Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Art, Art, and More Art!

We finished a couple of summer school projects today.  First, I read "Ira Sleeps Over".  Such a cute story and I love bears so it's perfecto!  The story also allowed kiddos to discuss how Ira was feeling and most could totally empathize with the little guy.  Of course, we had to draw a teddy for this one!  

I also read "Owl Moon".  We live in Southern California so I had to do a lot of front loading about snow, cold, wearing scarves, etc.  The story inspired this winter scene using torn paper.


Just 6 more days of summer school to go!  (Not that I'm counting)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Congratulations Carla from Comprehension Connection!

Carla from Comprehension Connection is hosting a giveaway to celebrate her 300th follower!  Wow!!  Head over and visit her blog and join the fun.  I'll be giving away my Apples! Apples! Apples! unit.  Who couldn't use more apple stuff??  Good luck!!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Gettin' Artsy in Summer School)

Just finished the 3rd week of summer school!  Two weeks (8 days) to go to my official summer break!  Here's a few of the projects my kiddos did this week.  I hope you like:-)

We read "A Kiss Goodbye" by Audrey Penn.  It's one of the cute Chester books.  I found a chalk drawing on Pinterest and simplified it a bit.  Here's a Kinder sample.

Check out Marymaking at:  http://marymaking.blogspot.com/2013/04/raccoon-portraits.html

We also read "The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear" by Don and Audrey Wood.  Holy Cow that little mouse is cute!  For the art project we used primary colors to paint a strawberry.  Kids had to mix blue and yellow to make green for the strawberry top.  We used blue to shade one side of the berry and yellow to brighten the other side.  

Next, on to "Surfer Chick" by Kristy Dempsey.  I just discovered this book and it is adorable!  Loved explaining that  the term "chick" can refer to girls and baby chickens.  I also read "Pig Kahuna" by Jennifer Sattler. Both books talk about kids overcoming fears.  Here's a hibiscus flower we did after reading.

And finally, I read a book about a garden (I can't remember what it's called).  Then we did this hyacinth flower project I also found on Pinterest ( I love you Pinterest)!

Gotta love a project with fingerprints! This idea came from 

http://dalimoustache.blogspot.com/2012/04/hyacinths.html.  Again, I simplified it bunches:-).  

Have a fantastic weekend!  Stay cool!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Summer School is Cool!

I am in summer school mode!  I'm teaching a literature/art class.  I only have two periods so I am done by 10:30 every day!  Yahoo!  My first period is Kinders and my second period is 1-3 graders.  I'm pretty much able to do the same projects with each group but the second period is by far more independent and does a little more detail.  They all seem to like the projects no matter how old they are!  One of the projects we did last week went with the book "The View At the Zoo" by Kathleen Bostrom.  Super cute book that I just got at the end of the school year.  Here's the cutie giraffe we made after reading the book.

I think these were both done by Kinders.  We used a chalk stain to color them.  I loved to hear their squeals of delight when I showed them how to do that.  They were Amaaaaazed:-)

I got the giraffe idea from http://josettebrouwer.edublogs.org/2011/01/15/second-grade-giraffes/.  Thank you so much for sharing such a cute idea!

On Monday we'll be doing a strawberry draw/paint project using primary colors and reading the story "The Big Hungry Bear and the Red Ripe Strawberry".  Check back!