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A Newly designed Blog and a TPT sale all wrapped up into One Big Celebration!

Hello Friends,

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First of all, I want to thank Michelle, from the 3 AM teacher for the make over of my blog. I am head over heels in love with the design and cannot give Michelle enough thanks! I just love those 2 little kids up there - their faces could not be any cuter! :)

Secondly, I want to share with you that I will be having a sale in my store starting on February 25 and ending on Thursday, February 26. My discount will be 20% and with the site wide sale percentage of 10% on TPT, you can save up to 28%. Don't forget to use the promo code: HEROES. So happy that my newly re-designed blog coincides with the site-wide sale! Woo hoo!


 Click the image above to take you to my store! Happy shopping everyone!

Until next time!

Blessings,

Bright Ideas for Snowy Days

Hello Friends,

I am linking up with Bright Ideas with a few snowy day ideas... .especially since so many of us are experiencing more snow than usual this winter! :)

One of my favorite ideas is to bundle up my kiddos, give them a black piece of construction paper, and bring them outside when the snow is falling. The snowflakes fall on the paper and the kids can see their shapes! It is so much fun listening to their astonishment when seeing that snowflakes really do look like the paper ones they make in the classroom!



When you bring them back to the classroom, give them white paper to create paper snowflakes and then write about what they observed and learned about snowflakes.

Another fun and easy snow activity is to scoop up bowls of snow, give your kiddos a thermometer, and let them watch the temperature drop!


Here are a few cute snowy day crafts to do....

Snowy day neighborhood using construction paper and white paint.


Snowy day kids using construction paper, shaving cream and glue, and diamond dust glitter!



Patchwork snowman using construction paper, buttons, fabric scraps, and white paint.


Spring will be here soon, my friends, but while you are waiting, have some snowy day fun!

For more Bright Ideas, browse through the link ups below and find a topic that interests you!



Quick Valentine (Love) Writing Activity - Freebie

Hello Friends!


 
I know that we celebrated Valentine's Day last week and are well on our way to other things, but I thought I would still share this quick and easy Valentine/Love writing activity. 

I printed the writing sheet and stapled it to white construction paper. I then told my kiddos that they were to SKETCH at least 4 things on the other side of the paper that either had hearts on them OR were something that they love. After sketching their pictures, they were then to write at least 4 sentences that told about their picture. I always love this time of year because I start to see so much progress in their learning! 






 This little guy is one of my ESL kiddos and I am so proud of what he can do! Even though he wrote the word see as "c", you can tell that he is getting the idea! His sentences match his picture and he has periods at the end of each sentence! Yay! (I will admit that he had my Thursday helper sitting with him, but still... this is great, I think!)


If you would like to try this simple little writing activity, click HERE to download a Google doc.

If you trouble opening the Google Doc, click HERE for a tutorial that may help you open it!

Until next time!

Blessings,

Lent For Little Kids and an Ash Wednesday Freebie

Hi Friends,


For all my Catholic/Christian School friends, you know that Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday and we begin the long season of Lent. I used to dread teaching Lent to my kiddos because  the material that I could find was above their understanding. There is some really good Catholic/Christian material in the world, but just not enough for little kids. So, I began writing my own material and am just now getting my act together to get it published. I am constantly in the process of revision, so if there is anything that you wish could be added to my packets OR you would like written, please let me know and I will see what I can do! Presently, I have a "Miracles of Jesus" and "Parables of Jesus" on the drawing board and am getting close to publishing them.  If you click HERE, you can find what I presently have published.

I published my "Lent For Little Kids" resource last year and just finished a revision on it this week. 
Because little ones are focused on the alphabet, it is based on the letters in the word LENT. The letter "E" was the hardest, of course, to find a Catholic/Christian match, so I took a bit of poetic license and said that "E" stands for the EUCHARIST; It is EVERYTHING. Not perfect, but it works!

Here is an example of  "T" in the teacher book and the illustrations that the kids do in their book. 



I have an Ash Wednesday freebie on a Google doc that you can find HERE.  
(Please note that many school districts block outside sites. If this is true of your school, please download from home. If you receive a request for me to "allow access", that is probably what your school district does, because the settings for this freebie are set for unlimited access to anyone.)



 If you would like the entire LENT packet, you can find it at my TPT store by clicking the link below.


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Lenten-Book-For-Kids-Lets-Make-a-Book-555210

I also revised my "The Passion of Jesus" resource. In this packet, children create a half-sized booklet of the events that led to the resurrection of Jesus; all written in terms that little ones can understand. I do not provide any scriptural reference in my religious packets because of all the varied versions of the Bible. My resources are a SUPPLEMENT to your present religion curriculum. 




You can find "The Passion of Jesus" packet in my TPT store by clicking the image below.


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Passion-of-Jesus-for-Little-Kids-Lets-Make-a-Book-616450

So, now my friends.... Enjoy those sweets because Lent will be here soon!

Until next time!

Blessings,

Fun Valentine Draw, Write, Create Freebie

Hello Friends,

I thought I would share with you a fun Valentine Draw and Write activity that I do with my students every year.  It includes a little bit of artistic creation, fine motor practice, counting, and writing! What more could you want? :)

First we review the step by step directions.


Then we look at the recording sheet. I tell my students to create their animal upon the sheet. Upon completion, they are to write the name of their animal and then count the hearts they used to create their animal and write that number upon their recording sheet. This is TOTALLY independent work in my class, but it could easily be a directed drawing lesson!

Voila! A cute and easy LEARNING activity for your little ones!


If you would like the Google doc for this freebie, click HERE.
(If you have difficulty downloading this Google doc, try the tips found HERE in this tutorial.) 

Here is how I teach my kinders to draw a heart:



If you would like more step by step directions for creating heart animals, click the image below to take you to my TPT store!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentine-Sweeties-Draw-and-Cut-Literacy-and-Math-Pack-199946

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Valentine-Sweeties-Draw-and-Cut-Literacy-and-Math-Pack-199946
Until next time!

Blessings,

Five For Friday...... Polar Bears, Circus, and other randomness......

Hello Friends!

This is going to be a quick post because my daughter is here for the weekend and I want to spend the evening with her! Yay!

I thought I would join in Five For Friday and post five VERY random thoughts......

1.  We finished our polar animal unit - Whew! It was long! One thing that I love to do is to hang a real life sized polar bear from the ceiling and take a picture of the kids standing next to it. They really get a sense of size!
2.  In our school, each grade level is asked to do a service project. In kindergarten, we perform a circus to raise money for POLAR BEARS INTERNATIONAL. It's such a great experience for our kiddos! They learn about the plight of the polar animals. They get a history lesson about the circus and they develop public speaking skills and self-confidence.  The day of the circus, our kids participate in a circus parade through the halls of our school. All the school kids bring coins to school and drop them into bags that some of our "circus performers" are carrying. When we arrive in our 3-RING CIRCUS arena, our audience is already seated and ready for the performance. We collect donations from parents and friends that we send to Polar Bears International. This year we collected $526.08! Wow!

 Here is the link to my Circus script if you are interested....

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Lets-Put-on-a-Circus-Script-and-Make-a-Book-Pack-535519

3.  It was our 100th day of school on Monday! There are SO MANY awesome resources for the 100th day of school...... I am just sharing this one idea that I think is so cute....

4.  One thing that I did with my kids when they were little was teach them to cook and bake. It was my son's birthday on Tuesday and yes, he baked this chocolate/raspberry torte for his birthday! (The plate is not so pretty, but the cake is beautiful!)

5. Oh my.... I am so tired of cold, and snow, and winter..... bleh......


That's it for now, my friends! Click the link below to take you to more Five for Friday thoughts!

http://doodlebugsteaching.blogspot.com/2015/02/five-for-friday-linky-party-february-6th.html

Until next time!

Blessings,

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