Monthly Archives: June 2016
Chick Cam 2016
We were so lucky to be able to hatch chicken eggs again this year! In all, we hatched 8 eggs out of 17, so not a bad hatch rate. 🙂
Each year, its so hard for each of my students to watch a chick hatch in real time, so for the past two years, I’ve put my iPad stand on top of the incubator and prayed that the wifi signal held and that the iPad didn’t fall off, but not this year!
This year, we had the new and improved Chick Cam 2016!! My HUE Document camera!!
It saved the day and made it SUPER easy for ALL of us to be able to see our chicks hatching on the BIG screen, in REAL time, no wifi connection needed and no iPad perched perilously on my incubator!
This set up was SO much better!! Did you enjoy the serenade of “Call Me Maybe” in the background by my sweet kiddos? 🙂
I just put my HUE Document Camera on top of the incubator, plugged it into my laptop, fired up the HUE Intuition Software (that comes with the Document Camera) and we were in business!
I loved that each time a chick hatched, I could reposition the HUE Document Camera right over the hatching egg, so we could see everything that was happening in real time!
Once everyone had hatched, we moved Chick Cam over to the warming box where we watched them be cute and run around! Each one of my kiddos wanted to see what the chicks were doing, every minute of the day, so having the HUE Document Camera set up helped us ALL see what they were doing. We quickly noticed that the quieter we were, the quieter they were, so it helped us regulate our voices as well!
Did you check out my guest appearance on the HUE blog? Click here to check it out and get some great ideas from other teachers how to use the HUE Document Camera in your classroom!
A fun & easy Father’s Day Project using Neon Kwik Stix
Are you looking for a fun and easy Father’s Day project that won’t break the bank? Check out what my son and I were able to create in about 20 minutes!
We have a tradition in our house that started 11 years ago for my husband’s 2nd Father’s Day. Each year my son makes him art on canvas, personalized just for him. He’s painted DAD in so many different ways, that we wanted to do something a little different this year. 🙂
We created this one of a kind subway art in just minutes using the NEON Kwik Stix (with a few Metalix Kwik Stix colors thrown in too)! I’ve told you how much I LOVE the Kwik Stix since I received them at the French Lick Blogger Retreat in March–and I’m still LOVING them!!
All you need to complete this simple project is:
-a blank canvas (we used white, but I bet black would work too!)
-6 pack of NEON Kwik Stix
-6 pack of Metalix Kwik Stix
Begin by writing out your words (LIGHTLY!!) with a pencil on your canvas. I had my son think up words to describe his daddy (Daddy-isms he called them!!) and I transferred as many as I could fit on to the canvas for him.
Then I set my son to work tracing over my letters. The Kwik Stix went on smoothly and we loved the texture they left on the canvas! My son traced over each work twice because he really wanted the words to stand out.
I’ll admit, at first I was a little bothered by my pencil line showing through his tracing–my OCD!, but the more we both looked at it, the more we liked the pencil lines showing through! ❤
I just love how it turned out and we are ready to go for Father’s Day!
We did use a few colors from the Kwik Stix Metalix 6 pack as well, my son liked the sparkle they added to the neon pack and he wanted to try to make every word a different color. 🙂
The edges on the Kwik Stix made it SO easy for my son to trace the letters and get the color right where he wanted it to be.
Right now The Pencil Grip Inc. is offering a discount on their Kwik Stix and their fabulous Pencil Grips!! You can get 15% off your entire purchase, just use the coupon code YOUWIN15 at checkout!!
Now it’s your chance to win some Kwik Stix! Enter this giveaway for your chance to win one 6 pack of NEON Kwik Stix and on 6 pack of PRIMARY Kwik Stik!!
Frog Street SPLASH 2016
I am so excited to be a Frog Street SPLASH Ambassador this year! There are so many other bloggers who I’ve wanted to meet in real life, but haven’t had the chance to yet, so this will be an opportunity to meet SO many of my favorite people!
I can’t wait to get some great PD as well!! Check out all these amazing speakers!
This will be my first time attending Frog Street SPLASH, so I’ve been asking some friends who have been before to share their experiences with me!
Mrs. Hoffer has some great ideas on what to bring…and Simply Kinder shares her list of things that teachers want to do during the summer (check out #22!!), and Kreative in Life shares her goals for the summer (and one of them is Frog Street SPLASH!!)
Let me know if you’ll be there…it would be great to meet lots of you in person!!