Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Craft alert: Magazine Christmas trees

The 2 days before we got out for Christmas/winter break, our guidance counselor came in to do a super sweet Christmas craft with us. Magazine Christmas trees! 

All you need for these super cute trees is the following:
*thick magazines (the smaller ones will not make a full tree and you may have to combine 3-4 small ones to get the full look)
*time to fold
*spray paint
*adhesive spray

 There are 3 different folds for the Christmas tree but they are not hard at all.  The part that can be tiring is folding all the pages.  My students were troopers and the lesson tied in for guidance was "perseverance and completing a project" 
 Once all steps are completed your tree will look like this
wa la

 Then you get to glam them up with spray paint and glitter 

The best part about our trees is that we talked about keeping them for themselves, or giving them away as gifts.  All of my students decided to give them to someone in their family for Christmas. Such giving hearts. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Our school adopted a local nursing home (the Lutheran Home), and our December project was to make them Christmas cards.  We went with the bright and festive papers and got busy with some thumbprint and fingerprint action.  Super simple. Super cute

We also discussed giving and the rewards of blessing others.  My students really got it and it made my heart smile when they said "can't we get them more things than just a card"? They wanted to do more. 
They turned out wonderful don't you agree?

 My Christmas tree card

 Tree number one in our room is pink. The kids love it as much as I do. It's right beside our bucket fillers so I think the tree feels pretty special:)
 lights off it shines so pinkly
 these are blue lights around the dry erase board right by the door. 
 ornament wreath hanging in our classroom
our second small green Martha Stewart tree.  
They take decorating these trees rather serious.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Me on the Map (a little late)

Found this fabulous idea for finding our location on maps on Pinterest and knew I had to do it with my students during our geography unit. 
They turned out amazing as anticipated:)

 Displayed in the hall . We received lots of compliments

Our school
 Our county: Forsyth
 Our state: North Carolina

hooray for pinterest! 
hooray for Me on the Map