Bluebonnets To Peaches

Do It Yourself Felt Board
December 23, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Craft Ideas, Preschool

One of the things I wanted for my preschool class was a felt board to use during story time.  I knew I could make one fairly easily, so I started digging around the house to see what I could find.  I found an 11×14″ frame that we weren’t using anymore!  I spray painted the frame white and then cover the mat with blue felt on one side and green felt on the other.  This way I can use the blue felt background to look like the sky or water and the green felt side to look like grass.

I also hot glued a plastic sheet protector to the back of the frame to hold felt board story pieces and the story itself.  This keeps the pieces together and easy to grab during story time.  Felt board stories are some of my preschoolers favorite stories!


My Classroom!
September 8, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Preschool

I didn’t take any before pictures, but I thought y’all might like to see some of the decorations in my preschool room!

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This is our “circle time” bulletin board.  The area on the right of the board is green felt.  All of the shapes stick to the board so that the kids can rearrange them and match the shapes up.  It took the children a few days to realize that they could touch the board but they love playing with the shapes!

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This is our reading nook.  There is a bookcase to the left of the chairs.  Of course I had to find a way to bring some fabric into my classroom!

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This is another bullentin board in the room.  The little hands will actually hold artwork made by the kids!

I’ll try to take a few more pictures soon to show you more!

A Steal of a Deal at Michael’s!
September 5, 2009, 2:58 pm
Filed under: Preschool

I needed some spray paint for a project I will show you next week and I had a 50% off coupon at Michael’s so I loaded up the boys and we headed to Michael’s.  In the back of the store they had a HUGE bin marked 80% off everything!!!!  I was able to pick up some great stuff for my preschool class.  Here’s what I scored:

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  • Foam Safari Hat .79
  • Package of Bells (all sizes) $1.99
  • Package of Basic Craft Supplies (pom-poms, pipe cleaners . . . ) $1.99
  • 3 balls of twine .39/ea
  • 2 Foam Animal Visors (I let the boys pick these out since they were being so patient 🙂 .39/ea
  • Large bottle of Bubbles .59
  • Bubble shooter .99
  • Box of craft sticks .80

Total Spent $9.10

Total Saved $36.00

Supplying my New Preschool Classroom
August 22, 2009, 12:57 pm
Filed under: Preschool

I have accepted a position at my kids school teaching 3 year olds in the preschool!  I am very excited about this new position and I have a million ideas floating around in my head about all the stuff I want to do with my class! 

It’s no secret that teachers spend A LOT of their own personal money on supplies for their classroom.  The school I am teaching at has expanded it’s preschool program for this year, so this is the first year we have had a 3 year old class.  That means lots of new supplies were needed and although the school has done a great job supplying my room, I want to be able to pick up things when I spot a good deal and start building my own preschool teaching collection.  I have been prayerful about spending personal funds and trying to remind myself that I’m suppose to be bringing a paycheck home, not spending it all on “cute” supplies!

God is so faithful!  A few weeks ago I received a letter in the mail from Chase bank with a special offer.  I have a checking account with Washington Mutual, which has now become Chase bank.  This is not our primary checking account, in fact it is an account I haven’t touched in quite awhile and there is a very low balance in the account.  The offer from Chase stated that they would deposit $125.00 into my account if I used my debit card in 5 transactions in the next 60 days.  The $125 of FREE money caught my attention but I wanted to see what the “catch” was!  I read the letter several times and all of the fine print.  There was no minimum amount for the debit card purchases, I just have to make 5 separate transactions within 60 days and I have to leave the account open for the next 6 months.  No problem there, I can do that and $125 would buy some awesome things for my room!

I headed down to my local Chase branch to sign up for the offer and get a debit card (I said I didn’t use the account very often, I didn’t even have a debit card)!  They were happy to assist me and my new debit card arrived in the mail within the week!  I have one more transaction to make using my card and then I should receive my “free” money!

Our Weekend Visitor
February 11, 2009, 8:00 am
Filed under: Preschool

We had a special visitor this past weekend, his name is Burt.

Burt is a special teddy bear from Nick’s preschool class that gets to spend one weekend with each of the kids in the class, this past weekend it was Burt’s turn to spend the weekend with us!


Nick was super excited to bring Burt home. Burt HAD to be buckled up in the car before we could go anywhere and he went EVERYWHERE with us all weekend. Burt travels with clothes, shoes and PJ’s. He has his own weekend bag and a journal that we got to put pictures in!

 The front of Burt’s journal reads:

“Dear Parents,

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Burt. I am a friend of (Nick’s teacher). I will be coming home with the Bee of the Day every Thursday and come back to school on Tuesday. In my bag I have some pajamas for when it is time to go to bed. I also have a special journal too! In my journal we can write about all my adventures and maybe include a few pictures too. Mrs. Nancy told me that she would read all about my adventures to the class when we get back. I’m looking forward to getting to know my new friends. By the way my favorite food is chicken nuggets. Love, Burt”

We really enjoyed our special visitor this weekend!  Burt played cars in the kitchen, played with Moon Sand and went out to get doughnuts with the family on Saturday morning!  Nick was sad to take Burt back to school, but excited to tell all his friends about our fun weekend!

Fun Preschool Gifts
December 16, 2008, 12:37 pm
Filed under: Craft Ideas, Preschool

This morning we enjoyed the Christmas performance by all the preschool kids at Nick’s school!  After the performance we enjoyed a little party in Nick’s classroom and I have to say, he has an awesome teacher!  Ms Nancy showered the kids with tons of fun gifts, you know the kind that all the parents will keep forever!

Here’s a picture of all the stuff Nick made and received:


Nick wrote his own name inside the wreath card!  The fabric on the bottom is a pillowcase that Ms. Nancy made!  She shared that when her own son (who is graduating high school this year) was in preschool, he received a Christmas pillow and still puts it on his pillow every Christmas!  The card attached to the pillowcase said the following:

“After you set out the cookies for Santa and the carrots for Rudolph, it will be time to go to bed.  It’s going to be so hard to fall asleep. Put this special pillowcase on your favorite pillow and you will fall fast asleep and have sweet dreams.  When you wake in the morning you will see that Santa has been to your house.  Have sweet dreams! Love, Ms. Nancy”

The green page at the bottom of the picture is a laminated place mat that reads:

“Dear Santa:  Here’s some milk and cookies that I left for you.  There is enough for Rudolph, I hope he likes them too.  I hope you know I love you, I would tell you if I could.  Please leave me a little something because I’ve been really good.”

The picture in the back is one of the whole class dressed as a manger scene, here’s a closeup:


Super Cute!

How To Cook A Turkey
November 19, 2008, 1:15 pm
Filed under: Preschool

Nick had his Turkey Feast at school yesterday and it was very cute and well done by the staff!  His teacher asked each of the students “How do you cook a turkey?”  She then complied all of their answers into a “cookbook” for each of the kids to take home!  It is super cute and I wanted to share Nick’s answer:

“We don’t eat turkey.  We just eat food like, well, pizza and red juice.  Well we eat ice cream for dessert.”

We had a great laugh at his answer!