I hope you are all having a wonderful day. If you aren’t, why don’t you try out some fun games. Yes, the title says they are meant for your child but adults can have fun too!
Recently for a class I am taking I had to visit two websites and two apps. By visit I mean play the games, look up information and review how good the app actually is. All the work is done for you. Below I will provide links to each website and underneath that I will leave a link to the actual review!
Android app: Learn to Read with Tommy Turtle
Apple app: Maily
Website 1: PBSKids
Website 2: ABCYa
Click here to view my reviews on two websites, one Apple app and one Android app.
I hope this helps those of you looking to help your children learn and play all at the same time. That goes for you too, teachers!
Thanks for stopping by.
Todays post is going to be a little more informational than usual, but I recently discovered this new outlet to create projects on. Padlet.com is a great place to create interactive and informational projects that display different ideas.
As you can see below there are videos, notes and pictures that you can view. You also have the ability to be able to move your curser up/down or right/left.
I will definitely be using this program throughout my teaching career for both personal and classroom use. I may even include this in a lesson plan to allow my students to create their own informational board.
Below, you can see my quick explanation of the project and the actual padlet which is embedded into this post.
Working with my partner, Dariel Santana, we created a Padlet that discusses the topic of Netiquette, which is online etiquette and legal issues. This project contains different information, examples, videos and pictures of Netiquette and different legal issues. There are also two lesson plans provided in this Padlet that can be used in the classroom.
Check out our Padlet below!
Really and truly create one. You won’t regret it. It is an irreplaceable resource.
To start off, it is absolutely wonderful to be back. I took some time off from this site to try and figure out what I wanted from life and where I wanted to end up. I have finally figured it out (for the most part). I’m not going to discuss it in this post because lets be realistic, I haven’t written here for probably a year or even two. I did start posting on my YouTube channel that I created. Don’t worry, I will find a way to post it.
When I first made this site I wanted it to be anonymous so that anyone would read and so that anyone could find inspiration. Except now that I am starting up again, I am going to be showing you who I am. By revealing who I am and actually being more open, I think it makes a bigger impact. You can have some name to face information.
I think this change is for the best, so I cannot wait to have you come along on this journey.
Here are my bulletin boards for Fall 2016! I had a lot of fun making them. I hope they help all you teachers/RAs out there to get some ideas.
For my “Get to Know Your RA” board, I used multiple materials. I used yellow backing paper and blue construction paper for the letters and informational papers. I cut out my letters using an Ellison machine (which should be provided by your school). I drew out the elephant by hand by using a picture online as reference. I also printed the pictures on computer paper. The boarder is made from streamers. I stapled about every inch or so to give the boarder the rippled effect.
I originally got the idea for a “Get to Know Your RA” board from Pinterest. I added my own twist by adding the elephant (which matches my door tags). The elephant ties in with the board because it is listed as one of the things I love. However, I didn’t want the point of the board to be all about me. For that reason, I added the questions in the lower right hand corner. I want my residents to know that I’m interested in them and their interests. I want to show that I am someone they can talk to. As an RA or as a friend.
This year, my RA staff task is Health and Wellness Coordinator. My “HIIT or Miss” board is to satisfy that requirement. Originally the idea was to have a board all about HIIT workouts, but the board ended up being much larger than I thought. I ended up explaining what a HIIT workout is and how it’s beneficial. Then I talked about how alcohol can affect your workout (this results in the potential “miss”). I also advertised our building’s Pinterest in addition to adding a “Make your own HIIT workout.”
I hope seeing my bulletin boards helped you to get some inspiration for any bulletin boards you have to make! You can make a difference through your boards. It’s your first impression most likely. Remember that.
Find inspiration in the things you do every day. Keep dreaming your dream.
I know. You read the title and your hoping that something might work as a gift for a guy. I totally get it. I’ve been dating my boyfriend for over 4 years and I still have trouble figuring out things to get him. Same with my dad and my brother, I’ve known them forever but its still really hard. I just thought I’d show you guys some ideas for what I got different people for different holidays!
Make a personalized t-shirt!
- t-shirt spray paint (This tends to be a thinner paint which works better for the t-shirt, but I didn’t use the spray “feature.” I poured it out on a palette.)
- round sponge brushes
- clear packing tape or wax paper. Whichever option you choose, you still need some sort of tape to tape the stencil down.
- exacto knife
- Print out an emblem you want to put on a t-shirt.
- Place a piece of wax paper out on your paper you printed and trace the emblem.
- Use an exacto knife to cut out the parts of the emblem you want imprinted on the t-shirt from the wax paper.
- Take a piece of cardboard to put inside the t-shirt so that the paint won’t leak through the first layer of the shirt to the back of the shirt.
- Firmly tape the wax paper to the t-shirt where you want the emblem to go.
- Use a flat sponge brush to apply the paint. When applying the paint be sure the pieces of the wax paper are where they should be and that you are pushing the paint onto the shirt straight up and down.
- Let the paint dry overnight or for a few hours.
- Remove the wax paper and use a small paint brush to do touch ups.
- If you take a cutting board and cover it in clear packing tape and use the exacto knife to cut out the emblem, you wouldn’t have any of the paint bleeding and you wouldn’t have to be as careful how you apply the paint.
- When painting, paint from the outside in.
Make a personalized mug!
You can see the personalized mug I made in this picture. For this gift, I bought or made different items that involved my boyfriend’s hobby/career choice. The mug says “PILOT be cause BADASS isn’t an official job title.” and I drew a plane on the opposite side.
With mug making, I honestly haven’t had much success. I have done many experiments with this particular project and I have had many failures with it. However, I think I did find a way that works best.
- All you need to do is find a design or quote you like and write on the mug with the marker.
- Then put the mug in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
- Take the mug out, let it cool.
- Then make any touch ups you want and put it in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes again.
- I did some research and found that oil-based sharpies work better than a normal sharpie.
- Most directions you find tell you to put the mug in the oven once, but I think putting the mug in twice is necessary.
Buy items you know they’ll need based on new or old interests!
This gift was for my mom but it can easily be made into a gift for a guy. I like this particular gift because it contains items that would actually be used and are useful but fun to receive. My mom was taking krav magaa classes so I bought her a towel and headband for the class. I also happened to find a rooster mug so I put the two items in the mug. I just did a compilation of things my mom likes.
For a guy, you could buy a blender bottle, workout towel and an athletic watch for a small but useful gift if they’re into working out. You could also do this for the artsy person in your life. I know personally, when I get random and odd art supplies I get really excited to use them. So you could look up a new type of art expression and buy supplies for that project or buy random items and make an art supply compilation.
Make a scrapbook!
Scrapbooks are great to give to someone you know relatively well and have taken pictures or gone to events with them. I make one for my boyfriend about once a year. It’s a great way to document things that have happened between you and that person.
- Keep it simple. Less is more when it comes to scrapbooks in my opinion. But if you prefer things to look busier then do what your heart desires!
- Don’t just include pictures, add stickers, boarders, ticket stubs, quotes, etc.
- With the oil-based marker, draw the design you would like to use.
- Use mode lodge to seal the coaster.
- Let the modge podge dry.
- You can buy modge podges in different finishes. I believe the one I used is a matte-satin finish.
What gifts have you given to the guy in your life? What gifts have you given to that person that is difficult to buy for?