Friday, May 13, 2016

First Grade Prayer Book

Each year I have my first graders write prayers towards the end of the year in their journals.  Five of the prayers are picked to read over the morning announcements.  All the prayers are typed and illustrated in black and white outlines.  Then I make a copy for each student to create a prayer book for all the students.  Then they color it for a keepsake.  

They also color a copy for me as well.  I make a class book with that copy.  It is a favorite in our classroom.  

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Retirement Gift

What do you give as a gift to a retiring teacher???  I know what to give to a new teacher, however a retiring teacher is a little bit harder.  Retiring teachers are trying to get rid of stuff so you don't want to give more unnecessary stuff.  

I was searching through Pinterest.  I was looking for something that acknowledged her teaching profession but also said...Retirement.  I found a cute subway art idea.  There were several different versions however I wanted it to be super cute and colorful.  

So I put together the subway art above with the ideas from the different pins I saw.  I used graphics from KPM Doodles and Graphics from the Pond. I am excited to give it to her.     

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Notes about Ipads

I am taking an ipad course and the first assignment is how do you use ipads in your classroom and in your school.  I thought it would be nice to share this information with you as well.

I love having ipads in my classroom.  I have two school ipads and two personal ipads that I have synced with the school account.  For the most part I use the ipads for enrichment type activities because I do not have enough for everyone.   I set up the apps or qr lessons for the students and they just use the ipads to complete the directions I give them.

I prefer teaching in small groups so generally I have a group of five to six children sharing the four ipads.  My students have been pretty good about sharing however generally one student tends to do most of the work.  I manage my own ipads and have had to learn how to trouble shoot the best I can.  I don’t have much of a storage place for them.  I use some magazine containers between my computers and the end of the day I lock them in my teacher locker.

I read the blog post by Jayne Clare, 17 Pros and Cons of Using Ipads in the Classroom.  I agreed with a lot of what the author was saying.  Ipads are great for elementary classrooms because they have a good battery life, there are so many apps out there, it is super user friendly for young children, it is lightweight and easy for them to carry and best of all it is fast.  I also like the students can plug in their headphones and not disturb the rest of the class.  

An issue my school needs to think about is accountability.  Not all homerooms have ipads, I think several of the elementary teachers had them on a wish list one year.  So the middle school teachers are constantly borrowing them, needless to say, the ipads are coming back scratched and the protective covers are starting to stretch off.   Who is responsible for them? 

I would also like to see my school offer more training for the teachers and some type of lessons of internet safety for the students. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Who's In Rabbit's House?

I have been so busy lately.  For the last two weeks my first graders and I have been working on our play, Who's in Rabbit's House?  Lots of reading and practicing our parts.  We made our masks during recess and practiced every morning.    

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Adding the Holy Spirit to Art

On one of my sick days I left behind an assignment for my draw a picture of how you can help the Holy Spirit.  My wonderful substitute took it a step further.  She knew of an artist, Brother Mickey McGrath, that created all his artwork with the symbol of the Holy Spirit in it. 

The children's art work turned out amazing.  This is one of my favorites.  The little girl is watering a plant with the Holy Spirit on her head.

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