Friday, 26 May 2017

Painting Outdoors

Summer has finally arrived to Finland - after lots of cold, dark months, the sun is now back! We still have one month of school until the holiday starts, but we try to spend all our days outdoors.

That's why we packed the watercolors, paper, and some water and took them to the park nearby. The kids chose things from nature to use as paint brushes: sticks, flowers, leaves, twigs, and grass. They really enjoyed the freedom of process art and the fun of being outdoors.




Monday, 8 May 2017

Why Librarything is Awesome

If you’re anything like me, then you thrive on having everything organized.

It’s very important to keep your things well organized if you are a teacher. Whether it’s finding the right craft supplies before an activity, or labeling the toys so that the kids can tidy them up, these things keep you sane and save you a lot of time.

But how do you keep your library organized? We have started using an amazing app that’s called Librarything. The best thing about it is that it’s free and you can download it on iOS and Android phones.


https://www.librarything.com/


The app lets you add books to your catalog either by scanning the barcode or by searching the author/title. After doing this, you can edit its information, rate the book, add it to different collections (that you create), tag it, even write a review.




I suggest creating collections based on your annual themes, so when you start planning it’s easier to find the most suitable resources. A book can be added to as many collections as you want.




You can then share your library by sending a link to your friends: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/GrumpyDumpling (or the username) and check the titles from your laptop or smartphone.

I warmly recommend this app to anyone who has books to organize!

Monday, 1 May 2017

A Wonderful Mother's Day Present

Mother’s Day is a special day when we get the chance to celebrate the most special person in our lives. Children love making presents for their mums, and what's better than a cute photo in a handmade photo frame?

For these frames, you only need popsicle sticks (wide or narrow ones) and small things to decorate them with. Here are some ideas:
· Glitter glue
· Glitter
· Shapes made with a hole punch
· Buttons
· Beads
· Washy tape
· Watercolors
· Markers
· Wooden letters and numbers
· Sequins

I suggest using a glue gun, for durability. Don’t forget to measure the photo beforehand, so it fits perfectly into the frame. I hope you like these!







Saturday, 22 April 2017

If You Know All the Seasons - Flashcards for the Kiboomers' Song

Are you looking for a nice song about seasons? Then you are in the right place! “If You Know All the Seasons” from the Kiboomers is a great song, because it talks about all seasons and activities that one can do.


I made these flashcards to make it easy for you to teach this song. Before learning the lyrics, ask the children to talk about the activities they do in different seasons, then sort the ones on the flashcards.

To download this free resource, just click on this link and it will take you to my TPT store. The Password for the document is gRUMPYDUMPLING. I hope you will enjoy this freebie!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/If-You-Know-All-the-Seasons-Flashcards-for-the-Kiboomers-Song-3122103