Warning! The next two paragraphs are a bit long and I am galloping on my high horse but... if you stick with me I promise some cute and very fun uplifting photos to follow!
Sticking with the Deanna Jump post from last night I would like to quickly discuss comments on TPT. This morning I woke up and checked my email.. Hurray I made a sale on TPT!!! Next email I checked said I had a TPT Comment. Hurray my first comment since opening my store a little bit ago!!! The comment read, "Thanks." Hurray, I thought, this is a good comment!!! I logged in to my TPT store and was shocked. The person that bought my product, and left me the ambiguous one word "thanks," gave me 3 out of 4 stars?!?! Booooooo! Because I am a new TPT store and this was my FIRST review and comment not only was my product rated three but my ENTIRE TPT profile said 3! 3 is not bad I know, but I feel the rating system is a bit skewed when one comment appears to define you. And yes, I am a bit of perfectionist, and people pleaser by nature. Aren't all teachers???? So I took this 3 rating to heart. If only the comment giver had left me a helpful tip, or a reason for the three rating, or a way I could improve I would happily take the feedback to make the product even better. Unfortunately, I was not given this chance. At least I take solace that the guru herself, Mrs. Deanna Jump struggles with comments and TPT stuff as well. There is comfort in that. Anyone have any TPT tips? Ways to get feedback on your store? Way to brush off the negatives? Stories? I would love to hear from you!
Now on to the juicy stuff!
Fun spring classroom mural that always brightens my day in my classroom!
In the concrete jungle that can sometimes be outside a kinder classroom I embrace potted plants. I use the bright chalk paint from Home Depot and decorate the bins. I have had the same rose plant since my first year of teaching years ago! Such a treasure!
Fun way I spice up science journals.
Farm Quilt! Inspired by the AMAZING Kinder By Kim!
During the Farm Unit students brainstorm and bring in items that come from pigs for homework...
And cows.... See the Mochi? Yum!!! Thank you cows!
To go along with the kinder science and Foss my students make snail races! These are a big hit that I put out for open house. Students drag their very apprehensive parents to the racing table and compete to see which snail can make it from the center bullseye to one of the outside enticing destinations. Watch out for the bee and lady bug! I LOVE the encouraging cheers written to the snails!
During the spring study of plants it is always fun to have dirt cupcakes!
I like to call this Sight Words Chalk Talk. Students decorate the outside of our classroom with all the sight words learned this year. I also did 'Book Graffiti' today. Students draw pictures of characters, write key words and phrases from some of the favorite stories read throughout the year.
Mother's Day workshop is well under way in our class. I figure a little bit each day with the kinders and we will make some adorable and amazing gifts for our special mothers!
All the rage on Pinterest and the web seems to be Rainbow Cakes!!!
Thus the idea for our Mother's Day Cards were born. Students LOVED making these cards and were very proud of their hard work. I overheard one student say, "My mom is going to go gaga for this!" Gaga is his new favorite word and I love it! As we draw closer to the end of the year I am trying to give students more and more tasks where they have to listen to multiple step directions and then work independently. They must rely on peers to help solve problems that arise and they must have peers check their work. This card was perfect for students to practice these skills!
The front of our yummy cake cards!
Yum! Don't these slices look absolutely delicious?
Inside students wrote mom special sentences or words describing why they love her! I can't wait for our moms to get their hands on these!
This cute rainbow card craft and other fun Mother's day activities can be found by clicking the picture below!
You must watch this video! ***Love*** ***Swoon*** ***Adore*** ***Tear*** Amaze-balls!
Cheers to you teaching friends!