Sunday, January 18, 2015

Directed Drawings!!! Why you should do them!

Hop on over to Blog Hoppin' to read my post and see why I LOVE doing these with my class!!
Find out tips and tricks of how to do them with your class and why they are soooo beneficial in so many ways!!! 


xo

Monday, December 22, 2014

Silhouette Ornaments, The Perfect Christmas Keepsake



I made these little silhouette ornaments for my Kindergarten students this year. They turned out soooo stinkin' cute!!! After posting them on IG and Facebook, I had so many requests to do a tutorial...so, here goes....

First, I asked my Dad really nicely to cut some wood for me :) My parents live about a 3 minute walk through the woods from me. We all live in the middle of the woods and our properties are loaded with trees so luckily, wood is not real hard to come by for me :)


So, anyway, Dad said we would need a wood that was tight so that when it dried out, the wood wouldn't separate and the bark would stay on :) So, we picked a nice, straight Hickory tree that was about 3 inches across and he was able to cut about 70 circles that were about 1/2 inch thick. He used a miter saw (below) to do this. Then, he drilled a hole in the top of each one with a 1/4 inch drill bit.


O.K...now onto the silhouettes :) You will need to take a picture of your subject in front of a white background. I just used some white bulletin board paper and clipped it to the front of my easel, it made for the perfect backdrop :)
 I am on a PC and use Powerpoint 2010 for pretty much EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!! Sorry Mac users!! This probably isn't going to be the same for you :( I have no idea how a Mac works. Everything seems a million times more complicated to me!!! Ha!

Anyway, insert your picture into Powerpoint. Make sure you click on the picture so that it is selected. Then, just go up to the top toolbar and click "color". A bunch of color choices should appear for you to choose from. Click on the choice that shows the picture completely blacked out with a white background. Wah-lah!!! You now have your PERFECT silhouette!!!


I shrank the image down quite a bit. To shrink it down without distorting it, you must grab it from the CORNER and drag it in. Do NOT resize by dragging from the bottom, top or side! It will distort the image.

When you have it to the size that you want, just print it out on regular printer paper. You will need a small, sharp, pointed pair of scissors to help cut your tiny features precisely. It's really not hard at all!!!!! But, a good pair of scissors will help!!!


Next, use a sponge brush to paint a layer of Mod Podge on the front of your wood circle.


Position the silhouette and stick it down.


This step is optional, but, I highly recommend it to help avoid any bubbles developing under the paper. This is just a little seam roller tool used for wallpapering. I'm sure you can find one at your local hardware store, or you can order one HERE on Amazon. 
Just take the roller and roll over the paper to make sure there is no air trapped under there.

Last,  Just add one more coat of Mod Podge over the top and let it dry.


{NOTE: If after it is all dry, you find that you still have some problems with the paper bubbling up, you can use a hot hair dryer and blow it on your silhouette. Use the roller to roll out the bubbles again.}

When the front was dry, I flipped it over and repeated the same exact process with a small piece of paper that had their name, grade and year printed on it.


Almost finished....


To finish off the ornaments, I put a piece of orange yarn through the hole and made a loop in it. I cut a small piece of ribbon and stuck it through the loop and pulled the loop tight. I then made another loop in the yarn and pulled it tight so that there was a knot in the top.

Next, I tied the ribbon in a knot to make like a little bow. Last, I tied the two ends of the yarn together at the top to make a knot.

And, there you have it!!!! The perfect keepsake for your Kinders!!! You will be AMAZED how perfectly these silhouettes turn out!!! They look EXACTLY like my students ;)

Hope this little tutorial helps!!!!!!!!


Happy Holidays!!!
XOXO

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Assessment Time Again...E.S.G.I.=E.A.S.Y.

Well, it's that time again...assessment time!! I know how time consuming and dreadful assessing 27 kindergarteners can be. Did I say time consuming??

Well, not anymore!!! I'm so serious!! I decided to give ESGI a try this year and MAN, am I glad I did!!! It is sooooo quick and easy!!! I cannot even tell you the amount of time I have saved this year already!!


Don't be scared!!!! This software is soooooo easy to use!!! I promise!!! Invest a couple of minutes in it and see how EASY it is to use!!! ESGI offers a FREE 60 day trial! I ENCOURAGE to go, RUN, NOW!!! Go check it out!!! Try it out!!! It will change your life FOREVER!!!! NO more painful, tedious testing!!!!

Look how fast and easy it is to use!!!! AND, I'm doing it ONE handed in this video!!! Ha!!!! (that's how easy it is :)



You may be able to tell in this video, ESGI keeps track of what the kiddos already know. Each time you test them, it saves their results and it only tests them on the things that they don't know yet!!! But, what if you want to go back and test on everything??? No problem!!! You can do that too with just the click of a button!!

And, once you have tested them, just click on the parent letter button and print out a letter to their parents stating what they know and what they still need to work on like this:


It will even print out custom flash cards to go with it!!!

Worried that the software won't match up with your needs!! No worries! You can easily customize your tests. They have LOTS of test to choose from and you can even easily create your own!! They have thought of everything!!!

Another great part is, you can access your info on any computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet!!!! No more dragging all of those files home with you!!!!!

I'm telling you!!! ESGI WILL change your life!! Christmas Break is the PERFECT opportunity to go check it out and set up your free 60 day trial. Click HERE to learn more!!! And USE THE SPECIAL LITTLE WARRIORS PROMO CODE B7124 TO GET $40 OFF!!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Show Us What You Bought Linky

Did you hit the TPT sale and load up on all those goodies that were just hangin' out in your cart??? I sure did!!! Yipppeeeeee!! I'd LOVE to hear what ya got!! I'm linking up with my girls over at Blog Hoppin' to show you what I bought :)



 Clipart!!!!!!!!!!! I have soooo many favorite artists!!! But, this week I was really feeling Melonheadz and Graphics from the pond!!

Have you seen Melonheadz Blobbleheadz graphics?!?! They are CUTE. AS. CAN. BE!!!! AND, I know Thanksgiving is over....but, check out those ADORABLE "little warriors" in the Thanksgiving Bobbleheadz pack!!!!!! I think my school is going to have to be redecorated with all kinds of things that I make with these adorable little guys :)






And, here are the resources that I bought for my classroom!!! Can't wait to use Kim Adsit's Informational Text Guided Reading packs!! Each reader has THREE different levels to meet the needs of all of your kiddos!! And, so many great activities to go with them! She makes my life so much easier!!

Have you checked out any of Primary Graffiti's book companions??? That girl is amazing!! She has so many to choose from and her latest Snowman pack covers ALL of the Snowmen At Night stories!! It's a MUST have!!

And, I am just obsessed with Tara West's Kinderphonics Program!!!! It's EVERYTHING I wanted...but, never got around to putting together!! Just another girl making my life that much easier!! Now, she has come out with an interactive notebook to go along with it!! Did I say Obsessed????


Go link up with Blog Hoppin' and show us what you bought too!!! I'd LOVE to hear!!! I might need to go back and grab something else :)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale!!! It's a BIGGIE!!


Sale today and tomorrow and it's a BIGGIE!!! I can't wait to get the things from my wishlist into my cart!! But, before I do that, I'm going to go back and leave all the feedback from my previous purchases!!! What an easy way to get FREE MONEY!!! ;)

So, what are you waiting for??? This is one of the biggest sales of the year!! Get shopping!!!! Don't forget to use the code TPTCYBER for your extra discount;) All of my products are 20% off, but with that code, you will get an additional 10%!!!!

I finished this sentence builders pack just in time last night!!


Here are a few other things that you might want to check out to get you through the year and into 2015!!! :)












Happy Shopping!!!!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Sale!!!!

It's Black Friday!!!! Today you can save 20% off of everything in my store!!!


Here are a few things that you might want to check out to get you through the year and into 2015!!! :)

















Happy Shopping!!!!