Saturday, November 30, 2013

Making Stickers Using Your Silhouette Cameo

Have you ever wanted to make your own stickers for your classroom?  I've always wondered the best way to do just that.  Last night I was browsing around blog land at some scrapbooking blogs and found two tutorials on how to make stickers using the Silhouette Cameo.  The tutorials are {here} and {here}.  I didn't have any Silhouette sticker paper so I ran out to Staples to buy their brand of sticker paper.  {This paper was specifically recommended by one of blogs.}


I asked my son if he wanted me to make him some pirate stickers, and he said yes.  They were super easy to make by following the directions on the blogs.  I used KPM Doodles pirate set as my clip art.  I think they came out great!  They look just like stickers that you would buy at the store.


Colton had a lot of fun using these stickers to make a pirate picture.  They peeled off the backing just like a traditional sticker.

I have tons of ideas flying through my head as how I could make my own stickers to use in my classroom!  What have you made with your Silhouette?  Do you have any great tutorials that you have used?

Friday, November 29, 2013

Five For Friday - Day After Thanksgiving Edition

Wow!  Three posts in one week.  That's more than I've written in three months.  haha {I'm telling you, it feels so good to be back in the swing of things!}  I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday!  Warning:  Only two are actually teaching related.  ;)




I saw this idea for a Squanto snack on Falling Into First and thought it was the perfect project to do right before Thanksgiving break.  The students did a great job learning the story of Squanto and had loads of fun making this snack.



This past week and a half, we have had Instructional Coaches come into our classrooms to teach us Kagan strategies to use in our classrooms.  I had previously heard of Kagan strategies, but loved seeing them in action with my own students.  The day after each strategy was taught, we were observed using the new strategy and given feedback from the ICs.  This is just the top of one of my observation sheets.  I have absolutely loved each and every strategy that I was taught and will being using them daily!



Yesterday, I shared the turkey that my husband deep fried.  Tonight I am sharing my son's Thanksgiving dinner.  Colton has "issues" with food as do many children with Autism.  He doesn't eat turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing etc.  My husband decided to make him some fries after the turkey was done.  He was very happy to see those fries.  :)  {By the way, he did eat some fruit and a roll too.}



We decided that this was the year to do Elf on the Shelf with our son.  Colton was super excited to see our elf appear.  He quickly named him "red coat elf".  {Yes, he named him with all lower case letters and made this teacher mommy cringe just a tad.  lol}  I am so excited to start this tradition with Colton!  {Colton is almost 8, but we didn't feel he would understand what was going previously.}



Did you do any Black Friday shopping?  I decided at about 3:00 this afternoon that I wanted to do a little scrapbook shopping.  I went to a local scrapbook store and Michaels.  I had a lot of fun doing a little shopping without too many crowds.  :)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Turkey Time

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We hosted my husband's family.  We had a total of 19 people over to our house.  I didn't know my house could hold 19 people - haha.

On this turkey day, I thought I would share some turkey fun from the past few weeks.  I am going to start with a video that my kids loved, loved, loved.  Save this little ditty for next year.  It will being going through your head all day.  {Don't ask me how I know.}


One day this month, I decided on the fly to do a directed drawing of a turkey.  I quickly drew up my sample and the kids went to work.  Here are a few of my students' pictures.  I just love how each one is original!  {Let me know if you are interested in the directions for next year.  I can get them written up for you.}




Did you see Ms. Makinson's Thanksgiving Turkey Writing Activity in TpT's November 17th 10 free download's newsletter?  Well, I did and thought it was super cute!  I decided to modify it a smidge for my students.  Instead of writing what they were thankful for, my students drew pictures.



My students also answered the question "Do you like to eat turkey?".  I had the students write their names on post it notes to add to our chart.  I have to say that I was a little surprised by the results.  I was sure at least one student would answer no.  :)


I leave you with a picture of our yummy turkey from today.  Every year, my husband deep fries our turkey. Soooo good!  How do you prepare your turkey for Thanksgiving?


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Thankful Thread

Hi Everyone! I know, I know.  It's been a very, very long time since I last blogged. I am not even kidding when I say that my life has been a tad bit crazy.  Ok, maybe a lot crazy.  There's been a few ups and quite a few downs.  However, I am definitely on the uphill slide, and I am trying to see the positives all around me.  That's why when I saw people linking up with Molly from Lucky to Be in First for her Thankful Thread, I knew I needed to join in.  Sometimes it's good to just stop and appreciate all the good things in your life.  :)




I don't think I could ask for two better guys.  My husband is always so supportive of any and all of my little adventures.  He has this great little smirk that he makes when he is making a joke that I just love!  There are just so many reasons I love this man!  I am so thankful that I met him a little over 12 years ago.  My son is such a blessing.  It's not always easy having a son with Autism, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.  I love seeing all the things that he can do now that he couldn't before.  I love hearing him sing "London Bridges" (his current obsession).  I waited years to hear him talk and now he sings.  Worth.the.wait!



I just took this picture on Saturday.  I loved that my tree was finally changing colors and some leaves had fallen on the ground.  My husband and I built our home almost 11 years ago.  It's a beautiful house, and I'm so lucky to call it home!



I feel very blessed that we are able to take our son to places that he loves.  We have annual passes to Legoland and Disneyland.  We visit the beach and the mountains.  We try to take a mini vacation at least once every other month.  I know many people are not able to do this, so I feel so lucky to be able to.  The picture above was taken just a few weeks ago at Disneyland.  He had such a good time!


I am very thankful for my job.  Things have been very, um, interesting this year, but I love my job.  I don't know what I would do if I wasn't a teacher.  It's not always the easiest job, but it's so rewarding!


I am very thankful for my friends.  I don't know how I would have made it through these past months without them!


So, I decided to add some lighthearted things that I am thankful for also.  I love all my scrapbooking "stuff" (I won't tell you what my husband calls it - haha).  I just got a Silhouette Cameo a few weeks ago.  I haven't played with it a lot yet, but it's on my to do list this long weekend!  I love, love, love Target.  It's probably my favorite place to shop.  I always find things that I need, but I don't need.  You know what I'm talking about, right?  I also love my soda and candy.  These are two things that I probably tone down a little on, but what fun would that be?  lol

Well, there you have it.  I have many things to be thankful for.  What are you the most thankful for this holiday week?

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