Internet Inspiration


I have to admit that while I am very new to writing a blog and creating TpT resources I am a veteran at stalk-following teacher websites and blogs. The very first teacher I ever started to stalk-follow was Amanda Madden. She was featured on TeacherWeb as an example of what you could do with your website. I was blown away by her site. This is a little embarassing it was also the first time I heard about ThistleGirl Designs (I know, some days I do live under a rock). What I loved about her website is how much she shared with the teaching community - and I don't mean freebies (although, I must admit, I love me some freebies). She showed how she organized her programs, communicated with parents and students. Not until I started writing this wee little blog did I realize how much courage it takes to share so much about your teaching practices. And she is still giving to the teaching community and to me. She is featuring me in her Budding Bloggers series today!! So if you have not checked out her blog hurry over there, you'll be glad that you did.

While you are there be sure to check out her giveaway!!

Teaching Maddeness





If you are stopping by here from her blog THANK YOU!

Wednesday is art day in our classroom. Today we did a winter scene of a cardinal (or two) in birch trees. I was inspired by all of the art I have seen on Pinterest (if you head over to my craft and art board you will notice I have pinned about 5 birch tree art ideas!). In the end we used Kathy's directions for how to draw cardinals (I linked to one, but there are two sets of drawing cardinal directions on her site). We used blue construction paper for the background, white paper with black coloured pencil for the trees and oil pastels for the birds. We read Snowballs by Louise Elhert first, as recommened by Deep Space Sparkle.










8 comments

  1. Hi, welcome to blogging! I saw your post on Teaching Maddenness, and have enjoyed looking around. I especially love your series on books! Since I am new to teaching, I'm always on the lookout for good stories to share with my kiddos.

    Jessica
    The Learning Metamorphosis


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    1. I am so glad you popped over. I hope to blog about books every weekend - so hopefully you find some new books to share with your class.

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  2. AMC,
    I found you through the budding blogger showcase. I love your blog!Here are some creepy parallels between us: 1.We started at around the same time. 2. I also have a blog design by Megan at Bird in Hand. Mine is super new and I love it. 3. I also loop with my class (although this is my first year to do so). I am now blogstalking you and pinstalking you:) Thanks for the great ideas. My next art lesson came right off of your board:)

    Brandi
    My Teacher Friend

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    1. With all those parallels (not creepy, just parallels) I have to head over and check out your blog! Thanks for popping over. Good luck with the art!

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  3. I love your cardinal pictures. I found some on Pinterest, but the links didn't go to the post. The white birch bark really makes the project. My fourth graders would love this.

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    1. Thanks, I really like these - they were simple but the white trees and red birds make a big impact.

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