24 Nov 2014


Check it out! It's a Canadian Blogger GIVEAWAY.

You could win a $30 gift certificate!!

Click the image to pop over to my other blog where all the fun is!

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22 Nov 2014

Perfect Picture Book Friday: My Teacher is a Monster!

Imagine my surprise the other day when I found THIS book in my mailbox. Yes, it was a gift ... and a surprise ... read on and I'll explain at the bottom :)

Title: My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)

Author: Peter Brown

Publishing: Little, Brown and Company, 2014

Ages: Suitable for 5-8

Theme: Viewpoint, Friendship, Monsters

Opening Lines: "Bobby had a big problem at school. Her name was Ms. Kirby. ROBERT!"

Synopsis (from Amazon): A young boy named Bobby has the worst teacher. She's loud, she yells, and if you throw paper airplanes, she won't allow you to enjoy recess. She is a monster! Luckily, Bobby can go to his favorite spot in the park on weekends to play. Until one day... he finds his teacher there! Over the course of one day, Bobby learns that monsters are not always what they seem.

Why I Like This Book: I love the big, bold, expressive, kid-like illustrations. 

As a teacher, I can totally relate to kids like Bobby (you will, too!). And remember when you were a kid and how incredibly awkward and just plain weird it was to see your teacher OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL? Brown captures that awkward moment perfectly.  

This book is perfect for talking about viewpoint (i.e., Ms. Kirby isn't REALLY a monster ... yes, I had to convince my own class about that one) and how the illustrations help tell the story (I think it's really cool the way Ms. Kirby gradually morphs from a monster to a real person).

Teaching Resources: Well ... I went with the monster theme for this one, 'cause "kid monsters" are just so fun! Here's what I've collected:

1. Monsters in the Art Room by Georgetown Elementary Blog

2. Drippy Monsters by Smart Class

3. Monster Hands by Getting Messy with Ms. Jessi

4. Four FREE Emergent Readers by The Measured Mom

5. Free Monster Writing Papers by Krista Wallden

6. Monster Symmetry by Kindergarten Smiles

The reason my friend gave me this book (besides the fact that she's such a great gal!) is that she wanted to start a RAK or a "Pay the Kindness Forward" or a "Share the Love" activity ... you get the idea:)

And I was her first recipient! And I had TOTALLY forgotten all about it ~ hence the surprise!

If you would like to "Pay the Kindness Forward" to TWO other people, just let me know in the comments. If more than two people indicate an interest, then I'll use the random number generator to pick two.

What will happen? I'll send you a surprise and then you need to pass on a surprise to two other people.

Fun, eh?

If you're looking for more fabulous picture books, please be sure to check out the fabulous Susanna Hill and her Perfect Picture Book linky.

Have a great weekend!

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16 Nov 2014

Christmas Clip Art, Mini Giveaway, Clip Art Freebie

Hi Everyone,

Just finished making a whole bunch of Christmas trees!

They're half price for the next day and a half AND if you check my face book page tomorrow afternoon you'll have a chance to win all six sets!








And here's the freebie I promised! Just click on the bird.

I also design Blogger blogs at BL Designs. If you're looking for a new design, my next opening is January 14th.

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12 Nov 2014

More Poppy Art!

Today I noticed the most beautiful art in our hallway. It was created by a class of grade 4 students. These water colour paintings are SO gorgeous I just had to share them with you! I believe the teacher that day was a "Teacher on Call" ... a very talented teacher with an art degree.  I wish I knew who you were so I could give you proper credit because these paintings are amazing!

Thank you for brightening our hallways.

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9 Nov 2014

Remembrance Day Art

In honour of Remembrance Day on November 11th (here in Canada) my kids painted these gorgeous poppy fields.

It was a lesson on perspective so we talked about foreground, mid-ground and background. The kids then painted a field of green grass and poppies.

I think they did a pretty good job!

You can find more Remembrance Day ideas, including another art project, a book to read and a simple writing activity RIGHT HERE.  There's also a Canadian linky with even more wonderful ideas.

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5 Nov 2014

November Poem FREEBIE

This is the poem we've been working with this week. The author is unknown. The graphics are from My Cute Graphics.

If you click the image you can grab a coloured AND black & white copy.

Thanks for stopping by!

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3 Nov 2014

The Book Whisperer: Chapter 7 & Print Freebie

Click the image to grab an 8 x 9.5 in print

I just finished reading Chapter 7, "Letting Go". As Sandi from rubber boots and elf shoes so aptly said, "... the book has come full circle."

Since I'm a bit late today with this post, and since all my book study buddies have done an excellent job summarizing this chapter, I thought I'd share my favourite quotes from "Letting Go" and leave it at that.

If you haven't already read The Book Whisperer, I highly recommend it. It was even better the second time around!

Thank you, Angela, for hosting the book study!!

Just a little reminder about my Remembrance Day Clipart. You can win it on my fb page or buy it for $2.

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2 Nov 2014

Remembrance Day Freebie, Art & Linky

Last year I read my class the book What Does Peace Feel Like? by Vladimir Radunsky, in honour of Remembrance Day.

After reading the book, we made these peace plates. They're beautiful and easy to make.

I used plain white plates ~ those very flimsy ones from the dollar store. I put masking tape on them ahead of time. I was very careful to make sure that all the edges were down so that no paint would seep through.

The kids used their water colours. All I told them was to cover the entire plate and that they could use any colour except black, brown or gray.

After their paintings dried, I carefully peeled off the tape, then outlined their peace signs with a black sharpie.

Couldn't be easier!

Another activity I do every year is a Poppy Booklet. Each pair of lines is printed on a poppy-shaped paper, with room underneath for the kids to copy the text. When their printing is finished I get them to colour and decorate the pages. After cutting out each page we then staple them together in a booklet.

You can grab the template for the booklet HERE.

And here's a fun art project I did last year as well. I found it on That Artist Woman's blog.

And here's another poppy art activity you might like.

And last but not least .... I have some clipart I just made for Remembrance Day. If you click on the images it will take you to my design blog. They're uploaded on my Etsy store right now, but tomorrow I'll get them on TpT as well.

You can find some other great posts on Remembrance Day products and ideas in the linky below.

Thanks for stopping by!


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