Thursday, June 22, 2017

Felt Flower Headband


           After my granddaughter was born, my daughter saw a headband with a felt flower.  She said, "Mom, I think we can made that."  Of course we took the challenge and made a trip to JoAnn's for felt and an elastic trim.
              It wasn't as hard as I thought it might be. I started with paper and pencil to make a pattern for the flower.  I cut a circle about the size of a CD.   As I stated to cut the spiral, a scalloped edge was included.

      The rectangular piece is used for the middle of the flower.  This felt piece was fringed along one side.  Then the rectangular piece is rolled to form the stamen, middle part, of the flower.  I stitched the felt as I rolled it, but you could use hot glue to hold it together.

Sorry about the fuzzy picture.

       To made the petals of the flower,  you begin wrapping from the outside of the felt circle. As you wrap, sew or glue the felt around the stamen. The flower will begin to "build" itself.

       We made leaves to add another color.  

        As it turned out, the leaves were a little too big for a newborn's head.  The leaves were removed for the finished product.  
        I do believe that my 5th grade girls should be able to make these flowers.  Maybe for Mother's Day.
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Have a wonder day.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017


                                          This is my daughter's puppy, Barkley, a little Yorkie. He is very lovable and loves to snuggle in for a nap.

                                            What more can I say?

                                            Enjoy your day.  He is.

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Monday, June 19, 2017


 I retired from teaching last June. This year has been great but so different from my 25 years of teaching 5th grade.  This quote kind of sums it all up for me at this time in my life.

       I found this quote, at the beginning of June a few years ago on Pinterest. We used edline to communicate with parents and students. Each of our classes has its own page.  So for the image I used this quote to send my students off for the summer.

  Today I am linking up with Stephanie at Forever in Fifth Grade for Show and Tell Tuesday.   I am not able to upload her cute graphic at this moment. Please accept my apology.

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Come back soon.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Animal Bed Tins

                Left over felt and mint tins are a good combination for a little summer project.  In a few weeks our family will be getting together for a week long summer vacation.  I told my nieces that we would do some craft projects.  I thought that these might be a good jumping off place to get us started. Some years have been so very nice Up North in Michigan, but some have been cold and rainy.  You have to prepare for both.
       So, I made these little animals that the kids could play with. Possibly the older girls might make more for themselves. Basically, an egg or oval shape for the body and some small scraps of felt for the arms, legs, and ears.

                    Today I am linking up with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for 
Monday Made It! 
Check out all the great links and ideas.

I gave this penguin a fish.

          I started out sewing them by hand.  The little brown bear is hand sewn,  All the others are mostly done on my sewing machine. 
       Here they are tucked into their little beds. They each have a tiny pillow, sheet, and blanket made from felt scraps.


Brown Bear

Wise Old Owl

Of course the bunny needed a carrot!

   My nieces and nephews enjoyed playing with their new little friends. Tucking them into bed each night was a great way to end a busy day while on vacation.

 I saw this idea, Bedtime and Picnic Playset  on

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 Enjoy your day!


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Personal Offices are Beneficial

               Today I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Made it Monday. 
     Thank you, Tara, for the link up opportunity.

     I am the teacher at school that makes all sorts of things out of junk. So here was my version of a personal office.

        If you know me at all, I don't throw anything away.  (I have lessons from my first years of teaching.)  I also don't like to spend a lot of money on things that I can make myself.  A few years ago my class needed new personal offices and I found these boxes in the school cardboard recycle bin.  St. Michael Parish hosts fish dinners on Fridays during Lent.  So there were plenty of these fish boxes for the taking.  A application of wide clear tape on the corners, and I was done. They fold up and store on a shelf.   These personal offices have lasted for a good many years and didn't cost me a dime.

      As you can see these boxes were the perfect size for our 5th grade desks. Each child has a private place to take their test.  I also like to turn desks for test taking.

       When each child finishes their test, they keep their personal office up as not to disturb any classmates.  Some students become very anxious when they see other children finishing early and turning tests in before others.  This also gives everyone the same amount of time to complete and check over answers written on the test paper.  So many times children rush through a test and leave answers blank.  Other children don't bother to reread paragraphs or short answers that they have written.  Before anyone turns a test I ask them to check all their answers and reread what they have written.  Then I ask for a "show of hands" of those who have found a mistake.   I see smiles of those students who have found a mistake and have made a correction.

    Here is the view of the inside of the personal office.  You can see close ups of the attachments of a previous blog post, "Personal Offices".


      Do you use personal offices or study corrals in your class? 

Please leave a short comment if you have an extra minute.  I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.  

Have a Fabulous day!


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Pueblo Project

                   Pueblo Project is complete!  Yeah!
All 88 of our 5th grade students participated in making our pueblo.  This project completed our unit of study of Early American Native Indian Tribes. My students didn't realize that this really was helping them study for their test. I didn't want to tell them or it would have spoiled the fun. The assignment for each child was to make a box, ladder, or kiva  for the desert southwest pueblo village.  I stressed that this was a child made project.

   I know this picture looks more like the ruins of a pueblo in the desert southwest, but it was only the beginning of our cooperative learning project. 
       This is only a small part of the items crafted by my 5th grade students this year.  Everyone had an opportunity to add something onto the pueblo because the Anasazi Indians  or the Pueblo People would have worked together to construct their pueblo to live in under rocky cliffs of the desert southwest region. 

Here are close up pictures of the construction. Jello boxes, cardboard toilet paper rolls, and toothpicks were our building materials. Small pebbles and tiny twigs were added to the landscape after the building phase was completed.

          Many parents who come into the school commented on the pueblo project.  They were excited to see the results of the individual student work come together as a finished project.
       Finally,  I will have my students become TRAVELING HISTORIANS.  They will take the challenge, if they choose, to write about the pueblo and how the early Native Americans would have made it.  After reading over their information, students will be chosen to travel to other classrooms in the school, with the pueblo, to teach about the Indians of the Desert Southwest.

       This project is so much fun for the kids to make in school. Every time it turns out to be different but yet the same. The great thing is that nothing has to be perfect.  Give it a try in your classroom. You won't be disappointed.

       Thank you parents for bringing your children to St. Michael Catholic School.  You are doing a great job raising incredible young ladies and gentlemen.  It is a real pleasure to teach our children each day.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017


 Puppets, Puppets, Puppets!

            I have made puppets with my 5th graders for at least the last 15 years. It was a year long project starting with the collecting of the light bulbs and culminating with puppets shows for  parents and doing traveling puppet shows for other the students in our school. 
             I retired last June.  My friend, Cindy, switched grades and took over teaching my 5th grade classes. Cindy wanted to continue making puppets this year if I would come in and walk her through the  process of paper mache', painting the faces, gluing on the hair, beards, and mustaches, designing and making the clothing.   I had a great time working with the kiddos and being able to leave the mess ( only kidding) behind. 

        Here are some of the finished products for this year.  I just love them.  Every year the students manage to amaze me with their creations.

Doesn't she have the most precious face?

His necklace adds a sparkle to his face.

His eyes and eyebrows intrigue me!

The green dress brings out the color of her eyes.

                    I love the expressions on their little faces. Everyone is different with hair and eye color, beards, eyelashes, and smiles.

                The puppets represent people from the Bible.  Some of the Bible stories presented as puppet shows were Noah's Ark, David's Giant Faith, Jonah and the Whale, Moses and Water from the Rock, Jacob and Esau, and  The Birth of Moses to name a few.

             Making these darlings is a long process, but very rewarding for the students in the end. I do hope Cindy will continue to have the kids make puppets in the future.

      I have linked up with 4th Grade Frolics. Please stop by to see her new classroom for the fall.
     Please leave a comment if you have a spare minute. I'd love to read your thoughts.

Happy Summer!