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Grinning Graduates End of the School Year Bulletin Board - This is always one of my favorite classroom displays! You can find the patterns and directions for creating this graduation bulletin board on my blog at https://lessons4littleones.com/2016/05/19/grinning-graduates-graduation-bulletin-board/ #kindergartengraduation  
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One day left to save 28% on these editable diplomas and graduation invitations. Teacher Appreciation Sale ends today (May 4th). Use coupon code CELEBRATE at check-out. Multiple designs from which to choose, comes in both secular and non-secular sets. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Lessons-For-Little-Ones-By-Tina-Oblock/Category/Diplomas-202288 #teacherappreciation   #graduation  
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Teaching in a Christian school I found it very hard to find diplomas for my kindergarten graduation ceremony that were both religious and educational in nature; therefore, I decided to create digital diplomas on my own that had both school related clip art as well as Christian clip art. I knew that putting the time in now to create them would benefit me for years down the road because for years to come all I will have to do is edit and print them. No more having to worry about finding enough packs and seeing if they were in stock and available during the hectic end of the school year. I decided to create 3 different designs so I could alternate from year to year and from class to class.

I also wanted invitations that would be sure to catch parents’ attention and not get thrown away which is why I included a personalized version. Every year I put up a “Grinning Graduates” bulletin board with student-drawn portraits with graduation hats and the parents always LOVE it and get very sentimental seeing their children with graduation hats on their heads. This sparked the idea of allowing the students to draw themselves as graduates directly on the invitations so not only would they catch parents’ attention but they would want to keep it as a nice personalized keepsake in addition to the diploma. I also created a general version to be emailed and/or sent home as well.

Once others saw what I created I was asked if I could make some for the older grades as well. I ended up creating 3 different versions (preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-6). Even though all the wording is editable, I changed the educational clip art on each set to better reflect the grade level.

All of these Christian diplomas and graduation invitations are available for others to use and enjoy (I also have secular sets available). https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Lessons-For-Little-Ones-By-Tina-Oblock/Category/Diplomas-202288
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I was recently asked to put together some of the end of the year student gifts / graduation favors that I have used over the years. I put them all in a blog post so they would be easy for everyone to find. I also uploaded the templates so each one would have a free printable, editable gift tag. I included the following:

Noah’s Ark End of the Year Student Gift & Gift Tag
Beach Theme Sunglasses Student Gifts & Gift Tags
Ocean, Fish Graduation Gifts & Gift Tags
Bubbles End of the Year Student Gifts & Gift Tags
Summer, Kool-Aid End of the Year Student Gifts & Tags
Pet Cloud End of the Year Student Gift & Tag

http://lessons4littleones.com/2016/04/13/end-of-the-year-student-gifts-gift-tags/
 #endoftheschoolyear #studentgifts
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April Showers / Rain Activities - Take advantage of the rain! April is the perfect month to discuss rain with your students.  Here are a few simple ideas that can be easily added to any lesson plan.

http://lessons4littleones.com/2016/04/01/rain-activities-books-songs-art-project/ 

Science - Make your own rain, water cycle/rain cycle experiments, measure and predict rainfall

Math - collect and count raindrops, compare and contrast the numbers, use the numbers to practice greater than, less than, equal to, or graph the results

Art Projects - rain created art, rainy umbrella art, puffy paint rain, splatter paint rain, raindrop suncatchers

Songs

Book List

#AprilShowers   #rain  
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My latest blog post contains 5 fun and engaging ways to decorate Easter eggs with your students or young children.  

Decorating eggs with tissue paper - I have been doing this method for years with children as young as 3 years old.  It is always a favorite!

Dyeing eggs with Kool-Aid - Ever since learning this method I no longer use or buy the egg dyeing kits.  Dyeing eggs with Kool-Aid requires no vinegar, is cheaper than the kits, is safe, and smells amazing!

Confetti Easter eggs - This idea is similar to the tissue paper method but uses smaller pieces to resemble confetti. In place of square confetti you can use a hole punch to cut the tissue paper and have round confetti or if you have a shaped hole punch you can use that as well.  The confetti can be put on white eggs or eggs that have already been dyed. 

Exploding baking soda & vinegar egg dye - This is by far a student (and teacher) favorite!  It can be done as a science experiment or as a fun egg dyeing activity. When the vinegar (acid) reacts with the baking soda (base) it causes the dye to “explode” or fizz up over the egg and colors it. 

Dyeing Easter eggs with shaving cream - If you would like your eggs to have a swirl effect and don’t mind a little mess this method is for you.

For the step by step directions go to http://lessons4littleones.com/2016/03/21/fun-ways-to-decorate-easter-eggs-with-students-or-children/  
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This cute, bee-themed bulletin board / classroom display will get your students “buzzing” about their favorite memories and accomplishments of the school year. You can find the printable bee pattern and instructions on my blog - https://lessons4littleones.com/2016/05/12/end-of-the-year-bulletin-board-pattern-we-had-an-un-bee-lievable-year/
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Editable Diplomas and Graduation Invitations (secular and non-secular designs) -

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Lessons-For-Little-Ones-By-Tina-Oblock/Category/Diplomas-202288

Each pack includes editable diplomas & certificates, graduation invitations, and end of the school year celebration

announcements. You can customize ALL wording. You receive 3 designs, both general and personalized invitations &

announcements, and color and no color backgrounds (the no color backgrounds can be printed on colored paper to save

ink).

These diplomas were created because it was always a headache at the end of the school year to find and purchase

packs of diplomas for our students. Would there be enough in stock? Would we receive them on time? Could we get

different designs for different classes? We liked the design but not the wording, etc. I finally decided enough

was enough and created my own that I could edit and change the wording and have various designs for my different

classes.

With these digital diplomas you will have peace of mind every school year knowing they are always “in stock” and you

can print an unlimited number of copies and edit them as you wish. You will also have 3 different versions so you

can switch them out year to year or use different versions for each class.

I also wanted invitations that would be sure to catch parents’ attention and not get thrown away which is why I

included a personalized version. Every year I put up a “Grinning Graduates” bulletin board with student-drawn

portraits with graduation hats and the parents LOVE it and get very sentimental seeing their children with

graduation hats on their heads. This sparked the idea of allowing the students to draw themselves as graduates on

the invitations so not only would they catch parents’ attention but they would have a nice personalized keepsake in

addition to the diploma. It has been a big hit with both students and parents so I wanted to share it and include

it in this pack along with regular invitations that can be emailed or handed out.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Lessons-For-Little-Ones-By-Tina-Oblock/Category/Diplomas-202288

https://youtu.be/TQAoN_zRtdw
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It’s here!  The much anticipated and well deserved Teacher Appreciation sale!  
Save 28% on everything in my Teachers Pay Teachers store with coupon code CELEBRATE May 3-4!  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Lessons-For-Little-Ones-By-Tina-Oblock
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Here is a simple, earth friendly math center that re-uses egg cartons.

Write numbers in the bottom of the egg carton. Place two marbles (or use pom-poms for a quieter version) in the egg carton. Students close the lid and shake the egg carton. They then open the egg carton and add the two numbers together where the marbles landed. I also use egg cartons as ten frames. Simply cut off two cups and provide markers that can be placed in the cups. I use pom-poms. The students can use the ten frames to aide them in solving their addition equations then write their equations on paper. https://lessons4littleones.com/2016/04/22/egg-carton-math-game-egg-carton-ten-frames/
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Very Hungry Caterpillar Gross Motor Activity and Caterpillar to Butterfly Student Book

A favorite subject/theme in the spring is the life cycle of a butterfly; and of course a favorite book to read is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle.  This a fun gross motor activity that allows the students to act out the life cycle of a butterfly after reading the book.

Have your students pretend to be caterpillars and act out how they turn into butterflies by first curling up in a ball to represent the egg. Next, have them crawl out of the egg as a caterpillar and look for food. Then have them crawl under a big blanket or sheet and wrap them up like they are in a cocoon. Pull the sheet or blanket off and have them fly out like a butterfly.

Caterpillar to Butterfly Book - Students can create their own books by cutting apart the pictures below and putting them in the correct order. Staple the pages together to form a book and have the students illustrate it and write the stages on each page (egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly).

The book is a sample from my alphabet letter C unit that is a freebie in my Teachers Pay Teachers store for a limited time - https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Letter-C-Unit-Differentiated-Letter-Writing-Pages-Activities-368841
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Save the eggshells from your colored eggs and create beautiful mosaic art with them!

Wash the eggshells and be sure to remove any egg membrane that may be stuck on them.

Lay them out to dry.

Either have students draw their own picture or design or provide coloring pages or printables for them.

Have students put glue on the areas they would like to place eggshells and then sprinkle the colored eggshells on to the picture.

If you do not have enough Easter eggshells, you can create your own colored eggshells. Collect a supply of clean, dry, crushed eggshells.

For each color, mix together 2 tablespoons of vinegar, a cup of hot water, and approximately 10 drops of food coloring in a bowl (using a different bowl for each color).

Place some of the crushed eggshells in each bowl.

Gently stir the eggshells until they become the desired color.

Remove the eggshells from the bowl and spread them onto paper towels to dry.
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