My son is home for 2 weeks from deployment in Afghanistan. He and his girlfriend had some pictures taken on Saturday. They are so happy together. The time he is home is passing too quickly. Can someone slow down the clock?
I know that Halloween isn't even here yet, but there are only 62 shopping
days until Christmas. With money being tight, why not make a gift for the people on your list. It will mean so much more knowing you put all your love into the gift.
We have all kinds of background paper and clip art to make a scrapbook that
has great meaning.
For example. The home farm means everything to my mother-in-law. We
decided to make a farm alphabet scrapbook for her. We have taken pictures all over the family farm that have letters hidden in the pictures. We to a close-up picture of the barbwire fence post and it will stand for the E. The post makes the line going down and the barbwire makes the 3 lines across.
We took a close-up picture of a horseshoe for the U and a stained glass that is in the shape of an Abridge across the creel for X. You find a few more letters for the scrapbook every time we go home.
Find out what your recipients passion is and make the letters from pictures for that theme. It may be old cars, or churches, banks or parks. You can find the letter shapes in anything.
1. Start thinking in "close-up." Look around for items that when a photo is
taken close-up will look like a letter. Look at architectural details such
as windows, stair rails, wood and stone trims, etc.
2. Zoom in and snap away. Zoom in with your camera so that the photo is
completely filled with the element that looks like a letter. Turn your
camera so that all of your letters will be vertical photos so that you can
line them up side by side across your scrapbook page.
3. Select print size. Once you have all of your letter photos on your camera
card, you will need to decide how large to print each photo. Check with your
photo developer to see what your choices are for sizes.
4. Print in black and white or sepia. To remove distractions from the letter
shapes in your photos, print them in black and white or sepia.
One of the teachers on our team came up with the idea of using 100's chart to write numbers into the thousands. I thought they would get bored after two or three charts were filled in. Boy, was I wrong. The kids are begging to add to their scrolls everyday.
We took a 100's chart and had the kids write their numbers from 1 to 100. When they finished we stapled another chart to the bottom of the first chart and they wrote the numbers from 101 to 200. I checked to make sure there were no mistakes and that they knew how to transition from one line to the next line of numbers. When the third sheet is added the paper is too long to put on their desk so, we rolled them from top to bottom and paperclip the roll. When the students aren't working on their scrolls they are stored in a tube from a paper towel roll.
A copy of the 100's charts can be downloaded here.
We have been working on finding the main idea and details in paragraphs. We read a story about the saguaro cactus in our reading series. We then worked in groups the write the main idea and 4 details about the saquaro cactus. The details were written on the arms of the cactus. We used toothpicks for the prickly parts of the cactus. The next time we do this I will have the students write the details with crayon or marker so they can be seen better.