Thursday, June 21, 2012

Rainy Day painting

     I don't like getting paint out.  Not because I don't like the mess, but because with a 1 year old you just never know when she will put something in her mouth that shouldn't be.  Of course she also wants to do everything her big sister does.  So, leaving paint hidden was the easiest way to keep her from eating it.

Well, we got brave.  My 5 year old loves to paint.  She has move from painting colors and abstract type art to making pictures.  She likes making pictures of people.

I on the other hand don't feel confident in my picture skills and like the way colors all over the page look.  So, I used my fingers to play in the paint, and it turned out to be a peacock.  Great for letter "P" activity.

The baby liked using the paintbrush to make color on her paper.  And she didn't put it in her mouth.

Of course, our little copy cat saw us using the container to paint and she had to have them too.  

She quickly found out if you turned the container upside down, the paint will come out.


So, she poured and poured.

It was a great first painting experience, and a cute keepsake. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Car Trip Fun- Magnetic I Spy Game

This is a cute tin I got for Valentine's Day.  It had a cookie in it.  After eating the cookie, I couldn't throw the tin away.  When I saw this idea from someone, sorry I don't remember where, I had to use this.
I will give it to my daughter in the car on the long trip to Florida.


I used some heart foam pieces and guled them to magnets.  I them printed out letters in her name and some number and cut them into the shape of the tin.  She can move the magnet to cover the letter or number she finds on our trip.  Kind of an I spy road trip.

I also took the puzzles pieces out of this princess tin.  It was too hard for her.  I found the crown pieces on a paint chip sheet that was from Disney.

I thought I could put pictures of the princesses in it.  Then she could cover them up as she sees them at Disney World.  I'm just not sure I want to hold onto it at the park.

This was really easy to make and could easily be adapted to use in the classroom as an I spy game or a matching game.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Book Box- Farm and Planting

Farm Animal Books (62)

A Cowboy Can by Beth Clure & Helen Rumsey (easy reader "can")
Animals on the Farm by Vicki Coghill (easy reader)
Baby Animals on the Farm by Liza Alexander ( Sesame street characters)
Baby Calf by Catherine McCafferty
Baby Piggy's Shapes by Emily Paul  (Muppet Babies Book)
Beep, Beep by Barbara Gregorich (start to read level 1)
BINGO ill. by Hans Wilhelm (sing and read)
Chicken Licken -Scott, Foresman talking storybook box (Chicken Little story)
Click, Clack, Moo Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin (silly repetitive story)
Cuddly Piglet ill. Penny Johnson (board book)
Don't Be Late by Akimi Gibson (rhyming)
Daffy Takes a Dip by Jean Davis Callaghan (A duck afraid to swim)
Down on the Farm by Vicki Coghill (easy reader)
A Duck so Small by A.H. Benjamin (an ugly duckling type story, duck tries to act like other birds
        until he finds being small was good)
Farm Animals (one word board book)
Farm Animals by National Geographic Society (nonfiction)
Farm Puppy by Catherine McCafferty
The Fence by Vicki Coghill (easy reader "got""out")
The Flea's Sneeze by Lynn Downey (a sneeze wakes up farm animals, rhyming)
Fluffy Chick by Catherine McCafferty
The Grumpy Morning by Pamela Dncan Edwards(When the farmer can't do her job the animals
        get grumpy)
A Guest is a Guest by John Himmelman( a boy invites animals in the house)
Hot Dog by Molly Coxe (road to reading level 1)
Hurray for Hattie Rabit by Dick Gackenbach (I can Read chapter book)
If you Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
Inch by Inch the Garden Song by David Mallett( taking care of a garden, rhyming)
Inside a Barn in the Coutry by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (rebus, repetitive, rhyming)
Kids by Kathie Billingslea Smith (baby goats)
The Lamb and the Butterfly by Arnolds Sundgaard (ill. Eric Carle)
Let's Go Visiting by Sue Williams (counting, baby animal names)
Lily Pig's Book of Colors by Amye Rosenberg
Little Chick's Story by Mary DeBall Kwitz (I Can Read Book)
The Little Flower Seed by Sarah Fisch (Clifford puppy book)
Little Lamb by Catherine McCafferty
Little Quack's Hide and Seek by Lauren Thompson (counting, subtraction)
The Little Red Hen retold by Harriet Ziefert (Easy to read level 2)
The Little Red Hen ill by J.P. Miller
Mr. Brown can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Suess
Mrs. Wishy Washy's Farm byJoy Cowley ( the animals escape to the city, rhyming)
Oink and Pearl by Kay Chorao (I can read chapter book)
On a Farm by Susan Canizares, Betsey Waugh (None fiction)
Our Silly Garden by Karen Berman Nagel (Hello Reader level 1)
Pig Gets Stuck by Heather Amery & Stephen Cartwright
Pigs in the House by Steven Kroll (rhyming)
Pig Out by Portia Aborio (picture reader, rebus)
The Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz (rhyming)
Ping Pong Pig by Caroline Jayne Church ( a pig who causes trouble, helps out because his
        friends do something nice for him)
Pinky Piglet by Catherine McCafferty
Ponies by Kathie Billingslea Smith
Rooster's Surprise by Vicki Coghill (easy reader, days of week, "but")
Rooster's Off to See the World by Eric Carle (counting)
The Rooster who Refused to Crow byThomas Crawford
Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins (A chicken's adventure in English and Spanish)
Speedy Colt by Catherine McCafferty
Spot Goes to the Farm by Eric Hill
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka ( a different point of view)
Toot & Puddle by Holly Hobbie ( pig friends write post cards to share adventures)
The Ugly Duckling retold by Dandi
The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson
The Very Sleepy Pig by John Malam (textured pages)
What Will I Be? by Keith Faulkner (Pop out board book)
Where are You Going? To See my Friend by Eric Carle & Kazuo Iwamura ( Japanese &
          English)

Planting Books (3)

Apron Annie in the Garden by Joellyn Thrall Cicciarelli (living
         and non living, easy reader
Grow, Little Seed by Janet Allison Brown (board book)
Why is the Grass Green? byChris Arvetis and Carole Palmer (nonfiction)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

summer bucket list

What do you have planned this summer? 
     Now that school is out, I am back in charge of keeping my child's interest away from the TV.  I would like to spend some time outside, but Texas temperatures can be quite high in the summer.  So, I have tried to come up with some summer fun ideas.  I'll add pictures as we accomplish the activities.

      Last year I saw so many fun filled summer bucket lists, so I decided to start my own.  Of course things will be added as I find more fun things to do.


-scratch art -My daughter loves those scratch art activities.  I use to make them with crayons when I was younger, but here are the directions to make it a little easier.  Here is a post that will show you how to make your own lottery scratch off tickets.  A little fun with your learning.

-drip paint or tall painting-with letters as a background
I will use the word "dream" to make art for my daughter's wall.  I love the idea of encouraging her to dream.
Here is a cheap and neat way to add art to the walls of our new home

-stepping stones- decorative ones to keep us out of the mud and chalkboard ones just for fun

-paint on the fence- not paint the fence, put paper on the fence to keep mess outside, get the kids outside and add a little different way to paint.  The baby can paint with water

-making a light table-  I'm a little behind on the great homemade light table craze, but I still want one.  And  my daughter thinks the story telling with sand is neat on Sprout channel.   What a great way to work on language and retelling a story

-paint with pudding or jello- let the baby get involved

-get set up on pinterest- I love looking but this can help organize my ideas for next year and keep my children busy with new ideas

-Memory ABC Book- This site has a fun memorable project.  Upload your photos to make a personalized ABC book or counting book. It's called project alphabet do it yourself. B is for the baby we added to our family.  F is for flower girl. D is for Daddy. G is for Grammy and Grandpa who live too far away. My daughter is so excited to do this activity.  I am waiting for our Disney vacation to take pictures to include.

-Try building something- This isn't exactly educational for my children, but it will keep laundry a little more organized.

-read, read, read and organize- Every teacher knows how important it is to read.  So, I have collected 100's if not well over a 1000 books.  They are organized by theme in boxes.  When I'm doing lesson plans, it would be helpful to look at a list of books I have.  I will share these lists with you by theme.  I haven't bought a new book in 2 years,   so if you have a great book you and your kids love to read, I would love to know more about it.  Just click on the book box label to get the lists.  I think I will add my wish lists to the posts also.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Do you have trouble adjusting to summers?

     I have tried keeping this blog more professional instead of personal, but all of us professionals are people too.  We go to work each day with plans and ideas of how to make education and the lives of the little ones we serve better.  So, when we suddenly have no one to plan for, we must become personal people who need to adjust to being ourselves.  When I was younger, I did a lot of fictional reading and vacationing.  Now that I have children, I tend to plan out their childhood fun.  I've noticed many of you bloggers have educational reading web book clubs to join.  So, do we as teachers really know how to take a break?

     I am having trouble adjusting to not having a job.  My summer started early in May when Head Start closed their doors.  Now I am back to not having a job.  So, now what do I do?
As you could tell I am also having trouble adjusting to this new format of blogger.  I have not posted since before summer began.  And I am still trying to come up with a good post.  I have so many unpublished posts hanging around out there.  I have taken the Texas teaching exams, passed them, and received my 5 year Texas teaching certificate.  I have cleaned the house, visited with family, and taken the kids to the zoo.  I feel now I should make some educational goals.  Where do I go from here?

     My daughter will start a summer camp program next week and will be gone most of the day.  I promise myself I will work on my summer goals (my bucket list) which are already in progress as a saved but unpublished post.  I hope to show you all some fun stuff.

What are your plans this summer?