Friday, February 15, 2013

100 Valentines 'Big Brain' Celebration

I was so exhausted yesterday by the day's end of school that I couldn't even post this blog. But it was a good feeling! We had a great day celebrating both our 100th day of school and Valentine's Day. Yes they fell on the same day! 
So what could you do but... Do It Big

On Tuesday we created portraits of ourselves as
100 years old
I had to laugh when Grace wadded up her face to make wrinkles. 
You can't see it very well but it was very effective. 
The purple dots on the cotton balls was to show how your hair turns purple! What a hoot!





This little guy insisted on putting a button 
on his shirt because "some men have 'you know a thing there to put things in'...a pocket." So we drew a line for the pocket.








We hung these on our Gallery Wall.







We started off Thursday with our 100 Day hat 

where we glued on 10 strips of 10 hearts each
to make 100 hearts! 
Thus tying our theme together! 
It was exciting to see them connect it to our math activity of rods and blocks!



[This was a combination of great blog ideas. Thank you to The Virtualvine.com and Kim Adsit of KinderGals.blogspot. ]







The kiddos loved the "crowns" because it made them look like they had BIG Brains!!






We then quickly put together our Valentine decoration for our parents. This was one of the Valentine Activities in my St Valentine Legend Unit.



After lunch we started our 100 day necklace, but I had learned that they made these in kinder!.. So I told them 
"Now we were going to do it the 1st grade way!" 
[ Now mind you I had no idea what the Kinder Way was] 
So in my most 'knowing voice' I told them now that we are counting to 100 we will make 10 groups of 10 and then create a pattern! 
...So cute they said "Any Pattern?  YiPEEE!"

 [Happiness chills went through my body... my head soared.. 
they were putting their learning to work and LOVIN' IT!]



 Now that we were "dressed" for our party, 
we ate... 
we drank... 
and merrily 
passed out valentines!
A great marathon day for all 
and 
a four day weekend for a much need R&R!

I hope you had a 
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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Scored BIG at Dollar Spots

I've been fine tuning my February plans
especially for Valentines Day and 100 Day,
which happen to fall on the same day this year! 
Can you believe it? 
So I'm trying to shift things around to get everything into the 4 day week. 
Yes we have Friday off for a four day weekend. 
I'm not complaining about the 4 days off,
just feeling overwhelmed with the movie in my head
of what our special days should be.
Do I cut things out?
Nah! I'll just modify them to fit in with our math and reading plans...Double Duty!

So meanwhile, as I'm trying to work out centers, crafts, and party planning
I decided to stop by my two favorite shopping spots; 
Dollar Tree and Target's Dollar Spot 
and ...


SCORE!
From Target Dollar Spot,
 except for the candy
Dollar Tree


From the Target Dollar spot:
I'm going to use the the little kid dishes for my math center 

with the extra candy hearts
to show part + part = whole
or whole - part = the other part. 
I had to buy 3 sets of candy hearts (2 packages =$5.00)
 to cover 2 more students. 
So I'll just use the extra in the center. 

(Then we can do a math problem of :
If the center started with ____ 
and at the end of the day there was _____ left, 
How many pieces of candy was lost? eaten?)

LOL! You know that WILL happen.

There are 10 sheets of 12" X 12" valentine paper in each package.
 That's only 10 cents a sheet!
We are making cards for our penpals and decorating our bags for our cards so I thought that would come in handy.
And
At the Dollar store I did find some great 
valentine stickers and cupcake baking cups 
(to make flowers for my lollipop centers) 
but check out the Magnetic letters. 
They are a very thick cardboard and only $1.00.
(Much cheaper than the packs at the teaching store)
and
The Boys Bathroom Pass was a must... well because it had
 a picture of a  penguin
and I needed to replace the current pass.
I don't want to know what goes on between the class and the bathroom!!

and now to finish up my shopping 
on to the TPT Super Sale!



By the way my store is on Sale too, so check it out.




Friday, February 1, 2013

I'm Having A Sale! Sunday!



Okay I am not much of a football fan... but  I am a BIG fan of TPT and shopping!

I HAVE made my list  of things I want to get and may add more when I really check my Wish list!


Visit my TPT store this Sunday for a Super Bowl of Savings! 

Use Promo Code SUPER and get 28% off all of my products.

Let me know if you stopped by.