Friday, July 5, 2013
One of the things I always like to do with my February unit on America is to teach money at the same time. We learn about the presidents on the coins while we are learning about the coin names and their worth. Kids can earn pennies for good behavior and citizenship during the month. They save their coins in a baggie and get to spend them in a class store at the end of the month. We have parents send in small party favors and other items to place in our store. We price all the items and separate them by price. The kids can shop until their pennies are gone. It is so funny to see their spending personalities come to life. Some of therm will buy a whole bunch of items for one or two cents. Others will choose to buy one more expensive item. It is a great learning experience, with lots of coin counting, budgeting and learning about the presidents, too!
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Oh, wow! I am stuffed and worn out! The 4th of July ranks right up there with Christmas and Thanksgiving in the overeating category. Since I have sorely neglected my Ribbons, Recipes and Rhymes duties and since I cannot move to do anything else I thought this my be a fine time to catch up! Before I get down to brass tacks as the saying goes, just let me ask you...what did you have for your 4th of July celebration (assuming you are American! If you aren't, please just bear with me here!) ? We had burgers, hot dogs and chicken fingers, so guess what I ate? A portobello mushroom burger (no meat). And no, I am not a vegetarian, but my sister is and since I was throwing some portobellos on the grill for her, I decided I would join her. It just sounded so good and it was! And, it was funny, because I cooked 4 mushrooms and all 4 were gone, so clearly someone else thought they sounded good, too! We also had baked beans, potato salad, and cheese grits and I made 2 apple pies to round out the Independence Day feast.
As we celebrate our founding fathers and the super leaders who decided freedom was worth fighting for, I thought it would be a good time to share my new Super Leaders unit. I have used the colorful and engaging clipart from Melonheadz and Dots of Fun for this unit. If you have not checked out the amazing clipart produced by these two creative ladies, please do so here:
I wanted to do a back to school theme using Super Leaders. So I thought about all those things teachers need to get their classrooms ready for the start of school, such as name tags, labels for cubbies, hall displays, awards, theme shaped writing paper, books for introducing the theme, color and number posters and badges. I think I got it all in here! As you celebrate the leaders who helped build America, perhaps you might stop by and check out this back to school super leader themed kit!
Several fabulous clipartists and bloggers have come together for an amazing Clipart Challenge hosted by Primary Possibilities! Each blogger is featuring a clipartist and a product they made using that artist's images! This is a great way to discover new clipart creators for your summer creations. So follow the linky above to head on to the next post! You may even pick up some freebies along the way!