Friday, October 30, 2015

Letting go and going with the flow...

Well, I had plans to post every day this week about the fun projects I was doing with my kids to get them in the Halloween spirit and to bring a little Fall fun to our home.  Then...
*there were impromptu playdates
*the a/c broke upstairs
*school fees had to be paid
*travel funding came through and arrangements had to be made
*my little man just wanted to play

Life, life is what happened.  Sometimes I just have to remember that I have to let go of all the "plans" and just go with the flow.

I asked my little man if he had a fun week home with momma.  His response was "Yes!  The best week ever!"  What did we do?  We played.  We played with friends.  We played at the park.  We played transformers.  We played restaurant.  We went for stick hunts.  We built a fort.

We didn't get to all my "plans".  But that's ok.  We had fun.  We read all my pumpkin and Halloween theme books I kept from my classroom supply.

We did get to a couple projects.  I posted about one project here.  The other day we helped some neighbor friends out.  They are moving and needed the kids out of the house.  Their kids are the same ages as ours and are really good friends.  We had everyone over here and I pulled out a pumpkin project.  They loved it.  I found the idea by crafts on sea on pinterest.

First I cut up some orange and yellow tissue paper squares and pumpkin outlines from orange construction paper.

Then I grabbed some laminating sheets and opened them.  I laid the pumpkin outlines on the open laminating sheets for each kid and let them go to town filling the pumpkin in with tissue paper squares.  Note... turn off your a/c or heat vents if they are nearby.  Our a/c came on and blew the tissue paper squares everywhere.  :)

When the kids were done filling the tissue paper squares in I closed up the laminating sheet and ran it through the laminator.  Then I trimmed the outline of the pumpkin for the younger two.  My daughter and her friend were able to do their own trimming.

Ta da!  A beautiful stained glass style pumpkin window decoration!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Halloween and Pumpkins Week Day 1!

This week is a busy one around here with all the Halloween festivities going on both at my daughter's school and in the community.  Living in the Bahamas, there are no pumpkin patches to go to, but there are lots of fun experiences to be had.  I decided to do some fun Halloween and pumpkin theme activities with my kiddos this week.  My son is on Fall break and my daughter just loves it when I get out the crafts! 

We started by carving our pumpkins on Sunday.  There was a pumpkin carving event for our US community here that the kids were really looking forward to.  After attending last year, we learned to carve the tops off our pumpkins and scoop out the seeds ahead of time.


The finished products...
OK... I have to be honest.  Mom and dad did most of the carving... but everyone had fun anyways.  :)

Then Monday I decided to do a craft with the kiddos.  I remembered I had some of these lying around...
So we got these pumpkins out.  We got out the black construction paper, a couple pairs of scissors and glue sticks.  It was time to make jack-o-lanterns!

First... careful gluing.

Give it a good pat and stick it down.

For Suri I drew her pieces and let her cut them out.  For Levi I had to draw and cut the pieces out for him.

Then it was time to glue the pieces on.

Sadly Levi promptly tore his project to pieces but here's Suri's final project...

Check back tomorrow where I share our pumpkin "stained glass" window projects and a fun Halloween freebie!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Primary Punchbowl Fall Blog Hop

Hello Friends!
Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you are finding lots of great Fall-themed activities and freebies!  Fall is my favorite time of year.  I always look forward to trips to the pumpkin patch, honey crisp apples being in season, the fall colors, and the change in the weather.  I have to admit it's a bit different living in the Bahamas for a couple years without all those things, but we still find ways to celebrate Fall.

Our favorite Fall activities always have to do with leaves.  When I was in the classroom I read Look What I Did With a Leaf every year to my students.

I would then send home a letter having them hunt for leaves and create something out of the leaves they found.  It was a great family project.  I wish I still had pictures of the amazing things my first and second graders did with leaves but I wasn't a blogger back then and the thought never really occurred to me.  *Sigh*

So what do I do with my own children when we are living in the Bahamas and the leaves aren't turning colors?  We make our own leaves with Fall colors!

Fall, leaves, art projects, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarten

Note:  I did this with a group of toddlers and preschoolers and waiting for the glue to dry wasn't an option.  We opted to use some scotch tape to attach the construction paper to the painting paper.

fall, leaves, art project, toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarten

To celebrate Fall and as a thank you for stopping by on our fabulous Fall Hop I have created a Fall themed freebie full of resources for grades K-2 for you.  I compiled some fun activities from my Short Vowel Pumpkin SPLAT! games and my Candy Corn Theme Fall Math and ELA Pack.  Click on the picture to grab it.

Four fabulous Fall resources are on sale for 50% off for the duration of this hop.  On sale are:

Fall, ELA, Math, no prep, reading, writing, math, Halloween, candy corn, kindergarten, first grade, second grade

vowels, long vowels, short vowels, fall, pumpkins, centers, stations, games, first grade, second grade

pumpkins, place value, math, math stations, math games, 2 digit place value, fall, first grade, second grade, third grade

Fall, even numbers, odd numbers, second grade, addition, subtraction, math, math stations, fall math
Click any of the pictures to head to my store and grab them for 50% off.  Sale ends at the end of the blog hop on October 17.

I'm giving away a $20 gift certificate to my TpT store so you can stock up on some Fall-themed goodies, or even think ahead and grab some Winter activities.  Enter below to win!

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Thanks for stopping by and click below to keep on hopping.  Happy Fall!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Five for Friday ~ October 9, 2015


Hello Friends!

Happy Friday!  Whew!  What a crazy couple of weeks it has been around here.  Last week Monday my son woke up with a throat infection and high fever that lasted the whole week.  Wednesday we woke up to news that we were under a hurricane watch.  This week Monday he woke up covered in a rash...turns out it's an allergic reaction to the antibiotic.  So the past two weeks have been a whirlwind but it's all good from here on out.  We leave Sunday for a week in Orlando for family vacation.  We are spending two days at Universal Studios so we are all very excited!  As always, a huge thanks to Kacey from Doodlebugs Teaching for hosting this linky.  Let's get going...

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I finally got my Stitch Fix #5 pictures up on the blog last night.  You can see all 5 items here.  I'm in love with these black straight leg corduroy pants.  I just LOVE the zippers detail.

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 My tribe is launching a new collaborative blog this Sunday called The Primary Punchbowl.  We are giving away a pair of Kendra Scott earrings and a basket of teacher goodies.  I hope you'll stop by, get to know us, and enter to win these fabulous prizes.  

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Along with launching our collaborative blog we are hosting a Fall Blog Hop starting Sunday at midnight.  The hop runs through next Saturday.  We are going to be sharing favorite Fall activities, Fall freebies, 50% off our favorite Fall resources, and TpT gift certificates to our stores.  I hope you'll stop by and see what the "punch bunch" has to offer.

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As I said above, we woke up last week Wednesday to find out we were under a hurricane watch.  Joaquin appeared out of nowhere.  It was a stressful week with Levi being sick and needing to prepare for the hurricane if we stayed and also prepare to evacuate if it came to it.  We were spared here in Nassau.  The central and southern islands of the Bahamas were not.  The category 4 hurricane was parked over them for 36 hours.  Friends of ours are raising money through gofundme to purchase supplies and fly down with members from their church and deliver supplies and help with the clean-up.  The devastation is immense.  It will take them many years to recover.  Click here if you want to see more or learn more about the recovery effort. 

Here are some pictures I took the day before the storm around Nassau.
 Driving in downtown after rain the day before Joaquin

 The sun is disappearing...

 Yup, that's Atlantis in the distance...

 The winds started to pick up

Red skies the night before Joaquin

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 OK, so something school-related...  My daughter is learning about even and odd numbers in school.  I was over the moon when her teacher told me this.  I just finished creating a Fall themed even and odd numbers resource.  I did several of the activities with her and she LOVES them!  This is a first.

First we did the Fall cupcake even/odd numbers sort
There are many more numbers than this but I didn't want to overwhelm her.  They also come in black and white.

Then we did the groups of objects sort where she has to look at a group of objects and identify them as even or odd.

Finally I had her play one of the games.  I had her try Roll, Add, and Sort.  She had to roll a die two times and record each number she rolled.  Then she had to write the two numbers in an addition number sentence and solve.  Finally she had to decide if the answer was even or odd.  She played it three days this week.  She loved it so much she took it to school.  Her teacher loves it so much she asked me for the entire file.

Good news!  This resource will be on sale during the Primary Punchbowl Fall Blog Hop.  It will be 50% off all next week.  Click the picture to head over to my store to check it out in more detail.