Valentine’s Day Toddler Photoshoot

I love taking photographs but it’s very hard with a toddler.  My son moved around so much and will not sit still.  So taking photos is very hard. I always get him looking away and not paying attention.  I still went ahead and had my husband try to help with a Valentine’s Day Photoshoot. I did my best and got what I got.  It was fun and I actually got a few photos of my son looking.

I always try to use props.  This year since he’s a toddler I had limit what I gave him because he would either throw it or put it in his mouth.  I of course got him a eligible bachelor onesie from Carters.  The rest of the props that were used were:  rose petals, cut-out red hearts and a few fake roses.  I placed the rose petals all over the floor and that actually got him to go to the floor and sit. On the closet door, I taped red glitter hearts. He of course picked at them but it wasn’t as bad as I thought.  I handed him a few fake roses and then the snapping started.

Below is a photo of my Photoshoot. The best that I could do as a new time at home photo taker.  I hope this inspires you to create your own backgrounds and use props for photography. Happy snapping!

 

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Valentine’s Day gifts

This year my husband and I hosted Valentine’s Day dinner for our family.  You can read my previous blog about the dinner.  This blog will be able the gifts that we gave.

The adults received chocolate hearts. Each adult had one on their plate before we started dinner.

The kids got more goodies.  My nieces got mailboxes with goodies inside.  Inside the mailboxes I placed goldfish. It’s nice to take when going somewhere with the kids and they want to snack.  I also gave them a rubber duck. The rubber duck was a Valentine’s Day one. My older niece who is in preschool got pencils that way she can use them when doing her homework.  I also placed a small stuffed animal inside the mailbox. The final things that were in the mailbox were candy: ring pop and lollipops.  Each mailbox had two balloons attached to them.

These gifts were simple and quick to put together.  I hope this inspires you to create your own Valentine’s Day gifts for your family.

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Valentine’s Day Dinner

My husband and I decided to host a Valentine’s Day dinner for our family.  I usually make sure to use my nice china but I wanted to make it more about the holiday.   I picked up Valentine’s Day plates and napkins.  I decorated my table with Valentine’s Day decorations.

For each guest, I picked up chocolate hearts. All the adults received chocolate hearts as a gift.  The chocolate was placed on the plate so that everyone saw it when they walked in. The children received a mailbox with goodies and two Valentine’s Day balloons.   It was a simple dinner and fun for everyone.

For dinner, we made mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, pork tenderloin with mushroom gravy sauce, chicken with sun dried tomatoes, mac and cheese, a chick pea salad and a regular table salad.  Everything was good. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

I love hosting for various events and holidays. I make sure to make it fun and festive.  Below is a photo. Hope this inspires you to host your own holiday dinner.

Valentine’s Day decor

Valentine’s Day is all about love and showing the people we love how much we love them.  As you all know, I love to decorate. I will decorate for every holiday possible.  My last blog was about a Valentine’s Day Mesh wreath.  I also decorated my buffet server. This is the center of my dining room.

On my buffet server I have a runner. I got a pink runner with hearts on it from the Christmas Tree store. Very cute and simple.  I also created a bowl with red glittery hearts to place at the center of my buffet server.  I also placed some Valentine’s Day sayings that I picked up from Target and TJMAXx.  In the back of my buffet server I placed two photos of my family.  My family means everything to me and I want everyone to see it.

My decoration is very simple and shows how much I love my family.  Hope this inspires you to create your own special place for decorating.

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Valentine’s Day Wreath

I love all kinds of holidays. My all time favorite is Christmas but I do love all the other holidays.  I feel that we work so much and the holidays allow us to take some time to just relax and enjoy our families.

I love making things so of course, I made a Valentine’s Day wreath. I made a mesh wreath this time.  I shopped for various things that can be used for the wreath before I started.  Below you will find the materials and the directions in making the wreath.  A lot of the materials I found at the dollar store. I find it silly to spend a lot of money on materials if I know that in a few years I will want to change my design.

Materials

• red mesh

• wire wreath ring

• hearts on sticks( I got red and pink as well as big and small)

•twist ties

directions

1. First bunch up the mesh on the wire ring.

2. Use twist ties to help keep the mesh in its place.

3. Once you went around twice ( I like to do that to make the color stand out more), place heart sticks all around.

4. Hang up.

I hope this helps to inspire you to make your own. Below is a photograph of my Valentine’s Day wreath. The photo is not great as it was taken using a flash.  Happy crafting!

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Kindergarten Subtraction

Yes, you read that right. In kindergarten we teach how to subtract. It’s a hard concept for five year olds to understand. Many students in kindergarten do not have number sense. It’s important that children have number sense before they learn subtraction.

It’s hard to teach the concept of subtraction but it’s possible. It also amazes me how many of my students were able to understand subtraction.  There are many different ways to teach subtraction and make it fun at the same time. One way is to act it out. In my classroom, we act out our word problems for subtraction so that children are able to understand it. We ask many questions like: how many students need to stand or be part of the problem? How many students have to (action)? Now, how many students are left?  These questions help break it down for the students. It helps them understand the subtraction sentence in acting out.

Another way is through anchor charts that are engaging. I found a lot of these ideas on Pinterest. One anchor chart was called Linus the Minus.  I don’t know where I saw it on Pinterest but it was there.  The students were able to understand the symbol Minus through this chart. It helped them a lot. We also had a lot of the different words that represent subtraction and we taught that every 2-3 days.  We wanted the students to hear and understand the different words that represent subtraction.

I also had a subtraction sentence anchor chart and I labeled each part of the subtraction sentence to help my students understand sibtraction. The last chart that I had was what subtraction looks like. There are different ways to show subtraction and it’s important that our students know the different ways because they are able to chose which way they want to represent a subtraction problem.  I also found this anchor chart on Pinterest. Many wonderful ideas are always found on Pinterest.

I hope this helps you with subtraction in kindergarten. Happy creating!!!