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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Directed Drawing Calendars

Spoiler 🚨 Alert this is one of our class parent Christmas gift this year- Directed Drawing Calendars!!! They turned out so cute I can’t stand it! A few teacher friends wanted directions, but families you could do this too,  what a fun homemade gift!




Here’s how I began, normally I do directed drawing through the year and match it to the theme or holiday this year we have been doing a lot of practice with following directions and directed drawing lends its self wonderfully.  

For each “month” I gave the kids a half sheet of white construction paper. I modeled the directions and drawing (I did it with them as they were doing it) they had to do it with pencil first ( this is important)

Next they got a thin black marker or sharpie and traced their pencil lines. Then they colored in the picture and finally they had to color in the background (no blank backgrounds allowed) the black marker and the crayons together really make a difference and coloring the background is important too, it makes it look a lot more finished. 





After all of the month drawings were complete I gave each student a (regular sized not large, I think it’s a 9x12??) construction paper. I had the kids glue the pictures on the top of each page. Then I found blank calendars (from a google search) I copied them to a word document and made it so there would be two on each page (half sheets) now if I had an aide, or help,  I would have loved to have laminated and cut them and bound them more neatly but this year I hole-punched two holes in the top and strung a ribbon through which still worked out great. 

As much as I love to plan things (think parties) I’m a spur of the moment girl too so I didn’t plan out the drawings way a head of time, I just looked on Pinterest and found ones I liked. I also found a lot that had step by step directions but I sort of winged it. I am pretty visual so I was able to draw and explain as I went and it worked out great, and if it didn’t we could erase - that’s why we used pencils, or scrapped it if needed, I only scrapped one, we originally made a reindeer for December but I didn’t like how it turned out so we changed it to a winterscape instead. 

Here are the drawings I chose for each month:
January- catching snowflakes
February- bee mine
March-leprechaun 
April- bunny
May- flowers 
June-ice cream cone
July- fireworks
August- beach scene
September- school bus
October- witch feet 
November- turkey
December- winter trees 

Here are a few finished drawings...




There are TONS of detailed directions and resources out there, I created a board on Pinterest too here is the link:



Hope this helps inspire you and thanks for all of the love ❤️ 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Witch Stew

Witch’s Stew was delicious! Thank you to everyone who sent something in to help!! We had a blast today!




Look at the creepy ingredients 







Putting in the ingredients 









Ready to mix!




Stir the brew 





It tastes delicious!


And some flashlight fun too!





Happy Halloween from my family to yours! ❤️



Sunday, October 29, 2017

Happy Halloween!

We had a great party filled with fun Halloween center crafts and activities. We can’t wait to make Witches Stew on Tuesday!!


Scary Bunch!






party time...


Limbo 




Dance party!



Cauldron toss



Pumpkin STEM challenge



Mural Making



Lollipop Ghosts




More STEM pumpkin challengers 


Puppets





ghost bowling



Look at all of these treats!!! Thank you to everyone for making the part a success! 




Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Science Day!!

Today we celebrated our first science day!




The scientists walked in and started the day. We learned all about balancing and weighing







We balanced butterflies on pencils and added weight to see if it changed. Then we were introduced to the word Fulcrum. 


We balanced cubes and then got out the equal arm balance. We built it and weighed different objects making predictions and testing out our theories. 






What  a successful science day!! 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Play




Another busy week in 2nd grade. I always love to watch the students interacting during recess. It is a sneak peek into their personalities and is such a huge and often forgotten part of brain and learning development. I commit to giving your child this time while they are in my class, knowing that it goes hand and hand with the lessons I am teaching each day. 




Here is a peek at the possible future....



Engineers, designing ramps for their cars. 




Teachers




Designers, creating fashions for Barbie