This project was done at the beginning of the year, as a way to get the kids into the art room, working together, while we “waited” for more students to arrive from their summer vacations.  It was such a huge success that many students put their finished socks into the art show, and I am planning on doing this activity with more classes and developing it as I go. Continue reading

Want a super fun lesson to teach first graders about salt’s effect on watercolors? Make space.   Continue reading

I’ve seen lots and lots of lessons online about penguins but for some reason, I never did them.  Then I read this book to my kinders:

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For the past four years, I’ve been teaching kinders how to create the Rainbow Fish.  Saw it on the Internet, I’m sure, and thought, “Gee, this looks fun.”  I’ve read all the Rainbow Fish books, including, Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale, Rainbow Fish to the Rescue, etc.  All the Rainbow Fish books, EXCEPT for the first one.  And let me tell you, the story sucks.  Continue reading

This lesson was only supposed to take one day.  But it was so fun, it took three.  Continue reading

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I did this lesson back in October and have previously posted it under Fall with Kindergarten (last year); however, I think it deserves a revisit. The main thing I did differently on this was a thinking routine.  This routine is “I used to think/Now I think.” Continue reading