Friday, March 27, 2015

Feeling Springy!

Hello Friends!
I made it....
Two weeks of blissful relaxation! 

Before leaving today, I wanted to have some Springtime happiness to welcome us back after the break.
But, what?
Here's what we came up with...


We did a flowers in a vase directed drawing.

They were so into the drawing & super serious about it!
Here are some of the finished products...

I just LOVE how each one turned out! 
My kiddos were really proud of them. 
I know it is super simple, but sometimes they just like to have it broken down step by step! 
My classroom is happy & cheery & ready to greet us when we come back from our break!
I made a little direction sheet in case you want to do it with your class or even put it in a center!
Please forgive the primitiveness! ;)

 Have a great Friday!!
Let me know if you use it!! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Reading Got Ya Down?

Hello Friends!

I don't know about your classes, but usually around this time of year it's hard to keep that reading engagement up!

SPRING FEVER has hit!!

So, how do I put a little spark back into reading time? 

I find books that are high interest for my kiddos & I write a special little note to them about the book.

Nothing too major, but this is a hit!!

 Here are some of my secrets to build that reading excitement:

  1. Have the books on their desks as soon as they come to class in the morning.

 2. Only do about 5 or 6 students at a time...this builds anticipation for all students!

3. Make sure that the book is something that you know the kiddo really likes! I try to make it a book that they have never seen before! 

I like to keep it completely random...they never know when they will have a book & note on their desk. Also, just because a student got a book today does not necessarily mean that they won't get another book the next day. 
That way the anticipation is always kiddos cannot wait to get into class & see if they got a special book & note from me. 
The are so excited to stop everything & read the book that I chose especially for them!
You  MUST be sure that everyone gets a book & note though...I made that innocent mistake once & about crushed those tender spirits! 
Be very careful that you keep some type of list to be sure not to miss a kiddo!

Go ahead..try it!
Let me know how it goes!!