Saturday, August 31, 2013

TK ~ The Beginning

My new TK (Transitional Kindergarten) Class is off to a wonderful start. I have a roomful of energetic, inquisitive and interesting four year olds. I love watching them absorb knowledge.

We talked about circles and they made the most interesting collages. Every time I look at them, I think of colorful planets inhabiting the night sky.

I gave each table some bears to play with.


Bear Circles.

During activity time I get to witness four-year-old creativity.

I wonder where that arrow is leading?

I love this little boy's sword and shield.

Learning about yellow.

We are buddies with Miss Lori's second-grade class. They drew pictures for each of my students. Giraffe #273 is a very special one done by one of my first-graders from last year. I'm so happy that we are buddies with some of my former students.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Creative First Graders

A lovely story about our picnic at the park.

This creative artist managed to get all the activities of the park in one picture.

Playing ball at the park.


Even with the sun shining, somehow this picture makes me think of lonely swings at night.

This student wants to be an acrobat and a clown. Don't you just love the audience?

Riding bikes, whether with Mom or alone, is lots of fun.

Animal stickers were used in a writing assignment.

Of course I had giraffe stickers!

Monkey has a large giraffe friend.

The lion and hippo stories are wonderful.

Giraffe pictures are always a favorite.

The giraffes illustrating this book report are so adorable.

You can't go wrong when a picture has a giraffe and a rainbow. It has to be Giraffe #272.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Rainbow Day

Imagine driving down the road and seeing this beautiful rainbow. Drivers in Sydney, Australia, were just that lucky.

Image by Sompop S

The cows don't seem too excited, but I like the way this rainbow goes almost straight up in the air.
Image by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

I love the moody atmosphere in Lyndhurst, Victoria, Australia.

Image by AJG061

And now we present, The Rainbow Bear Army, in various formations.


The Best of the Best.



Parallelogram (detail). Notice the intense concentration.

Arrow ~ the most impressive formation of all.

Giraffe #271 attempts to become part of the much-lauded Rainbow Bear Army. Sadly, it's not looking good.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Broken Crayons

They are good for helping little hands develop fine-motor control. I was told that I could soak the crayons in hot, soapy water to get the paper off. I dumped eleven boxes of sixteen crayons each in my dishpan.

I forgot that I was going to have to sort all the crayons in order to put an equal number of each color at the different tables.

The good news is, I now have a very colorful dishpan!

I learned my lesson and the next time I put each color into the dishpan separately. Plain hot water worked fine.

I told the students that artists break their crayons and I had no complaints.

Sorry, Giraffe #270. You can't erase crayon. Wait until the students use pencils.