Saturday, March 16, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Here are a few things I did with my class for St. Patrick's Day this year. 
I came across this on Pinterest - Lucky Charms Treats! A perfect snack for St. Patrick's Day! Very easy, very messy, and very yummy!!!

 I created and printed these little labels and used green ribbon. I also made some for my teacher friends that said: I am Lucky to work with you!

Every year I also let my kids graph Lucky Charms marshmallows. I have a graph that I use, but this one from TPT is much cuter! :)

A friend shared this idea from Pinterest and I thought I'd give it a try!

On Thursday, I had my kids use permanent markers to decorate their cups (hats). I told them that we were going to see if we could get a leprechaun or two to come to our classroom, so the hats should have things that leprechauns like. The kids drew the Irish flag, pots of gold, rainbows, and shamrocks. The came out really well!
I told the kids I would put them out at their seats once they had had time to "dry" that afternoon.

I took them home and followed the directions on the link above. 
Preheated my oven to 250, put 4 cups on a cookie sheet at a time and watched for (a long) 3 or 4 minutes until the cups began to shrink. When this part happened, it happened fast! Mrs. Miner says to watch them and she isn't kidding! If you aren't careful, they will shrink too much! I had a few that tilted and few that fell over and kind of melted closed...oops. But, many of them came out great!

We had a read a book earlier in the week called The Hungry Leprechaun by Mary Calhoun about a leprechaun who gets caught by a greedy man who only wants him to make things into gold. However, the little leprechaun has trouble with his magic.

I wrote a little message on the board that said that the leprechaun friends had come and loved the hats so much that they wanted to wear them too! So, they tried to shrink them, but some of the friends were not that good at magic, yet...
The kids were able to infer what happened in the room based on the clues left for them - leprechauns are little so they shrank the hats, they are short so they needed the chair to reach to markers. They dumped the markers out so they could find the green. They wrote the message down low because that was how high they could reach. 

It was really a fun day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you and your kiddos! :)  

Friday, March 8, 2013


Our Exploration Room is back! This time our theme is plants, creepy-crawlies, and all things spring!

Our adorable reading center!

The flower shop: Petersburg Petals!
There are also wings and antenna headbands to dress up as bugs!

Hopscotch rug between reading and the math and puzzles shelf.

Science center complete with snakes, bugs, frogs, a pond, balances, magnifying glasses, and real bugs in acrylic. 

Blocks center complete with a barn, farm animals, and trucks.

Grass growers - one for each class. I think we'll go with a little green guy. I will let the kids name it and we can see which class can grow the tallest "hair!"

Art Center

Our door! 

 Adorable little planters! 
We named ours Alvin!

Planting a garden!

Working at the flower shop!

Reading buddies

He is making the shapes on the bucket.

Spring Fling in effect!

The art wall!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Dr. Seuss

My classroom is ready for a Dr. Seuss study! Since Dr. Seuss' birthday was on a Saturday this year (and February FLEW by!) we will be doing our author study this coming week! Part of my theme is Dr. Seuss, so there are characters up all year my classroom and on my door. To go a little further, I made these truffula trees for the door!
I will add more to this post this week as we do cute Dr. Seuss activities!