Nov 28, 2015

Snowman Bulbs Handprint 2015 Tags Freebie On TPT...Snowman Theme Parent Gifts

The past few years we have been making snowman handprint bulbs for part of our parent gifts.  The parents absolutely love them and they are so easy to make with each student. This picture came from Pinterest on the bulbs:

We have updated the year on this freebie tag on our TPT store.  Click on this link to grab your freebie:  Snowman Christmas Ornament Tag For Parent Gift Freebie.

I am doing a snowman parent gift Christmas theme this year.  I am having the students make these snowman bulbs and making Mrs. Wills' Wooden Fence Post Snowmen.  We are making both the bulbs and fence posts this week so pictures will come your way.  I have also made a 2015 tag for the daring fence post snowman.  

Guess what my husband gets to do tomorrow...cut the posts the height of each student.  I can't wait to see how these turn out this week!! 

Nov 15, 2015

Pilgrim Children Chores and Chore Cards

Last year I saw Julie Lee's post on Pilgrim Children Chores.  I saw it after Thanksgiving break last year and put it on my to do list for this coming year.  So, when we were planning for Pilgrim week this year, I knew this needed to be on my to do list.  We did 4 stations one day and they did each station for 15 minutes.  The kids absolutely loved it and they synergized together on a couple of the stations.  

They loved sewing and thought it was kind of hard work!

Fishing for the family was a definite hit. 
Picking berries was another fun chore that they enjoyed.  I painted some boards green, put stickers where they could put the berries.  They had to put the berries on the tree, pick the berries, and of course some of them pretended to eat some of the berries because they thought it was tiring work.

They loved this station of stuffing their mattresses.  I took plastic grocery bags and they synergized together stuffing it.

This was not on the to do list, but these two thought they needed to try out how soft their mattress was after stuffing it.  They voted to keep their bed at home.
 We had them choose their favorite chore and it was close.  The one with the most votes was fishing.  I would say after a week of learning about the Pilgrims and the Mayflower they definitely put a lot of items on the schema side of their brain.  We first had it in new learning, but I can say it is "stuck" in their mind now for good!!  
Thanks, Julie for helping us with some great activities.
I made some fun pilgrim chore cards and word list to go with this fun week.  We plan on posting these cards soon on TPT.
This past week we worked on Native Americans.  We will post some of those pictures soon!!