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 30, 2017

Think Spring


Think Spring!

       Isn't this bunny shape so basic but yet so cute?  I found these in the paint section of our local hardware store. Wouldn't they make an adorable matching game for our younger children? They would also make a great art project. If you are working with young children who are earning their colors, you could say,     " Please find the pink bunny."  Numbers or rhyming words could be written on each colored section. There are so many possibilities.
One of my students carefully cutting the bunny shape.

We were in the process of making Easter baskets to donate to a local food pantry.  This will make a cute tag for each basket.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Image of Christ


      My friend Judi has done this project during Holy Week for many years.
Her 3rd graders make these beautiful images of the Crucified Christ on sandpaper with crayons.  She uses a step by step, guided drawing activity to ensure all the details are included. Even though it is guided drawing, the images all take on their own persona.

         Prior to the day of drawing, each cloth ( about 12 x 12 inches) is cut with pinking shears so the fabric does not ravel. The fabric chosen is a beige or tan color. The top edge of each cloth is folded over about a half inch and sewn to create a small rod pocket. All the parents need to do is insert a dowel into the rod pocket for hanging work the piece comes home. This prep work is time consuming but worth it in the end.

          After the drawing on the sheet of sandpaper is complete, the sandpaper if placed image side down onto each piece of fabric. Judi then irons the back of each piece of sandpaper to transfer each image to the cloth. Some images are darker than others depending how much pressure was used in drawing the image with the crayons.

        The students have to wait to see their picture  appear on the fabric. This is a wonderful reminder of the Shroud of Turin that the children had learned about in Religion class.

       Here are just a few of these wonderful images of the Crucified Christ.

            This is such a meaningful project for Holy Week.  The artwork is something that will last for generations in a Catholic family.

     Looking forward          to a blessed Holy Week!

Please leave a comment.  I'd love to read your thoughts and ideas.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Easter Basket Envelope

A simple business size envelope can easily become an Easter Basket envelope for your kids to make.

        I started with a standard business size envelope because local businesses had donated their old, out dated envelopes to our school.  Why buy new when you can reuse?  As you can see, I drew a dashed line about 3 inches from the left hand side of the envelope.  In this way the printed return address can be cut off  and discarded.

      That section was cut off. 

         Then I found the center of the remaining envelope and cut the flap into a triangle.

         A triangular section was cut out of the middle of the flap to create a handle for the basket.

          Finally, the left side of the envelope  is glued.  Now the decorating begins. As you can see, these were given to our 1st grade buddies.  So names were written on the front or back of the envelope to ensure delivery. As you can see we tucked our Easter cards into the completed envelope Easter baskets.

           A very easy  project for 5th graders to work on. If you are making these with younger children, an adult might have to do the cutting and gluing ahead of time to get the size correct. Then, have the kids do the decorating.
          These could also be used as place cards for your Easter dinner table. You might even fill each with a little Easter grass. Grandma and aunts will be impressed with their personalized name cards.  Let your children be creative and help decorate.

          Today I linked up with Doodle Bugs Teaching   
 five for FRIDAY weekly linky party. 

          Please leave a comment.  I'd love read your thoughts and ideas.

   Enjoy Spring!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ice Cream Cones

  Ice Cream!

   What child doesn't like ice cream? Of course I wanted to make an ice cream play set for my granddaughters imaginary play. While shopping at JoAnn Fabrics, I ran across this piece of flannel material with sparkling ice cream cones. Perfect!  Of course I bought a yard!

       I hope you can see the little sparkles on the delicious ice cream. The smallest cones are about 2 1/4 inches tall , while the tall four dip cones are about 3 1/2 inches.  The perfect size for little hands to feed to a favorite doll or friendly stuffed animal. There are 18 different varieties, some with sugar cones and some with cake cones. Some cones are soft serve and some are scooped. Of course don't forget the sprinkles or the cherry on top!  

     First, I cut four of each cone. I made two sets, one for each granddaughter.
The material was matched wrong sides together and zig zagged  stitched and trimmed. As  each cone came to life,  I smiled and knew they would be enjoyed and played with. Each was cuter than the next.  No sharp edges for my little ones to get hurt. Just soft ice cream fun.

     Using Altoid tins, a piece of felt was glued to the lids with tacky glue.  Then some left over felt ice cream was glued to the felt.   Now we have a little storage case for all of our ice cream. 

     Even though all the cones are different, you can still have your child find similarities. 
  * Find all the cones with a cherry on top.
  * Find all the cones that have one scoop if ice cream.
  * Find all the cones with blue ice cream. 

      These little ice cream cones and their tin carrying cases were so much fun to make. You don't have to be a great seamstress to make something like this.  Just the energy to cut, match , and sew.  I'm your little one would be happy to help in the matching process before you do the sewing.

     I do hope that I have inspired you to make a simple toy for a child in your life to play with.  Nothing fancy, just hours of imaginative play. 

   Please leave a comment.  I'd love to read your thoughts.

Enjoy this beautiful day!


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Holy Week Cube

          Holy Week

     The Felician Sisters helped start St. Michael Catholic School more than 75 years ago.  I am pleased to say that I  have taught at St. Mikes for 25 years and worked with these wonderful dedicated women. 
           When I first started teaching, two wonderful Felician sisters, Sister Helen and Sister Therese, directed  Religious Education for the school and parish.  They taught workshops for the teachers after school so we could receive our religious certification. I was given many handouts to use in my classes during these workshops.
               This Holy Week cube is a wonderful visual reminder for my students as they journey into the Holiest Week for Christians. 

   The six sided cube has line drawings of the crucified Christ, dice, wheat, bread, coins, and palms to signify important aspects of Holy Week.  Once colored and cut out,  it is folded and glued together to form a cube.

       Here are some samples of my student's cubes this year.


         I do hope that someone will be able to use this Holy Week Cube with their students. I know that sisters Helen and Therese would be so pleased that their 
workshop handout was being used with a new generation of Catholic children during Holy Week to remember the Passion.

     Remember the true meaning of Easter.


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.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Puppies Quiet Book

Puppies, Puppies, Puppies!

               On one of my excursions,   I was wandering around JoAnn Fabrics and saw a darling piece of flannel fabric with these cute little dogs.  They were so colorful with friendly facial expressions.  I could not resist buying a yard.  I knew it would be perfect for my next quiet book.  By purchasing fabric with cute graphics, I can spend less time constructing my quiet books. 

          Five little dogs of different colors would be great for color recognition and matching. 

         I cut around the dogs and zig zagged the matching colors back to back.  I was lucky enough that the dogs were facing in opposite directions so they could become two sided dogs.

          Each puppy needed a bed of the same color to sleep in.  Little pockets felt were sewn on for the dog beds.

       I added a light purple dog dish with water and food just in case the puppies get hungry!  As you can see the little yellow pup is having a snack.

      On the back cover a red dog house was added.  All the dogs can fit into the dog house.

       There is a snap at the top of the dog house so all the pups can fit in.

       A handle made from ribbon was added along the binding so the book can be easily carried by small hands.

           Today I have linked up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the Five for Friday weekly Linky Party.  I enjoy reading Kacey's blog. She has so many great ideas for the classroom. Check it out!

  Please leave a comment if you have an extra minute. I'd love to hear from you. Enjoy your day!


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!