Sunday, December 25, 2011

New Year Resolutions

livelovelaughkindergarten is having a linky party asking us to talk about any New Year resolutions we have. Until last year, I have never really considered being serious about making or keeping any New Year resolutions. Last year, on Christmas, I made my first resolution: to go the entire year without drinking soda. I have officially gone 365 days without drinking a soda...and no longer care to do so. I don't want to list too many however, here we go:

Here are my resolutions:
1. Focus on the positive each day
2. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day

1. Organize my teaching books that are on the shelves behind my desk.
2. Create a monthly theme unit

1. Try to post at least 2 times a week
2. Create a fan page on Facebook

Happy New Year!!

Kindergarten Art Ideas

Though today is Christmas and these projects were made for Christmas, you can either file this idea away for next year or adapt it for any upcoming holiday such as Valentine's Day or Mother's Day.

For this project, copy any picture you'd like onto a transparency. I have used pictures that are 7" around. Have your students color them with PERMANENT markers (water color markers will just rub off). Encourage them to not use the same color side-by-side. Find a spot with a light color (such as yellow) to write their name in a dark color. I then cut poster-board circles the same size. Then I lightly crinkle aluminum foil squares (about 8" square) and wrap those over the poster-board circles. I then glue the colored transparency right onto the aluminum wrapped poster-board. Trim any excess overhang.

Important note: If your markers do not color the transparency well, let them dry and go back over them later. The darker you color each segment, the more beautiful it will look up against the crinkled aluminum.

Some other ideas to do with this:
1) punch a hole in the top and tie a ribbon through it to hang it up.
2) make two and put them together so they can be double-sided.

New Year's Art Idea

As the lights twinkle on the tree for a few more days, some of you may be thinking ahead to projects for the new year. As a teacher, I am always thinking about what type of project I should have ready to go for decorating the class with a new season or holiday approaching. Here is a fun idea I had that you may like.
A number of years ago, a friend drew this outline for me. I enlarged it to about 5 inches tall or so. I print out two for each child on card stock or construction paper. I then invite our 4th grade buddies to our room to work on these with us. The children first decorate all of the "snow child" with crayons, markers, and colored pencils. They draw a hat, a jacket (and maybe a scarf), pants, and snow boots. My student gets one and the 4th grade buddy gets one to do. I have the 4th graders encourage their kindergartener to make patterns for the jacket and hat and use details such as checkers or stripes. I then supply cloth pieces, sequence, and small jewels for them to decorate their person with. I ask the students NOT to decorate a face. While they are working, I go around the room and take a close-up picture of their face. I then print out the pictures on my Epson Picture Mate (wallet size). I cut a circle around the child's face and then have them glue their own face to the "snow child". For the purpose of privacy, the next picture is the completed project without the pictures glued on yet.

I then tape the projects together on the back of their "hands". I alternate a kindergartener and a 4th grade buddy all the way across the back of my room. The entire project ends up looking like a string of paper dolls.The children LOVE to see these hung up with them as they come back from a long break at Christmas without seeing their buddies. If you'd like a copy of the "snow child" template, please contact me and I will send it to you.
Happy New Year!!!!

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