Uh.... Happy Thanksgiving? Somehow, November went by so fast. Before I knew it, it was over and I hadn't posted my Thanksgiving background. Nothing super fancy, I just found a few Thanksgiving VIPKID characters I liked and printed them out.
It was also hard making crafts that month because my printer had decided to malfunction. I've gotten a new printer that I like MUCH better. The leaves are from another crafting site. I've used this template for my Fall Leaf Banner. Click here to go to that post for the link to the template.
I also remembered why you don't use yellow paper on a yellow background (see photo on the right). You can hardly see them! No worries, I had enough leaves to fill the space.
Since my last post, I've also changed how I light my classroom, I really like it! Plus it saves energy. I bought two selfie lights and use a lamp to fill in the background. It looks especially nice in my Christmas background photo below. #nofilter
Here is my Christmas background! Shout out to Teacher Sara who created this Christmas tree! I don't know who doesn't love this tree. I was looking through the Christmas Background some of you shared on the Hutong and so many of you used it. It is pretty great. The photo on the left is my first draft. I looked at it from my screen after the first day and decided I needed a little more. So up came Elf Meg and Elf Mike. Then I added my presents.
I've honestly become a little lazy with my rewards, my go-to is now Find the Star. I have so many new kids that it doesn't even matter. The kids have fun with it and it's so easy to make sure you're pacing is still on track. But this present reward is something I created for my Super-beginners. The ones who can't count in English yet and know very little English. I have them up on my background everyday as decoration, so my higher level students have no idea there's stuff behind them (ha-ha!).
Hopefully the photo is self-explanatory. I have the printout of the present and a printout of the gift inside. I wanted things that were generally gender neutral. I've chosen a dog, panda, puzzle, beach ball, and a bike. When it's time for them to earn a star, I pull a present off the wall and reveal what it is (in this case, the dog). The little ones like it because for some of these items they already know what the words are. Then I place the gift (in this case, the dog) back on my background and put the printout of the present on my desk. The gift (the dog) has the velcro, not the printout of the present.
Merry Christmas VIPKID teachers! Have a wonderful holiday! Good luck on the Winter Bonanza! Please Contact Me if you'd like a copy of the present reward I made. For legal purposes, I can't have it posted on my site. Just promise it'll be for personal use.
Hello! My name is Char. Thank you for visiting my blog, CallCrafts. I am a wife and mother who LOVES to make things. Read tutorials on crafts I've created to decorate my home, for parties, and more! Read more about me in My Story.