Thursday, January 30, 2014

Snowmen in 'Snow Globe' (Plastic Ziploc Sandwich Bags)

Snowmen in 'Snow Globe' Sandwich Bags via RainbowsWithinReach

SNOWMEN in a "SNOW GLOBE" Plastic Bag Style!

My latest school visit was in El Campo, Texas! 
I was there on their ICE Day School Delay. 
Despite all of the weather's craziness, that far south in Texas, 
we were able to have five presentations of my music-lady/author-illustrator fun!

The compressed nature of the day, left me VERY little time to zip about the hallways taking pictures..... 
BUT I was able to capture these beauties!
These classic winter projects were created by Kindergarten students! 

Snow Globe Snowman in a Plastic Ziplock Bag at RainbowsWithinReach


By reverse engineering, I can determine that the student was given a piece of blue construction paper as a 'backdrop' for their snowglobe. No doubt precut by the teacher to fit the appropriate size ziploc plastic bag for the end product. These projects were created in 'quart sized' plastic bags. The students embellished their winter background with white crayon. 

Then the Snowmen and pine trees were constructed fom additional construction paper. 
Glue all of these delightful art pieces into place. 

Add in your Snow Glitter. 
Top with a happy RED topper. 
Staple the RED topper into place. 
Pre-printed labels for a happy description: "Let it Snow!" 

Kindergarten Snow Globe Snowman in a Plastic Bag

Kindergarten Snow Globe Snowman in a Plastic Bag

I know that you're going to ask about the specifics of the snowglobe ingredients. 
I asked the teachers. 
Those available to me didn't know the exact specifics. 
They said that some glitter was mixed with some 'snow stuff.' 

I have done a search for 'snow-stuff.'
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I found this 'Diamond Dust Twinklets' and this 'Aleen's Glitter Snow' on Amazon. 

DISCLAIMER: I don't know that either of these products are what was used in the ziplock projects above, but they seem like fun craft ingredients to have on hand for winter.

I have done a quick search on the web for DIY Snow Globes and have found several great links for inspiration. My very favorite is:
How to make a Snow Globe @ Our Best Bites

These are additional resources you'll want to sneak a peek.
Homemade Snow Globes @ PBS Kids by RedTed Art my cyber friend
Snow Globe @ Spoonful 
Snow Globe @ Michael's Crafts

None of these tutorials is specific about the 'glitter' stuff. 
They all suggest mixing in Glycerin for the projects that are liquid. 

While we're on the subject of Snow Globes, I think it is very appropriate to include this Oldie-but-Goodie from my travels last year in Florida. 

Snow Globe created out of "Marble Painting" at Rainbows Within Reach

And here's a bulletin board filled with 'Snow Globe' writings of first graders from Ohio. 

Winter Wonderland Bulletin Board with Snow Globe Writing in First Grade (via Winter RoundUP from RainbowsWithinReach)

Snowglobe Writing 1st Grade

While we're thinking about Glitter. 
I'll stick these two images in here, too.
I just 'found' them on my camera's memory card. 

Snowflake poem with Glitter at RainbowsWithinReach

Open Ended Winter Process Art with Snowflake Poem at RainbowsWithinReach

I've done a couple of earlier Winterland RoundUPs for Ideas Galore. 
{Just click each picture below to zip back in time for all of this inspiration.}

Winter Fun RoundUP of Winter Bulletin Boards, Snowmen, Snowflake and Penguin Fun via RainbowsWithinReach

Winter RoundUP: Bulletin Boards, Anchor Charts and Crafts via RainbowsWithinReach

I also have a pinboard entitled "Snow People" with an additional 300 ideas already catalogued for you. 

Debbie Clement's "Snow People" Pinboard with 300+ Pins

By all means please pin from my post! 
I'm so grateful for your pins, tweets and Google+ shout outs! 
That's how people 'find' me. 

3 "Snow Globe" Projects in 2 Dimensions at RainbowsWithinReach

WELCOME! If this is your first visit here...... 
Let me acquaint you briefly with my picture books. 
The text of the traditional picture books are the lyrics of original songs that I have written for children. 

photo of: Three Picture Books by Debbie Clement of Rainbows Within Reach

My books and songs are the wings beneath my school visits 
across the country! 

In real time, I am headed back to the airport to return to TEXAS! 
I get to give the KEYNOTE for the SDE  event,
"I Teach K + PreK" on Monday in San Marcos. 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

100 Day Party Celebration

100 Day Celebration RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

Get out your party hats and glitter!!! We're getting ready for the BIGGEST party of the year! WELCOME!! I've got some new ideas and inspiration to share. 

100 Days of School! It's a PARTY! Projects and inspiration at RainbowsWithinReach

How close is your countdown, {or is it count-UP} getting to your 100th day celebration? I know many are getting tantalizingly close and others are further and further 'delayed' due to all of the weather cancellations to the calendar. Whatever your situation, I have some inspiration to share today. 

In my travels as "music-lady, author/illustrator woman' I get to make a lot of school visits during the year and I capture as many photos as possible during my travels. Here are some from my memory card over the last year. I've been waiting to pull them together to share! 

Isn't this first day-of-school goal what it's all about? Here's the evidence that Melanie wants to learn to count to 100! 

"I want to learn to count to 100"

Time marches on. The days add up: stacking up one on top of the other. Then before you know it? We've made it all the way to the 100th! AND it is time for a party!!! Let's pull out all the stops! 
100th Day Project via RainbowsWithinReach

There's literally nothing better than a school milestone adorned with a photograph. Whether it is a holiday ornament or a hand-colored "100." You simply can not go wrong with inserting the student's photo! 

The former elementary school art teacher in me rejoices over these next anticipatory self portraits. These kinder-kiddos have been asked to create a forcasted portait of themselves as they hit the milestone of turning 100 YEARS old! These are just too dear for words! 

I can just imagine this group reconvening on their collective 100th Year for a reunion. I can envision that they will all play canasta together and have a big cake! I swear I saw a couple of these 100 year olds at church just last Sunday. I KNOW I saw some of that bauble jewelry! LUV LUV LUV it!! 

Next up are some creative ways that kinder-kids have combined the numerals "1-O-O" to make imagined creations. What a great way to stretch those creative engineering skills. Think outside of the box! 

100 Day Celebration: Using the Numerals for Brainstorming

"The 100 Club" Students who can count to 100

Keeping track of the number of days: ON THE CEILING! 

This collaboration of counting 100 stars was hanging on the window blinds! 

Next up: Two different photos captured of classroom celebrations. 

100 Day Party Coincides with Valentine's Day Fun

Class Picture with 100 Day Photo Prop Background via RainbowsWithinReach

Last Year about this time I did a RoundUP of all the inspiration I had seen up to that point. 
You SERIOUSLY must click back for all of those bulletin board ideas! 

100 Day Celebration RoundUP of Inspiration via RainbowsWithinReach

Just in case you don't have time to click back to last year's article, I'll insert this brilliant idea here, too. 
It is one of the 'most pinned' images of my entire blog! 
Send a baggie home and ask for 100 items! 
Compare and contrast: weight, density = SCIENCE!!

100 Day "Homework" Assignment Bulletin Board (via 100 Day Party RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach)

I have written a song called "100 Days" to add to the festive parties from north to south and east to west. It is available in digital download format over at Teachers Pay Teachers. The chorus includes counting by 5's to one hundred and the big ending has counting by 10's..... with an Elvis Presley 'feel' throughout. 

"100 Days" Digital Download by Debbie Clement (Mp3 & Powerpoint) $

Under the category of 'additional resources' I have been pinning ideas for your support under a pinboard dedicated to the celebration of the 100th day. There are oodles of resources here. 

100 Day Celebration Pinterest Board via Debbie Clement at RainbowsWithinReach

If you've made it this far and you're actually READING..... then you need to go over to the blog, "Classy Mommy" because she has a RoundUP of the ULTIMATE guide to FREEBIES for the 100th Day.  You'll find the pin on my pinboard, but I thought you'd want the direct link to save you a step! 

In real time I am in Texas! 
Just flew out for fun in El Campo & Houston! 
The sky was so incredible outside my window. 
*I made you this little reminder as a thank you. 

Motivational quote: Grow your own Wings! at Rainbows Within Reach

I got to spend the day with Cheryl of "Crayons & Curls" blogging fame! Despite the excitement brought on by the winter weather in southern Texas and a two hour delay for ice-in-the-forecast.... the showS did indeed go on. I was able to present 5, yes FIVE presentations to their building filled with PreK, K and Firsties ONLY! Cheryl is the sweetest person you're likely to meet. 

Meeting my cyber-friends, that have lived in my computer..... for years...... for the first time? 

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100 Day Celebration RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Reading Begins with the Child's Name!

Reading Begins with the Child's Name: RoundUP at RainbowsWithinReach

"NAME" RoundUP! Names, nAmEs and more NAMES! 
I saw these delightful photos on a bulletin board recently on one of my school visits as Author-Illustrator. Each child was photographed holding a magnet board with their name spelled out in magnetized letters. Then these personalized photos became the 'spot' to denote the student's work on display in the hallway. 

Magnet Letters to Personalize the Bulletin Board with Names at RainbowWithinReach

Seeing these clever name 'spots' made me think of the quote, "The bridge to reading is through the child's name." {Sure wish I knew who said it!} How exciting it is to be able to recognize and manipulate all of the letters in your name! R-E-A-D-I-N-G! It seemed like a good topic for a RoundUP! So I've been culling through to find lots of fun with NAMES! 

Magnetic Letters Spell Child's Name in Photograph

Let's take a look at some more photo-faces. These firefighters have their names written on their helmets. 

Fire Safety Observation in Kindergarten via RainbowsWithinReach

While I've taken a detour onto life size photo-faces, allow me one tangent, to insert these cuties. 

Scarecrows Created from Child's Photograph via RainbowsWithinReach

Now let's take a look at all the fun that can be had with names. 

Fine Motor Work with Letter Recognition for Preschool (via RainbowWithinReach)

Fine Motor Work with Letter Recognition for Preschool (via RainbowWithinReach)

Fine Motor Work with Letter Recognition for Preschool (via RainbowWithinReach)

Signatures as Part of Children's Art Response

More personalization! 

Children's Drawings Personalized with Magnetic Letters to Spell Names

Children's Drawings Personalized with Magnetic Letters to Spell Names


 Preschool Names Coordinating with Symbols


 preschool name recognition, early literacy with magnets, NAEYC best practice, Reggio reading games


 Fine Motor Project for Name Recognition Bingo Dotters over Letters

Names spelled out with Dot-Paint

Kindergarten First Name Mosaics with Construction Paper via RainbowsWithinReach

Student Names as Artwork in a Construction Paper Mosaic

Names as Mosaics in Kindergarten via RainbowsWithinReach

First Name Project for Fine Motor using Stickers

Snowmen created with a snowball for each letter in student's name


Names as Acrostic Poems

Kindergarten Names in Acrostic


Word Wall in Kindergarten Featuring Children's Names with Photo (from RainbowsWithinReach Round Up)

Kindergarten Word Wall with Student Names via RainbowsWithinReach

Word Wall in Preschool with Student Names

Word Work: Sight Words on Bulletin Board with Student Names + Photos on Word Wall

Student Names on Word Wall in Kindergarten

Alphabetizing Student Names with Photos

Word Wall with Student Names

Name with Photos in Pocket Charts


Anchor Chart with Name Signatures in Kindergarten

Anchor Chart with Student Name Signatures

Anchor Chart incorporating Student Names

Class Journal Anchor Chart with Student Names


Names in Glitter in Preschool

NAMES-as-SIGNATURES in Self Portraits

Name Signatures as Part of Self-Portraits


 Keepsake for leaving Preschool and heading to kindergarten


Vowels and Consonants in Names'


Guessing Game: Self Portraits and Signatures

Letter that starts child's name as craft project

Signatures and Self Portraits on Bulletin Board for Self Esteem


Job Chart and Names

NAMES written to create a 'class book.' 

Kindergarten Class book created by filling in name and drawing picture

NAMES-as-part-of-the-CLASS QUILT

Name as Design Element within Quilt

Classroom Quilt incorporating Student Name and Writing

HERE are seven ways to use names to 'sign in.'

 6 Different Fine Motor "Sign-in" Systems used in Preschool and Kindergarten, fine motor development

photo of: Clipboard Sign in System for Morning check-in, Preschool

photo of: Preschool fine motor development, Sign-in system

photo of: Fine Motor First Name Work

photo of: Writing Center for Fine Motor Development

photo of: Fine Motor Development System for Children with Special Needs

photo of: Kindergarten writing center using student names, Kindergarten fine motor

photo of: Kindergarten Fine Motor Development, Handwriting in Kindergarten

photo of: Kindergarten writing center, fine motor in kindergarten, writing in kindergarten

***Borrowed from my 'Organizational RoundUP' here are some NAMES-as-LABELS.

photo of: Individual Student Bins for Classroom Organization

photo of: Individual Student Bins for Classroom Organization

photo of: Classroom Bins for Individual Students (Organization in the Classroom)

photo of: Individual Student Bins for Classroom Organization


photo of: Back to School Bulletin Board Using Student Names as Cross Word Puzzle


Using the Student's Name for Art Project

 Student First Names Become Art Project with Rainbow Design (from RoundUP of 'name' projects via RainbowsWithinReach)

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