Saturday, December 27, 2014

Perfect Classroom Painting

Crafty season is here! I am sorry I have been missing in action the past week or so but I have been making Christmas crafts galore for my school's Holiday Bazaar and the busy holiday season was in full swing! It went well and I had an awesome time making different things but now it's back to the digital world. I like to think that sometimes I am pretty creative and I love anything artsy. Acting, dancing, singing (not good at all), drawing and painting are definitely things I enjoy. I try to bring these into my teaching whenever possible. Sometimes it is much easier to fit them in than others but my students love art so I try my best. Recently I have been trying to paint more in class. This is easier said than done. My students love to paint but there is always the inevitable after-art mess. Here are two tips I have learned over the past few years that I'd love to share:

1. Keep your paint in ice cube trays. No, don't keep them in the freezer. Ice cube trays make the perfect paint holders! I use water color paint and I like to alternate spots so that the different colors aren't so close together.

The spaces are deep so it is hard for the students to mix the colors (unless they're trying to). They are also very easy to stack. When the students are done, I just stack the trays on top of each other. When I want to use them again, I just pass them out. The students add a little water and POOF the paint comes back to life!

2. Ask each student to bring in an old shirt. You can do this by sending home a separate note or by writing it on your class' newsletter. The bigger the shirt the better. I always tell my students to bring in one of their parent's shirts or older brother or sister's shirt (these cover more of their clothes). Make sure they (or you) write their name in their shirt. I keep them in my room and whenever we paint they put their shirt on. This keeps their clothes SO much cleaner. I have yet to get an angry note from a parent about their child's dirty clothes. I keep the shirts until the end of the year, wash them, and then send them home. Normally I ask for these at the beginning of the year but you can do it any time.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Holiday Love

With all of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, we tend to forget those who are far away from their loved ones, risking their lives every day. I saw a video today that touched my heart:

I had heard of the types of places that soldiers lived in over seas but had never actually seen any. I have to say it was eye opening. Any love that you can send a soldiers way this holiday season would be sure to brighten their day. If you have a child or are a teacher, please consider making a Safe Buddy for a soldier this holiday season. It is quick, easy, and free to make and will hopefully be something that each soldier keeps close to them at all times. Instructions that tell you what to do and where to send your buddies are included. My students love making these for the soldiers and they keep asking me if they can make more! A little love can go a long way (: Share your love this season!

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There are several pages with this download to give you tons of different options. Do not print the whole thing! There is a section for teachers and a section for parents. Find your section and print the pages you want (: 

Share this with anyone who has kids, teaches, or just wants to send some love! How many soldiers do you think we can reach this holiday season?