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Making a Sensory Table!

DIY Sensory Table is so easy to make! Step by step instruction are included to make a sensory table that is perfect for having loads of fun!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I'm back today to link up with Tara

for another

In my previous posts here and here,

I've been getting a head start and making some materials

for my sensory table.

Without further ado, here we go....

So, sensory tables can be a bit expensive, and they can be pretty big.

My current kindergarten classroom is a bit smaller than my previous one,

because I have a restroom in my classroom. 

Trust me, I'd rather downsize the class than have to 

be without a restroom in kindergarten!!!

So, I was looking on Pinterest, doing a little bit of research on sensory tables and materials,

and I saw that a lot of people had built some...... I'm definitely not a carpenter, but my dad is a pretty good handyman!

So....before I asked him, I decided that I wanted a pretty sturdy one, 

not out of PVC pipe, because I had a feeling that at the

end of it I would be like Amelia Bedelia,

all tied up and tangled up in PVC pipe, lol!!

So, wood it would be (no pun intended...maybe)!!

My dad took one look at the picture, and he was like, 

"oh yeah, that'll be no problem!"

I went to Wal-Mart, and decided on the size of the Sterilite tub that I wanted.

Off to Lowe's we went, and he decided that I should get some 

1 X 4's instead of 1 X 6's.

My dad measured and started cutting! He even got in on the picture taking,

pausing and asking did I want to take a picture at each stage, lol!

What did you say? Where was I? Umhmmm....I was sitting right here, watching!!

It's coming together!

My brother decided to get in on the action.

Ain't it so stinkin' cute?!?!  

Here they go, all completed!! He added some thingie's at the bottom to stabilize it.

Now, it's paint time!!!!!! I used the one with the gloss finish.

It's not as easy as it looks, my dad took over so I could take some pictures.

Now, it's time for the polka dots!!!!

And voila! Here they are!

I absolutely LOVE them, and I can't wait to use them!!!!

If sensory tables go well this year, who knows,

I may ask him to build one large one, lol!!

Shhh.....don't tell him I said so!

Come on over and see what everyone else is doing!


The Stress of Dismissal on the 1st Day

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

Well, here we are, T-minus 1 week until it's time to return to school!!

Y'all know.....the first day of school is cuh-razy!!!!!!!

It's so hectic, we have an unofficial motto:

Get 'em here, Get 'em fed, Get 'em home!!

Today I want to talk to you about the Get 'em home part......

......and that includes.....

During the first week at my school, dismissal is one of THE most hectic times!

We are a K-2 school, with over 700 students, and a lot of times we 

have tons of changes in how a kid goes home.

It seems to happen yearly, there will be some form of miscommunication,

and a child is sent home the wrong way on the first day of school.

I've had this experience a few times, and let me tell you, it's not

pleasant at all!!!

A few years ago, I had a child whose mode of transportation was changed

several times over the first week......

.......and then it happened......

I sent him home the WRONG WAY!!!!!!

I was so worried, especially when you're trying to find out

where they are.....and then you have to apologize to the parents....

and reassure them that you really are a great teacher, and that

you will take care of their child!

Luckily, this hasn't happened to me in the past couple of years,

because I take meticulous notes, and I check, double-check and 

triple-check how they're going home!!

I've wanted to update my system for keeping track of it,

so I created a few freebie sheets to make it even easier!

The first is the How We Go Home sheet.

It keeps up with how they go home the first day,

and then AFTER the first day. 

(Y'all know, they like to pick their pumpkins up the 1st day!)

The next form is a transportation change form. 

Now, we do have agendas that parents can write in,

but I want to give them as many options as possible to 

get the information to me.

I plan to send a few sheets of this page home to every parent!

Last but not least, is the to-do list.

Everyday, especially that first week, you will get all

kinds of reminders, and last minute ones at that!

It's extremely helpful when you get last minute transportation changes,

things to do for the office, and just info that you need to

make sure that you don't forget!

and here for the To-Do List, or click on any of the pictures above!

Talk to you later!