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Saturday, March 9, 2013
Pete the Cat Update
Two posts in one day! Wow, I am on a roll! OK, so I went to Michael's and bought some really cute buttons and mini Velcro dots. I then went to my local teacher supply place because I really wanted to laminate my cat and I didn't want to wait until Monday. I am so excited with the outcome. After laminating my cat at the teacher store I decided I will laminate them all there. They have a thicker laminate then my school and I think it will hold up much better. You might notice in the pictures that I put 5 buttons on Pete instead of 4. That is because the Common Core Standard says that kindergarten students should be able to add and subtract within 5. So I decided to add 5 buttons to Pete instead of 4.
I love Pete the Cat! Don't you? So I am planning on reading the book Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons next week to my class. I want to work on subtracting and Pete is the perfect cat for the job. I decided I wanted to make a Pete that my students could use to manipulate buttons while figuring out subtraction problems. So I got out my new Cricut mini machine and this is what I came up with.
Here is what you need to make Pete:
Create a Critter 2 cartridge- I used the cat on pg. 60. I stretched the cat to fill up my entire mat. I also used the shirt on pg. 47 of Create a Critter 2 and stretched it to fit on the cat.
The eyes, nose and buttons were made using Cricut Font and Basic Shapes. I used the circle for the buttons, the triangle for the nose, the yellow part of the eyes were made using the shape that looks like a oval with points on the end. The inside of the eyes were made using a shape like a teardrop. The great part about the Cricut mini is that you can layer all the shapes on your mat using your computer so you can play around with the sizes.
I think Pete turned out really cute! I am going to put velcro on the backs of the buttons after I laminate Pete and the buttons so that my students can add and remove the buttons as they practice subtracting.
I hope you can use this idea in your class. Happy crafting! Let me know if you have any questions.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
KinderGals.Blogspot.com/ She also has a website at www.adsit.net Kim presented DI for the Little Guy today in St. Louis. I can't wait to try the ideas she shared. She is so engaging and funny. If you ever get a chance to go to one of her workshops, you won't be disappointed.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
I am so excited! Have you ever visited School Girl Style's website? She makes classrooms look amazing. I love looking at her ideas. After looking at all of her ideas it got me to thinking what I want my classroom theme to be this year. I have a tendency to get a little board so I like to change it up from year to year. Last year I had a monster theme and although I loved it I wanted something new. So, I took a trip to my local teacher supply store thinking I would walk in and something would jump out at me and I would know my theme. The problem is there are so many new and cute things out. How does one decide? I went back to School Girl Style and looked at her ideas. I decided to incorporate her style into some of the new stuff I saw at the store. Here is a picture of her Polk Dot and Daisy Collection.
After a little shopping, here is what I came up with to use in my class. I can't wait to start decorating!