February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

Today was Valentines day at school! I believe today was a form of payback for not allowing the kids to celebrate Halloween at school. The candy was flowing and the kids were pumped!  Despite being surrounded by 3+ feet of snow at all times and people under 3 feet at all times, I am happy to report all teachers survived! And I'm pretty sure the kids had a great day.

February 10, 2015

Snow Painting: STEAM PROJECT

If you are looking for a STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art and math) project for your PreK/Kindergarten artists, look no further then your window sill. Well, if you live in New England!

I am literally teaching in an igloo right now. My windows are completely blocked in by snow. So how do I make lemonade out of lemons? I decided we'd have to use all this snow in an art project with a dash of science. I got the snow directly from my window and put in on their trays which the kids thought was pretty cool. They built with the snow until everyone was "served" (or until they couldn't feel their fingers, whichever came first;) Then we added watercolors in the primary colors. We watched the colors literally melt together. Speaking of melting, we talked about the states of water from solid icy snow, to liquid water and next week to completely evaporated.

So, to make all my friends who aren't snowed in jealous, here is the project (I am totally joking here, if you are in New England I know you can feel my pain.) This one is for you NATALIE 





Kindergarten Creation

Kindergarten Creation

Kindergarteners Color Mixing

Pre-K's painting their SNOW with the Primary Colors

BONUS PROJECT: 1ST Grade Snow Angel Self Portraits (pretty self explanatory)




January 19, 2015

It's WAR!

I've been waging war this school year on germs and burnout. With a crazy schedule a whole school of germs coming in and out of my room I am treating this like war.

Every time we have a day off I try to get as many vitamins as I can, as all teachers know there is little time for eating during the week. Then I get as many outfits together as I can. After teaching with a half hour break somedays, I can barely take care of myself at the end of the day, let alone my three year old.

THIS IS WHAT WAGING WAR ON THE GERMS AND FATIGUE LOOKS LIKE

GULP! YUCK.

It's been working okay so far. I've been doing this along with a protein shake and some other health food vitamins to supplement my regular diet of caffeine throughout the week (just kidding, sort of.)

Am I the only teacher who has to prepare like a squirrel for just one week of work?