Thursday, February 21, 2013

My Space - Part 1

Imagine me singing, 'Another one bites the dust!'  Another Pin completed off my Pinterest Boards!!  It feels good to get things done that I have been wanting to do.  Not really needing to do but just things I enjoy doing.  I finally covered 3 diaper boxes for my shelf, and I love them. 

This project literally cost me nothing, at one point I paid for it but not for this project.  :-)  My inspiration is found here at Shanty 2 Chic.  I didn't stray from her directions or the site she linked to.  There are tons of these tutorials out there so I don't really feel like I need to waste my time reinventing the wheel. 

I am very happy with how they turned out and might need to save a few more boxes!

Levi's Room - Part 1

Since moving Levi upstairs about a month ago his walls have been isn't for a lack of ideas, it is just getting it done.  Well, I am happy to say that I have completed yet another Pinterest pin!  I only have 19 days left to complete 17 more pins, I might be in trouble!!!  Here is my inspiration from: Make It Love It

I didn't stray too much from what she did really.  I went online and found a few truck silhouettes that I liked and I had my dear friend Mary (Yellow Door Paperie) freehand the silhouettes onto the canvases. 

I used paint I already had on hand and was on my way!  I am very happy with how they turned out and the job only cost me $5.24!! 

As you can also see I have some very good helpers, they wanted to be in the crib while I was taking pics. :-)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Detox Bath

Well another pin checked off my Pinterest boards.  Not really much to report.  I did skip adding ginger like suggested in the post, here.  I probably did rid my body of toxins but if nothing else enjoyed an hour of peace and quiet.  Now I am off to drink lots and lots of water.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Week With Preschoolers

With preschoolers the day goes fast but not only would a normal day go fast having preschool only 3 mornings a week for 2.5 hours each day...that flies by.  Now I am not complaining I love my job but as you can see from my personal Pinterest board, and my office files crammed with templates, ideas and who know what else.  There is TONS to ideas out there.
Each week we do a Theme, Number, Letter and Bible Story.  I do really well with the letters, and numbers and pretty good with the theme the bible stories are a little difficult for me sometimes.  I really like when the children can make something, you know a reminder, a momento.  Well anyway, our week:
Theme: Shapes
Letter: Pp
Number: 15
Bible: The Nobleman's son

Here are a few of the things we did:

Shape Cutting:  I traced basic shapes onto construction paper and let the children practice their cutting skills.  I found going ahead and making each shape onto a smaller piece of paper was way easier for them to handle..less frustrating.  I will be keeping these cutting samples for conferences coming up.

Shape Painting/Stamping:  I used shape blocks that came with my sons Little People Boat and Dump Truck.  They are a good size for children to hold onto and plastic (easy cleanup).  Put a variety of colors on plates and let the children stamp away, some even made simple ABAB patterns.  (Which could also be a project with shapes, if you wanted it to be more than free art.)

Shape Book: Printable found at: Ready. Set. Read!    Depending on level of child with some I had to help 'draw' the shape with the glue.  After the fact I thought I could have made a dotted line shape for them to follow with the glue bottle, others had no problem.  Could go ahead a make a couple more pages too.

Sensory Table:  Insta Snow, TOOB artic animals (penguins), some cups and sand shovels.

Sticky Easel:  Great fun.  We have a tub of shape buttons.  We are doing shapes for two weeks so the first week I just let the children explore with the sticky easel and shape buttons.  This week I sectioned it off for sorting like shown here at Learning 4 Kids

Penguins:  Trace one foot of each child (shoe on) onto black paper.  Add circle eyes, triangle nose/beak, oval belly, heart 'webbed' feet.

Number Movement: During our circle time we decided to do different movements for whatever number we are working on.  Example: 15 jump, 15 claps, etc.

Color/Shape/Graphing Page:  I found this great page for the children to almost has it all, even a Pig for P!  I can't find the link right now, I think I got it from TeachersPayTeachers.  If you sign up for their e-mail you get free downloads about every other week, plus it is a great site to find things for your classroom at a decent price.

This post is also related to my Challenge: Pinterest!