Friday, May 17, 2013

Everyone is Famous, Autograph Book

It is here, the end of the year!!  I am sad but happy all at the same time.  I will miss my kiddos, but I sure do love the summer and getting to spend time with my own 3 wonderful kids at home.

One of my favorite last day of school activities is our Everyone is Famous, Autograph Books.  We talk about the future and what some of them might be when they grow up.    My classroom helper,  Grandpa Mr. Brown, read them a book a couple weeks ago.  Make Believe was given to him on his 8th birthday, and it is about kids pretending to be all the different people they could be when they grow up.   "Rock Star Mrs. Rucker, I am going to be a Rock Star!"  Yes, sure might be sweet heart.  I just love kindergarten kids!  Everyone knows what an autograph is, and I tell them that really in my classroom, everyone is famous. So......let's get their autograph.

Life Touch comes every fall to take our individual pictures, and they always give the teachers a little set of "sticker" pictures of the kids for classroom use.   I use those pictures for our autograph books.  I put a picture of each child and myself in the book, and then I make a copy for each student.  I pass out our colored pens, and the autograph signing fun begins.  :)  I use the original book.  This is such a great keepsake. Who knows, one of them may really be famous some day, and I have their autograph!

I hope you have/had a wonderful year!  Click on the link below to find this memorable classroom resources.

"Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: rejoice!"   Philippians 4:4

Monday, May 6, 2013

Tornado Alley

We are working on our weather unit right now in science, and today we talked about tornadoes.  Yes, living in Kansas we are right in tornado alley!!

Last week had to practice our school wide tornado drill before school even started.....right during our morning transition time.  Good thing we were prepared and had practiced several times.  The kids knew right what to do and where to go.  Our principal thought we needed to practice during one of our more "crazy" times of the day.  Really?!?!?!?  (He actually had a real tornado warning occur during this time of the day at his previous school.)  Okay.......good idea.......we can not tell the tornado to wait until we get the kids backpacks and stuff put away.  lol :)

After talking about how a tornado forms, what it does, what it looks like, what happens during a tornado, and what we should do during a tornado warning, of course we had to go outside and be a tornado!

When we were finished whirling and swirling around, we picked up 10 things for our tornado art project.  We finger painted black tornados and glued on the items we picked up from out side.  Up in the tornado they went!!

"Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced crops." James 5:18

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Sale! Yeah!!!

I am sooooo looking forward to the TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale this week - May 7th & 8th!  My wish list is filling up!
Everything in my store will be 28% off.  Yeah!!! Come check it out!
Here are a few buyer favorites for spring.

Click on the picture above to find my store!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Day Fun!

I can not believe it has been 10 days since my last post!  It's been a little crazy with only 12 days of school left! :o)
Today was a lot of fun.  We made May Day baskets.  We used a flower stencil, and 10 flowers later, I think they were finished with their baskets.  Really, I think they just stopped because I said it was time for recess.

We don't have "art" class anymore, so I try to introduce the kids to as many art terms as I can.  Today we used stencils.  We started with a circle.  I had them cut it out of white paper, and then they got to trace it on a color of their choice.  Then we rolled the circle up for our basket and cut a strip for the handle.  Next, I had them cut out the flower stencil.  I laid out several different colors of paper and the precut stems, and.........they were off.
  My instructions were to try and make at least 3 flowers, but........I couldn't stop them!!
"As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth." Psalms 103: 15