was her favourite part!  My 4 year old loves to get her hands dirty!

This was her favourite part! My 4 year old loves to get her hands dirty!

It has a really nice consistency. Very soft and easy to knead for small little hands!

It has a really nice consistency. Very soft and easy to knead for small little hands!

When I asked her if I could help her answer was "No mommy I know how to do this!"

When I asked her if I could help her answer was “No mommy I know how to do this!”

Happy New Year!

Since becoming a teacher I’ve always considered September to be the New Year.  When you think about it, it really is. Fresh pencils and erasers, newly waxed floors (thanks custodial team!), new bulletin board displays, fresh classroom/grade level (in some instances), new strategies to try, technology to dabble in and most important a whole new bunch of young faces who are nervous and excited about what their year is going to be like.  I’ve spent the past week at home and school preparing for those fresh faces.  I want them the come into the room on September 3rd and feel like their classroom is a warm, friendly welcoming place.

 I leave a lot wall space blank as I like to build it up with the children I am also big on things being organized and labelled. A place for everything 🙂  I feel like it makes the environment less stressful and more enjoyable for everyone.  It also helps the children with materials management to have it well organized.  I use to make up all the labels and signage for around the room but since teaching FDK for a few years I learned the value of letting the students do that so will be one of our first week projects.  

This year I used brown kraft paper on the bulletin boards.  I got the idea from an awesome Kindergarten colleague at my school @K5_RP.  It looks fresh, calm and organic and I will probably use this for a long time instead of bright colours.  Another colleague mentioned that they used the kraft paper because it’s great for many children with different visual/sensory concerns because it’s calm.  I also think it will allow for the children’s work to stand out.  

I also made a commitment this year to organize my classroom sign-out books.  They are organized into levelled bins and then there is a shelf of just “for fun” books.  I’m going to use http://classroom.booksource.com/ this year to catalogue the books and then students can sign out the books using a device (android or apple) or from the computer. It’s free to use which amazing and you can set up the restrictions.  For example, I’m allowing students to sign out 2 books for a week at a time. Even better if you have parent email addresses an overdue alert is sent to them!  In the book area I’ve put up a sheet of white paper and the kids can recommend books “graffiti style” which I think they will enjoy!  

The centre/hub of our classroom is our technology station. The desks and carpet area are all centred around this key part. Unfortunately our LCD is not ceiling mounted but I have it set up on a table in the middle of the room in a way that works.  Sadly I forgot to take a picture but I will later.  

For student jobs I made an iHelp chart that is in the shape of an iPad.  I found this on Pinterest and instantly I knew this was the perfect chart for me.  The students, especially the ones I had last year in grade 2 will get a kick out of it as they know my love of apple 🙂  I also included a “Tweeter of the Day” sign which will name the student each day.  You can actually follow our class @MsLYGrade3, the kids LOVE having new followers!  

My other great Pinterest find is the “Be” board.  It has the word Be in the centre and then it’s surrounded by great words like “unpredictable”, “punctual”, “organized”, “happy”, “yourself” etc.  Instead of putting up all of the words it just says Be.  We will add a new word each day which I think is going to be more powerful than just having the whole thing displayed.  

I feel ready for this year and I’m super excited.  No I did not get to organizing my filing cabinet but I figure a few planning times and some after school sessions I’ll get to it… or maybe I’ll have to put it on the list for next summer!  

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A Fresh Start

You know what I did today?  I went to school.  I was reluctant.  I’ve moved into a new house that is big and beautiful but with 2 kids and many projects on the go it’s just not getting settled as quick as we had hoped.  I knew I had to go to school to set up but really I just wanted to stay home and work on the house.  It’s also one of those weird anxiety kind of things I have when it comes to situations like starting something new.  

Anyway I went to school today and it was great.  Chatted with a bunch of my colleagues set out the room in a great way that will really be conducive to using 21st Century Tech and tomorrow when I go to school I get to the the fun part of decorating 🙂  Thank you Pinterest 🙂 

 

Pinterest

I love Pinterest.  “Pin it” has become a bit of an obsession for me but I can’t help it the A-Type girl I am just LOVES how things are organized into neat little digital file boxes.  So of my friends and I kid how well dressed our homes, kids and selves our in our alternate pinterest reality but truthfully I’ve found and followed through many good ideas thanks to that site.

This summer I decided to set up a pinterest for school account.  It’s a great way for me to organize and share ideas that I want to implement in my classroom with colleagues and parents.  Not that I’d be embarrassed for people to see my personal I just kind of felt like maybe they don’t want to know what we are having for dinner or what paint colour my laundry room is (or maybe they do?)  

It occurred to me that Pinterest would be a great tool for students to use to organize photos and information for assignments and projects.   For younger students you could even have a class pinterest where each student had a board and they could pin things to their board.  That’s a good idea I think I’m going to set that up.

How do you use pinterest in your classroom?

Oh yeah, follow me! Ms LY