Saturday, October 18, 2014

SINGING A STORY - The Magic of Musical Books, Part I


The following information is adapted from posts on In Harmony – A music education blog from Heritage Music Press. In deference to The Husband, who maintains that blogposts are different than book chapters, I am breaking the information into two parts. You can thank him later. Really. He’d love to be thanked – because that means he’s right.


Hello, everyone. Ms. Brigid here, from Merit School of Music  in Chicago, IL. Thank you for joining me.

An App to Love
Before we get to the main topic of this post, I’d like to share a recently discovered and brilliant app: Freeze Dance.  For a mere $.99, you can select any song in your iTunes library and add pauses – essentially doing away with remotes or lurking next to the CD player when your kiddos are freeze dancing. Users can select Auto Freeze or create customized intervals.  The app is highlighted in Amy M. Burn’s  FREE e-book, Help! I am an elementary music teacher with one or more iPads! 

Full disclosure: This book was was discovered via the 15 Of The Best Music Technology in Education Books web article by Australian, Katie Wardrobe. Her music-tech-education site, Midnight Music, is a treasure trove of great ideas and information. You’ll be happy you took a look!



                  Why Sing a Book?
One of my passions is music and literacy – and a favorite way to share this with students and families is by presenting musical books at the end of class time. When a book is sung, it goes beyond the simple and everyday – it’s elevated into a new and special experience.   A musical book engages, invites positive communal participation, opens teaching opportunities and provides non-stressful (group) pronunciation practice, especially important for the many families and students I work with whose first language is not English.

Music/songs share many elements with the books read in early childhood classrooms. Music/songs/books
·      use symbolic notation,
·      are rhythmic and sequential (there are beginnings, middles, ends)
·      provide vocabulary enrichment,
·      teach tenses and plurals,
·      are rich in poetic language,
·      allow visualization, reflection and
·      encourage good pronunciation. 

Music is also reductive – it gets to the heart of things very quickly.
Shadow Chasers by Elly MacKay. Thank you, S. Hassler!

Depending on the season and concepts I want to reinforce, Books are sung two or three times, and their subject matter reflects the season or concepts highlighted during class. Most books employ audience participation through echoing the text line by line or a chorus. Some books are even vehicles to encourage solo singing.

How to Begin?
1. Find a song that has been turned into a book, and sing it!
The best place to do this is a library. You’ll be amazed what you can find in the children’s section! But wait, there’s more. To add a richer dimension, consider pairing books with the recordings that inspired them, e.g., What a Wonderful World, by George David Weiss & Bob Thiele, Ashley Bryan (illus). The singer that made this song famous was Louis Armstrong.


This brightly illustrated book is filled with positive images of the world and different cultures and is a favorite of those I teach. The story goes that this song was written specifically for Armstrong in the late 1960’s to quell civil unrest, since he was a beloved civil and cultural ambassador. This may or may not be true- but it’s interesting to ponder! After introducing Armstrong and the book, I turn the pages while playing a recording of the song. We don’t stop there. We immediately sing it again – but this without accompaniment.


Another option: After reading the book, use the app, Watchlater,* or another video downloader, to download the YouTube video of Armstrong directly to your iPad or computer. My families love watching this great man sing. He doesn’t play his famous trumpet on this recording, but it’s right there in his hand! *At this writing, Watchlater is still operable, but is in a transition period with the iTunes, due to the recent IOS updates.

There are many more wonderful options to choose from. Here are songs/books that work nicely, all with iconic singers attached:
YouTubes to use: Burl Ives.  The stringed instruments are fantastic.

Danny Kaye’s version is included as a comparative. You’ll either love or hate the background singers!


A, You’re Adorable. Perry Como’s 1949 hit is about how adorable his sweetheart is. For me,  this song/book works far better as song an adult sings to a child.

YouTubes to use: Dean Martin’s recording OR Sesame Street.
YouTubes to use: Julie Andrews’ recording.

The book’s rich illustrations call for slowly turned pages, so this recording may be for listening purposes only! Film clip.




2. Referencing Melodies. 
There are a number of deservedly popular books that reference a well know melody and add or “piggyback” their words onto it. These books wouldn’t works as well, or at all, if they didn’t have a very specific song and melody as their foundation. Let’s take a look at two:
Melody: “It Aint’ Gonna Rain No More.”  This is a great book for colors, patterns, rhyming, body parts….and slightly subversive fun! The illustrations are exceptional (though the little boy is a bit creepy – in an art-is-purely-subjective kind of way).
NOTE: Syllabication is not completely accurate.  Be sure to practice before presenting, and make necessary adjustment.

Melody: “The Ants Go Marching.” “Dressed in raincoats and carrying umbrellas, a platoon of aunts march through the rainy city streets led by a little girl with a drum in this cumulative rhyme.” (cover). Clever illustrations of rapid numeric (aunt) expansion highlight this funny take on this classic childhood song.
Other examples: The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort & G. B. Karas (Melody: Wheels on the Bus) and Cows in the Kitchen by A. Anderson (Melody: “Skip to My Lou”).


That’s all for now. Please join me in November for Part II: Piggybacking Melodies.


I am continually inspired by The Children’s Music Network (CMN) community. an international group of socially conscious musicians, educators, librarians, families, songwriters and good people, who “celebrate the positive power of music in the lives of children by sharing songs, exchanging ideas, and creating community.” Please visit CMN, and find a gathering in your region.

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Blog History: December 2013 – Present
          Staccato & Legato/ pt. 1
          Staccato & Legato/ pt. 2                             
         Garden/ Teaching & Typographic Art Apps
Jul. http://prekandksharing.blogspot.com/2014/07/educators-who-care-share-singers-sites.html
         Midwest & Ontario - Listening Locally
Aug. http://prekandksharing.blogspot.com/2014/08/educators-who-care-share-singers-sites.html 
          Midwest & Great Lakes – Listening Locally / pt.2
Sept. http://prekandksharing.blogspot.com/2014/09/educators-who-care-share-singers-sites.html
        Midwest & Great Lakes - Listening Locally / pt.3




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Windy Songs from the Windy City!

Hello! MacaroniSoup with Miss Carole from Chicago here!  Wherever you live you may experience windy days. It may be in the Spring, when the wind can bring rain and the smell of damp earth and sprouting things. It may be in the Winter, when the wind blows cold and sounds hollow. It may be in the Summer, when it is a welcome relief to a sweaty day. But I like the Autumn winds, making leaves and squirrels dance! 

For my blog this month I’m sharing three great songs and a chant!  Don’t forget to check back on my 2012 (SeasonSings) and 2013 (Blow the Wind) September/October blogs for more windy songs!  
Let’s begin – WHOOSH!

THE CHANT:  The Windy Day
Walking at the beginning...

This simple poem will get everyone moving.  First demonstrate the movement to your children while they are sitting down.  Simply speak the words rhythmically while walking to the beat. On the last line, turn and face the other direction, ready to begin again walking again. Then invite them to try it with you. Pause briefly at the end of each repetition to be sure everyone changes direction.  Go a little faster with each repetition!

Now we're running really fast!




There was a man in our town,
Went for a walk one day

The wind it blew so very hard
It turned him the other way!

To hear this, click here! It's on my "H.U.M. - Highly Usable Music" cd.  
I usually do 4-5 repetitions. 

NOTE:  Be sure you have open space for running! Do “The Windy Day” outdoors, too!

Miss Carole and class - ready to fly!


SONG 1:  BLACK BAT FARM!

I first blogged about this song several years ago - so I'll be brief here - check out the original blog "Making BOO Fun" for even more details!

A visual can really help for this slightly spooky song – you and your child(ren) can draw the farm on paper, or use a flannelboard as I do. Each child loves to put a bat on the farm before we start!  The tune is “The Green Grass Grew All Around” – but in a minor key – that’s the slightly spooky part!  It is also on my “H.U.M. – Highly Usable Music” cd. It will soon be available for album download if you prefer that to a cd.

This is a call/response or echo song. The leader sings the line, the children sing it back. We flap our bat wings during the chorus. I advise my younger students to snuggle up to a friend or teacher should they become scared, which hardly ever happens.

There was a farm…
A spooky little farm…
The spookiest farm….
That you ever did see—eee!
A field’s on the farm, the farm’s full of spooks – BOO!
Chorus:
And the black bats flew all around, all around
The black bats flew all around, OH –
The black bats flew all around, all around
The black bats flew all around!

Our flannelboard Black Bat Farm!
V.2 And on that farm…
      There was a vine
      The creepiest vine
      That you ever did see-eee!
      A vine’s on the field, the field’s on the farm, the farm’s full of spooks – BOO!
Add a verse:
V.3  On that vine, there is a pumpkin
        The cutest little pumpkin 
        That you ever did see-eee!
V.4  And in that pumpkin, 
       There are some seeds
       The slimy-est seeds 
       That you ever did see-eee!

What to do for motions? We trace a square in the air for the farm. We flat-hand a circular motion for the field.  Use your pointer finger to squiggle a line from high to low for that creepy vine.  Smile when you make a circle with your thumbs and pointer fingers for that cute pumpkin.  And wipe your slimed hands together for the gooshy seeds!  Flap those bat wings, flinging hands overhead for the “OH” in the chorus.
    Children ask me for this song all year long – it’s a favorite!

A Friendly Blue Goblin!
SONG 2:  10 LITTLE GOBLINS!
Ok – I’ll be up front about this one – it’s one of MY favorites!  Get out your scarves and have a blast!  

    We first talk about what a goblin might be – since they are pretend, we can make them anything we want – big/small, nice/nasty, quiet/loud – it’s a great chance to talk about opposites!  Hear it on my “Season Sings!” cd!
    Then we put a scarf over our head – because goblins can be any color – and tiptoe, float, and say “boo!” before putting the scarf on the floor to “sleep on the ground.” 
    While my students are quietly sleeping, I whisper “When I count to 3, you will wake up, stretch your arms, then sit criss-cross, applesauce.”  Once accomplished, I call them to put their scarves away by color – “If you have a blue scarf, put it in the bag,” and so on.

Ten little goblins dancing in a ring
Goblins of every hue!
Ten little goblins hear them sing:
Ooo ooo ooo  (use high voices!)

Ten little goblins floating all about
Ten little goblins, hear them shout!
Boo! Boo! Boo! (use loud voices)

Ten little goblins dancing all alone
Ten little goblins, hear them moan:
Ahhh Ahhh Ahhh  (use low voices)

Ten little goblins sleeping on the ground
Ten little goblins – don’t make a sound!
                  © KimboEducational 1985
Sleeping goblins - as cute as goblins get!



If are looking for great scarves, try BearPawCreek.com. They offer scarves (and many other great props for movement) made to my specifications. If you order from the Miss Carole’s Macaroni Soup Specials page, you’ll get a discount!





SONG 4: HEY LITTLE LEAF
My good friend Susan Salidor posted this one just days ago – hot out of her fertile musical mind!  It’s a great zipper song – and you can sing it TOMORROW!  WatchSusan do it HERE!

Hey little leaf, little leaf, little RED leaf
Hey little leaf, fallin’ on the ground
Hey little leaf, little leaf, little RED leaf
Hey little leaf, fallin’ on the ground.

Rake up the leaves, put ‘em in a pile
Throw ‘em in the air with an October smile!
Rake up the leaves, put ‘em in a pile
Throw ‘em in the air with an October smile!

Repeat with different colored leaves! It’s that simple – whoo-hoo!  A BIG THANKS to Susan Salidor for sharing!  In case you’re thinking, “Where have I heard that name before?” – fellow author on this blog Brigid Finucane listed Susan as one of her fav Midwest Children’s Musician/Educators in her July blog!

Please check back for my November 16 blog – my newest cd, “Polka Dots! is set for November 1st release, and I’ll be sharing more new songs!  Let me know how you’re using the songs I post each month.  I also take requests – “Miss Carole – I need a new banana song – whatcha got?”  (and yes, I have a banana song!)

Yours for a Windy Song!

“Miss Carole” Stephens

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Montessori-Inspired Owl Activities Using Free Printables

By Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori Now 

Owls are a very versatile theme. Online, I found owl activities for an owl classroom theme, fall owls, Owl Moon winter owl activities, valentine owls, Earth Day ("Give a Hoot! Don't Pollute!") owls, and owls used in the study of birds. 

Free Owl Printables and Montessori-Inspired Owl Activities
  
I had lots of fun finding printables for my free owl printables post at Living Montessori Now. Here, I've created some owl activities using free printables for preschoolers through first graders. These activities all work especially well with a fall or classroom theme, although they should work with most owl themes. 

You'll find many activities for preschoolers through first graders throughout the year along with presentation ideas in my previous posts at PreK + K Sharing. You'll also find ideas for using free printables to create activity trays here: How to Use Printables to Create Montessori-Inspired Activities

At Living Montessori Now, I have a post with resource links of Free Printables for Montessori Homeschools and Preschools

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links at no cost to you. 

"5 Little Owls" Activities

  "5 Little Owls" Activities 
I LOVE doing songs and fingerplays with preschoolers! I have a fun series at Living Montessori Now with free songs and rhymes for circle time. Right now, "Free Educational Songs for Circle Time," "Free Fall Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time," and "Free Halloween Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time" are especially popular. 

For the "5 Little Owls" activity tray, I used the free Owl Tot Pack (“5 Little Owls”) from Our Little Monkeys. During the winter, you could use the “5 Little Owls” tree and owls from Homeschool Share. I also used the 5 Little Owls Printable Puzzle by Growing in PreK and K at Teachers Notebook. 

I simply printed out, cut apart, and laminated the pieces. If you're wondering, this is my favorite laminator. I put the puzzle pieces in a pencil box and placed everything on a Multicraft wooden tray

"My Owl Numbers Book" Tray

  "My Owl Numbers Book" Tray 
For this activity, I used My Owl Numbers Book by Amy from Wildflower Ramblings at Hip Homeschool Moms. Creating the owl numbers book is a fun way for children to work on cutting and stapling skills along with math skills. Some children will be able to use the booklet as reading practice, too. 

Owl Paper Cutting Tray 

  Owl Paper Cutting Tray 
This tray uses the Owl Give You Four Free Bookmarks printable by mzmary at Teachers Notebook. For simpler cutting activities, you could add the cutting page from the Owl Tot Pack from Our Little Monkeys. The Owl Tot Pack includes "finish the pattern" strips that could also be used as cutting strips where children cut between the owls. 

Owl Shapes 

Owl Shapes 

I think this activity is TOO CUTE (and creative)! I love the Silly Shaped Owls from Teach With Me. I traced the shapes onto one color of craft foam. I only used one color because of the Montessori principle of isolation of quality

Owl Shape Matching Layout  

Here, the owls and shapes are a matching activity. I used a Montessori Services rug for my layout. In addition to matching shapes, children could trace the foam shapes. You could also have construction paper available for children to create their own shape owls. 

Owl Letter Tumble Tray 

Owl Letter Tumble Tray

This activity uses the Owl Letter Tumble printables from PreKinders. The child simply tumbles the letter owls onto the black felt (or other black cloth used as the night sky) and then matches the letter owls to the letters on the letter chart. Younger children can use this as a matching activity while older children can use this to review phonetic sounds or alphabetical order.

Owl Addition 

  Owl Addition Tray 
For this addition activity, I used Owl Number Matching Cards from KidSparkz and Maths Symbols Cards from Activity Village. The felt owls are Creatology felt stickers from Michaels craft store. 




Owl Addition Layout 

I used only 10 felt owls and owl number cards 1-10. For each equation, the child could choose how many owls to use for each addend and them count them to find the sum. 

Finish Drawing the Owl Activity 

Finish Drawing the Owl Activity 

This is a more challenging activity using the Complete the Drawing Owl printable from Making Learning Fun. It's nice to have some special drawing materials such as the Faber-Castell graphite sketch set, which is what I have in the pencil box on the tray. 

More Free Owl Printables and Fall Activities 

Go to today's post at Living Montessori Now for links to lots of owl freebies from around the blogosphere: Free Owl Printables and Montessori-Inspired Owl Activities.

For October calendar observances and activities, see my October Themed Activities for Kids at Living Montessori Now. You'll also find many fall themes and activities in my "Montessori-Inspired Fall Activities" post. 

Montessori at Home or School - How to Teach Grace and Courtesy eBookIf you'd like to focus on manners with children, please check out my eBook Montessori at Home or School: How to Teach Grace and Courtesy! It's written for anyone who'd like to feel comfortable teaching manners to children ages 2-12.

Have a happy autumn!
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Deb ChitwoodDeb Chitwood is a certified Montessori teacher with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from Sheffield Hallam University in Sheffield, England. Deb taught in Montessori schools in Iowa and Arizona before becoming owner/director/teacher of her own Montessori school in South Dakota. Later, she homeschooled her two children through high school. Deb is now a Montessori writer who lives in San Diego with her husband of 39 years (and lives in the city where her kids, kids-in-law, and baby granddaughter live). She blogs at Living Montessori Now.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Why Dads Don't Take Parenting Classes

A young intern working on a research project contacted me to ask me a few questions about dads, parenting classes and getting them to engage more with their kids. He told me that his team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was developing intervention programs to support fathers and to find the best ways of engaging them in programs.

He implied there was a belief that men don’t like to take parenting classes and they were trying to find out why. I shared with him that I do occasionally get some dads who contact me for parent coaching or even some who show up at my parenting classes, but mostly it’s the moms who aren't afraid to seek out help.

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One of the questions he asked me was, do I interact differently with women as opposed to men in my coaching sessions. I told him that a large part of my training with parents is to help them understand the emotional intelligence aspect of their child and if their emotional needs aren’t met, there is likely to be less cooperation and more misbehavior. Moms get the emotional intelligence of parenting more easily than dads do. Therefore I have to engage the fathers in other ways.

So he asked me if I use different teaching methods when I have men in the sessions. I told him that we men tend to be more visual learners and therefore, I use more video demonstrations or role play to create common situations they may find at home with their kids.

Next he asked me, “What concerns do fathers tend to bring up in contrast to those brought up by mothers?” My answer to that was that women seem to bring up more questions that involve relationships, feelings, and communication. Men on the other hand seem to ask more questions about day-to-day cooperation, following through with tasks, and examining children’s skills and abilities.
His last question was about why dads seem to be less interested in parenting classes.

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Based on dads that I’ve spoken to, some men feel that it is a sign of weakness to admit that you need help in parenting and just do the best they can, while others believe that parenting and discipline is more of a woman’s job and just leave it all to them. There is one more group of dads I’ve noticed who have the “I gave at the office” mentality. In other words, they believe they work hard all day long and disciplining the kids should not be one of their responsibilities when they get home.

To women who want to know how to get their husbands on board to help more with the kids, or to get them to join you at parenting classes, here are some quick tips. Communicate what you want from your partner clearly and don’t assume anything. DO NOT criticize him when he makes an attempt to discipline and he fails (instead encourage him), especially in front of the kids. Finally, make the effort to have private conversations with him to get on the ‘same page’ with parenting before handling certain situations with the kids.





Bill Corbett has a degree in clinical psychology and is the author of the award winning book “Love, Limits, & Lessons: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Cooperative Kids,” in English and in Spanish.  He is happily married with three grown children, two grandchildren, three step children, and lives in Enfield.  You can visit his Web site www.CooperativeKids.com for further information and parenting advice.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Dollar Tree Treasures and Lots of Ideas!

Hi! I'm Carolyn Kisloski from Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together.  I wanted to call this "Dollar Tree Finds and Million Dollar Ideas" but that sounded like a little much.  But, here are some great finds and some fun ideas I like to do with them and wanted to share with you.  How is that?!


My list said "leaf stickers."  I left the store many, many dollars later with many, many treasures- and no leaf stickers. These are some of the bags I hauled into school after my trip.
                                      

That is the beauty of the Dollar Tree.  Have you ever gone in, and for some bizarre reason not gotten a cart?  I KNOW-  what?!  I've done that, and then when my arms are overflowing, I sheepishly make my way back to get one, reminding myself never to do that again.

Tip of the day:  ALWAYS get a cart at Dollar Tree.  EVEN if your list has one item on it.  It's like eating Pringles.  You can't eat just one, and you won't get just one thing.  I think it's almost impossible.  Just skip right over those baskets, too.  They fill up wayyyy too fast.
Let's get started!

Instead of  leaf stickers, which I couldn't find, I got these beautiful leaves.
                                            
We made fall trees with the leaves, and practiced writing a sentence correctly. They stuck onto construction paper really well with Elmer's glue. If one was thinking about falling off, I just stapled it on to be sure it would stay.  I had the kids tear brown paper for the trunk.


I thought the leaves would also be fun for a Sight Word Write, so I wrote a sight word on each leaf, put a magnet on back, and made a tree on my white board.  The children have to write the words on the leaves that have fallen from the tree. They  do this after they finish their morning work.  They can just write the words on the back of their paper, or use this recording sheet.  I just change the fallen leaves each morning.   

If you would like a copy of the recording sheet, just click the picture below. 

Wouldn't this activity be precious with these leaves?  I found this picture on Pinterest, with no link back to anything- so if it is yours, I am sorry I'm not giving you credit. I love it!

This bulletin board from Boards Galore would be fun to make with these leaves, too.  You could hide children's faces, sight words, letters, or numbers in the leaf pile!
Fall- leaves with kids pics hiding in the pile. Fun way to target "Who?" questions each time you enter the room. "who can you find in the leaves? bet you could do this with snowflakes too!
Don't you just LOVE these leaves from TypeInspire?  They would be so much fun for making names or sight words in fall!  I'm not sure what I want to do with them, but here they are if you can think of something fun. I just loved them.
Next, I found this packet of Halloween characters. There are 6 characters in a packet, and a sheet of stickers to go with each character.  My kids LOVED making them!


I had each of my children write "I am a ____________" and try to hear the sounds for the character they chose.  This was one of the first sentences they tried to write.  It was a great chance to have them practice leaving a space between words and put a period at the end of the sentence because it was where the reader would stop. 


I bought 5 of each of these animals last year to use for my reading buddies during independent reading time. I have 4 or 5 children in each group.  Each group has 15 minutes of reading time on the rug each day. They can have a reading buddy to read the books to, so these worked great to go along with some of our reading strategies. 
Stretchy Snake to stretch out the words

Lips the Fish to get your mouth ready for that first sound


Chunky Monkey to look for the chunks in words

I also bought 5 of each of these great camo helmets,vests, and binoculars.  

I am going to have 2 different camo centers for the kids.   The first one is going to be this mat that the children have to use to match the army guy's word to the word on the mat, and then record 10 of the words after they match them.  I just painted the fabulous landscape on a piece of cardboard from the back of one of my chart paper packs.  Of course the children will have to wear their uniforms when they accept this mission!





The next center is going to be a Camo Write the Room. I am going to put the camo sight words all over the room. They can wear their vest and helmet, and use the binoculars to find the words.  I also bought a camo tablecloth (for $. 97 at Walmart).  I was thinking I may put that up on a wall and put the sight words on that another time just to switch it up.   If you would like a copy of the recording sheets, just click on the picture below. 

 

If you would like a copy of the camo sight words, just click this picture.

You can also find camo pencils that  would be so much fun to use for these centers. 

These great dinosaurs would also work well on my mat (since it is so simple  versitile...). You could write sight words or letters on these guys!


I got these awesome mustaches for "Mm" day.  We all need a good mustache day.  After they wear them for a class picture, I am going to have them draw a big picture of themselves on paper and add the mustache to that to get the mustaches home safe and sound.  That way, the mustache will have another purpose, won't get lost somewhere, and the kids won't be wearing it all day- only until they use it for the picture they draw.

I am always on the look out for prizes to keep in my prize bin, too.  For Christmas and the end of the year, we play Bingo.  As each child wins, he/she gets to go to the prize table to choose a prize.  The kids LOVE this.  It's so easy for me, too.   I  always have a good variety of prizes on hand.

I find this is also handy in case a child is home sick for quite a while or breaks a bone or something and needs a little "pick-me-up" treat bag.

These are my latest additions.  I have lots of cars, trucks, balls, wands, coloring projects already.  I loved this glitter dough.  The glow in the dark snakes would also be good separated and given as "stretchy snake" reading and writing reminders.

I LOVED these wings.   The little skirts were too precious, too.  I bought wings for each of my girls. I only have eight girls. I'm not sure when I'm going to give these to the girls, but I do know I want a picture of each little girl wearing her wings.
I saw this sweet saying, and I am thinking that I may make something with each girl's picture and this saying for a gift for the parents. 
I also got some tiaras for my girls for sometime special, because who can resist a tiara?

I am going to go back and get something special for my boys next.  They had cowboy hats and vests, so I may get those for my little guys.


 Maybe I'll add this little saying to their cowboy pictures.
I'll probably just get EVERYONE a cowboy hat, and maybe we will make paperbag vests to go with them, because they have some pretty colored hats!

I also got a few of these finger lights just in case some of my readers need a little extra reminder to point to each word as they read.  These are so much fun!


I hope you found some fun ideas to use for this time of year.  Have fun shopping! I'd love you to stop over to my blog Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together and follow me on Facebook.
Thank you for stopping by!














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