Saturday, April 22, 2017

Easy Earth Day Kindergarten Stations!




Happy Earth Day! 



April 22nd is Earth Day.  I've always felt that environmental stewardship and awareness is really important to teach to young children.  These lessons about the environment will help shape the adults they will become.  


I always like to start by reading the book, Just a Dream by Chris Van Allsburg.  It is the story of a boy who thinks littering is no big deal.  He scoffs at people who recycle or plant trees.  He thinks that his choices would have little influence on the future.  Then he has a dream that changes his life.  The boy travels to a dystopian future, where the air is smoggy, the trees are all cut, and the trash makes mountains.  It is a frighteningly realistic vision.  At the end, the boy realizes that if everyone makes those same choices there won't be much left for us.  






The students in class always walk away with a good understanding that their choices matter and will have an impact on their world.  


Earth Day Stations




1) NASA's Earth as Art App 








I love this iPad app.  Students get to explore different satellite images of the world like mountains, desserts, and rivers.  These satellite images are amazingly colorful and really really cool.  




 This app is totally free and available on the iTunes store.  



2) Dot Stamper Globes







Students use the green and blue dot stampers to make the land and water on the globe.  The ink blends together to make a really cool globe.  You can also use markers and a spritz of water.  Super easy!  





3)  Earth Day Writing



Found in a pervious post, my Earth Day writing activity is an easy station to put in the rotation.  Students draw a picture of the Earth and write about what they would do to take care of it.  







Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring 2017 Stitch Fix Review






Stitch Fix means I never have to go to the mall again.  


I haven't tried on clothes in a store in MONTHS.  It is glorious.  


As a petite girl, finding clothes in my size has always been a struggle.  And I always wish I had the right shoes to try on, or a different bra, or a necklace.  With Stitch Fix I have my whole wardrobe at my fingertips to put together a great outfit.  


I haven't been getting a fix every month, because my budget just couldn't take it.  Not to mention I quickly ran out of closet space.  


But I knew I wanted one for the spring.  I asked my stylist, the wonderful GG, to grab me some springy pieces and a pair of pastel skinny jeans.  


She delivered.  


Check out the 5 items I got in this great Spring Fix!


1) Skies are Blue Anslee Embroidery Detailed Top





Decision:  Keep


I loved the summery white top with the pretty blue embroidery.  I could wear a denim jacket or cardi over top for work, but be cool outside at recess (that is what I usually ask for, recess wear, lol).  It was also a petite, so it FIT.  



2) Crescent Nicolas Lace Detail Blouse






Decision: Keep


I love the neutral floral.  It looks so cute with the purple skinny jeans.  I already have a teal cardigan that looks fantastic with it.  This top was also in a petite size, awesome.  



3) Papermoon Sashy Drape Front Knit Top







Decision:  Return


I wanted to like this top.  It is super cute and really comfy.  But it wasn't a petite.  So the drape, which should come to just my chest, came down to my belly button.  NOT ATTRACTIVE lol.  Sigh.  


4) Ink Love & Peace Kuna Cross-Back Keyhole Knit Top





Decision: Keep


This top is really comfy and super stylish with the cut outs in the shoulder.  If you don't have a cold shoulder top yet, where have you been??  I love it for going out with my girlfriends.  I paired it with my ripped hem skinny jeans and cute booties.  Bonus it was a petite, so it fit me just right!


5) Just Black Adorra Skinny Jean



Decision:  Keep


I think I may have jumped for joy when I saw these.  PURPLE skinny jeans?!?  It is like 10 year old me and 30 year old me had their dreams come true, haha.  I love the color, the fit it awesome.  They are a petite, so they fit perfectly.  



So.  4 out of 5.  


That is a good fix!  I wanted transitional pieces that could be worn in March and May.  I love what I got!  


Have you tried Stitch Fix yet??  If not, feel free to follow my link HERE to sign up.  Getting a box put together is $20, but they will apply that towards any purchase.  Even better, if you buy all 5 items in the box you get 25% off.  That is HUGE.  Like getting one top free.  It is awesome.