Saturday, March 31, 2012

Awesomely Cute "Chairs"

Over Spring Break, I decided to trade my chairs that are at my reading table in for something better. :) I found these over on Danielle's Blog One and Wonder:

So, even though I can't cut material very straight or sew a straight line, I gave it a try.
Here is the material I got from Hobby Lobby - I think I could spend days in that store :)

Now here is the final product-

They aren't perfect and my crates don't match, but they will be perfect for my little ones. I can't wait for them to come in Monday and see them. And I'm pretty exctied about the storage I can use them for!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Little Bunny

This week we are on Spring Break!!! Thank goodness, we all needed a break. Last week we did the book "Little Bunny Foo Foo, the Real Story". Oh my, it is so cute! This book is a must have. It also is agreat way to teach inferences. :)
My little ones aboslutely loved it. They were so cute, they sang the song all day long, even in the hallways.
Here are some activities that we did with this story.
We wrote about Little Bunny Foo Foo:

They turned out so darling! Then students wrote about what they would have turned Little Bunny Foo Foo into:
Next week to complete our Easter Festivities we are going to work on "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed  a Chick".
Both these books are together in my Easter Unit on TPT.
Old Lady Swallowed Chick and Little Bunny Foo Foo Literacy Unit

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Joy of St. Patrick's Day

We have been working so hard on St. Patrick's Day this week. My kiddos enjoyed "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover" and "The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever". We've also used this as an opportunity to talk about leprechauns and add some cute stuff in as well.

I really stumped them we when talked about luck and lucky objects. However, this encouraged them to go home and search for 4 leaf clovers. Oh my goodness, I had one little girl somehow bring in enough 4 leaf clovers for everyone. And another brought in 3 zippy bags of just plain clovers. My kiddos are so precious. I hope that activity at least gave them some much needed time with their family.

But, oh are they in for a treat when they come in tomorrow morning. :) We've had a leprechaun visit us this week. Man, is he sneaky (heehee). Chairs have been turned upside down, things in cubbies misplaced, and rugs turned over. But I don't quite have my first graders convinced that there really is a leprechaun running around our school (it's hard for me to keep my composure and be "surprised", I have as much fun with this as they do). So this is what my little darlings are going to see:

"Footprints" with gold glitter, rolos (for the gold) and green spearmint candies on every table.

Our reading center turned upside-down.
We made a graph about our favorite holidays and St. Patrick's Day couldn't beat out Easter. Our little leprechaun wasn't happy about that. LOL
Tape over all of the cubbies  - just for fun.

I can't wait to see them in the morning. Their darling faces when they see this will make all the work worth it. They still need to believe in magic!

We also did the things in my TPT unit -
St. Patrick's Day and There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover


Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day = Awesomeness

This past week we did a unit on the Alexander book. The little ones LOVED it! We did everything from cause and effect to writing a letter to Alexander and telling him how to have a better day. We even ventured out and did an Australian animal study. The unit turned out really cute, and the little ones did such a great job! :)