Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pick 3 Linky for February

I'm joining with my friends from Pawsitively Teaching, Just Reed, and Inspired Owl's Corner to share my top 3 Valentine Picks. I hope you find something fun for yourself. Be sure to go to their blogs and see many other fun picks from other teachers. 

I'm all about quick and easy. So when you see the things I share, you can be sure that I'm showing you things that don't take a lot of time. Because I KNOW! We don't have an extra 5 hours in our days!

It's Valentine's  Day and you just have to have something Pink, Red, and white.  . . . and Chocolate!

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Don't those look just yummy? I am here to tell you they ARE!

When you click on the picture it will take you to Cooking Classy. The picture shows the same treats, but for the Christmas theme. Do everything the same, just substitute the M&M's for the Valentine colors.

If you are encouraging your students to read (and who isn't?) then maybe a cutsified bookmark will encourage them to read and read and read! These look pretty simple and easy to do. You can make these while you're watching The Bachelor, or a football game, or one of the Housewives shows!

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This is a great idea for any of your kiddos. . .
 preschool, kinders, firsties, or even second graders.

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This cool idea comes from If you go there, you'll find many fun things to do with toilet paper tubes.

So there you have it. My list of fun things to do this month! 
Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Alternative Valentine's Party

I'm sure that your minds are beginning to think about your upcoming Valentine's Day party. I'd like to share with you what we do for our Valentine's Day parties.

First of all the kids are asking all day long, "When is the party? When is the party? Is it time yet? How much longer until the party?" 

Be honest. . . your kids say that too.

Here's something you can plan that will eliminate those questions. 

Have your party in the morning. . . first thing! Right after they arrive. Right after the pledge, attendance, and lunch count. DO IT! Get it over with! Be done!

Here's how. 

You can either plan it with your food service people and order a special breakfast from them. We have had pancakes, or scrambled eggs, or whatever is available. You will have to contact them and plan this ahead of time. That's why I'm telling you now. 

Or you can have families bring food in. Maybe a breakfast casserole, muffins, a pan of scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, regular toast, fruit, juice, or whatever sounds good to your kiddos. Maybe some moms can stick around to help serve it too.

Once breakfast is over you can start the party. . . because, let's face it, the party is what they really want!

We passed out our valentines to the classmates at this time. (our whole school did their parties in the morning, so it was convenient to pass out to other teachers too.) 

Once they are passed out, they can then open them.  Read them. Laugh at them. Blush. Giggle. Scream. Whatever they like to do in your class. 

After that, you are on your own. You can do a craft, a story, an academic activity that is a Valentine Theme. Or you can go back to doing regular work. It's your choice. Your kids might be a bit high, but they will not be asking, "When is the party? How long until the party? Is it time yet?"