Sunday, November 11, 2012

Currently, Pencils, Gifts, Veteran's Day...

Currently...(late to the party this month)
Thanks to Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her monthly currently!
My poor dog scratches and scratches and scratches. We've been to vet after vet, foods after foods, shampoos after shampoos. The only thing that helps him is the steroid prednisone...and you can only have them on that for so long. Kids and their bickering! Grrr. 

Love my new necklace! So glad he bought it for me. I don't ask for many things...way appreciative of the necklace!

Wanting more time...yes, I am aware we have an extra day off in honor of our Veterans! 
Time...I just feel like I can't get caught up! I even TOOK OFF A DAY OF WORK as a mental health GET CAUGHT UP ON GRADING AND ENTERING GRADES! Yes, I had to take a day off to get caught was for my sanity and the sanity for those who encounter me! I had a FABULOUS sub who didn't leave ME any work to get caught up on upon my return.

TMI? We need toilet paper...we are currently using tissue boxes in each bathroom... (it's on the list for today).

Music...Have I told you I LOVE music? Although I'm not good at singing, I sing constantly in class...songs go with everything I do. The kids make fun of pay attention to me.

I just placed my order with for personalized pencils for each student as a gift for the holidays. I also order each student a book from Scholastic (with bonus points)...wrap it all up with a no-homework pass, red pen and candy cane! It's a little something that does not cost me a fortune.

Family Gifts
Ok, since I brought up the holidays, I might as well share what we make in class for parents. Last year (thanks to Pinterest), my teaching buddy and I made a set of coasters for each family with our students. It was FAB-U-LOUS! 

These are from last year. Sorry, had to blur out faces.

Each student made a set of four coasters. I had the students bring in TWO photos from home and I made photo copies on our photo copier at work--sent the originals back home. I went to HOBO (a discount home improvement store) and purchased enough plain white bathroom/kitchen tiles for my class and friend's class. I cut out each family's last initial on black construction paper from the Ellison in our teacher's workroom. I purchased black and white designed scrapbook paper and cut those 4x4 inches. We used Modge Podge Gloss as our sealer, glue & finish. 

I called 4 students at a time to the back table--covered in a plastic table cloth. The students used a paintbrush to apply the Modge Podge (MP) to the tile, add the scrapbook paper, layer MP, then the black initial..more MP on one tile....Then they applied MP to another tile photo, more on. We placed all the tiles on a covered table to dry/set. I applied 4x4 (slightly smaller though) of black felt to the bottoms of ALL the tiles with MP, so they don't scratch any tables.  The following day after students left for the day, I sprayed the tiles with a spray can of Clear Acrylic Paint...(Have someone else do this if you are pregnant and leave the room)...Make sure your windows are open and it's well ventiliated. The spray paint, as you can imagine, leaves a cloud in the air for some time...I didn't want to bring all the tiles home to do this in my garage, so I did this on a Friday afternoon before leaving for the weekend.

We wrapped them in tissue paper and placed them in inexpensive brown craft bags that were pre-decorated from the store.

My teaching buddy and I collected $2.00 from each student. We sent a letter home telling parents we were creating a gift and students were to earn the $2.00 from completing various chores around the house, so the gift was truly from them. This gift was perfect for all students with various religious backgrounds. 

4 tiles per student
Cut out initial for each student
Black and white scrapbook paper of various designs (I kept it non-holiday)
Modge Podge (about 2 16 oz containers for class)
Paint Brushes
1 can Clear Acrylic Spray Paint (1 for whole class)
2 Photos from home (copy them on B&W copy machine)
1 photo of student from class printed to B&W copier
1 Brown craft bag per student
Tissue paper 
4 4x4 Black felt squares per student
2 Plastic table cloths

We will DEFINITELY do this project again this year! We received lots of compliments from staff and parents.  I hope I didn't leave anything out...If you have any questions, feel free to email me or comment below!

Veteran's Day
Our school had its annual Veteran's Day assembly. It's my favorite assembly. Students have family members attend the assembly and we honor them. There were so many this year! Our Librarian and Counselor had various students read pages from the book H is for Honor:  A Military Family Alphabet by Devin Scillian.

It was moving. Various grade levels sang patriotic songs led by our Music teacher. Each Veteran's name was read aloud. The whole assembly was absolutely moving! I was moved to tears. The students with their guests went to the cafeteria for cookies and juice provided by our PTO. One Vietnam Vet said it was the first time he has felt recognized and honored since the war. I am so blessed to be part of a school who honors Veterans!
My brother in law will leave for his 3rd tour soon. 
Thank you to all Veterans and the time served or currently serving.

Enjoy the week ahead!


  1. I LOVE this coaster idea for Christmas! When I taught middle school, I didn't do much for holidays at all because I had so many students. Last year (my first year in elementary), I bought each student a snowman ornament that was holding a star. I then painted their names on the star. It worked out great because our school theme was stars. This year I think I bit off more than I can chew. I ordered ornaments that are picture frames. Now I will spend the next month cutting out tiny pictures of their faces to put in the frames...Maybe I will have them "help" make them at the back table :)

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    1. Thank you Meg! I hope all is better or well with you after that nasty storm!

  3. Hey there! Just found your blog through another...Love the coaster idea. We painted coasters for Mother's day last year. I love your idea a lot for Christmas:) May have to steal/borrow it;) Thanks for sharing:)

    4th Grade Frolics

    1. Thanks for visiting! I am your newest follower on your site! You go right ahead and steal away! I got it off Pinterest anyhow! If you have any questions, feel free to email me! It really was easy. Had rest of class work independently while I worked with kids. Time's flying! I should have picked up the tiles over this weekend! grrr!

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