I know this board is a bit belated, but there’s always next year!
This board was inspired from a reading lesson I taught last week. My 2nd and 3rd graders read the poem “Theme in Yellow” by Carl Sandburg. The children learned about different points of view and how the perspective of a story can change based on who’s speaking.
Once the children had a strong grasp of the skill, we brainstormed different objects connected to Halloween. The children were then required to write from that object’s perspective about Halloween.
The children really loved this lesson. There were funny witches, friendly ghosts, a lonely haunted house, and even a gloomy trick-or-treat bag. Both their poems and artwork were amazing! As for the bulletin board, most of my materials I already had: 2 yards of egg yolk fabric, wavy black border, a Halloween banner ($1 at Joanns) and silhouette ravens (dollar store find). I think the best bulletin boards are the ones that you don’t plan out too much, and this one came together quickly in an afternoon; you got to love it!
I know this board is a bit belated, but there’s always next year!
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I had fun this Halloween and had the chance to get dressed up twice. My first costume was for a pumpkin carving party this past weekend. I decided to reprise a wolf costume I’d worn a couple years back; it’s made up of a headpiece and fur paws. This time around I made more of an effort with the make-up.
I used lots of golds, bronzes and brown eyeshadows. For the contours on the nose and cheeks, I used a dark, matte brown. I added black eyeliner crayon around the the eyes, nose, lips.
Once I put the headpiece on, it looked really cute. Then for the school, I thought it would be fun to creep the kids out a bit . . .
This creepy make-up tutorial helped me a lot. I used mainly a dark plum eyeshadow, a dark matte gray for contouring, and deep copper to outline my eyes.
I made my ghost costume two days before Halloween. At first I thought I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. Thankfully the jersey fabric I got was really easy to work with and I was happy with the results! Hope everyone had a great Halloween!
I’m a fan of mixed tapes. I remember making them throughout high school; I was so into them that I’d even design the jewel case covers and give them titles to go with the theme. Those CD days are over, but thankfully I can still create on-line playlists. This list has a series of songs (13 to be exact!) I’ve always enjoyed and I think most of the songs carry that Halloween vibe without going overboard (sorry, there’s no Monster Mash). Enjoy! Sue
The combination of apples and caramel is something that I’ve always loved. Whenever Halloween comes along, I always have the intention of making some caramel apples, but, sadly, I never get around to making them. Well, this year, there’s no excuses! I’ve found a couple recipes (thank you Pinterest) that look really yummy. Here are several more caramel-apple-inspired recipes in case you’d like to skip the traditional candied apples this year. This caramel apple recipe is simple and easy, and the end result looks sooo good! Another great option are these caramel apple cupcakes that uses fresh, diced apple folded into the batter.
This caramel apple popcorn uses caramel apple milky way minis. Enough said.
They’re pint-sized, use apple crumble, and are perfect for a party. Get your trifle on here.
Skip Starbucks and make your own yummy Apple Spice drink!
Have you any desserts lined up for this month? I’d love to hear from you. Talk soon, Sue
My all-time favorite holiday has been Halloween. Forget Christmas, if I could have Halloween repeat itself on December 25th, I’d do it (sorry Santa). Of course when I was younger, it was all about the costumes and dressing up. Now, at least for me, it’s shifted to the decorations. The whole concept of turning your home dark and dreary can be really fun. The amount of inspiring ideas are overwhelming on-line, but here are some of my favorite DIY halloween decor.
This Poe-inspired tree is pretty cool!
These broomstick lollipop favors are great for trick or treaters, or if you’re a teacher like me, as favors for your students!
I’m definitely making this spooky bat chandelier; it’s incredible!
Now that I’m getting settled with the new school year, I found a chance to share a bulletin board that I recently made. Please forgive the pics; the lighting isn’t that great in my school’s hallway.
At the beginning of the year, I had my students choose from several writing prompts: write about about something funny that happened to you in the summer, write about a new hobby or sport you tried out over the summer, or write about a place you visited over the summer. I used it as an ice-breaker with the class (students would take turns sharing in small groups), but also as a review on paragraph writing.
This assignment sparked a lot of excitement since the students were enthused with the idea of sharing their adventures with each other. For this board I used 2 yards of teal fabric, a wave-print border, multi-colored construction paper, and jumbo-sized index cards. For your speech bubble shapes, any on-line template will do.
Beside paragraph writing, you can also use the board to display the students’ understanding on using quotations in dialogue, speech writing, or story writing which includes a dialogue script. Other possible titles: “You Can Quote Me,” Outspoken Words, Bubble Talk.
If you watch Parks and Recreation, there’s an episode with Aziz Ansari where he dedicates a day to treating himself. My “treat yo’ self” moment came this past week in the form of making myself something I have always wanted – an infinity scarf. I was shocked to realize that my last “treat yo’self” was back in December 2012 (see here). Don’t get me wrong, I splurge now and again but making something for myself is quite rare since I’m always caught up in creating projects for either my shop or for family and friends.
I wanted to stitch up something quick and easy, and this tutorial was perfect. I was sure that a skein and a half of the sport weight yarn (poppy red!) would be enough but then I came up short, so I used a heathered mink yarn to complete the scarf and . . .
Modifications: since I used sport yarns instead of super bulky, I did have to make some changes to the pattern (remember the yarn weight you use will effect the gauge or size of the stitch, the heavier the yarn, the larger the stitch). I chained 60 to make the scarf wide enough to my liking. Also, before stitching both ends together, my scarf measured 55″ long.
One of the main reasons I chose this lattice design was that I can wear this anytime of the year (except the summer months, Miami is scorching!). Since the scarf is breathable, I can stay warm during our winter without feeling too warm! Can’t wait for our cooler weather to come. Talk soon, Sue