How To Make a Family Portrait using the Rhonna Designs App

How To Make a Family Portrait using the Rhonna Designs App


Instagram is filled with darling pictures of families that were created on the Rhonna Designs app. You might have have even seen my little family on Instgram too.
How to make a family portrait using the Rhonna Designs App
It’s easy to use and fun IF you know what you are doing. It took me a minute to figure out, so I thought I would share some tips with you.
THE APP
You will want to use the right app. Notice I didn’t say “get” the right app because you will honestly want them all. So buy what you want but use the this app.
How to make a family portrait using the Rhonna Designs App
Your Portrait
I have taken screenshots of the process as I built a family for my dear friend Candice.
How to make a family portrait using the Rhonna Designs App
Background
How to make a family portrait using the Rhonna Designs App
How to make a family portrait using the Rhonna Designs App
Faces
How to make a family portrait using the Rhonna Designs App
How to make a family portrait using the Rhonna Designs App
How to make a family portrait using the Rhonna Designs App
How to make a family portrait using the Rhonna Designs App
How to make a family portrait using the Rhonna Designs App
How to make a family portrait using the Rhonna Designs App
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Erasing
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Accessorize
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Sizing
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Layering
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How to make a family portrait using the Rhonna Designs App
I hope this helps and that you have an easy time making a cute family portrait!
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Enjoy, and until next time, Happy Teaching!
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Teaching about New Year’s Eve or Noon Year’s Eve in the primary classroom

Teaching about New Year’s Eve or Noon Year’s Eve in the primary classroom


Welcome to my blog! 
I love exclamation marks and overusing them ! ! !
I also love all things literacy and bringing our learning to life.
So today’s post is near and dear ! ! ! ( !!!!!! )
I am going to share one of my favorite classroom activities! ! ! ! !
Are you ready for this ? ? ?

Throw a NOON Years Eve Party with these freebies and Teacher to the Core

It’s called Noon Year’s Eve !
I saw this on Katie M’s Instagram account and knew I had to try it!
So I did try it and LOVED it !!!!
Let me tell you it was easy and a blast! 
I created some activities to make it rigorous and give me both Social Studies and Writing content for my first week back in January.



Now, I want to share it all with you!



Throw a NOON Years Eve Party with these freebies and Teacher to the Core
Let’s start with the food! 

Any party needs good food! 

So we toast the “Noon” Year with some bubbly lime soda.


 Our appetizers? Why cookies of course!

Throw a NOON Years Eve Party with these freebies and Teacher to the Core


Decorations were kept at a minimum except for one large mystery hanging from the ceiling! 
Throw a NOON Years Eve Party with these freebies and Teacher to the Core
On Monday, I put up a black plastic table cloth, and hung a sign that said “Happy Noon Year”. 



The kids were full of questions!




1. What is that?

2. Is it a HUGE trash bag?
3. What’s a “Noon” Year?
4. Is there anything in it?


My answer was, “Let’s learn about NEW Year’s and I sure hope you are at school on Friday so you can see what 'Noon Year’s’ is all about!!!”


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Then I handed out this little book that perfectly explains:

1. What a calendar does.
2. When the year’s number changes.
3. Why people make resolutions.
4. How to make a goal.
5. Why people celebrate the New Year.


They loved how easy this book was to understand and I like how much they learned! If you have used any of my books before you know that I make them to be interactive- where the kids write in the little book itself.



Here are the interactive skills covered in the little book:

1. Writing this year and last year’s number (i.e. 2017, 2018).
2. Capitalizing calendar words.
3. “I am looking forward to _____________ in the New Year” sentence frame.
4. Writing a smart goal – What they want to do, who can help them make it happen, and what steps they need to take.


Throw a NOON Years Eve Party with these freebies and Teacher to the Core


The goal writing page is really amazing. 


I loved that the kids got to go beyond an academic goal and do a home and talent goal. 

I like hearing that my kids want to learn how to make cookies or score more soccer goals!



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Once we had read our little book and done the activities over a few days, we took our goal from the little book and wrote it on these pennants!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/New-Years-and-Noon-Years-3557370


There are a TON of little faces to choose from. 


I also provided lots of star options for you. 

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I saved my scraps from the sides of the pennants to use as confetti for the party.


Keep your scraps. 


Seriously, why buy confetti and the larger art scraps are easier to pick up?  


Your custodian will thank you!!!


Throw a NOON Years Eve Party with these freebies and Teacher to the Core
I wanted to let the parents know about the magic I am planning, so I sent home this note! The party is so easy and inexpensive that I did not collect money or get volunteers. I just wanted the families to know all about our amazing party! 

Throw a NOON Years Eve Party with these freebies and Teacher to the Core



I also grab my shopping list, and head to the Dollar Store. You can do the whole party for about 10-15 dollars!!!! Although at the Dollar Store, I will end up spending another $90 on other things too! (Shhhhh don't tell my husband.)


Throw a NOON Years Eve Party with these freebies and Teacher to the Core




For my 1st week back I ease into math. The kids have been on 2 week brain-break filled with Santa, video games, candy, and cousins. Easing in is better than jumping in and drowning- at least I think so.  I like to come back and begin to practice counting backwards so that we know what to do at the upcoming Noon Year’s Eve Party.  I am always shocked who cannot count backwards.... Actually, I am never shocked, but still it's a lot of kids who need practice.  I use this count back from 20 sheet (see below!):
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/New-Years-and-Noon-Years-3557370

I know… I know…

You only count back from 10 at a party.
BUT I want them to count back from 20 because this is an essential subtraction skill.
Did you see what I did there?

I was so sneaky and I got in a subtraction skill-drill and they were none-the-wiser! 


They think they are doing party prep… (Que mad scientist laughter)


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This activity is spring board off this Common Core math question from our math book.


32 kids need juice at a party.
Juice is sold in boxes of 10.
How many boxes do we need? 

THEY ALL SHOUT “3 BOXES! We need 3 boxes”

They say this because they don’t want to overbuy and they know 40 is too many.
But then I point out that if we buy 3 boxes then 2 friends won’t get juice.
I created this sheet because it’s a fun 40 minute math lesson that hits the Common Core standard and fits the party theme of the week.


OK !!!! Let’s PARTY!

Throw a NOON Years Eve Party with these freebies and Teacher to the Core

1. Lay out a table cloth, sprinkle your confetti scraps onto it, and put out your food.
2. Fill the hanging table cloth with confetti scraps and balloons. I did black and gold.
3. Practice counting backwards a little and then bring them to the floor under the balloon drop area. Hand out noise makers (As if kids NEED noise makers!).



Throw a NOON Years Eve Party with these freebies and Teacher to the Core


4. I did this with 2 classes and each teacher pulled down the tablecloth at the end of the countdown.   P.S. decide who should let go of the tablecloth. I think we both almost pulled each other down last year! You can pull it down solo though too.


Throw a NOON Years Eve Party with these freebies and Teacher to the Core


5. The kids loved counting down so much we let them collect confetti and balloons 5 or 6 times and we did the countdown over and over again so they could throw stuff, catch stuff, and shout “Happy New Year!” They did not fuss about cleaning up because they had already collected so many times.

6. Then we ate some treats!!!!
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7. Once we had the shared experience of a the “Noon” Year’s Eve party, we did this little graphing page. They asked 10 friends what they liked best about the party.
8. We went to our desks to graph our tally results from asking 10 friends.
9. We wore off the sugar high by writing what we saw in our graph and getting up and showing our graphs and sentences to our friends.
For “Noon” Year’s freebies click (here) or the “Noon” Year graphic below.



https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DA_B1lCe0JovCwnrwGXqIQ2nIQ0iE-Nj/view?usp=sharing


To get the New Year’s little book, craft, and math sheets click the graphic below or you can click (HERE) to go to Teachers Pay Teachers
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/New-Years-and-Noon-Years-3557370

I’m sending you love, and I am wishing you Happy Teaching in New Year!
Special joy and thanks to Katie M from Little Warriors:

Throw a NOON Years Eve Party with these freebies and Teacher to the Core

She is a joy!  Read her blog, see her at a conference if you can, and follow her Instagram for a daily dose of Warrior JOY! Big LOVE to you Katie. This party idea of yours is THE best way to start the year!
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Valenswine and Valentine’s Day in the primary classroom

Valenswine and Valentine’s Day in the primary classroom


Happy Valentine’s Day, V-Day or Valium Day! I love Valentine’s Day for a whole lot of reasons.  I dislike it for a few reasons too. For example, the kids saying “ValentiME” drives me to drink.   Here are 5 tips and a few activities that helped me to have a valium-free V-Day:
Start the Day Off Right
Keep the kids in your class  busy while you take attendance- From Teacher to the Core
Little kids can be crazy! Taking attendance on Valentine’s Day can be almost impossible! Kids are running at you with candy, flowers, their valentines in bags and who knows what else!
So before entering the room, I ask them, “Who has something they need to give me this morning? Raise your hands.” Then, I tell them that I can’t wait to see what they brought to school. However,  before we can do anything, they get to color while I take attendance.
Just in case you forgot, I have MAJOR issues remembering to take attendance on party days.  I just get caught up with all their joy/mania and I forget. 
While they are coloring, I remind them that they are to stay seated and color neatly while I take attendance. The kiddo with the most hearts wins, and if it comes down to a tie, neatness will be the tie-breaker. If you win and it’s sloppy, you are disqualified.
After attendance I give them five more minutes to color. During this time,  I can collect what the students have brought to school. I do this one table at a time.
To download the attendance freebie click the button below
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Timing is EVERYTHING
Bright Ideas for Valentine's Day Sanity
Can I hear an AMEN for lunch time? We used to party the last hour of the day,  but then I am breathless and my room looks like a bomb went off in it as the kids leave.  No, thank you! After lunch we did some great Common Core Valentine learning, cleaned up the room, and ended our day like we always do. We read a story, packed and stacked, and had our daily awards ceremony. It was calm. It was beautiful, and it was calm. Wait, did I already say that it was calm?

Bag it up, Baby!
How do kids get all their stuff home? These bags! I batted my eyelashes at a box boy and he gave me 30 grocery sacks. Using grocery bags instead of making envelopes was fast, easy, and cheap. Are those words music to your ears?   Plus, the bags stand up straight for the easy “dropping in” of the valentine cards. To get this darling Valenswine art freebie click {here}
Bright Ideas for Valentine's Day Sanity (3)
Valenswine Close Reading!
I love this book! It is a sweet and easy read for your little darlings! You can grab it from Scholastic or Amazon (From 3rd party sellers)
Great book for Valentines Day- Valenswine- Teacher to the Core
The rhymes are precious and the story leads young Polly Pig to her family to find love. I think that “family love” is important at this age. The Disney Channel teaches kids too early to look for love in their peers. Let’s keep them loving their family for as long as possible.
If you don’t have time to buy the book and have it delivered, you can show your class this story time YouTube video.
My friend Fran told me about ViewPure and it’s been amazing for cleaning out ads and comments from my You Tube Videos! Click here and see how the video above was purified! It so easy and free.
Freebie- Valenswine movies and book activities plus ways to clean up your You Tube using View Pure
I love this book so much that I have created 3 activities to go along with it. The 1st activity is a close read printable.
Close reading for the book Valenswine- Teacher to the Core
I also created a summarizing activity for another day this week.
Summarizing for the book Valenswine- Teacher to the Core
Here is the story elements page with emphasis on problem and solution.
Story Elements for the book Valenswine- Teacher to the Core
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Dance and Drop
I am the mean teacher that does not allow the kids to address valentines to their friends. I only allow them to sign their names.  This is because we dance Conga line style through the room and drop a valentine into every bag. It’s easy and FUN! This year 29 kids handed out valentines in under 10 minutes! I kid you not! I played Gloria Estefan’s Conga Song and we were done is a snap. The quickness also allowed us to spend time doing other fun things during our party. I was leading the conga, so I could not take pictures- Sorry. The LAST thing you want to see is me doing the conga! Here is the song if you want to play it during your own class conga line.
Valentines = Academics
I skipped categorize and classify in my HM story a few weeks ago because I knew I was going to do this with the kids.
Bright Ideas for Valentine's Day Sanity (2)
I am telling you the kids learned a lot, and they had a great time negotiating where each valentine should be classified? Should the Hello Kitty with Dove chocolate go on “Characters” or “Candy”? We ended up separating them so that they could go in both places. It was a perfect way to teach that sometimes a question can have more than one correct answer. 
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If you want to do this, have 4-5 blank hearts ready.  Then as the kids are opening their cards, walk the room and look for the most common categories. Be sure to make an “other” category to cover the random valentines that don’t fit any category.  “Where did I get the valentines to glue on?” you ask. Oh every kids always has one left over because I ask the parents to send in 1 extra. It is usually not a problem since I have 29 kids and valentines tend to come in packs of 36. Usually the kids have  6-7 extra!
Staple the Bag Shut
If you stop the candy intake, you can avoid the candy-induced freak out {maybe}. I let them look through their goodies and cards and then I hand out a plate. I ask them to set one treat from their Valentines Stash onto the plate. Everything else is going to go into the bag.
Bright Ideas for Valentine's Day Sanity (4)
While they are eating their treat, juice, and whatever else was sent in,  I run around stapling the bags shut. I still saw little hands try to sneak into their bag, but they had a hard time getting through 5 staples.

Valentines = Academics
My final fabulous, fun, and academic idea comes via Curriculum Castle! Seriously, friends, this is a real winner! I bought a bunch of plastic test tubes from the Dollar Tree. I put 3 test tubes on every table in order to keep Valentine’s Day as academic as possible!
Super fun Valentine Candy Heart science experiment from Curriculum Castle via Teacher to the Core
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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Sending you Hugs and lots of love!
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