Oh binding machine how I love thee

Let me count the ways…………

 

Seriously, I love this thing.  There are so many ways I use it.  Our geography notebooks are bound using this.

 

I bind so many different little books with it.

 

When I got it my Mom said, “Ticia, why do you need a binding machine?  You can just use the one we have up here.”

 

Yes, well then I’d have to keep 3 hyper little guys in the church office workroom as I put books together.  That doesn’t sound fun.

 

Now, I can make them whenever I want.  Which is often.

 

My binding machine is AWESOME!  (and to truly get the impact of that AWESOME imagine a high pitched sing song voice holding that out)

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more pumpkin work

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To follow up on the pumpkin post from Monday, here’s an update on how it’s gone so far.

 

I printed off 4 copies of the little book I had made, yes you read that right 4.  One for each of the kids to write their own version of the story, and one for putting in order.

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I took turns sitting down with each of the kids while the other two played and had them dictate to me what was happening in the pictures.  I’m going to share with you the boys’ stories, because Princess disappeared with hers with a mad gleam in her eyes.  It disappeared into her toy shopping cart along with about 10 My Little Ponies, 5 Strawberry Shortcakes, and a miscellany of other toys.

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Here are the boys’ versions, I leave it to you to guess who wrote which one.

 

1: Title: A Bat found Pumpkin and he named it George Bob

 

The bat found a pumpkin.  The bat carved the pumpkin.  And then he went to do Halloween.  He left him home.  His Mom and Dad stayed home and he scared the kids with his bat pumpkin.  Then they baked a pumpkin pie.  Princess got some water in her tea pot.  They are making the pumpkin pie by pouring water in with the pumpkin.  The Boogeyball family said, “Trick or treat,” to the bat family.  They baked two sets of pumpkin pie because the kids really like pumpkin pie.  The kids are scooping the pumpkin pie.  One kid tasted the pumpkin pie, but he didn’t like it that way.  Someone is pouring water in there.  Mac ate pumpkin pie when we dropped it on the floor.  One guy scooped a part of the pumpkin.  Someone mixed it, but it wasn’t a girl, it was a boy (It was a picture of Princess he was looking at).  Me mixed it until his Mom said, “stop!”  I ate a seed, but I didn’t like it.

 

2: Title:  ________ carving a pumpking

 

We are carving the pumpkin.  We are taking the icky stuff out of it.  We’re using spoons to get the icky stuff out.  Batman is putting the pumpkin piece in there.  Princess is getting water for a tea party.  Batman is pouring water on the pumpkin pieces.  We put foil on to make it cook good.  The pumpkin pieces are getting cooked.  I am scooping out the part we eat of the inside.  Batman is pouring water.  Mac eat a piece of pumpkin.  I think he liked it.  Princess is scooping more pumpkin pieces.  She is pouring water I think.  Princess is stirring it.  Batman is eating a pumpkin seed.

 

It was really interesting to see how they each approached it.  You could also tell the difference in age and personality.  Princess didn’t use as many descriptive words even when I tried to coax them out of her.  My more creative and original thinker of a boy went in a totally different direction than I was thinking and then added his own bat illustrations.  My thinker was able to add more details as I coaxed him through it.

 

All in all it was a great writing experience I look forward to them being able to write it themselves, but they all had fun.

A Fun Great Reading and Writing Activity

So, this is one of those great early learning activities that is better the closer they are to reading and writing.

Supplies: stickers, magazines, what have you whatever they can use to create a story, a booklet (I used these)

My kids used this:

Go Diego Go Pictures for Stories

 

All you do is turn them loose with glue, scissors and whatever they’re using to make their story.  I explained to mine that they could glue their pictures in the box on the top half and I would write out the story on the bottom half.  This is a great early writing activity because so often kids get stuck with what should I write?  This solves it for them.

Here’s Superman’s story as narrated to me (actually it’s one mini-story per page):

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Diego went with his friend Diego and they went into the building.

 

 

 

 

047 He goes skating on the snow, and then he goes to the car and he swings with his little jaguar and he tells rescue pack to change into something and then he goes to bed and he never gets up because he’s sick.

 

 

 

048 “I save all the animals,” said Diego.  And then he saves the tree frog.  He tells them to jump out of the water and then he takes them to another tee and then he goes to bed.

 

049 And then the sloth climbs backwards and then he goes to bed.  And then he saves the really fast animal.  THE END

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That’s when he saves his pet jaguar.  His pet jaguar was looking for his mommy.  And Diego found his mommy.  That’s how he saved him.

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And then his camera Click finds an animal that eats ants and the penguin.

I left that one with the space for the words, so you can see what the book looks like.  Superman is working on his second book now.  And the kids LOVE this!

 

 

Head on over to ABC and 123 for some other great ideas people are adding as you read this.

Hey Diddle Diddle!

The Cow jumped over the MOON!

See, it relates to our theme for the week…….

Supplies needed as we did it: paint, printout, your nursery rhyme book, brad, glue, markers (or crayons), fun foam or construction paper

Supplies for a simple version: printout, glue, markers, construction paper

Here’s what we did, this is a multi-step project, so be prepared to take breaks.

Put a big glob of green paint at the bottom and blue at the top. Spread all over with your fingers.

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Then when your child refuses to touch the paint with his hands, and just sits there and pouts, spread his paint around. Try not to grumble to yourself too much about silly boys.

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Then think calming thoughts after your son ignores your directions and closes the book with the paint wet. Admit after you’ve calmed down that it really does look kind of cool. Then your other two children will think it looks cool, and do the same thing. Remember, this is their project, repeat that over and over in your head as they giggle hilariously.

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Have very disappointed kids when you tell them, no they are not going to take a bath, but instead will just wash their hands.

Now wait a long time for the paint to dry, because Princess needed half a bottle of paint on that paper. In reality, we came back to the project in the afternoon.

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Come back and color the printouts. Notice how much happier Superman is now that he’s had a good nap?

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Cut out and glue on. In the ideal world, all of the characters are put on the grass on the same side of the page, and the kids glue the words on another page. In Batman’s world they go where ever he wants, and he took particularly nasty delight in breaking up the dish and the spoon.

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While the kids are excitedly cutting and gluing like crazy cut a quick little circle out of the yellow construction paper or fun foam. Cut out the cow and leave a little stick underneath him. Poke the brad through the cow and the moon, and then glue the moon on the page.

Here’s our completed versions:

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Notice Superman’s doesn’t have a brad, becaue he decided he didn’t want his cow to move.

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Princess doesn’t have a discernable sky or grass, because she was too busy having fun with the paint. Oh and the moon is lower than the rest of the stuff.

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Batman probably has the closest to what I envisioned, but not really. Sigh, this is what happens when the kids direct the art.

For the simple version: Color the pictures, glue the words on one side of the page, and glue the pictures on the other. Cut out a moon and glue it down.

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I’d recommend printing out the cow on cardstock for durability, that’s what I did for us.

This is our project for Open-Ended Art Mixed Media. It may not be completely open-ended because there was a sort of plan, but I let them lead the way with a little guidance.
And for more great crafts go check out We Made it Friday!

Monster book

I thought I had posted about this back when we did it a few months ago, but as I was looking for the post to send off to ABC and 123, I couldn’t find it. So, if I did I’m posting it again, but this time I have the printable for you to share.

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Here we are working on it.

You can adapt this to whatever theme you’re studying. Just make one page per number and put at the top 1 monster, or apple, or whatever. We used stickers I had made with my sticker maker, but obviously you can glue or draw.

I’ve also figured out since making this, that while little books look super cute. In reality it works much better to have bigger books, so I’ve changed the document to reflect that.

Monster Counting Book

Another book we made on monsters was to describe the monster we made. These are very simple books, but I’m basing this off of what we used to do when I taught first and second grade. These are great helps to early reading skills. So we make lots of books in our house. Sadly the pictures of us making these books have been eaten by the computer monster that lives in my computer, but I have it on good memory that they were very cute and filled with lots of green, blue, and pink (favorite colors in this house).

Oh, and I use construction paper as covers, it’s a bit more sturdy than copy paper and add a bit of extra color for visual interest without having to color the whole page.

This is My Monster