Since I have a rather large affinity for Valentines Day, I wanted to do something special for the teachers I work with. A teacher friend and I decided to make some homemade goodies, but probably not the kind you are thinking of…
These are easy to make, but it is quite a messy project. To begin you need beeswax (I like pellets), coconut oil, shea butter, and Young Living peppermint essential oil.
1.Place equal parts shea butter, coconut oil and beeswax pellets in a glass jar. I start with a tablespoon of each.
I like to use an old glass jar to melt the ingredients so that I don’t have to worry about cleaning wax off of my dishes.
2. I boil water in a small pot, reduce the heat to low, and then place the glass jar in the water like a double boiler.
3. After all of the ingredients have been completely melted, I take the jar off of the heat and wait about a minute.
4. Then I put peppermint oil in the mixture. I use 15-20 drops of oil. Mix the ingredients. I just slosh the mixture around a bit in the jar to mix the oil.
5. Now, you must act fast. Have your lip balm containers already standing upright with the lids off before your mixture is melted so that way you can just pour the mixture straight into the containers from the jar.
Now a list of where I purchased my ingredients:
beeswax pellets– abundanthealth4u.com
Coconut oil–Kroger (Wal-Mart sells this too)
Peppermint essential oil–Young Living (I use Young Living because it is safe for internal use.) (My Young Living sponsor and enroller number are 2600343.)
By the way if you need to do any cleanup, realize that you will do better by using a dry towel to wipe off excess wax. Water and the wax repel one another and do not help the cleaning process. I go through many paper towels in the clean up process.
We also made everyone cute little homemade peppermint mints in a small tin (sorry no pictures). I got the tins from Amazon. These were easier to make than I expected. I just bought a bag of xylitol from Whole Foods. All you do is melt it down (no water at all). You just put it in a small pot and stir on low temperature as it melts. Then you take it off of the heat and let it cool down just a bit for a few minutes before it turns back to a solid. Stir in the peppermint essential oil. I used 15-20 drops for a cup of xylitol. Then you place parchment paper on a baking sheet and pour the mixture onto the paper. Let it dry overnight. Then when it has hardened and is dry, just break it with your fingers into small pieces. I followed the recipe here.
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I am going to share a little secret with you about something I have been using for myself and plan on using this year at school. I have started using essential oils in a diffuser when I am working at my home computer. I have found that using two drops of peppermint, two drops of lavender, and two drops of lemon in my ultra sonic bamboo diffuser with these oils helps me focus, helps me stay alert if I’m working late at night, and helps lift my spirits. In other words when I diffuse these three, I just feel happier :D. See my happy face!
I am planning on taking it to school this year to diffuse in my room. I have even been thinking of buying another one so I can have one at work and at home. Not only that, but I have a close friend who took hers to school last year and diffused lemon on a daily basis to help her students focus during instruction. Another great benefit of using a diffuser at school….if you use the Thieves blend of essential oils, it promotes cleaner air, which is especially needed during those winter months. As if, ALL teachers haven’t already spent a small fortune on using hand-sani! This would be another way to support the prevention of germy surfaces!
Here is my diffuser in action with my favorite three oils. As you can see it sits in my office in front of my gargantuan printer. This model is my favorite that Young Living sells because it has a one or four hour timer so you can choose how long to diffuse.
If you want to order an ultra sonic diffuser and oils like mine, the best value is to buy a starter kit here. If you decide to buy some be sure to use my enroller and sponsor number 2600343. I would really appreciate it! Happy calm school year!
I wanted to share a few of my favorite things about Family Math Night. So here they are…
I saw this idea on Pinterest, admittedly, but I really wanted a LARGE 100 sign that parents and children had to walk through that had 100 on it. The wonderful art teacher helped me out tremendously by making a huge sign with 100 on it. She made the numbers separately because we obviously didn’t have paper large enough to write the whole 100 on. She made one of the 0’s a bit larger so that people could easily pass through it into the cafeteria and gym where our event was held.
We had a 100th day of school photo booth. One of our teachers had some already made up props with little lips, mustaches, and beards. Our kind art teacher helped me with the signage for the booth. Because we didn’t have the man power to take pictures and distribute them the same night, we just allowed parents or whoever to take pictures with their smart phones as they passed by.
After the fact, I wish I had put some colored paper behind the sign. That way there would have been a prettier background for short children!
The two girls in the picture above were some of the cutest dressed for the 100th day. One had on 100 hearts and the other had 100 kisses neatly done with lipstick!
Next, because Reflex Math is now on computer and iPad, we had a booth to showcase the ease of using this to learn math facts. Anytime we have technology set up, this tends to be a popular table.
This was my favorite game of the evening, the +10, -10, +1, -1 life sized 100’s chart game. Students stand on this and a large foamy die is rolled. Students stand on the numbers and move according to the number which the die lands on. If students bump into each other then the one who is bumped into is out.
The chart is made from duct tape and a large tarp. You can make cards on the computer for the chart, too, that will fit perfectly in the squares. However, we didn’t want children walking on these for the game with their shoes on, so index cards and packing tape were used to attach the cards for this game.
Finally, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this die which I found at Mardel (one of our educational stores). The dice has clear plastic pockets so you could change out whatever you wanted to put on the die. It could be used for literacy, for normal numbers, dots, math facts, you name it!!
You may also like to read about past years’ math nights:
So I am wearing my Pi Day shirt at school! I really hadn’t thought of needing a Pi Day shirt and this sweet teacher made me one! Along with the shirt she gave me a sweet note. She knew testing weeks are stressful, so she thought of me. I am wearing it tomorrow to celebrate! Here is the sweet note she wrote me…
and the shirt (in my favorite color too!)…
Tomorrow, I am having this informational video for kids broadcast so at least the kids have some idea about Pi Day even at the elementary age…
Well, I have been scurrying around like a squirrel hiding nuts (and maybe going nuts) these last few days getting ready for our Family Math Night. I usually plan this as close as I can to our 100th day of school, which happens to be this Thursday! While getting ready for this event, I have thought about a game I recently made, which first grade really enjoyed! This game is called Bubble Gum Pop and is centered around adding and subtracting 10’s and 1’s on the hundreds chart. The game is already differentiated and would be wonderful as a take home game for parents to enjoy with their children! There is very little prep to this game other than gathering some game pawns and deciding which way you want to use to make a spinner. There is even an extra engagement factor if you decide to use real bubble gum (flat pieces) for game pawns!
Here is the fun spinner! Kids place five pawns on the board to start with (scroll farther to see the board). Then they move those pawns down one square if they land on +10, up one square if they land on -10, to the right one square if they land on +1, and to the left one square if they land on -1. If students land on the wild space they can move their pawn anywhere on the board.
If students bump into one another, then they automatically knock the other pawn out. Also, if students land outside the perimeter of the chart, their opponent is out. The object of the game is to knock your opponent’s game pawns off of the board. Below you can see a sample game in action.
Here is a look at the game board.
I will be posting pictures of our Family Math Night soon if you are still needing ideas to help plan yours.
The weeks that precede testing tend to be the most stressful at school for teachers. Because I see the frantic looks everywhere, I thought I would put a little cheer in everyone’s mailbox. I put one little “happy” in each teacher’s mailbox during the middle of the weeks before testing. One of the teachers called them “little happies” so now that is what they are!
In case you want to cheer some teachers nearby…I am providing the documents I used. They are editable so you can change the wording a bit if you want! Just click on the link below the pictures to download the file.
Here are a few costumes from some of the kids for the hundredth day of school…I thought you would enjoy a look at the creativity! You may even get an idea for your costume!
Lots of kids used 100 hearts since Valentine’s Day is soon…
100 candy conversation hearts…
Paper hearts counting by 1’s…
Paper hearts counting by 10’s…
Up close picture of the paper hearts above…
100 puzzle pieces…
100 puff balls…
100 tally marks…
100 eye balls…
50 groups of 2 = 100
Two kids dressed alike with eyeballs that made mathematical equations…
100 years old…
Math facts with answers that add up to 100 on the front and back…very clever!
Happy 100th Day!
I already had created my Masked Mathemagician character who comes for a visit at unsuspecting times at school…but I added a little to her this year :).
I had to figure out a way to make the costume include 100 items. So what did I do? I wrote 100 100’s on the back of my Mathemagician cape! To make the plastic tablecloth cape, I found directions on some blogs here and here. Then I started cutting freehanded. When I bought the plastic table cloth, it was so large that if I messed up there was plenty left to try cutting the shape again. The first time worked though. I used two small sticky velcro pieces to attach the pieces around the neck. Here is the best picture of the cape from the back. I know my hair looks a mess from the back :o…I had to hide it in a bun to pull off the whole Mathemagician effect!
It took me forever to make the logo for my Masked Mathemagician Emblem in case you want to use my idea at your own school you can download the emblem by clicking the link.
I placed the sign above at the bottom of my cape. I told the kids that if they figured out the answer they could win a prize!
I will be posting more 100th day fun soon…come back to see!