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.
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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!!
I decided to give flexible seating a try in my classroom this year and I was pleasantly surprised at how much my kiddos and I both loved it!
I started out by having my students choose individual places to sit around the classroom during our Writer’s Workshop time. We kept that up for about 4 weeks, until they had the idea that they needed to choose wisely, sit away from someone they might talk with, and to sit an arms distance away from the next person.
We also used our flexible seating options during our Math and Literacy Work Stations. The children could choose to sit in the chairs as usual, or bring some flexible seating to their work area.
The quality and quantity of work that my students produced went up during this month, so I decided that I would present them with other options to sit on.
I introduced each type of new seating individually, waiting a few days in between until the newness had worn off. We modeled how to correctly sit in each seating choice and how and when to put it back when we were done sitting in it.
By the time we were done introducing each new type of seating, my students had these choices to choose from:
8 Scoop Chairs (Wal-Mart)
4 Chair Cushions (Wal-Mart-patio section)
2 Camp Chairs (5 Below)
2 Memory Foam Mats (5 Below)
4 Rectangular Bath Mats (Wal-Mart)
3 Adirondack Chairs (Wal-Mart)
4 Outdoor Pillows (Aldi)
6 Wobble Seats (Debbie Clement–www.wobbleseat.com)
If you’re going to try introducing Flexible Seating into your classroom next year, here are a few tips to help you.
- Introduce the options over time; weeks even! It will take time for your students to learn how to use each option and how to put them away. Make sure you model the right way to use them, carry them, and how and where to put them away.
- Make sure you have a class set of clipboards or sturdy writing boards your students can use to finish their work on. My students made three stops to collect everything they needed; their seat, their clipboard, and their work.
- Show your students how to choose wisely when trying to find a place to sit. Sit near someone you will not talk to, and sit an arms distance away. They will still be near enough to ask for help from each other, but far enough away to not chat so much.
- Don’t give up! It will take time for you (and them) to learn to manage the responsibility of choosing their own seating!
Next year, I’m going to add in some standing height tables and some floor sitting height tables (by raising or lowering the legs on my existing tables). I still want to keep 1-2 tables as is, for my students who prefer that as well. I’ll be posting pictures as I make that move in late July!
Teachers Pay Teachers is throwing a sale…and you’re invited! Starting tomorrow (January 20, 2016 and running through January 21st, 2016), my entire store will be on sale for 20% off! Using the code START16, you can save an extra 8% for a total savings of 28% off!
We’ve been learning about tadpoles and how they grow into frogs ever since we got our tadpoles in our classroom. Because I had just attended our state science conference and learned how to make these super cool foldables, I thought I would try them out with my Kinders to organize our thoughts about tadpoles and frogs.
Dinah Zike is the master behind this foldable and I got this foldable from this book.
I used a 9×12 envelope and folded it as instructed in the book. We glued the side under the envelope flap into our Inquiry notebooks. I put a different colored “x” on each of the flaps and parts so I could show the children where to glue each part. On the two inside flaps, we glued a 5 green and speckled frogs song booklet and the life cycle of a frog accordion booklet. On the top back panel, we glued a model of a tadpole that can grow and change with our tadpoles. We hid the extra back and front legs in the secret pocket that you can open from the flap. On top of the secret pocket, we glued a life cycle fold up book.
On top of the envelope (when its all closed up and folded), we glued a frog tree map that we completed together. They turned out really great and I’m working on creating them for sale. We are going to create a new one next week for farms, so I’ll show you those soon!
A few weeks ago we studied Community Helpers. As part of that study, we looked at the tools that different community helpers use. This is the Doctor Bag we made to include in our Inquiry Notebooks.
We took these items (cotton balls, band-aids, stickers, tissues, tongue depressors) and glued them inside the Doctor bags we made. We took a 9×12 piece of black construction paper, folded it in half, rounded the corners, and cut some handles out of scraps of black construction paper. We then added a white circle and two red strips of paper for the first aid sign on the outside of the bag. The kiddos labeled each of the items so they could use those words in their writing.
We’ve been working on writing for a purpose and after reading Zinna’s Flower Garden we wrote in the same style as Monica Wellington and created informational posters about our tadpoles.
In this book, Monica Wellington places the text in the center of the page and then surrounds it with information about tools, seeds, plant parts, weather, etc.
So we created our writing to reflect that. These pages are samples that are about 1/2 way completed. The children put text or an illustration with labels in the middle and then added tools, objects, materials, other animals they would see or need in the context of their text.
This sample is all about catfish and is surrounded by items you would need to keep a catfish in an aquarium.
This sample is about tadpoles living in a pond, so you can see other critters you might see in or around the pond.
The last sample is about keeping tadpoles in our classroom. The image in the middle shows where we keep the tadpoles and around the outside, you can see the beginnings of the tadpole life cycle.
This was a fun way to incorporate what we were reading and what a real author had done into our writing.
We are getting geared up to start out Ponds and Plants unit and I can’t wait to get out my unit to get my planning started!
This pack has 6 math, 3 Literacy, and 7 Science Notebook pages!
This is a sampling of what’s included!
I’m glad its here! I can’t stand winter (and my arthritis hates it too!), so I’m glad to see 60 degrees again! 🙂