Good news - I'm blogging from my new computer - yippee! About a month ago, I totally fried my old computer. Fried as in it wouldn't even turn on. I feared that years worth of files, photos and hard work were lost in the abyss. Thanks to a Youtube how-to video and a phillips head screwdriver, I was able to crack that baby open and save the hard drive - double yippee! I still have to go through the tedious task of reinstalling all of my favorite fonts, restoring my iTunes library, etc. but it's a small price to pay!
February has come and gone since I last posted. Here in Connecticut we're enjoying 65 degree weather to end the winter that wasn't. Not even one snow day! I have to say that after last winter's record snowfall, it's been kind of nice.
Life in kindergarten is as busy as usual. We just finished our second marking period assessments and report cards go out on Friday. Our classroom is currently under attack by a mischievous little leprechaun who is playing all kinds of tricks on us. Knocked over chairs, piled up supply boxes, green footprints and our favorite - green toilet water - we're in a tizzy. We set up a little camera trap and (thanks to a little Photoshop - shhhh!) caught our visitor red handed and now even the most jaded five year olds are believers.
We've been writing letters filled with questions for the leprechaun, leaving signs for him to read and writing stories about him. Even my most reluctant writers are producing the most amazing work - it's just incredible. The kids also sketched out plans to make a leprechaun trap and are now busy crafting them with their families. We're determined to catch the little critter and get his gold. I love it when you can make even the silliest kindergarten fun meet learning objectives and standards!
We did a little creative writing project that I thought I would share. The kids have to finish the thought, "I found the leprechaun's pot at the end of the rainbow but there was no gold inside. It was full of..." They came up with everything from candy to legos and the finished product makes a really cute bulletin board. You just need construction paper and a little cotton and you'll be all set. Click below the picture to download the pattern. Enjoy!