what are you reading?

What have you been reading lately? I’m halfway through Nine Perfect Strangers and it’s starting to get reeeeally good. I have a little pile from the library sitting on my shelf and a never ending list of books I’d like to read on goodreads. But I’d love to hear what you’re reading. Here’s just a few others I’ve read and loved this year

turkey hats for two little turkeys…and other thanksgiving diys.

img_2228Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays and I can’t believe it’s coming up in just a couple weeks. Along with reading thanksgiving books, writing things that we’re thankful for, making turkey finger puppets, and dreaming about pumpkin pie (I whipped up the above pumpkin pie garland for a little thanksgiving decor using this tutorial on Martha Stewart), I also came upon this tutorial for a turkey hat. turkey hatI couldn’t help but think about making one for each of the boys for our trip north in a couple weeks. How cute would they be? Not to mention that they are currently hat-less boys (who needs hats when it’s 80 degrees every day!). My plan is to crochet the hat, but then use felt that I already have for the feathers and for the beak, and use buttons for the eyes instead of the crocheted body. What do you think? Am I crazy? If it doesn’t happen, I’m just going to know that I have it here for next year. ๐Ÿ™‚

a school craft: gratitude chain

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November has blown into our midst and with it, at least in the elementary school library, comes discussions about gratitude, songsย about turkeys and books about special holiday family gatherings. I started our school gratitude chain this morning with my 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and each time they visit the library I’ll have them write little or big things that they are grateful for up to Thanksgiving break.

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This is such a quick and easy way to talk about how feeling grateful for things in our life links us together. I love doing these school wide bonding projects where my students can pick out the small part they play in the big picture. They’re partย of something.ย I had students who wrote that they were thankful for their breakfast, their parents, their pets and others who said they were thankful for God, the world, and their education (whoa). It’s all gravy! It took five minutes of my precious class time after book check out which, in my opinion, is well worth it.ย  It was also nice to tell them that for my link in our gratitude chain, I wrote “I’m thankful for my students.” I hope it made them feel good.

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For this project you need:

  • scissors or a paper cutter
  • construction paper
  • tape
  • markers

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First, I used a paper cutter to cut the construction paper about 2-3″ by 9″ (short ways if using standard 9″ x 12″ construction paper.ย  I put stacks out for students to choose from along with a little container of markers. I had another empty container for them to place their strip when they were done.

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I later taped the ends together by weaving the links in a circle around the last one to form a chain. Keep adding to your chain as long as you’d like and hang up with either tape or pushpins.

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This is just from one day. I think we’ll make our way all the way around the library at this rate! Happy month of gratitude, friends!