Wednesday, December 11, 2013
I love the month of December because it gives my first graders an opportunity to share acts of kindness with others. One way we do this is with our Kindness Tree. On the first day of December I bring in an undecorated tree. The students are usually surprised and baffled by the empty tree and they often want to quickly decorate it. I let them know that we will add one ornament everyday to the tree. The ornament is a plain, white plastic ball. We think of a word that we can write on the ornament that would show kindness. I write the words with a black Sharpie marker and then we hang it on the tree. For example, if our word is smile, we will practice that word all day in the classroom, throughout the school, and at home. We are finding that when we share these kind acts in our classroom, school, and home, we are giving the gift of kindness to others. These gifts don't cost a penny but rather come from the heart and are worth more than we may ever know. The students also begin to realize that as we add each ornament to the tree, the tree grows more beautiful.....just as we do when we share our gifts with others.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
|I found a great big container of Cheese Balls at Sam's Club and I was able to make exactly 25 bags from the one container and that was even after sneaking a few cheese balls for myself!|
|I will carry them to school in my little basket and pass them out right before Spring Break!|
Friday, February 15, 2013
|We had our Valentine's Day celebration today and we did not monkey around when we made our bags to collect our valentines. The students were so proud of themselves as they delivered valentines. I love this day!|
Monday, January 28, 2013
|And finally, colored cups are an awesome management strategy to color code our tables. For years, I taped colored shapes or tags to label each table. Not anymore......cups are a great visual, they can easily be changed, and cups are cheap! Cups can be seen from anywhere in the room and no more peeled off tape. When tables need washed, cups can be removed and returned. So simple! Simple equals sanity in my mind. Have a great week!|
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
|Our calendar area keeps us organized throughout the day. The daily schedule keeps questions of "What are we doing next?" at bay.|
Sunday, January 13, 2013
|We also had a great time making snow globes of our favorite winter activities using plastic plates to add a 3-D look. This activity was Pinterest inspired and a quick classroom favorite!|
Now, I am on the countdown until spring!