Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12 Months of Gifts

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one? I'm going to give my husband 12 months of pre-paid "dates." I'll be attaching these cute tags to gift cards for the various locations. The tags can be printed here! I used preview, took a screen shot of them and added them as an "image" to a word document. Then I typed in text boxes to add the month/words. The fonts are Smiley Moster for the months and Milk & Cereal for the words.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The Season of Giving

I CAN NOT believe how quickly people have stepped up this season to grant wishes on Donor's Choose. Since my last post I wrote a totally new proposal for a listening center and it has already been fully funded! I am so excited! My heart is so warm and fuzzy from the generosity I've been shown. I think it speaks volumes about getting paid back 10-fold! I made two tiny little donations and have sense been paid back x10+. If you haven't put a project on Donor's Choose yet, I insist that you must try it! It's minimal work for the teacher - and tons of payout for your students.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

December Happenings

Here's what I have planned for December (besides the usual curriculum stuff).

1) Holidays around the world book: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwaanza, & Los Posadas
I staple 5 pages of construction paper together to make a book. Then I read a book or two about each holiday. Students color a page of items related to the celebration and write (fill in the blank style) about the holiday (these are pre-glued into their books). Example: ______ is when ______ comes and gives us presents. (Christmas is when Santa comes and gives us presents.) I got the coloring pages from an old Mailbox Magazine or something like that. I don't have them electronically yet. *this works on comprehension of non-fiction text, getting information from pictures, and retelling the story*

2) Thumbprint reindeer art - stamp thumb, add noses, eyes, and antlers with markers.

3) Snowman or Reindeer craft

4) Paper chains to count down to the new year or paper chains to count down to Christmas depending on child's religious views. *this works on fine motor skills, counting, and following directions* :-)

5) Oh, we'll also try to squeeze in a clay project for parents. Fun!! I'll post pics of some of my stuff once I'm back at work.