Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Bright Idea for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner and if you are looking for a BRIGHT IDEA......I have one for you.  
In my Kindergarten classroom I always want to do so many things, but these bath salts have been a favorite year after year.

They are easy and fool proof.  
You just need:
Epsom salts
coarse sea salts
baking soda
a container

The measurements don't have to be exact (which is great when kinder kids do their own measuring).  There are many, many recipes on the internet, but mine goes like this:
3 parts Epson salts
1 part sea salt
1/3 part baking soda
few drops of scent (essential oils)
few drops of color
*mix together until scent and color are evenly distributed.

In real life. for each student it looks like this:
measure into a quart baggie:
1 cup Epson salt
1/3 cup sea salt
2 Tablespoons of baking soda
few drops of scent (I use the liquid candle oils, essential oils are expensive)
few drops of color

*mix together, then pour into glass jar (just because it is so pretty)

Add a card or a note, and you are set.  Send home any extras in the baggie (or layer the extras like a sand painting, and give to someone special at your school).

If you want to try something a little different try this:

I gave those to some special friends one year.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Five For Friday.....Spring Break

Spring Break, Easter, Parent/Teacher conferences have all come and gone.  Time to take a deep breath and look back at what I have been up to.

Linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching is a great way to do that.  Thank you Kacey for giving me the chance to share.

First up is Spring Break.  I had a wonderful time visiting with six of my grandkids and learning how to make these sugar eggs.  I wrote about my first attempt here, and we had so much fun I did it again with another set of grandkids.

Easter was a quiet day.  I am LDS, so I spent much of the weekend enjoying conference.

The rest of the weekend was dying eggs, having fun listening to the grandkids tell me about the Easter Bunny, and having a wonderful meal my son cooked for us (didn't get any good pictures of the smoked ham...but it was yummy).

Then spring Break was over too soon and it was back to school.  Parent Teacher conferences were this week.  They always make me nervous.  I like to have my students show off some of what they have been doing, so I created this self-reflection page last fall and I gave it to them this week.  I really want to get them thinking about their learning.
You can grab this from my facebook fan freebie section here.

Finally, as I was working on lesson plans this week, I realized that all week long we have palindromes.  Yes our digital dates all week are the same forwards and backwards.

Have a GREAT week!!

HUGE edit alert!  Next week doesn't work....because it is no longer 2014.  How did I not figure that out sooner.  Next Month...MAY is the fun one!   Here is the revised picture.  Have you ever had one of those days???