Saturday, October 29, 2011

Rasmussen Family Sneak Peak

The Rasmussen's are SO smart.

Guess what they brought to the photo session?



Candy for the photographer to be goofy and silly with so the little one will smile.


Candy to bribe with. Candy to stuff into little pockets.


Candy for the little boy. . .



Candy for the sister. . .


Candy for you. . .


Candy for me. . .


And I really mean, candy for me!

When I got home, I found a milky way in my pocket. I'd give it back to you, but I ate it!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Blatter Family Sneak Peak

Have you ever wondered what the nicest family in the world looked like?

Well, look no further.

Meet the Blatters.


And, I'm not joking when I say they are the nicest people. . .


I had to resist the urge to take these boys home with me.



You see what I'm talking about? Their smiles say it all.


Okay, who am I kidding.

I would have taken them ALL home with me!


Halloween Waterbottle Printable

We had a party this past weekend and my husband and daughter came up with these clever waterbottle labels. It was hilarious what they came up with!


Now it's your turn to enjoy!


(If you click on the image it will take you to photobucket. You can get the full size there. If you are having troubles, leave a comment and I will email you the jpeg.)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Edible Estimation Jar-Kids Project

Candy. Candy. Candy. It must be October.

Here is a SWEET IDEA for you because I think you are pretty sweet !

Edible Estimation Jar

This is a great activity to help your students learn the concept of estimation. Let me tell you how it works:

Empty see through container. I have used old mayo containers in the past.
"Edible Estimation Jar" Label
Small blank pieces of paper and a container to put the guesses into.

How it works:
1. You fill it up the first time with some tasty treat.
(When I taught school I printed instructions for the other side of the jar. I made sure we only had treats that were individually wrapped. My example is obviously not individually wrapped but it's okay because it's just for my kids and we love to share germs with each other!)

2. On the small blank pieces of paper have each student estimate how many are in the jar.

3. When everyone has guessed, you can count the pieces in the jar.

4. This is a great time to practice counting by 1's, 2's or 5's or maybe even 10's. As you count them as a group, write the exact amount on the board. You can talk about how many tens and ones are in the number.

5. Then read outloud each guess. If the guess is close to the exact amount, have the students give you a thumbs up or a thumbs down if it is not.

6. The student that is the closest gets to had out a piece of candy to everyone and gets to take the empty estimation jar home and they are in charge of filling it up. You can also let the student get an extra piece because they were the closest.
(One thing that I did was that after everyone got one piece of candy, all the extra went in my candy jar. It was great because I rarely had to buy candy. The candy was used with other incentives in my class)

TIP: If you are doing this with young children, you don't want to have too many pieces for them to estimate. Lots of time, the kids will just guess 100 for anything that looks like alot. I would suggest using up to 20 for Kindergarten age kids and maybe more as the year goes on.

Monday, October 17, 2011

"Made From Scratch" 2X4 Stack

I was watching an old episode of "Grey's Anatomy" last week. It was the one where a young woman was in a boating accident and had to undergo a tremendous amount of surgery. She didn't want to tell her Mom what had happened. She said that her Mom would always scold her and tell her to not "do this" or "that" because she had "made her from scratch."

Hmmm. . ."made from scratch". I really liked that saying. And since, 2X4's have been on my mind since cutting a bunch for Super Saturday, I came up with this.

By the way, my most favorite projects always involve pictures. I just love using pictures!!


The longest board is 12 ". The individual ones are 3" each.


I really love how it turned out and can't wait to put it somewhere. Right now, our house is filled with Halloween decor. Well since the end of September, Halloween has taken over. We love Halloween over here. I'll have to find a place soon, so I can stare at my cute kids all day!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Scarborough Family Sneak Peak

I met Erin almost exactly a year ago. We were both taking our kids on a hike. I was admiring how she was on a hike with her little one who was about nine months and her other two kids. It took me several years to feel brave enough to take all of my kids on a hike by myself.

Well, I guess her and I were destined to be friends because a year later, we have enjoyed many fun times with each other!

We also have alot in common. . .

We both have a cute family. . .



We both have cute and energetic children. . .


Our girls are creative, smart, and funny. . .


Our boys are adventurous. . .


and handsome. . .


We adore our husbands. . .



And. . .

We think our families are pretty neat!

. . .we could be twins!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween Books

My Halloween Books. . .
Thirteen Nights of Halloween by Rebecca Dickinson
There was an Old Witch by Howard W. Reeves
Monster Goose by Judy Sierra
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz
DinoFours It's Halloween by Steve Metzger
The Hallowiener by Dav Pilkey
Boo! by Robert Munsch
Mouse's First Halloween by Lauren Thompson
Shake Dem Halloween Bones by W. Nikola-Lisa
The Little Old Lady Who was not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell

My Bat books:
Outside and Inside Bats by Sandra Markle
Five Little Bats Flying in the Night by Steve Metzger
Bats by Gail Gibbons
World's Weirdest Bats by M.L. Roberts
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

My Pumpkin books:
Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Pumkin Eye by Denise Fleming
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

Check out these sites for more books:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Making a Halloween book with an Ad- Kids Project

I got an ad from the Party Warehouse with all sorts of costumes in it. Mia wanted to cut them apart and so I decided to make her a quick book.

Halloween Book

Materials: Newspaper Ad with costumes in it, scissors, glue, Halloween book

Skills: Sorting, Counting, Handwriting

How to make the book:
1. I just used a word document and typed questions on each page and maybe another activity to do such as counting or writing. From the example, you can tell that from each page I got 2 pages.

2. I made several different pages like: Which ones are scary?, Which ones are superheroes?, Which ones are animals?,

3. You can put extra activities like: How many are there?, Name the animals?, How many are black? etc.

Other ideas:

1. You could glue them onto cardstock and make square cards. Using the cards, you can sort by color or category. If you have two ads, you could make memory cards.

Monday, October 3, 2011

McCallister Family Sneak Peak

One of the things about California that I love, is the weather. Can you believe that these pictures were taken in October?


The McCallisters wanted a beach picture and a beach picture they did get!

They also got. . .


rocks to climb and rocks to throw. . .


endless ocean. . .


smiles. . .


lots of hugs. . .


some laughter. . .


running. . .


and wet feet!