Friday, March 31, 2017

The Royal and Most Pleasant Game of Goose

The Royal and Most Pleasant 
Game of Goose

      In 5th grade we learned about life in Colonial Williamsburg.  In our journey, my students went to the Raleigh Tavern on the Duke of Glouchester Street.  Along with discussing politics, eating, drinking, and socializing were popular at these local gathering spots.  One way to socialize was to play board games.
     The Royal and Most Pleasant Game of Goose was introduced to my students.  No Ipads or computer games. They came to realize that they could have an great time playing a simple board game with their classmates.

Sorry that this picture of the game board is a little fuzzy.

        The game is played with one die and a marker for each player.

You can see that  have my students dress up in costumes to enhance my lessons.
   There are a few interesting spaces on the game board to make the game fun. A space that no one wants to land on is the Death SpaceThis is where the player has to go back to the beginning of the game board to space number 1.  A few spaces featuring a goose will send a player ahead. You might also land on the Jail space where you will lose a turn.
At times the game can be very intense.

       This young man is portraying a fine Colonial gentleman who frequented the Raleigh Tavern in Colonial Williamsburg. 

     The students even wanted to take the game boards home! This game was in my TCI Social Studies Alive! America's Past teacher's manual. 

          I have taken this game to our school's book fair at Barnes and Noble.  Children always want to play and want their parents to watch.

Please leave a comment if you have a minute.  Let me know if you could use my ideas in your class.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Felt Hands

Little Felt

          We love to have our kids dip their hands in paint to make those cute little hand prints.  I thought it would be nice for my daughter and son-in-law to have a little hand of their child.  Daddy could keep it in his pocket, wallet, backpack, or brief case when he was at work or away from his precious child.  Mommy could keep this little keepsake in her purse, notebook, binder, bible, or wallet wherever she went.

       I started out by a simple outline of the child's hand. 

       The hand print was cut from felt. (Two hands were cut).  I hand stitched a small pink heart to the palm of the hand. Then the two hands were stitched together. You don't have to be proficient at sewing to make one.
       This one I added the year to the heart.

      One little hand for Mommy, and one little hand for Daddy. I made the hands for Valentine's Day gifts. 
      This is something that could be added to a baby book as a keepsake. Grandma would love to have one, too.  This could be a great beginner sewing project for a grade school child or for a Girl Scout sewing badge.

     These felt hands would be a simple gift to send to a mother or father who is in the military and has been deployed. Not too big, not too small.  Just the right size.  Your child's hand.

Enjoy your children now! 
They grow up so very fast.

     Please leave a comment if you have the time.  I'd love to hear from you.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Stained Glass for Easter

          Spring is here! 
So, Easter can't be very far off.

       Each year during Lent, I  have my students work on a "stained glass" of the Crucifixion.  Years ago I found a brochure of the Stations of the Cross done as stained glass windows of a church.   I made a copy and then whited all the colors out to have a black and white copy that my students could design in their choice of colors.  

      This is my black and white sheet that I give to my students.
Here is what the students work looks like.  As you notice, some are a work in progress.

          These "stained glass windows" are a favorite Lenten project of mine.

Today I linked up with Forever in Fifth Grade for       " Show and Tell Tuesday". 
    Please leave a comment on this project.  Let me know if your could use this in your class someday.

Happy Easter to all!


Monday, March 13, 2017

Ideas for a busy toddler

Busy Toddler
    Toddlers are wonderful and full of energy.  They need many new manipulatives to keep them busy, stimulated, learning, and interested.  Many every day objects can be new and stimulating to a toddler.

      Plastic or paper cups are in everyone's cupboards. They can be stacked and sorted by size, shape, and color. No one will be upset if one gets broken or lost. The cups are quiet when knocked down and bounce in a delightful way.

      These little paper cups are a new surface to be colored on. The inside, outside surfaces and the bottom are available for new colors. 

           Sidewalk chalk is another easy way to keep a toddler busy. The colors are a wonderful addition to a plain driveway or sidewalk.  The best part is that your space is almost limitless in the eyes of a child. They are not constrained by the size of the paper or chalkboard.  Their lines can go on and on and on. 
         Many gardens have smooth stones.  These make a wonderful canvas for sidewalk chalk or water color paint for that matter. Colorful stones are quite eye catching for toddlers.

       Pom poms  are another simple yet delightful manipulative.  They come in assorted sizes and colors, some even have sparkles.  Pom poms can be sorted by using muffin tins, small boxes, egg cartons, ice cube trays, or anything you may have around the house.  A plastic toothbrush holder from the dollar store has good size holes, big enough for a pom pom to fit through. This is great for working on eye hand coordination and fine motor skills. Best of all, they are quiet and will keep your toddler busy for quite a while.

        Bubbles whipped into a foam is an enjoyable tactile experience. Your little one can wash their plastic toys. Cars, boats, animals, people, etc. Always get dirty during outdoor play. So why not let your child was their own toys? Car wash is an experience that is always fun!

       Getting dressed again and again is a favorite activity for children.  You have all you need in your closet or chest of drawers. It doesn't matter what size or color. Kids love to wear or try on clothes.  You don't have to go out and purchase expensive dress up clothing or princess dresses. The young child will experiment with boots, shoes, socks,  leggings, pants, shirts, hats, gloves, not to mention purses, a scarf,  and jewelry.

        Tooth brushing is a wonderful and healthy activity for the young child.  This will not only be a good activity but will help with good dental hygiene habits.

            Felt pieces of different sizes, colors, and shapes are a interesting manipulative for the young child.  They can be arranged in different patterns to make abstract pictures.  A youngster could make a stack starting with the largest, smallest,  or random order. These pieces could be used as blankets for toy people or animals.

         Keep your toddlers busy with manipulatives and off of screen time. A busy toddler is a learning toddler.  It will pay off in the long run.

      Please leave a  comment if you have a minute to spare.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Student Journal for Lent

    As a 5th grade Religion teacher, I have my students make a Lenten Journal.  Each day at the beginning of class, my children take out their journal and write a short reflection for the day. I use a group of reflections that I collected over the years, given by to me our Religious Education director and principal.  The whole class can think about the same topic each day. The topics are very simple and can be completed in a minute or two.  Sometimes they share their thoughts and ideas.  Other days, ideas are kept private.  I give my students the option whether they want to share or not.

        Twelve small pieces of paper were stapled into a piece of card stock folded in half. I had the children cut the days part and then glued two to each page to save paper. We used the front and back of each page as you can see in the pictures.

       Our students will be at home on Good Friday.  Hopefully they will write in their journal until Easter Sunday.

The students can decorate their pages if they like. 

Have a blessed Lenten Season. 

Please leave a comment.  I would love to hear from you.


Tuesday, March 7, 2017


          I linked up with Stephanie at Forever in 5th Grade for her 
Show and Tell Tuesday.


Barkley is showing off his latest haircut.


     This is Barkley, a cute little Yorkie in our family.  I spent a couple of weeks in the presence of this little fellow.  He brightened up the day from the first thing in the morning to the last yawn at night. 

          This box was intended for my granddaughter to play in, but Barkley decided it would be fun for him too.

         This is when he was just a pup wearing his winter coat. 

    He doesn't like to get wet, so Barkley rides on his own raft in the pool because he wants to be part of the action.

      Last, but not least, here he is with his friend, Aldo the large black dog, taking a rest after an active day.

Barkley loves his baby.

 It was a rough day.  Everyone needs a little snooze!
What can I say?

Enjoy your day!


Friday, March 3, 2017

Boston Massacre

Boston Massacre      

   This week has been very exciting in my Social Studies class. We have been discussing the events leading up to the American Revolution,  The Proclamation of 1763,   The Quartering Act,  The Stamp Act,  The Townshend Acts,  The Boston Massacre,  The Tea Act,  and The Boston Tea Party.  The Boston Massacre was an especially unsettling topic for my students, especially  the fact that five men were killed.  We talked about the issue that we really don't know what happened during the confrontation, but we do know the result.  We also realized that there are always two sides to a story.

      Among the faculty at my school, I'm known as the "teacher who collects junk".  If someone needs something, they first come to ask me if I might have what they are looking for.  Nine out of ten times, I usually have what they are looking for. 

      So.... last year someone dropped off a bag of "goodies" at the school office, and of course  our wonderful administrative assistants said, " Send this to Beti's room.  She'll find a use for these things."   Inside the bag were about fifteen little wooden coffins. ( I would say that you could find these at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or JoAnn's )

      In our Social Studies text book is this picture.

    I made a photocopy, cut them apart, and glued these onto the tops of the little coffins.

               I feel that my students have a better understanding of my Religion and Social Studies lessons if they can touch, sing, of get involved in acting out the topic. These little wooden boxes just happened fill the bill for my lesson on the Boston Massacre.

          You never know what the day may bring.  So, keep an open mind to and an open door.  You'll be surprised what or who may come into your life.

        I have linked up with Doodle Bugs Teaching  Five for Friday linky.  Check out all the other blogs and their great ideas.

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