Holiday gift ideas!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Our "hand wreaths are completed! I use muslin and school green and red paints. This year we added a little glitter to the berries they look so pretty. I went to Home Depot to have some dowels cut for hanging and hot glued Christmas ribbon bows to the front. Each child's name is written in gold pen in the lower right hand corner. 
*This child's name is covered up with the berry clip art 
I used to make the picture.

Here is a sample of our wrapping paper made from holiday cookie cutters dipped in paints. Fun and easy!

We also made  macaroni ornaments. 
The children made a pattern around the edge.
Then I spray painted them gold.
 I took a picture of each child with a halo and angel wings. On the back it says love your "little angel".
I know it's a little "old school" but they look so cute on your trees and such a fun keepsake. 
I can hardly wait to get my daughter's and put it on our Christmas tree!

We continued our travels around the world with a visit to England where we made our holiday cards. The children made them during centers last week. On the back it states that Christmas cards originated in England and today people all over the world enjoy sending cards to their friends and family during the 
holiday season.

 In England Santa is called "Father Christmas". 
We made a T.P. roll  Santa. 
Then the children wrote what Santa might like for Christmas. We used temporary spelling to sound out
 what Santa wants.

Today we traveled to Israel we tasted
 yummy potato latkas, played the dreidel game 
and made our menorah hats!
Tomorrow we are off to Sweden!

Tannenbaums from Germany "I spy" and a free recipe!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Last week we traveled to Germany 
and learned about the Tannenbaum.
We made tissue paper and starch trees.
When they dried the children made 
decorations. Next the children counted
 and added up all their ornaments.

Next to their tree is their Holiday I Spy!
Click here for I spy recording sheet.

We also made yummy Tannenbaums out 
of sugar ice cream cones! OK, so not the most healthy 
of recipes but boy did they love them! 
We used  cookie sprinkles  
fruit loops, M&Ms and mini marshmallows! 
If you want to make them with your little
 "World Travelers" click on the link below!

Friends Around the World Freebie!

Monday, December 3, 2012

We began our travels around the world today!

We will learn how different countries celebrate the holidays. I always put a world map on my board in December so we can see where the places we will travel to are located. I have been asked for years where I got my children for the board. The book is no longer in print and I can't even find a used copy. I had my  international children scanned and turn into a PDF for you. Please note they are really old! But it's an easy way for you to get your Friends Around the World bulletin Board started! I have attached it to "google docs" with the link below. You will need to print most of them on 11x17 paper. I'm sure there is a way to make them smaller when you print them 
( I just don't know how)
included are USA and Hawaii 
(I know same country but Hawaii is fun to travel too)
Germany, Israel, Africa, Sweden, Mexico and England
I'd love to hear from you if you like them!

Today we visited Germany and learned 
about the Tannenbaum. Then on a large chart paper we sequenced how to decorate a tree. Then the children copied the steps on a piece of paper that they rolled up to put in side a TP roll. Next they made a mini Tannenbaum to glue on the front. If you are interested in more "Friends Around the World ideas see the link below to my store.

We  also made a describing map of what 
you might see on a Tannenbaum!

This is a picture of a sequencing mural
 I made last year!

Here is this years completed December quilt!
The reindeer are their hand prints.

Large International children PDF

An Early Reindeer Sighting!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

YES there has been a reindeer 
sighting already in my classroom!
 Only 3 days until December first.
 I'm busy working on my December quilt.
 It's not complete but I'll have it up by Friday! This is their hand print and a red pompom nose!

This cute little gingerbread is decorated with
 paint and Q-tips. The children can easily make him on their own with very little mess.
The quilt squares are 9x9

We started our first holiday 
"Draw and Write" this week.
The Reindeer so cute!

More to come I'm busy with parent 
conferences this week!
I'll be in "full holiday mode" next 
week with more ideas to share!

New Poetry Pack and a BIG SALE!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I just posted my new Months of the year
 and Holiday Poetry Pack
31 easy to read Poems


Happy Thanksgiving! With everything from clothing to appliances to cars going on sale this week. 
I thought I should throw a sale too! 
Use Promo Code: Turkey20

Turkey Trouble!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Turkey Trouble!
These cute Turkeys say "Please do not eat me!" 
"Please eat Ice cream, or cookies, or cake!"
I have had the pattern forever I have no idea where it came from! Then we added the turkey thoughts.

More trouble for turkey! Now he is on the table. 
We made pointer sticks with feathers. The children painted turkeys for the covers.

This cute turkey is for our Math Journals!
Mr. Turkey jolly and fat. Had 6 feathers and 
wished for ____ more. Now he has 10!
How many feathers did Mr. Turkey wish for?

Fall leaf fun!
These little books are how I
 introduce my sight words. 
The children keep them in their book boxes for a few weeks for rereading before I send them home.
 I found these fun leaves for the 
covers at the dollar store.

My Little Pilgrims were thankful 
for many things!
See below!

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving. 
I hope you are surrounded 
by the people you love!

It's Pilgrim and Turkey Time!

Friday, November 9, 2012

This is my November Quilt 
Little turkey hand prints 
with Pilgrim boys and girls. 
See link below for patterns


This cute turkey is made from
 our "Family Ties" 
I send home a large construction 
paper tie with each child and
 the directions on the link below.

**I can't figure out how to give 
you the big tie pattern on a pdf any ideas?

 This is a close up of two of my 
ties from my class this year.
They are always so fun to see.

Here is my Mayflower. 
I still need to have the children 
write about people or things they
 are thankful for to put up all around the Mayflower.

New from Kinderbykim! Draw and Write!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

I finally have my Draw and Write Packet ready!
This pack includes 31 simple drawing lessons. First your children draw the picture, next they can add a setting and write about it. Super fun writing activity and great for Literacy centers!

A few last minute "Goulish Treats" and a "Sneak Peek" on Thanksgiving ideas!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

On Friday my room Mom brought 
these in for her daughter's birthday treats!
 A darling witch hat made of a chocolate cookie
 and a Hershey Kiss and a creepy eyeball 
made of a mini powder donut and an M&M.
Goulishly Yummy!

This was a fun Frankenstein 
brownie another parent made with the kids! 

40 days in kindergarten!
 Time "Buzzes Bye" when your having fun!
This went in our 
Zero the Hero book!

Turkey Roll Up!
Free! See link below

Wrap brown construction paper
 around a T.P. roll.
 Let the children do the rest! 
Then roll up and put inside T.P. 
roll to take home.

Time to get my turkey hats ready.
The children will cut out and make 
 patterns on the feathers.
***This is in my Pilgrim pack on link below.
(Also on tpt)

Little Bears go Trick or Treating!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

We decided to jazz up our sharing 
activities this year. Our first sharing activity
 was to dress this darling bear in a "Beary Scary" costume! Then the children shared all but their bears! They turned out so darling we made them into a class book and hung it on our wires for all to see.

This little guy was my favorite! He was glued on a stand and turned into a scarecrow bear.

During literacy centers we worked on some 
"BOOTIFUL" sight words!

Our defining map was on Halloween. 
Then we used our maps and came up with a few sentences together to write about Halloween.

"Boo" Rock and Roll!

We continue to work on patterns 
with some colorful ghosts, pumpkins and owls.

Today we finally finished our 
Shapes in our World Packet.
The children were so excited to 
take them home to share with their families.