Sunday, January 25, 2015

Turning our Hallway into a Winter Wonderland

 Hello Friends,This is Catholic School's Week and among the MANY activities planned, we turned our kindergarten hallway into a Winter Wonderland. Here are a few pictures...

To create the snowman, we took my wooden bag holder stand and wrapped it in two white double sheets; one at the top and one on the bottom. We used plenty of safety pins and stuffed newspaper inside. 
(These are my two amazing co-teachers, Lisa and Lea - love these two women!) 
 After much stuffing and primping, our snowman evolved! We sat him on top of two plastic crates and covered the crates with white paper and quilt batting.

Our students each created a likeness of themselves using construction and scrapbook paper to make winter clothing. We used the jumbo people shapes found HERE at Lakeshore. 

Here are our snowman making kids. 

 Here are our ice skating kids. 


Here is our snow hill. The sleds are made from Clementine orange crates. We found a clear plastic, polka dotted tablecloth to put over the snow hill.


These are our winter night silhouettes. We gave them only white and black oil crayons to create their snow scene. We told them at night, you really do not see colors. They used yellow construction paper for the windows and doors. They used white paint for the snow and then we sprinkled the whole picture with diamond dust glitter.

This cute snowman activity is from Kim Jordano which you can find HERE.

So that's it for now! Until next time!


Friday, January 16, 2015

Walking through the Halls..... Sharing Some Martin Luther King activities from our School

Hello Friends,

I took a walk down our halls today and thought I would share some of the Martin Luther King, Jr./peaceful activities I found.....

This is what kindergarten did this week...... 

 (If you would like the PDF for these words, click HERE. )

I saw these down our first grade hall.....

(The link to the image above can be found HERE. )

This is a bulletin board I saw. The kids each wrote a way in which they could try to be a peaceful kid. 
Our Third Grade did these puzzle portraits of Martin Luther King, Jr. They had to work together to form the puzzle.

And.... this is something that I did NOT see on my walk today, but something that I love to do this time of year....... hopefully, I will get to this next week! It is based on the book "The Color of Us" by Karen Katz.

So..... that is what I saw on my walk through the halls today and I leave you with these words............

 Love one another, forgive, and most of all, accept and cherish our differences!

Until next time!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Short, Funny Story about How Teachers are not always right..... :)

Hello Friends,
I thought I would share this short, cute story about how no matter how hard we THINK we are right, sometimes, we just are not.... 

We have been studying what happens in winter and this week, we were talking about migration. 

One of the animals in our "What Happens in the Winter?" book that we draw is a robin. We read a non-fiction book about robins and in that book, it says that robins migrate to warmer climates in the winter. So, after we were finished reading the book, the children took out their science books and began to draw their robins. This was a directed drawing lesson and my kiddos did great! 

Here are a few examples of their pages......

As my kiddos were finishing up their pages, one of them said, "There's a robin in that tree right now, Mrs. Feeney !" And I said, "Oh no, Sweetie, you don't see a robin. Remember robins fly to warmer places in the winter. Our weather is cold now. That is why we did not have school for 2 days." And I continued to walk around the classroom NOT looking out the window. Once again I heard a kiddo say, "But, Mrs. Feeney, there really IS a robin in that tree." So....... I did my "I will humor you, Honey" walk, and proceeded over to the window and....... BY GOLLY, my kiddos were right! There were THREE robins in that tree! THREE! They were FREEZING - poor things - but they were there. 

So, my students were right! I have no idea why those robins were in our tree in FREEZING weather, but they were. Maybe they were on their way to parts farther south. My brother-in-law says that robins actually DO start to settle in our area in the winter searching for their spring breeding grounds. They just usually hide when the weather is so nasty.

Who knows? But it was nice for a couple of reasons to see them..... 1.  How wonderful to be talking about something and be able to look out the window and SEE it and 2.  Robins have always been a sign of Spring to me, so they showed me that despite our frigid temperatures, spring WILL come...... and of course, seeing the robins at a time when I was not expecting them showed my students that sometimes teachers are NOT always right and it is okay to respectfully disagree!

Until next time!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year's Resolutions!

Hello Friends,

Besides being New Year's Day, January 1st is also my birthday.  There are pros and cons to having your birthday on a holiday. My son  told me how cool it is to have your birthday on a holiday because everybody remembers it! I have always said that having my birthday on January 1st means that people are either recovering from New Year's Eve or watching football!

Either way, a birthday is a birthday and New Year's is New Year's and BOTH can mean a fresh start...... So, I thought I would join with Erica's Ed-Ventures with a New Year's resolution post.....

 My professional goals are to continue to be the best teacher that I can be; to stay up on the latest educational trends and to make sure that my students receive all that I can give them. I love collaborating with my teaching partners. Tossing ideas back and forth with each other brings me much joy as well as benefiting my students with the best of all of us. I am also hoping to meet in person some of the awesome TPT people I have had the pleasure to meet virtually. I am such a chicken when it comes to traveling, but hopefully I will be able to pull up some "brave" and get to some meet-ups this year!

My health goals are simply to remain healthy. I am blessed with genes that have allowed me to continue to enjoy life and all it has to offer. One area that I am going to try to work on is cutting down on my carbs and increase my fruit and vegetable eating. Sweets have never been my temptation BUT give me popcorn, chips and salsa, crackers and cheese, warm bread....... arggghhhh......... too much! Also.... I need to change the way I drink my liquids. I gave up soda a long time ago and started drinking flavored carbonated water. Then my daughter-in-law told me that the ingredients added to the brand of water I was drinking have been known to be cancerous... sigh...... So.... then I started adding flavoring to my water. Presently I am using Skinny Girl water enhancer because it is sweetened with natural sugar. Of course, this adds calories and sugar to my diet, so that is not a good choice, either..... THEN, today, my brother-in-law gave me a fruit infuser that can be used to flavor my water with natural fruit. My goal is to try to get used to drinking water flavored this way. I know it will be an adjustment because I think the sweetener is what I enjoy the most.... but, I intend to try it and hopefully, THIS will be my drink of choice!

This is the year of ORGANIZATION for me...... Because I have taught for over 25 years, I have accumulated so much stuff; both at school and at home. There is NO NEED for one person to have so much stuff. Clutter is really starting to bother me BIG TIME, so my goal this year is to clean up the clutter in my life! 

My financial goals are to continue paying our bills and loans. I would LOVE to be able to pay off some of our large loans, but as long as we can continue to make the monthly payments, I will be content! We re-finished half our house with wood flooring a year ago and I would love to be able to finish the rest of the house. 

So.... those are my New Year's resolutions...... I wish all of you a healthy and blessed 2015! Click the image at the beginning of this post to read Erica's New Year's resolutions or to link up yourself!

Until next time!


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's a New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Sale

Hello Friends!

I am joining my friends at Blog Hoppin for a New Year's Eve and New Year's Day sale! You can find my store by clicking the image below:

 AND.....  you can find more stores on sale by clicking the Blog Hoppin image....

Until next time! Have a wonderful ending to 2014 and an awesome beginning to 2015!


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Snow Day Fun! Winter and Snow Packs

Hello Friends!

Well... it's time to get back to reality, but I am still dragging my feet to begin. It has been so wonderful to relax, read some great books, and enjoy easy time with my family. I know that I should be working on New Year's resolutions, but so far, I have not.... soon, hopefully! 

I thought I would share with you a few Snow resources that I will be using when we return to school on Monday. 

I totally revised this product and if you purchased it, you should go to your My Purchases page and re-download it.

If you follow my blog, you know that we do a BIG Polar Regions unit. We will, once again, do this unit. This is a Make-a-Book resource and I absolutely love how this book comes out when my kiddos are finished!

We also do a short unit on Animals in the Winter and once again, my kiddos create a booklet to showcase what they have learned.
In Math, we do a big Measurement unit. We certainly have been measuring, but the activities included in this packet are all Winter based, so it's fun to do when we are learning about our other Winter themes.

So..... that is it for now, my Friends...... I am off to spend some quality time with my daughter!

Until next time!