Monday, September 10, 2012

Another Fun Mommy Moment

So this past weekend, I threw a baby shower for one of my dearest friends.  She loves Hawaii, is naming her daughter Emmalani, so of course I had to throw a Hawaiian Baby Shower.  I'm thrilled to report that everyone seemed to have a genuinely wonderful time . . . especially the mommy-to-be.  Here are some pictures of the shower.
The "poo poo" (according to my daughter) cake!

Fun fondant toppings for our pina colada cupcakes.  I found the tops from sellers on ETSY.
Check out this gorgeous Hawaiian baby fondant top for the Mother-to-Be's cupcake! 
simple glass vases from Oriental Trading, with blue glass stones and faux orchid buds from Michaels

another shot of the poo poo cake

Vases with shells on the bottom and floating sea star candles on top.  The table runner was found at Oriental Trading.

My grandmother's ukelele, and a vase of chocolate hibiscus lollipops

Gift Bags for the winners of our games.

Beautiful Welcome Baby Emmalani banner from ETSY

Everyone got "leid"  ;)

hula skirt curtain with tiki lanterns

my bassinet with personalized blanket for Emmalani.  This is where we gathered everyone's gifts.

Our favors baskets plus name tags


I made the tags . . . they say "welcome to the world baby girl" in Hawaiian.  The bags were found on Etsy.  Cute little tiki/ocean soaps!

I couldn't resist adding this cutie patootie picture of my daughter having a blast at Grandma/Poppa's  while I was working.  


Sunday, September 2, 2012

A hilarious mommy moment

Ok, so today, while we were coming out of iHop, we walked past a guy with a rastafarian hat over some dreds.  Anyway, about two seconds later, I hear Hallie singing "rocking' reggae!"  I think she got it from this clip from PBS.  LOL!!!!!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Second Day

The children did an excellent job remembering so many of our procedures and routines today!  They were amazing!  We had a really fun day.  We created a list of our own classroom goals that  were geared towards making sure we had the best learning environment possible.  We then put our goals into categories, and figured out how they match our classroom "FROGS" rules . . . 
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We got a bit of exercise today by running some laps around our bike path.  We also learned about our SMART board and when we are allowed to touch it.  We tried our calendar routines this morning as well!  There is a large amount of math involved in our morning calendar routines.  We followed this calendar time with the story of Chrysanthemum, written by Kevin Henkes.  We will eventually be doing an "Author Study" on this great children's author.
We talked about how the children's names were the first present/gift our parents ever gave us.  They are treasures and special.  We are treasures and are special and important as well.  We then created bejeweled name cards to display in our room, to remind us to be proud of our special names.  
Look at those pinching fingers working hard to put those jewels just in the right place!  Nice fine motor skills!
We did a great job with our snack recess routine today (well . . . besides the lining up part at the end . . . that needs a little work) and we came in beautifully to sit at the carpet for our second story of the day, "Chester and the Big Bad Bully."
We learned that we can help calm a bully's rough exterior by joining together to show them kindness . . . and that kindness helps teach them to be kind as well.  
After reading this book, we made the most adorable Chester raccoons to have in our classroom.  Cutting and glueing activities are vital towards helping our students develop their fine motor skills as well as helping them to learn to follow multi-step directions.  
Following this activity, we had our discovery choice time, and then it was time to go home already!  The day flew by!
What lovely pattern bead necklaces!
Somebody is trying to make a little birthday cake!
Look at that reading focus on the 2nd day of school!

The First Day

What a fabulous first day!  We started our morning with our lovely "Cozy Parent Reading Morning."  The goal of this time is to give the children an opportunity to listen to experienced readers.  We will have this time for the first 10 minutes of school every Tuesday and Thursday for the duration of the school year, unless I email you to let you know we will not be able to have it.  We are really fortunate to have one of our mommies offer to be a special parent reader on these mornings.  If for some reason you are not able to make it for a particular morning, she will be the reader for your child.  She will probably have a small group of kids cuddling up to her while she reads!  As a bonus, she not only is an adorable mommy, but she is also an art teacher in our district!  How fun!  We followed with a favorite first day of kindergarten book, "The Kissing Hand."  I hope this didn't bring too many tears to mommies and daddies eyes!
As a went on a frog hunt, and detective frogs had left clues for us to help us know where another froggy might be hiding!  The frogs led us to our classroom bathroom, our snack/lunch tables, our playground equipment, the school library, office, and the principal's office!  At each place along the way, we learned the rules for those spaces.  Speaking of rules, we also worked on some silent signals today so that we can share our thoughts without disturbing our neighbors.  When we know a story that is being read, we show a "secret thumbs up."  This is a thumbs up that we hold close to our hearts.  We also have other signals: one finger for the need to use the restroom, 2 is for tissue, 3 is for a pencil, 4 is for a drink of water, and 5 fingers is for sharing an idea or asking a question.

We had an assembly with the whole school out on the big playground, and then we walked back for snack recess.  The children learned that we had three sinks to use in order to wash our hands, and then the children got their snacks out of their cubbies and took them to their snack table spots to eat.  The children were particularly great about asking which container to place their trash.  We have some wonderful recyclers on our hands!  We blew the whistle and practiced freezing before picking up our toys and then lining up at our classrooms, with hands behind our backs.  We double checked our table for trash or containers before going in for a second story.  We read "Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten."  We noticed that a lot of what happened in this story are things that happened to us.  This is what we call a "Text to Self Connection," and is an important part of reading comprehension.  

We then were introduced to our Kindergarten portfolios, and we drew our first self-portrait.  It will be really fun to see how our drawing and writing grows and changes throughout the year.  Once we finished our self-portraits, we learned how to use our "Discovery Choice Time" Board.  
The kids then learned our clean up schedule, and we practiced our end of the day procedures.  All the children safely got to where they needed to go!  Yay!  What a great first day!