Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kindergarten End of the Year Keepsake

Can you believe it??  The school year is almost gone!  Where did the time go?

This time of year we get so caught up in what needs to be done, and what we want to get done .....that I, for one, run out of time.  Last year I saw this post by Katie Mense of Little Warriors and just had to give these keepsake pictures a try.
They turned out so wonderful I wanted to share this idea with you.  It is easy and you can pull it together fairly quickly.  I loved giving these to my students on the last day.

I create these keepsake pictures in powerpoint and print them off at our local Walgreens or Walmart.  They don't take a lot of time and if they are easy enough for me to do, you can do them too.  Just follow these simple steps.

First....find an empty wall (outside is good) and take a digital picture of each student.  Make sure that the child is way over to one side (I like to use the left).

Next...drop (insert) that picture into a powerpoint presentation.  One picture on each slide.  I love creating in powerpoint.

For this you need to select: design, slide size, standard (4:3), landscape.  I also change my settings to 11 inches by 8.5 (standard paper).

Then, I add my textbox.  I get all my fonts just the way I want them, and before I start typing in too much information I duplicate the slide.  That way I can easily change the picture, change the text, and make one slide for each student.

If I right click on the picture I can change it, or I can go to format and the menu there also has a button for change the picture.

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.  Once you get all the slides with their pictures, then go back and change the name, the color, add information (did I say, don't forget to survey your students and keep those little slips of paper?)

Last...when all the slides are done save it as either a jpeg or png.  I save both my original powerpoint (in case I need to go back to edit) and then a jpeg file.

Now you are ready to take them to where ever you have your pictures printed!

Have a GREAT end of the year!!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Currently....It's May!

It is already May!  Where did this school year go?  I haven't linked up with Farley very much this's been that kind of year, but I am excited to link up today.

This year has been a struggle for me.  Second grade seems different than when I taught it just six years ago....or maybe I am different.  Trying to find my feet and my voice in second has been a challenge and I think I am excited to continue my growth in second next year.  My students though....FABULOUS!!  They are so fun, so excited to learn, eager to try new things, forgiving when I make mistakes.

This summer I am looking forward to going back to Las Vegas and the conferences there.  It was so motivational last year.  I cannot wait!

I hope I get to go home to PA and spend some time with my mom, and I hope I get to run Grandma Camp for as many of my grandkids I can get to come spend a week with me.  I've done that once before and it was fun!  Now that most of my grandkids have moved far away, it will be trickier getting them here...but I am hoping.

My dream is to have wood floors in my husband has been promising, but something always gets in the way.  Maybe this is the summer.  My other dream is to go to Hawaii...but I know that is not happening.

Check out what all your favorite bloggers are doing over at Oh Boy Fourth Grade.
Have a GREAT month and let's finish the school year strong!