Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Earth Day Mosaic

My distance learning kindergarten students rocked Earth Day Mosaic projects!!

Last year when we went into lock down students where in the middle of doing an Earth Day project. I was unable to get the projects back to the kids from last year so instead of throwing out the really cool looking paper, I used the die-cut to make the circles, I had some plates from a project I did years ago, some paper mosaic shapes as left overs from a previous project as well... it was a great combination to send home as a perfect little pack for these kindergarten students. 

Here is the videos that I had the kiddos watch. I was really impressed with what they turned in. 

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Contemporary Clovers

I will be absent for the next couple of days so I thought this was a great time to offer a fun lesson focused on the contemporary Artist EttaVee. The top video I will be sharing with my older students, 3-5 and the younger kids will be working on the Seesaw digital version in the second video. 


Sunday, November 29, 2020

Ew, David : Plastic Canvas Sweater Magnet

My sister pulled out a little box of magnets the last time I visited. She showed me a great aunt on her husbands side gave her little magnets sewed on plastic canvas for each holiday. She explained that when she received them she didn't appreciate it the same way she does now... that she is older... and wiser. I thought I would send her a pick-me-up and started making some magnets to add to her collection featuring some of our favorite shows. For starts... $chitts Creek!  Check out the video for full instructions. Drawings below are my attempt at a pattern. Maybe you can make one for someone special this year for Christmas. 

Cut a black plastic canvas to 27 spaces by 34 spaces.

Trim down the plastic to create the shape of the sweater. Starting from each side helps to stay even. For example, cut the shoulder triangle on the right, then on the left. Then move into the center cut for the top of the sweater. 

This is an image of what the plastic will look like.

Start with the white yarn creating the words. If the first line on the left is number one... count to the seventh to start the 'D' for David. Likewise, if the bottom is number 1, count up to the number 9 to find the base of all the letters of David. These letters were created in a cross stitch motion.

Filling in the black in this chevron pattern helps the texture appear more like a sweater. 

Finish the black with a whip stitch around the edge of the of the sweater shape will create a finished look. 

Use white, place lines to separate the sleeves and add the classic 'David' lighting bolts to the top of the sweater. 


Sunday, October 25, 2020

One Session Google Draw Lesson

Need a quick little lesson before a holiday. Here ya go. This will require a iPad or Chromebook and access to Google Draw. 

Students will learn...

  • How to create an object using simple shapes.
  • How to use Google Draw tools like; Shapes, Polylines, and Curve Lines.
  • How to share the drawing. 

Monday, October 12, 2020

Corn Project to Celebrate National Indigenous People Day

Pulling out a lesson from long ago. Here is my original post. This year I chose to use this lesson to celebrate the importance of corn to the American Indigenous People. Plus, Kindergarten continued to practice cutting, and learned 3 ways to glue... glue stick, liquid glue, and glue sponge. Fun and successful lesson for the kids!