Thursday, November 22, 2018

Christmas Gifts for the Class - Scarves

It's that time of year again!  

It is time to think about what to give "my kids" for Christmas.  I am going to do the same thing that I have done the past 3 years....... SCARVES! This was a fun activity that my daddy helped me with the first couple of years.  He always had fun helping me with my school projects!

This picture is the last time we made them together.  We were trying to pass the time at his dialysis treatment.  Daddy, age 90, was a very good "scarf holder".  He took pride in his "job", although he used to always say, 'I don't work after 5pm".  LOL  I MISS HIM SO MUCH!!

fleece blankets from Walmart
new sharp scissors
an hour of your time

These scarves are always a HIT and I am sure these little four-year old Pre-K students will love them too!

I bought the FLEECE blankets at Wal-mart for $2.50 each.  Each one makes 6 scarves.  That is about 42 cents each!  Make sure to be the fleece ones.  The other ones will not work.

After making the scarves, I used my CRICUT and a little (gold glitter) HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl) from either Ante Up Graphics or 651 Vinyl  if you need to order on line.  If you are local you should visit the Country Gone Crazy in Baytown, Texas.

This is an easy and simple project.  

First and foremost - enlist a helper!!

All you have to do is unroll the blanket.

Take off the thread/hem on the edges.

If you cut it right, the thread will come off in one piece.

Cut on the folds.  Sometimes the blankets aren't really 50 x 60 so measuring really isn't necessary.  They will be about 50 inches long and about 10 inches wide (maybe 9).
You might have to refold it to help straighten out the wrinkles.  I didn't measure it.  I just "eyeballed" it.  I sort of used the pattern as a guide, but mostly just wing it.

Cut slits on the short ends to make fringe.  I cut "eyeball" it.  I don't measure.  Cut about two inches up from the edge.  Just enough so that you can tie a knot.  You can make as many or as few as you want.  I make about 6.

Use a Cricut or similar machine to design the names of your students.  Iron on the HTV.  YES, I just used my handy-dandy SUPER HOT iron.  No need to break out the heat press for this.


Give to the students and they will LOVE THEM!  (Parents will love them because they are washable! Plus with their names on them, they hopefully will keep up with them.)

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Hope you will make some for your class!

Until next time........

Saturday, November 3, 2018

All Things Google - Pear Deck

As most of you know, I love all things Google.  Anytime the district offers Google type training, I try to attend.  Now that I am in Pre-K this year, I am not always sure that things will be helpful or apply to my grade level, but I am still willing to learn.  I love to learn!  I am a life-long learner.

Today was the Google Slides training about Pear Deck.  It is a really cool tool!  

It is free for the first month.  After the first month, you can get three more free months with the link in the handout.  Most of the features work in the free version.  If you make some activities during the free time, they will still work after the free trial is over.

I like the drawing option as one of the answer choices.  I made a sample lesson where the students can use the drawing option so the students can write the letter.  

Example: I decided to make a "beginning sounds" lesson.  The students look at a picture (pumpkin) and then they have to write the letter "p".

This is a really great tool and I look forward to using it to make some more interactive lessons.  

The challenge will be having the students use their individual devices correctly and staying on task.  Sometimes I have to remind myself they are only four and need more assistance than kindergarten.  The daily challenges are real, they are tough, but in the end they are worth it!

Friday, October 26, 2018

COVA with Google Sites

This class caught my eye because we have been talking about COVA in my Lamar classes.  I realized the presenter is also a Lamar student.  She called one of the professors from Lamar, one of the founders of COVA.

Here is the link to her presentation.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Google Sheets Supercharged

This class was super fast and full of information.  It was jam packed with information.  Google Sheets can do all sorts of great things.  It is more than just lines on a page.  There are options that are hidden in different places.  They have updated it a lot recently. 
Check it out!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Digital Portfolios

When I selected this class, I didn't realize it was going to be a sales pitch type of class.  I thought it was going to be more about how to build a portfolio.  The presenter was very nice and informative, but the class wasn't what I was expecting.

The product she used is called, "Bulb".  It does look like something that would be useful for students.  I could see a student starting to build a portfolio of all there accomplishments, goals, and educational reflections so they would have all their information in one place.  This could be something they could put on college applications to show how they have grown as a student.

Here is the handout that I received while in the class.

Check it out for yourself and see what you think.  Please share your thoughts and feelings about it.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Microsoft Office

The presenter was awesome.  She was full of energy and made the class not boring!  You never know what to expect when you go to these type of classes, so it was refreshing to have a presenter that seemed to have "too much coffee".  LOL

She is the Microsoft trainer in the Houston area and does FREE training for schools.  If you or your district needs training, call her.  You will be glad.

I prefer all things Google, but Microsoft is improving.  I wish Google and Microsoft could become friends, rather than competitors.  I will say that I LOVE PowerPoint.  It has some really cool new features, if you like presentation, check it out.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Super Slides

I love all things Google, so I chose the Google Slides class.  Here is the presenters link to his site.  He has his presentation along with other presentations listed on his website.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

TCCA 2018

This weekend was a fun learning experience.
I attended TCCA at Davis High School in Aldine ISD.  Several of my co-workers attended as well.  Stay turned for details on each of the classes.

Here is my schedule:
Saturday, October 20
6:30am-11:30am @ Cafeteria
7:30am-8:30am @ Auditorium
8:45am-9:30am @ RM 2619
9:45am-10:30am @ RM 817
10:45am-11:30am @ RM 804
11:30am-12:45pm @ Cafeteria
12:45pm-1:30pm @ RM 307
1:45pm-2:30pm @ RM 2303
3:00pm-3:30pm @

Saturday, October 13, 2018

We Love the Panel!


I felt brave again this week and decided to try something new.

We used the panel successfully again!  It was so fun!  They loved it!  They were so happy to see themselves on the panel.  It was so sweet to hear them talk about their photos and point out their friends.  They were fascinated just looking at their own pictures.  Little did they know they were learning just looking at the photos and names.

Recognizing names is an important part of the Pre-K curriculum.  It covers so many things.  We do lessons such as: letter recognition, letter matching, uppercase and lowercase letters, beginning sounds, syllables, etc.

I am very impressed how careful they were, how they helped tell each other how to do it, and how smoothly they came up to it and took turns.

The second time we used it, they took to it like "a duck takes to water" as my grandma used to say.  It was a natural thing for them.  I am amazed at how fast they adapted to using it.  It makes me think they will be able to use it as effectively and efficiently as the kindergarten class did last year.

I have high hopes for the next several pages of our "Morning Meeting"!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

More Heidi info

Here is a document that I am going to try in my class.  She has a good idea for writing.  She teaches transitional kindergarten.  (I am teaching Pre-K this year.)
I am going see if this will work with my class.  They want to write.  They are trying really hard and I think this will help them.
Check out the photos she has on her site.  The kids seem to like it.

Sky, grass, dirt

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