Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bright Idea: Scissor Skills with Cut Paper Art


Do your students lack scissor skills? Sadly, with the lack of art being taught these days, I have several  2nd graders who are severely lacking in how to hold and use scissors, let alone cut shapes with them. 

This past month we've focussed on scissor skills for this very reason! A great way to practice, is doing cut paper art and collage. I love art and I try to find time every Friday to do a little art project. I collect lots of cute and fun art projects on my Pinterest page. (You can find my Pinterest art ideas here.)


We started the year gathering all my  Eric Carle books! We read and read and study all the different and amazing illustrations in his books. Then, we paint entire pieces of paper, learning how to mix the primary colors to make secondary colors. We texturize the painted paper while it's still wet using different tools.  The next week we plan our pictures. I lay out the painted paper in stacks according to color and the students take what they need. Here are some of their final works:

This month we focussed on cutting paper to make Fall trees. I got the lesson from one of my favorite art blogs, Art Projects For Kids. This lesson is based on Kandisky's art.  I thought that it would be a fun, colorful project. Interestingly, though, cutting circles proved to be frustrating at best for many of my students.

For this lesson, I just projected the steps of the lessons from Art Projects For Kids up on the Promethean board. I demonstrate how to do each step by doing a sample in front of the students. I just start the project in front of them and then they go to their seats and I walk them through each step again as they do it at their seats. 

I can't tell you how difficult cutting out circles was for some of my students! I heard "I can't do this!" over and over. I kept responding by asking them to say "I can do this! I can do hard things!" (I love positive affirmations!!)

You'll see that a couple of my students gave up on circles and cut out triangles and squares. (I actually thing the triangles look really spooky for a great Halloween art project! Next year, I think I'll try that for Halloween!)

The best part of the art project was seeing how the students took the lesson and added their own touch to it! I love the doors, ladders, and pumpkins that were added!
I hope you can take time for a little art in your classroom! 
Happy Fall!
For more amazing Bright Ideas from my blogging buddies, check out the link below! 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween Fun Give Away!

Are you looking for a fun game for Halloween!? I'm giving away my Halloween Bingo Games and Activities this weekend to three lucky winners! Winners will be announced Sunday! For a second chance to win, check out my Facebook page! (Don't forget to like my page while you're there!) 

The think I LOVE about the BINGO game, is that there are different game cards for up to 30 kids!! I also love all the cute, child friendly graphics! I keep my BINGO games in a three ring binder in plastic page protectors for easy storage. 

There are also smaller cards for a cake walk or a game of concentration!

To enter, just leave a comment below! 

**All of my Halloween Products are ON SALE throughout the weekend! 

Check them out:

And don't forget to pick up your Halloween Freebies:


Sunday, October 12, 2014

October Freebies Galore!

I had every intention of posting some of these freebies last week, but last week turned into a very hectic week with seriously, NO down time to blog or create or breathe!

I've gathered some of my favorite October freebies and decided to post them all in one easy to find post.

I hope you can use some of these!


Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fall Freebie

I can't believe it's already October!!! To help you get some fun plans ready I'm spotlighting some of my favorite freebies and products throughout this week! I hope your students enjoy this a much as mine!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

September Take A Closer Look!! And a SALE!!

I don't know about you, but Fall is my f-a-v-o-r-i-t-e time of the year!! There's nothing like the smell and colors of autumn leaves, football season, and the excitement of change in the air!

To welcome the new season, 10 of my amazing teacher blogging friends have gotten together again to bring you a blog hop featuring one of our September products!

To celebrate, we are all having a sale at our TpT stores!! 

My entire store will be on sale September 25 & 26!! 

I wanted to give you a closer look at my September Print N' Go packet! 

  This is a 49 page packet that helps your students practice odd and even numbers and place value. It is differentiated to help you meet the needs of a variety of students. Just click the above picture to go take a closer look!

Here is a sample FREEBIE from the unit for you to try out and use with your kiddos!!! {Just click on the picture below.}

And now my dear friend, Karen over at Mrs. Jones's Class is going to give you a closer look at one of her favorite September products! Hop on over to see one of her AMAZING products and freebies!! 
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