6.07.2015

Puzzle Photo Album

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When I came across this blog post << here >> from Love Them Madly, I knew I had to make a puzzle photo album for my little guy too! I actually made it for his first birthday, and he loved it even more than I thought he would! He can take the puzzle pieces off in record time, and he loves to talk about the pictures underneath each shape. His puzzle has pictures of mom, dad, baby (himself), cousins, and grandparents.


This puzzle photo album was so easy to make and it didn't take a lot of time. First I ordered the Melissa & Doug: Large Shapes Jumbo Puzzle from Amazon << here >>. Next I printed pictures of our family. I printed out a lot of different pictures (in different sizes), because I wasn't sure which pictures I would use and where. When the puzzle arrived, it was nice to have a lot of different photo options, because some photos fit some shapes better than others. 


Once I decided where the photos would go, I traced the shapes onto the photos, cut them out, and glued the pictures onto the puzzle. After this was done, I noticed that the photos were getting a little scratched up, so I painted a thin layer of Mod Podge onto each picture with a foam paint brush. The Mod Podge dried clear and protected the photos perfectly!


My little boy loves to play with this puzzle, because it has pictures of his favorite people on it! It is fun to talk about the pictures with him, and soon I will be teaching him the colors and names of the different shapes (and we will call the diamond a rhombus, of course ).

5.18.2015

Keep Your Students Reading This Summer!

As teachers you work so hard to teach your students to read during the school year.  So, of course, you want them to continue reading during the summer! You definitely don't want them to lose anything they have gained during the year and you want them to keep improving during June, July, and August. Here are a few, free ideas to keep your students (or children) reading this summer. 

1. Book Adventure: a fun, FREE way to motivate students to read during the summer. Your students can read books at home, and then log onto BookAdventure.com to take comprehension quizzes. There are hundreds of books to choose from, available on all different reading levels. After successfully completing a comprehension quiz, your students will earn points that they can redeem for neat prizes. Click << here >> to check out Book Adventure!


2. Barnes and Noble Imagination's Destination: will give your students a free book for reading eight books this summer, as long as they keep track of the books read in the journal provided.  Click << here >> to check out the rules and get your free journal!


3. Chuck E. Cheese: your students can earn 10 FREE tokens every time they read 2 weeks in a row. Just fill out the reading calendar below and take it in redeem. (Participating locations only.) Click << here >> to download the Chuck E. Cheese reading calendar! 


4. Scholastic: a free online reading program for you students. Through this program your students can participate in a World Record challenge and earn digital prizes. Click << here >> to check it out!


5. PBS Kids: This website will provide your students and their families with fun, FREE projects, activities and ideas that will promote summer reading. Click << here >> to check it out.



6. Your local library!! Encourage your students to get a library card and use it all summer long! Many local libraries also offer their own summer reading challenge and story times with fun activities. Before the school year is over, you may want to take a field trip to your local library and let your students have a look around.


Another fun way to keep your students reading this summer is with this cute Summer Reading Goal writing activity. Click << here >> to check it out in my TpT shop!

5.12.2015

Dreaming of Summer Writing Activity

Here comes the sunnnn.... do-do-do-doo! You're welcome for getting that song stuck in your head. ;) How many more days do you have until summer vacation? Have you downloaded << this >> free countdown yet? 

If your students are normal, then they are already dreaming about summertime (and you probably are too)! I've created a cute little writing activity that encourages summertime dreamin'! This writing activity will get your students excited about summer (which they really need no help with...) and it will give them an opportunity to share their summer plans with the class. This writing activity is sure to become a special keepsake for your students and their families! Click << here >> to check it out!




 
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