Friday, February 19, 2016

Presidents' Day, February Activities, & a Birthday Sale-A-Bration!

It’s my birthday and I thought I’d celebrate with you!
First, with a sale at my store this weekend and I'd like to share my newest freebie below!!

Here's my newest freebie which is just in time to celebrate another special birthday in February.  It’s a short reading passage on Abraham Lincoln’s early years. Have your students compare and contrast themselves with young Abe Lincoln . You can help students by giving them topics such as family, schooling, siblings, chores, pets, activities, etc., to compare and contrast.  Click here for the FREEBIE! 

For a Presidents’ Day craft, I updated George from last year to make him even more regal.  After making the stick Presidents, I read off  facts and ask the students which president they think it is and to hold up the correct president.  I found some obvious and not so obvious fun facts about the Presidents that the kids might enjoy. 
Feel free to add additional fun facts in the comments section about either of these presidents.

He started school at 6 and left when he was 15 to become a surveyor.
He married Martha Custis.
He was the 1st president.
He was 6ft. 2 in. tall.
He loved to eat cream of peanut soup and mashed sweet potatoes with coconut.
He bred hound dogs.
He was 57 when he had all his teeth pulled and wore false teeth.
He was born on February 22, 1732.
He was born in Virginia.
He is on a quarter and a dollar bill.
He is known as the ‘Father of Our Country’.

He was and inventor and the only president to hold a patent.
He was born on February 12th, 1809.
He was born in Kentucky.
He was the 16th president.
He married Mary Todd.
He loved animals and kids.
He is on a penny and a five dollar bill.
He loved to wrestle and have foot races.
He kept important documents in his hat.
He was 6 ft. 4 inches tall.

Facts collected from and other sources.

On my b-day I  got a fabulous gift in an equally fabulous bag. I loved the pattern on it and thought it would be perfect to decorate for the 100th day.  I cut it into a giant 100 (using the side for the 1 and the back and front to make two 0s), added some streamers and put it outside my door.  My husband, 'the recycler' in the house, would definitely approve of this.  I loved how it came out and it helped make their entrance into the class a bit fancier.

I thought I’d also share another fun activity we did this month.  I was inspired by the original watercolor pin below and loved how the  paintings came out and decided to incorporate it in our poem for Valentine’s Day. The kids loved using the pink, yellow, and blue paints to create additional colors. They came out great!

Last but not least you might be interested in this Writing Paper and Prompt Growing Bundle which is 70% off- just a buck a month until the bundle is closer to completion!  Check it out by clicking here!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February Pinterest Ideas


I'm linking up with Pawsitively Teaching, Just Reed and the Inspired Owl! for this month’s Pinterest Pick 3 to give us some fun ideas for February.

February is one of the craziest months!  It’s the shortest month with so many fun holidays to learn about and celebrate! It’s nutsthere’s so much to do -- Groundhog Day, Chinese New Year, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Valentine’s Day and the 100th day of school! I shouldn't leave out vacation and my b-day!! Woo hoo!

Hope these ideas will help you out!
The day is over, but how cute is this idea for next year? Cheers to an early spring!

I’m loving the toilet paper crafts lately so I thought I’d include one for the Abe & George.



I love these next two crafts. This bookmark totally inspired me for a parent gift for Valentine’s Day and the card will be perfect!

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Here's a great freebie I came across that is  perfect for indoor recess which seems to happen quite often in February!
  click here for the book!