December 28, 2012

WARM UP WITH SOME WINTER GOODIES + PK1 CONFERENCE

I am coming at you from every which way today, but stick with me friends . . . I've got some serious winter goodies for you!    

First up today, I have a low-prep art project for you - Snowman Pointillism Painting.  My kids did this the Friday before Christmas Vacay and it calmed them to the core.  Sounds like I am spinning a very tall tale right about now, huh??!  But I am super cereal!  You could have heard a pin drop (on PJ/Polar Express Day and only 4 days before Santa's arrival mind you) . . . they were so focused and content.







This could be a great one to use that first week after the break to ease 'em back into the routine while creating something for those naked walls.  Can you say win-win??!!  All you need is the snowman template (snatch it up below), blue construction paper, some tempra paint, Q-Tips, and the directions . . . 
  1. Copy the template on blue construction paper.
  2. Prior to painting, roll up all your kids' sleeves.  Uh, lesson learned . . . can you tell I don't have kids yet??!!
  3. Give each pair of kiddos white and brown tempra paint (they don't need much) and a handful of Q-Tips.  
  4. Model how to dip the Q-Tip into the white paint and "dot" paint their template.  Be sure to remind them not to rub the Q-Tip back and forth!
  5. The kids should paint the snowman before doing the arms.  I also like for my babes to finish all of these steps before I add the black paint to their pallets (for the face).  They tend to get all antsy and paint the face before they are done with the white and it can jack things up.  
  6. When they are dry, trim them up (see photo below).  You also can have them add construction paper hats and scarves at this time.
CLICK HERE to get the template!
Next up, I finished my Good Morning Work Reading Packet for January last night.  I managed to get 'em both out pretty close together this time.  However, my brain must have been on vacation as the covers don't look all that similar this time.  Good one, Dolling!  

   

For those of you who may not know about my Good Morning Work Packets, let me quickly explain.  I have created a monthly collection of worksheets that provide the perfect INDEPENDENT, yet highly rigorous, warm-up for your kiddos. I give both sheets to my babes every morning and it helps us spiral back and revisit all of those key common core standards.  The best part is that they free up precious moments during that hectic morning rush!  

As always, I am offering up the "Try 'em before you buy 'em" deal.  Click on the link below to try out a few worksheets with your crew.  If you dig them, come on back and buy the whole set.  
CLICK HERE to download these reading pages.
Read more about January's GMW Math Packet + get the tester pages HERE

Finally, I wanted to see if any of you are attending the PK1 Conference in Santa Clara, CA next month??!!  Well, I will be there.  And guess what??  I am a presenter this year!  If you are interested in attending my session (Phonics is Fun - F8), I'd love to have you sign up.  I am hoping that my class "makes" and I get to keep my slot . . . my fingers are crossed!!  I am the very last session on the last day of the conference.  However, I promise to make it worth your while.  I'll have lots of freebies, easy-prep ideas/games/activities, and oodles of laughs up for grabs!  If this just isn't the session for you and your needs, no worries . . . just come and say howdy.  I'd love to meet you!!  Oh, and don't forget that Ron + Nancy Brown (Intelli-Tunes) are also hosting a session.  You don't want to miss out on this one.  They are FAN-TAB!  Click on the pic below to learn more!

Wow . . . was I ever full of it today!  I hope you found a thing or two that you could use in all of that :)  I'll be back soon with a few other winter goodies.  My hiney is firmly planted at my computer for the rest of the weekend (sorry honey)!  Be sure to pop on over to TBA to check out all of the other sweet goodies up for grabs!  I heart me a good Freebie Friday.




  

21 comments:

  1. Love the snowman activity. So simple, yet so cute! I may have to do this with my kiddos!! :)

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  2. Thanks Nina! It was a peaceful project . . . usually I like to have a standard attached, but I just let 'em be for this one :)

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  3. Love the snowman project. My kinders did something similar but with a Christmas tree and snow, and they were so quiet! Who knew that was possible!?
    Thanks for sharing your template!

    Lindsey
    Lovin’ Kindergarten

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    1. Hahahahahaha . . . Kinders + Quiet = Teacher Heaven. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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  4. Your snowman turned out so cute! It does sound super peaceful, which is an added bonus. :) Your morning work looks wonderful!
    Sarah
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Peaceful is always an added bonus :)

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  5. Hi Kelley - Those are just adorable! Love the snowmen. Hope your new year is wonderful like you.
    Vicky
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

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    1. Oh Vicky . . . you made my day :) Thanks for saying hello!

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  6. What a great idea. I bet my second gradersmwouldmeven like that!

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  7. What a cute snowman activity. I'm going to use this one next week for sure! Thanks!

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    1. So glad to hear you found something you could take with you from your visit here!!!

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  8. I'm absolutely doing the snowman activity on Friday. You rock!

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    1. Hiya friend. I heart ya!!!! Hopefully this will roll like it did with my kiddos . . . quietly :) Let me know how it goes!

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  9. I just found your blog after looking for everything snow for back to school and love this idea! I teach 2nd grade but am definitely going to use this! The kiddos will love it! Thank you so much for the idea!

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    1. Yay! Thanks so much for taking the time to write. I am so glad you stumbled in here :)

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  10. Your winter ideas are so cute! I love posts that show activities in action, especially 2nd grade because it's one of my favorites. So glad you found my blog! Thanks for stopping by :)

    Bailey

    mrssturdysclass.blogspot.com

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  11. Hi,
    I glad I found you from Primary in Idaho! I invite you to take a look at my blog
    I Dream of First Grade
    I love the snowman activity.
    Your newest follower,
    Sarah

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  12. Hi,
    I too am glad that I found you from handsonhappiness.blogspot.com.
    I will definitely try out your pointillism snowmen, oh wait I can make valentines with this! Take a look at my blog FunandEasyFirstGrade.blogspot.com
    Your newest follower,
    Heidi

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  14. Our class did the snowman pointillism project and I was amazed at how calm and quiet the classroom was. It was by far the most relaxing painting experience! I love your blog! Thanks :)

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