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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February Currently

I am linking up with Oh' Boy 4th Grade again this month for "Currently". Woohoo!! :)

Listening: Ahhh... Silence. I had a busy day in kindergarten and it is nice to just sit in a quiet room! The class I was with today was wonderful and the teaching team had some fantastic ideas. One thing I do love about being a substitute teacher is being able to look around other teachers' rooms. We can learn so much from each other! 

Loving: Spencer and I got engaged July 6th, 2014 and knowing that I wanted to get married in the fall, we decided fall 2014 was too soon and that we'd wait until fall 2015. Sometimes it seems like time is going by so slowly and that maybe we should have picked a date that was sooner. But, most often, I am extremely pleased with our decision. I love to plan and I know I would have been stressed and anxious about a shorter timeframe. Right now, I feel that we have everything under control and we can just enjoy the process of planning by taking one thing at a time.  Did I tell you I found and ordered my dress?!?! YAY!!

Thinking: This weekend, I am travelling to visit my sister and her family to celebrate my nephew's third birthday. I can't wait! We only get to see each other a few times a year. I cannot believe my nephew will be three. He is the sweetest, cutest little boy and I am so excited to see him! 
*Did you know my sister also has a blog? Check it out! Mrs. Watts' Little Lights

Wanting: Okay... I AM DONE WITH WINTER! The snowbanks are so high that I can't lift the shovel high enough. I actually don't mind shovelling so it's quite frustrating! I am definitely feeling the winter blues and I am ready for spring.

Needing: Yes, taxes.. no fun. Being a Canadian seller on TpT makes taxes even more complicated. Luckily, we have an accountant that does all the hard work. 

Pageant title: This one was difficult!! Anyone who knows me well, knows I am a planner. This is one of my traits that doesn't mix well with the fact that I am a substitute teacher and therefore most mornings I wake up not knowing where I will be going and what I will be doing. I LOVE to feel prepared and I worry too much about little details. 

Thanks for reading! :)

-Ms. Makinson

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Pick 3 Pinterest Picks - February

I am very excited to be joining PAWSitively Teaching and the Inspired Owl again this month. Here are three of my favourite pins for February.

This sensory bin caught my eye because it is placed on top of a light table. What a great idea! I also love the funnels. The colours are perfect for February and Valentine's Day.
Check out my Pinterest board dedicated to all things sensory!

Speaking of Valentine's Day, here is a pin of a fantastic alternative to candy gifts. This is homemade play dough that has glitter added to it! A wonderful fine motor activity that students can play with at home. The gift tags are a free printable that can be found by following the Pinterest link. 
I am a huge fan of non-candy valentines. Last February I was in an extended assignment in a high needs kindergarten class with 32 students. The teacher I was replacing sent a notice in the monthly newsletter inviting parents to bring in treats and sweets for a little party. YIKES!! Let's just say, the parents were extremely generous and thoughtful. We had enough sweets to give out to the entire school.  

What do you do for Valentine's Day with your class? 
One thing I learned was to ask parents of kinders to address valentines to "my friend" instead of actual names. Last year, I spent my lunch break with my teaching partner, the principal, and our educational assistant sorting over 1000 valentines into pouches because at this age, most of the students were unable to recognize and identify their classmates' names.  

Here is a wonderful idea for a dramatic play centre for February. I would encourage the students to make a price list, take orders, count money, make signs for different flowers etc. I have even been to a classroom where the flower shop had real dirt and pots for the fake flowers to be planted in. The floor was covered with a plastic tarp to make cleanup easier! So much fun!!

Thank you so much for reading! :)

-Ms. Makinson