Sunday, 30 June 2013

Bloglovin' Update


Well I am sad that Google Reader is going away but even sadder that it took me this long to get the new BlogLovin' reader on my blog. Sorry all. 

Please follow me with Bloglovin' so you don't miss out on all my blog posts. Now that my master's work is coming to an end (July 11th is party time!!!!) there will be more posts and freebies :) All you need to do to follow through Bloglovin' is to click on the icon on the right toolbar on my blog.
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A special thanks to Stacy from Mrs. Johnson's First Grade for the super cute graphics!

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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Free Calendar

It is the final day with kids for me today. It is bittersweet.  I absolutely adore my class this year and don't want to part with them but boy oh boy do I love summer holidays :)

I had a bit of extra time this week so I thought I would update my free calendar that I do each year.

Just click on the picture to get your copy. It is for the months August 2013-June 2014 and it is perfect for jotting down all those meetings and school events.

Cheers,

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Camo Art

It is always a challenge to find fun art projects for the end of the year that don't take too long. I want my students to be able to do great art but I also want them to be able to take it home finished. This art project was perfect for the busy end of the year days.

 Materials:
  • Any sized white card stock
  • Black fine liner or sharpie
  • Pencil crayons
Step 1: Take any sized piece of card stock and draw one continuous line with a sharpie or fine liner. Start in one corner and go back and forth curving and jagging the line until you are back where you started. Make sure there are no spots where the line is too straight and make sure students don't just go from one side of the paper to the other and back. This will cause the coloured shapes to be striped. 

Step 2: Draw 3-4 shapes over top of the long line. I provided some tracers if students wanted them.

Step 3: For each shape choose 3 different shades of the same colour and begin colouring. Make sure students press hard while colouring. No 2 of the same shades should be touching. alternate shades until the shape is fully coloured in. You will change shades when you reach a black line.

The final product is camo shapes !

Here are some of my students' final products.
































Cheers,



Sunday, 23 June 2013

It is beginning to look a lot like SUMMER!!!!

It has been quite a while since I posted on my blog. Yikes....I feel like I am neglecting my baby.
Okay what I have I been up to that has kept me from blogging...
  1. Graduating !!!!! I went to Spokane and walked across the stage at Gonzaga university for my Masters in Administration and Leadership.
  2.  Starting a new course for my masters....huh you say....didn't I just mention that I went to my graduation... YUP I did and now I have to finish my last semester of courses. If I waited until I finished this semester to go to grad I would have to wait until next May and that is too long for me to wait. I couldn't possibly wait that long ot go to the States and shoe shop now could I. 
  3. Being a soccer mom. I love this job. My son is on 2 soccer teams and he is reffing so we are constantly at the soccer field. I cannot be one of those people at the field and working on a computer. I love watching my son play too much for that nonsense (sorry if you are one of these people).
  4. Teaching....well I don't have to explain how time consuming this is to you, you already know.
  5. Well #5 has too much to list because it all involves everyday life like grocery shopping and laundry.

Anyways, I thought I would share with you a couple of things we have been doing in my class this June.

I took my class to a local lake last week and as part of it we did some lake dipping. After seeing the critters my kiddos pulled out of the lake I am not sure I want to go in there again. There were 2 particularly weird critters that had us doing some internet research. One of my girls found a cool looking stick type bug. Well it turns out this is exactly what it was.... a water stick insect ...YUCK but soooo cool all at once. 

Here is a picture of the second weird critter. This is the one that I am particularly creeped out about. After some research we discovered that it is a Horsehair Worm. When my student saw it in the water and showed me I thought it was a piece of wire. He thought he would get it out of the lake and low and behold when he had it in his net it started to move.


This is one of my brave parent volunteers holding the worm.

To our surprise we found 2 more of them. Here they all are coiling themselves into knots in our critter holders. 

I also took my class to Barkerville. Barkerville is a historic sight that was a booming gold rush town that put B.C. on the map.

While we were there we had the chance to watch a funny skit by these two gentlemen. It was all about how gold was mined using this water wheel. The man in the bucket was HILARIOUS.

It was a great day for my kiddos and they bought way too much candy at the candy store. Oh well they all had a blast and that is what it is all about. Making memories.
 
 Here is our little friend who met us while we were eating lunch. He is a ground squirrel and was so friendly. This is one of my students petting him while he ate something. SHHH don't tell anyone. I don't think we were suppose to feed them.

I love end of the year trips. They are such a great way to bring all the kids and their parents together one last time before summer.

One last piece of news. I have been luck enough to be nominated for not one but two awards. The first on is the Circle of Moms Top 25 Teacher Mom Bloggers. This one is based on viewer votes and I would love it if you could head over and vote for my blog. Check the pending blogs if I am not in the main list yet.

2013 Canadian Weblog Awards nominee The second nomination is for the 2013 Canadian Weblog Award for Education Blogs. I was luck enough to make it into the top 5 for this award in 2011 and hope to make it higher this year. There is no viewer voting for this one. It is judged by a panel so keep your fingers crossed for me!

Well I am off to enjoy the sun before dinner.
Cheers,
 




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