Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Bunny Kids Art - Tuesday Art Linky

Hi friends! It is time for my Tuesday Art Linky. 

Please feel free to link up a blog post you have that is about K-6 Classroom Art or Craft projects. 

Your post could share a brand new idea, a photo from your classroom or  an idea that you have seen somewhere else on the internet - as long as it is 'art inspired' and it is appropriate for the classroom - I am happy! Please include today's button (green one above, just right click and SAVE AS) and link it back to this post!

Today I want to share an 'Easter Bunny' artwork that my daughter completed today. She is on Autumn school break and it is raining! Great - (insert happy happy joy joy smile here)!

Start by cutting a basic bunny shape out. We just freehand drew this one. I showed my daughter how to draw it up from the bottom edge of the paper, so we achieved a nice flat line on the base.

Cut it out and place it down on your artwork page. And then splatter paint all over. We used a dot painter - you could also use finger prints or a cotton ball to get the dabbed effect. We did blue and green for the sky and grass. 

Then lift your bunny template away and you have a white space left that will be the Easter Bunny. Wait for it to dry, and then draw in the details with a black and pink marker. Too. Easy. 

Now for some other projects to fill in the next 13.75 days! 

Thanks for stopping by to see this artwork, I would love you to link up!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

A Bright Idea

I am linking up for another wonderful Bright Ideas Link Up! If you have not seen these link-ups before, let me tell you, they are great! Every single post includes an idea that you can use in your classroom. Best yet ALL the ideas are things you can do right away that do not include any kind of purchase or download. Just simply bright teachers sharing bright ideas!

Why are teachers 'ideas people'? Because we are engineering our environment to achieve optimal learning for a group of people! That requires LOTS of knowledge, skill and craftsmanship. And we are constantly modifying what we do to get better results! Ideas pop into our head all through the day.

Some are very simple, but make our life - So. Much. Easier!

The idea I want to share with you is one that I use in Kindergarten, particularly in the first half of the year. 

It will help your students to:
- recognise their name
- learn to write their name properly

and it will help YOU to manage the classroom. All your worksheets will be accounted for, and you will not need to plan any additional 'name writing lessons'.

This came about because here in Australia, our students must learn to write in a very particular handwriting style - it is part of our curriculum. Our students come to us from preschool or home and have often just learnt to write their name, in their personal 'signature' kind of way. We need to work on getting them to change it to a neat 'handwriting' style. Some students may not even know how to write their name at all and need to get the basics of letter formation. 

It also came about because I was quickly getting tired of always reminding my class at the time to "write your name on the back of the sheet". "Turn over, and write your name on the back of the sheet". Turn it over. You, at the back, yes you. Turn it over. On the back. Your name. Write your name. YOUR name. The one on your desk. You can just copy it. Here. There. Look, that is your name. Write it. Here, on your sheet. It goes there. Yes you can. Just try. Ok. Just write the first letter. On the back......Pick up your pencil.....arggghhhhhhhh"

OK, so you get the picture. Now - repeat that ten times.

I decided to make a class set of traceable name sheets. I just opened an MS Word document and typed my students names out in a tracing font. One name per page. I typed each name so it was on the top right hand corner of the page. Then I printed them out. 

I kept the 'class set' of traceable name sheets in my teacher-bag in my teacher-bible organiser type folder book that I use every day.

Whenever I made a copy of ANYTHING for my students - worksheets, notes, homework etc. I would first photocopy the set, then put the whole set back through the copier and photocopy their names onto the BACK of the sheets.

So, a worksheet would have their work on one side, and their name to trace on the back.

When it came time to hand out the sheets, I could hold them up and get each child to recognise their own name. They first trace their name on the back, before doing their work. 

Much easier! My sanity was saved! The children were learning the correct formation and handwriting style EVERY time we did a sheet of they got a note to take home.

A bonus was that any student that was away also had their work labelled already, to catch up later in the week. 

Simple. Easy. But this will make a HUGE difference to your week and your students' learning!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I would love to have you here as a regular follower.

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For more great ideas - check out some of these amazing blogs!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Five For Friday Friends and Freebies!

It's 5 for Friday time! I LOVE this link-up. 5 random things from my week... 

I have had 'one of those weeks'. You understand? 'One of those weeks' my friends. Honestly, by 9 am each day, I just knew I should be back in bed. And it kept getting worse. 

It all turned around this evening, when I connected with some Fabulous Friends! My week is turning around - just in time for term break. 2 weeks to sleep in and spend EXTRA time with my Little Miss 7 and Cute Man 2!

And eat chocolate. 
Drink Tea. 
Try to locate Kate, William and George (can I call them KWi'G) as they tour 'down under'. 
And print. 
I really need to print more stuff. 
Cause if I can't go on an indulgent holiday, buy gorgeous new shoes or retire forever - I am happy as a pig in mud printing cute stuff out. 

I picked 5 of my Fab Friends Freebies to share with you for 5 for Friday! Click on the product images to find them and download them! 

1. Brooke from Teachable Moments has this FREEBIE in her TpT store for 'Subtraction from Ten'.
My little sweeties always need additional practice in subtraction, more so than addition. I have this printed ready for my Term 2 Week 1 maths tubs. 
Thanks for sharing this Brooke-star! You are awesome!

2. 'Coin Toss Bunny Hop" is such a cute and fun game! Tania from Mrs Poultneys Ponderings has provided this free in her TpT store. It incorporates chance and number knowledge and can be used for Easter, or all year round! Love this, and I know my students will too!

I love that your ideas are always so unique Tania, your experience and confidence shines through everything you share!

3. Emma from Clever Classroom has this gorgeous Easter Egg Hunt printable worksheet for FREE in her store. My daughter whipped this off the printer before I got a chance to take a photo of it, and she is right-this-very-minute at her desk colouring it in like a crazed eager-for-Easter princess. I promise I will take a photo and show you once she has completed it! Thanks so much Emma!

4. The delightful Shanyn form Coffee Kids and Compulsive Lists has this fabulous AND free 'Fish'n'Fun' multiplication game in her store! I have to say, I am a huge fan of games that have fish bowls and fish for sorting, the kids love them!

Thank you so much for sharing this Shanyn, I adore everything you do! 

5. Please stop by the TpT store of the very sweet Stef from Miss Galvin Learns. She has some amazing and 100% FREE Fonts that you can use for personal AND commercial projects! 

This one is a carrot themed font and is SUPER cute for Easter! Thank you so much Stef, your kindness is infectious!

So there is my 5 for Friday! Thanks for stopping by today! Get ready for some fabulous new BRIGHT IDEAS very soon!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

1,2,3 eyes to me!

I currently teach one day a week in a First Grade classroom full of delightful, wonderful, clever, funny and interesting children. I do earn my money for the day though! It is taking me a while to build a solid relationship with my class and establish a classroom culture. It will happen though! I have to focus a lot more on classroom management and behaviour, simply because the children do not know me as well as they would if I was there 5 days a week. 

I use LOTS of little snappy ways to get their attention and focus, without having to 'use a big voice'. It can get boring using the same techniques all the time, so I am constantly looking for new ideas. I like to have a 'visual' to go with my strategies, and am currently compiling a little pack of them. Here is a simple one. Just say "123, eyes to me", and the kids can chant back "eyes to you, that's what we do"! 

You can print this visual and display it in the classroom, or near your main teaching area, to help you remember. Just click on one of these images to download from Google Drive!

Thanks for stopping by friends!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Show Me the Alphabet!

Hi friends! I just listed my 600th resource on TpT and its FREE! Don't even begin to ask me how the '600' happened... as I don't quite know myself. 

This freebie is part of a larger packet called "Show Me the Alphabet".

You can download the freebie and get a feel for the resource. It will help you introduce letters of the alphabet to your students and it takes a similar format to many of my other booklets, where students can complete a page per day for the week. 

On the first page, students finger trace and colour the letter and pictures.

On the next day, students can trace the lower case letter on two lines and colour the pictures. There is a new 'letter a' picture on each page. 

On the next page, students track then trace letter a in lower and upper case, before cutting and pasting the letter tiles into position. 

Students draw a picture of something starting with a on the 'draw' page!

And finish by writing an a on each apple on the final page. 

Grab this FREE 'Show Me a" file at TpT, by clicking on the image below.

If you would like the whole set of Alphabet books, the growing file is on SALE for the next 24 hours - find it by clicking on the image below!

Thanks so much for stopping by and helping me to celebrate 600! 

Monday, 7 April 2014

10 Chicks

Here is a fun math center or small-group game to play with your students. It will help them become familiar with using a ten frame and get them practising addition and subtraction. All you need is an egg carton, fluffy spring chicks, and a copy of the worksheet. Students will also need a paper clip and pencil to 'spin' on the worksheet. 

The egg carton becomes a ten frame by cutting two sections off. I painted my egg carton green to make a garden! Start with 5 chicks in the ten frame to commence the game. 

Your students will spin and identify the instruction they need to carry out - either +1, +2, +3 or -1, -2 or -3. 

Students then model this using the chicks in their garden (ten frame).  

Students can record their adding and subtracting on their worksheet. If a student gets to exactly 10 chicks, they may be declared the winner! 

You can download the worksheet from Google Drive by clicking on the image below:

if you need more Ten Frame Activities, look no further than my "Ton of Tens" resource pack. I just updated it! It now includes 180 (up from 100) game combinations. 

There are 15 ten frame 'themes' that you can combine with 12 different games to get your students learning and loving ten frames!

For example, combine the garden cards with the "Make It" game to create a game for your students called "Make Ten Gardens" - or combine it with the "Snap Snap" cards to have a game of "Make it Snap Snap"! Use seasonal and theme based tokens and counters to make the game more exciting for your students also!

Click on the image below to find 'Ton'o'Tens' in my TpT store!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Bunny Treat Basket and Art Linky

It's Tuesday Art Linky time! Today I would like to share with you a classroom craft perfect for this time of year - an Easter Bunny Treat Basket!

Copy the template onto thin card for your students.

First you students will need to shade the ears, tummy and handle. They will also need to draw a rabbit face! Cut out all pieces and attach some cotton-wool on the tail.

Roll the body and glue the tab down.

Put glue on each of the tabs on the base.

Slide the tabs into the bottom of the body to create a base.

Glue the tail onto the 'x' on the body. 

Fold the handle over and glue the two ends on either side of the body.

Crumple some pretty tissue paper into the basket.

And fill the rest with eggs!

You can download the template for free by clicking on the image below. 

Do you have an art or craft idea for the classroom? Please add a link to your blog post, in the linky below!