Thursday, April 25, 2013

Welcome to TBR

Howdy Ya'll!  I'm Teresa from  Today I have the honor of writing the first post for Teaching Blog Roundup!  Teaching Blog Roundup (TBR) is a collaborative blog I started to bring the best elementary teacher blogs and posts together in one place for you.  It will give you an opportunity to discover some new blogs while keeping up with some of your favorites!  Our fabulous authors will write an informative post on TBR once a month to share their wisdom, mistakes (so you can learn from them) and teaching tips.  They may even share a freebie with you!  You can keep up with our authors and their latest posts on the TBR Authors blog roll on the left side.  You can check out our shops and even link up with us on the pages linked to the navigation bar above.  (We are just rounding everything up, so keep watching as we grow!  Make sure you follow us!)

Now that I have shared a little with you about TBR, on with my post (and freebie!)

It is hard to believe May is already here!  It is time to get ready for Mother's Day.  I love to read "What Mommies Do Best!" and "Does A Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?" during this time.  Here is a 10 page unit that is great for the week before Mother's Day!  It includes activities that go along with these great stories.  It also has an inherited  traits activity.  (This is a great time to learn about inherit traits!)  Click here to grab it from my TpT store free or here to download it directly.   I hope you enjoy it! 

One of my favorite things to make for mother's day is the WOW MOM card.  I take a 12"x18" piece of paper and fold it in half (short side to short side) then in half again (short side to short side).  On the fold I trace this on the top and side folds:

I cut it out for my firsties.  You could have your kiddos cut it out, but make sure you trace a few extras!  Then when they open the card this is what they see.

I have them decorate the card with finger print flowers.  They turn out soooo cute.  (I wish I had a real picture or them, but I haven't done them with the class this year.)

Then there are the gifts.  I have done several different things over the years.  One of my favorites are these little picture magnets.  They are so simple and cheap!  You buy clear glass beads at the dollar store.  The ones that flat on one side and a little larger than a quarter.  Have your students pick out the glass stone they want to use and lay it on the small head shot photo of themselves.  Trace around the glass and cut out the picture just a little smaller than the glass bead/ stone.  Using clear glue, (I use Crystal Effects or any clear drying strong glue) have the students squeeze the glue on photo and then lay the bead on top.  Quickly turn it upside down to dry (yes learn from my mistake, they will stick to the table if you don't!) for a day or two.  Then hot glue a button magnet to the back and voila!

Another popular gift is a clay pot painted with finger print flowers.  I then plant marigold seeds in them.  I have a cute little Marigolds for Mom poem I print and put on a popsicle stick and put in the pots.  One year I even had to find a "I tried to grow a flower but it didn't work... but I know my Mom will still love it!" poem.  (I will try to dig up these poems and share them with you soon.)

This year, I am making tile trivets.  I had a bunch of bisque 6"x6" tiles donated.  I am going to let the kids use the oil based sharpies or paint pens for ceramics to draw a picture of their mom on the tiles and write "I Love Mom" or something to that effect.  They will do a practice drawing first on paper.  I am going to add little felt feat to the bottom of the tile and voila!  (I hope it works as well as I think it well.  I will let you know.)

So what are you planning to make with your kids for Mother's Day this year? 

Fun in K/1


  1. Congratulations on the new blog! I'm one of your new followers!

    The Teacher's Desk 6

  2. I love this! I was looking at my Mother's Day stuff from last year and was wanting something new. :)

    So excited about this blog, too. :D

    You Might Be a First Grader….

  3. I'm so excited for this awesome blog! What a great resource! Looking forward to some fun new ideas!

    Lucky to Be in First

  4. Yay! So excited for this new adventure:) Great post Teresa!
    JD's Rockin' Readers

  5. Woo hoo! I love collaborate blogs. If you are looking for new authors, I would love to join in! I've been looking for a new collaborative blog. :) Either way, I'll be a happy new follower! :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  6. This blog is too cute...Can't wait to follow along! :) I love the Mother's Day activities. Thank you!!

    Happy Teacher Heaven

  7. So excited about the new blog! I hope everyone stops back regularly to see what else is new. {Hint - they'll be a freebie on the 29th!} :)