Well, summer is officially over, although it did not feel that way in New Jersey this week as we had such oppressive heat and humidity, the likes of which we had not seen all summer! :(
So hot you are sweating through your clothing! :(
Thursday the kids came back to school... some smiling, some crying, some looking exhausted because they were not used to getting up and moving early in the morning (like me ).
I was happy to see that our "too clean" table placemats were quickly being used to wipe off brushes! They look so much better with paint on them!
I ordered brandy new paint brushes for this year! It really was time, the others were very well loved but way past their prime!
I ordered, Royal Langnickel Big Kid's Choice. The kids loved them! They really like the grip on the handle! They were all commenting how cool it was that they grips on the handles! We went over how to take good care of our new brushes. I let them know that I still had the old brushes in case there was anyone who was mistreating our new brushes on purpose, I would give them an old brush to use. All the kids were very careful to use our new brushes correctly! ( I knew they would)
What a happy feeling to see projects drying on the drying racks on the first day!
There is a major change to my K-2 classes this year... we have always had 40 minutes for art ( I know some of you are saying to yourself " Wow that's all?") Well, this year I have been reduced to 30 minutes K-2 ... yeah, 30 minutes... it was kind of a shock for the kids when I gave them their 5 minute time-check before clean-up! We discussed the time change at the beginning but they didn't really get it until they saw how short the time felt! We will work with it, we will get used to it, but we will never like that the time is so short... my 3d-5th grades have had 30 minute classes for a very long time. Anyone else out there working with such a short time? I'd love to know...
This is after two happy classes got to paint. We will get used to having to clean up faster...
I also have personally moved into the 21st century and got an IPhone 5 the other day ( chorus of angels singing in the background) Yes, I have retired my old, well loved and well used texting phone...( it was a really pretty shade of turquoise blue...) but it was time, and my upgrade was in...
I am getting used to it... it actually is cool that I can take photos with it and load them onto Picasa and onto my blog! I have even started an Instagram for this blog! I can't get the link to load onto the blog page( it keeps telling me the link Instagram gave me is wrong :( I'll work on it... ) but if you want to follow me on Instagram just go over and search for me under users, my user name for Rainbow Skies and Dragonflies is:
Mrs.C_art I only have a couple of pictures but I plan on adding them daily!
Also, for those of you who know and love Hope from Mrs. Knight's Smartest Artist's she now has a Teacher's Pay Teacher's store! Go to this link and it will take you to her store! I have already purchased all the items she has and they are all going to be great inspirations for some pieces I am creating for this school year!
Another change ( that I am happy about) is that for our SGO's this school year we do not have to give pre and post tests, we are instead using several mirrored assessments from our projects to obtain the data we need for tiering our students this Fall and following their growth through out the school year. I will have to do final assessments but it will be through our projects! Yeah! We can do a pre and post assessment if we want but they are discouraging us from doing them and would rather we do several different types of assessment that mirror each other and average them together to get our data.
Well I'm off to write my lesson plans for the week and do some Eco-Printing today! Oh yeah, and piles and piles of laundry! :)
Have a great week!