Tuesday, 3 June 2014

We Love Books

I am thrilled to be linking up with Deanna over at Mrs Jumps Class for her first 'We Love Books' linky! Seriously 2 of my favourite things EVER - books AND Mrs Jump! 

A million years ago, well actually maybe just 5 years ago, I has a very short stint as a 'book consultant'. Yep, ANOTHER 'thing' on my list. Well, it was short-lived, cause it quickly became apparent that I was spending a LOT of money on books. In fact, not only was I not making money from the 'selling' I was supposed to be doing, but the bank balance was going south, rapidly. 

But, as I told my hubby at the time, 'books are an investment'. 

We have a HUGE investment in books. 

The book I want to share with you for Mrs Jump's link up today is The Very Hungry Caterpillar! An oldie, but a complete goodie! 

After reading it to the class, I like to read other 'caterpillar' books, and talk about what is the same and different in them. It is also a great opportunity to introduce the idea of literary vs factual books!

I also love to get a whole stack of Eric Carle books out, and provide lots of opportunity for students to explore his stories and artwork. It is such fun for the students to create some artworks in the style of Eric Carle also. Do lots of 'texture' and 'print' paintings, one week, in a stack of colours. When they are dry, the next week, or day, you can get them cutting and layering their shape sot make pictures.

One of my oldest copies of The very Hungry Caterpillar (cough, cough, I think I own 7), bit the dust. So instead of sending it to book heaven, I chopped it up and laminated it. NOW, I use it for sequencing and display. 

I keep an eye out when I am at the shops, and any cheap books on sale ($1-$2), I buy 3 copies and do the same. Use one for the story - and one to chop up and use for sequencing activities. 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is such a wonderful book for K-2 classrooms! Here is a list of themes you can incorporate into yor discussion and follow up activities:

- Basic Addition and Subtraction
- Caterpillars
- Change
- Cooking
- Counting
- Days of the Week
- Diary Writing (On Monday....)
- Eric Carle Author Study
- Heathy Eating
- Food
- Life Cycles
- Living Things
- Painting techniques (using various tools to achieve painting effects)
- Size and Growth
- Story Sequencing 

And that is just the beginning! What do you like to do with The Very Hungry Caterpillar in your classroom?

Here is a freebie I created for you, some basic tracing for your youngest learners. 

Don't forget to head over to the Deanna's blog and find more great book posts!

Summer Student Birthdays - Tuesday Art Linky

Why, hello again friends. I am back with another blog post - this time for my Tuesday Art Linky

I AM a little tired. And a tiny bit busy. But hey, when you have an idea, you just gotta roll with it. 

So they say. Sometimes. I think. 

Yep, we are at THAT point, friends. 

Somehow I have managed to pull off multiple blog posts, a daughter with a broken arm, a delicious toddler (I HAVE to stop calling him my baby) who just wants cuddles and to read me books all day AND who knows what else, but I am sure I will remember at some point. Do you have those days too? When you can't remember what you have think you have forgotten? I mean, when you forget what you remember? 

Told you - at THAT point. So let's move on shall we. 

I want to show you an idea that is perfect for the end of the school year (why, hello my USA friends), and will also give you an idea for multiple spare-of-the-minute-oh-my-goodness-it's-art-time times, through the year (yes, hello Aussie friends, still teaching)! 

At the end of the school year, it is such a nice idea to send your summer-birthday-students home with a giant envelope FILLED with handmade birthday cards from all their school friends, and of course, one from you, their cherished and soon-to-be-missed, all-time-most-favourite-school-teacher-ever.

On the front of the envelope you can attach a label that says "Warning Do Not Open Until Your Birthday". Just to be dramatic. And kids adore that kind of thing. 

Just imagine, when they are at home for the summer, bored and lonely on their birthday. How exciting for them, when they dig out this wonderful package and read each thoughtfully made card.

THIS is the business of memory making. 

I know what you are thinking 'who has time to make a zillion birthday cards at the end of the year?'

Well, that is where the art lessons come in. Hopefully you can store this idea away for next year, and get prepared early. The aim is to get your students to make the cards through the year, and stash them away safely ready for when you need to fill the envelopes.

Have a few card making sessions. At each session, get the kids to make at least 2 cards. It is a nice idea to have a stack of these at the ready, and give one to students celebrating their birthday through the school term as well. 

Show them a few basic designs - cakes, balloons, flowers - and how to cut these shapes from coloured paper. You will be amazed at how creative your students can be.

You can print out the labels, from a document I have made and loaded to Google Drive. Simply click on the image below:

Do you have a fun Art Idea for K-6 classrooms? It can be a painting, drawing, craft or teaching idea. 
Link it up if you do... that is, if you are not totally 100% OVER the words 'link-up' yet ;) Add your link to the comments below.

If you are too busy sunning it up on your summer break, I understand and am just happy you stopped by to read! Sit back, relax, and I will see you soon!
Have wonderful day, friends!