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Allow me to assist you in finding your seat. [An Ingenious Concept!]

I'm thrilled to share a fantastic idea I implemented in my classroom. I had been eyeing those magnificent and enormous classroom rugs. You know, the beautiful but pricey rugs that can cost anywhere from $300 to $500, depending on their design and size? Well, this idea surpasses those rugs because it's versatile, washable, reusable, and can be tailored to match your theme.

One word: VELCRO!

Yes, those charming and cute dots are made of Velcro. They stay in place even when vacuumed or when kids fidget on them. What's more, they can be easily relocated, cleaned (in the washing machine!!), and they can be coordinated with your color scheme. These little things are truly wonderful!

Exploring the 5 Senses through Engaging Activities

This week, the classroom is all abuzz with our exciting exploration of the five senses. It's a journey I'm absolutely thrilled to embark on! We laid the foundation last week by discussing and reading about the five senses, but this week, we're taking it up a notch by actively engaging them in our learning. Here's a glimpse of the activities we have in store:

Monday: - Describing Popcorn - I can't resist an activity that involves food, and what's better than an end-of-the-day snack in Kindergarten? I stumbled upon a fantastic chart on Pinterest via Spotlight On Kindergarten that I'd love to use for our five senses activity. The chart has columns for eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and hands to help us explore the senses. (Please note that the chart image belongs to Spotlight On Kindergarten.)

Tuesday: - Describing Coconut - For the past week, I've had two coconuts in my classroom ever since our 'Chicka Chicka Boom Boom' week. I can't wait to see how my students react to this! Wednesday's morning graphing activity will revolve around whether they liked it or not.

Wednesday: - Texture Sorting - I'll be sure to snap a picture of this and provide a link later! Building on our previous math lessons about sorting, we will now sort objects by texture using our senses. I've prepared bags containing small pieces of felt, paper, wood, sandpaper, and cloth. Students will sort and document their findings in their science notebooks.

Thursday: - Sound Walk - I absolutely adore this idea (borrowed from Kindergarten Kindergarten). Take a look at this incredible chart she created with her students to guide our sound exploration. (Please note that the chart image belongs to Kindergarten Kindergarten.)

Friday: - Glitter Slime - This delightful idea also comes from Kindergarten Kindergarten. It seems like her ideas keep getting better with each visit! We'll be making glitter slime following a borax-based recipe. But the real treat is the freebie recording sheet for your kiddos' science notebooks.

Discovering the Magic of Real Leprechaun Gold!

Lately, you might have come across an image circulating on social media and Pinterest featuring Wilton's edible gold spray. It looks something like this:

It's an image that's been making the rounds on Facebook and Pinterest, but surprisingly, I haven't seen anyone try it out or provide feedback. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and give it a go!

I purchased a can of this magical gold spray and a container of Oreos. My plan is to have our mischievous Leprechaun leave enough for each student in my class to enjoy as a special treat. Our little green friend is known for leaving surprises outside his door, and you can find more about the door I use over at Simply Kinder.

To create my golden Oreos, I laid out a sheet of wax paper and placed the cookies in a single layer. This allowed me to spray one side and then the other with the edible gold spray.

After coating one side with the magical spray, I allowed them to dry and then flipped them over to apply the spray to the other side. I noticed that the spray dried faster on the cookies than on the wax paper, so I moved them to a fresh sheet of wax paper for the final coating.

It's a super simple and delightful project that not only adds a touch of magic but can also be adapted for other creative uses. Just think about how fun it would be to make pirate treasure with this technique! I'm already planning to create pirate treasure next year for my addition unit when I use Harry Kindergarten's 'Add (or Subtract) Like A Pirate' video.