I shared a few weeks ago this skin tones pencils on instagram and some of you asked me to share it. So here it is.
First, let me tell you the story about these pencils…
It was Peace Day and we had to color a bunch of kids holding hands for a classroom bulletin board. Then I noticed that all the kids were using the same tone. I have very little diversity in my classroom. So I thought that it was important to make them notice about skin tones. We talked a LOT about it and we decided that we should represent them in a way. BUT they did not have that ‘rainbow of skin tones’ in their pencil pouches, so I bought a pack and took another one that I had at home and the skin tones cup of pencils was born.
If you live in Spain, the first set was bought about 5 years ago in Abacus, I could not find it this year. I found a smaller pack in Dideco.
Click on the next photo if you want the label in English or Spanish (color carne).
After a couple of weeks the kids still use it and you can see how they colored these worksheets.
If you are interested in the worksheet it is from my Months of the year craftivity. This worksheet is in Valencian (not included). Download the preview to see what you get (English & Spanish).
I have completely neglected the blog. Life happens…
I had a daughter 11 months ago. We are beyond happy and super tired, so creating new stuff and posting on the blog was not a priority. In fact I have started this post so many times I had to edit the age of the baby twice. 😉
After a whole year at home with the baby I feel (almost) ready to go back to school.
Before leaving the class I packed most of my personal stuff into 6 big boxes and took them home. I still left a ton of personal stuff because I was feeling tired (pregnant). I wish I didn’t take so much home, because I ended having a wonderful sub, and everything was in perfect conditions.
I loved being a teacher again. I have an awesome group this year. I loved decorating the classroom and organizing everything. And I am enjoying read aloud time more than ever. During these months I have bought many books and I can’t wait to show them to my students.
After a whole month teaching half-day I love my new situation. I have my day in the classroom but I go back early enough to enjoy the afternoons as a mom. I don’t know how this is going to work with TpT but as you can see she is already helping. 😉
Don’t forget to grab this awesome freebie.
I loved this year Christmas celebration in our school. We did Polar Express on our last day before winter break. It was not a lot of work and the kids were superexcited. If you haven’t heard about it I highly recommend you doing a pinterest search for next year.
We decorated the classroom as a train and gave the students jingle bells in the end. It was magical.
We did some crafts too… So many I do not have photos of all of them:
The first one is this cute little elf by First grade Blue Skies:
We used foam instead of paper and it turned out ever cuter. 😉
We also did the snowman buddies we did last year but I totally let them to choose eyes, noses, hats… I love that they turned out so unique.
We did this awesome little craft too. This was pretty easy. Just print the body on light brown paper and decorate with crayons.
You can get a free pattern here:
This Christmas ball was a hit. We decorated them with the families.
In my school we always ask parents to come and help for a day. The kids love creating a family craft with them. This year we did Christmas balls.
First we gave them the white ornament and asked them to add Mod Podge and colored tissue paper. When they finished they could add
some all the glitter.
The next day we did tags to wrte their names and take them home.
And now that Christmas is over I can’t wait to get ready for the Next year! See you in 2016!