Monday, October 31, 2016

Learning to Apologize

               Everyone needs to apologize at sometime. 

        When child says "I'm sorry"  many times the  child who has been "wronged"  says, "It's Okay".   I have heard this scenario numerous times while teaching and at home with my own children.
        The problem is the first child hears "It's Okay" and in the back of their mind they  think "If it's okay, then I can do that again."
        I tell the child who has been wronged, that they should say "I accept your apology, but I don't like it when you do or say that.  Please don't do or say that again."
        In this way the aggressive child hears that the other child doesn't like what happened and should not do or say it again. 
       Many times the aggressive child will say that they don't like what the other child did at an earlier time.  Hopefully, the children will realize how they each can understand how the other feels.  Compassion for another person's feeling is a great lesson for everyone.

 This is a good way to reflect on what you have done and then set out to apologize in a meaningful way.

An apology is very important.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Symmetry Skeletons

        Symmetry Skeletons     

    Halloween lends itself to a lesson on symmetry very well.  The lessons of symmetry have been in Math books from 1st grade.  I use this with my 5th graders. So a short bit of review may be necessary for some vocabulary terms. When you show the kiddos that they are going to be designing skeleton heads, they are ready and willing to work.

 Today I am linking up with Forever in Fifth Grade for the October Show and Tell Tuesday.

    First folding the paper is necessary to form the head shape.  The fold can then be used as the mid line for the correct placement of the facial features and extra designs. Markers, crayons, and some scrap paper and glue is all the students need to complete this project.

      This lesson can be related to Dia de Los Muertos   or  Day of the Dead which occurs on November 1st and 2nd. 

 As you can see, each student has their own impression of how each skeleton should look.

I hope you have a wonderful 
Halloween  this year.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Apple Roses for Dessert


          I have been looking at these apple roses on Pinterest recently. I must say that I have been fascinated.  Yesterday I decided to do some experimental baking.  I must admit that I am NOT a baker my any means. But these were worth a try.

       Macintosh apples were on the counter in my kitchen.  After the apples were cut in half, I sliced the apples into very thin slices.  Some apples were peeled and some were left with the peel on. I wanted to see which I liked best. The slices were placed in a glass pie plate with water and lemon juice and microwaved for a minute until the slices were limp.

      The recipes on Pinterest call for Puff Pastry.  I didn't have any on hand so  I made a pie crust. The crust was cut it into strips 2 inches wide and about 12 inches long.  The apple slices were placed onto the strips of pie crust over lapping the length of the strip. A mixture of sugar and cinnamon was then sprinkled over the apples. The pie crust strip was then folded lengthwise over the apples and rolled up. I sprinkled more cinnamon and sugar on top of the roses.  It actually looked like a rose! I was amazed.  It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.

     The roses  were then placed in buttered muffin tins.  The oven was preheated to 400 degrees.  The cute little roses were baked for 45 minutes. 
      As you can see, some of the roses came out of the muffins tins easily and others not so much. 

      They were tasty when warm.  I tried them after dinner at room temperature for dessert.  Like I said, better when warm.  I should have warmed them up in the microwave for a few  seconds.

      Please find a recipe on Pinterest to follow.  As I said, I am not a baker.
       I did buy puff pastry later in the day and will try that.  I will let you know how they turn out.

    Happy Baking!


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Minion Costumes

          This summer I was crocheting baby hats for my two new granddaughters.  I made several yellow ones.  "They could be made into minion hats", was a thought that crossed my mind.  My daughter asked if I could made one for a Halloween costume for her daughter.  Of course I can't resist a crafting challenge.
    Here is the minion hat I made.

        My little granddaughter has blue denim overalls to go with the hat.  

      A costume for the dog, Barkley, a Yorkie was also requested.   When they came to Michigan last Christmas, I made Barkley a little green felt coat to wear outside.  So I knew I could made him a minion costume.  It has velcro so it can be secured around his neck.

           This is not Barkley.  I don't know if he could stand still long enough to have this picture taken. I used an old  stuffed animal for fitting of the minion costume for size.

Wishing everyone best wishes for your  Happy Halloween shopping.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Halloween Costumes

       Today I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for a Five for Friday linky party!

      All kids, big and little, love dressing up for Halloween.  Parents love to dress their little ones, including dogs and cats for this great event. This year I made three costumes.  Elmo, Oscar the Grouch, and a Baby Bunny.

       Oscar the Grouch was made for Barkley, a little Yorkie. As you can see this is not Barkley, but a stuffed dog. 

     I made a felt dog coat and then attached Oscar so Oscar in his garbage can would be riding on the dog's back.  Oscar is made of felt and stuffed to made him more stable.

     Elmo was made from a red onesie with red toule and felt for the facial features. 

   Elmo was made from a red onesie with a red toule face and shirt. Felt was used for the facial features.
 I hope Elmo and Oscar made a good team Trick or Treating!

      The Baby Bunny was made from a pink long sleeve shirt and a scooter skirt.
I purchased all the clothing from the sale rack. 

     And here is the back with a little puffy tail. 

Happy Halloween to All!
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Baby Bunny Costume

          A Baby Bunny costume is my latest creation.

        I like to make costumes that are easy for a child to wear and can be worn after Halloween.  Kids like to play dress up and wear favorite outfits. I hope this one will be enjoyed by my granddaughter.

        I saw a pink long sleeve shirt and this cute little scooter skirt on the sale rack, of course. It did have an applique of an elephant holding a balloon with his trunk. This needed to be covered with the bunny applique. That is why the shoulders were added beneath the face. If you look closely, you can see a faint dark spot under the cheek of the bunny.  I used felt for all of the details to make the face.  The eyebrows, mouth, and whiskers were stitched with black and brown embroidery floss.
      The last touch was to make a puffy bunny tail. I know the colors are not an exact match, but buying from the sale rack you have to take what you can get. If it is cold she can wear white tights or leggings to keep her little legs warm and cozy. A lot of times little ones don't like to wear anything one their head. I know she has a head band with bunny ears from last Easter. Maybe the head band will be added to the costume.

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  Happy Halloween to All!