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How Kwik Stix saved my sanity



Seriously.
It's the end of the school year and I'm working with about 7% patience.
I'm tired, emotional, and tired.
But I'm still trying to make these last few days count for our kids.
TRYING HARD.

Earlier this year, I went to the Teacher/Blogger retreat in French Lick and received a free set of Kwik Stix solid tempera paint.
At first I was like...ooook Kwik Stix...I'm sure you tried but there's no way this is better than the normal liquid paint we use all the time.
So...I came back and the paint just sat in my supply closet.
For real. It just sat there and I kept telling myself to use it but...never stopped to make an effort to connect painting to a lesson or our learning.
Well, my kids had finally wrapped up our learning around Davis Town, and we've been talking about all of our memories this year when I had a thought.
What if we created a mural to tell others about our year in Kindergarten?
So we spent some time gathering some background knowledge. We watched videos of murals being made. We looked up images online, and listened to artists explain why and how they create murals.

I pulled out two large pieces of butcher paper, split the class into two groups and told led them into discussions about what their murals should be.
Next, each team member grabbed a pencil and began drafting their part of the mural.
Then, I pulled out the Kwik Stix.

OH MY WORD.

First, I was amazed at how quietly they worked on their mural. I mean there was PAINT involved. Why weren't they screaming, dropping paint on the floor, and getting it all over their hands?
These solid sticks of paint meant, ZERO mess. ZERO mess. One more time, ZERO mess.

Ok cool, no mess but I was pretty sure the colors would be meh.
NOPE. The colors were so vibrant! It really brought their mural to life.

Ok, but I'm sure the paper won't dry quick enough and we will just have a wet ripped mess.
NOPE. The paint dries in seconds and doesn't seep through the paper, even after kids go a little cray with the paint.

I mean just look:


See their little hands are all over the paper! And ZERO mess. And look how beautiful their work is!

Listen, I'm not trying to get you to buy all the Kwik Stix in the world....
but go and buy all the Kwik Stix in the world.  Because after you use them, you won't want to ever use anything else again.
They come in neon, metallic and even in a 96 pack! 
The 96 pack is kind of expensive, so add it to your wish list for a later date.

Meet me TpT

I'm not sure if you know this or not, but Teachers Pay Teachers has asked teachers to share 10 facts about them as they celebrate their 10 year anniversary.
I shared my 10 facts on my Instagram and Facebook page, but thought I'd share them here with you.

Meet me TpT

1.  I make all of my tutus by hand. It's quite a process but I have so much fun doing it. 

2.  I am an extrovert and love attention, but new situations are really stressful for me. I don't like the unknown. 

3. I perseverate on things for way too long. "Did I say/do the right thing?"-is a constant inner dialogue. I'm trying to get better at letting go. 

4.   I love teaching kindergarten but I don't want children of my own. 


5.  I was born in Germany and have never been back to see where I was born. It's on my bucket list. 


6.  I am a geek for unicorns, muppets, and Harry Potter. I am unashamed for my geeky love of things that make me happy. 


7.  I can't stand the sound of other people eating. It drives me crazy. 


8.  I am always two steps away from crying. Things that make me really happy or really sad can bring on instant tears. 


9.  I presented for the first time last Tuesday and I was so nervous I had stomach pains for a couple of weeks. Now that it's over I would do it again in a heartbeat even if it meant weeks of stomach pain. 


10.   love being a teacher. It's my heart song. 



Have you shared your 10 facts? Leave a link in the comments so I can learn more about you.