In this particular cupboard, she found an excess of coffee cups. Strangely enough this teacher is a non coffee drinking teacher. Don't get me wrong, she loves a good cup of hot chocolate in the middle of the cold Michigan winters, and occasionally she'll have a spot of tea when she's feeling a little sick. But she certainly had no need to have all these wonderful cups.
She kept 4 that matched with a snowman theme and 4 more that matched her dishes, but what should she do with the rest? She could keep them all because of the sentimental value of receiving them from well loved students. And she hated to throw things away. . . after all she was a teacher who scavenged many things and packed them away like a pack rat.
She thought and thought and figured there must be someplace they would be loved more than at her home. Would a nursing home need them? How about a church where many gather to have a cup of joe together? Maybe the Bingo Hall? But no, those places are filled with the exloved cups of other wonderful people. Could they be used as Christmas ornaments to hang on the trees? Could they become bird baths for birds who are overheating this summer?
Is the trash the best place for them? Or giving them to Goodwill? Can you make a craft out of them? Is there such a place as Coffee Cup Heaven that they could go to?
What do YOU do with your excess cups? I'm sure this teacher isn't the only one who gets a boat load of them. Please share and maybe someone out there has a great idea for all of us.
Maribel Sheehan from Learning in Wonderland has a great activity that I have previewed and totally fell in love with. I think you will too!
It's a Morning Work set of activities that would be super for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students (maybe evne some of your higher 1st graders) and is good even if you do math in the afternoon! These are math activities that will allow your students to practice many areas over and over until they get it really absorbed into their brains.
So click on over to her blog and check this out. It's well worth your hopping abilities. While you're there, click to follow her. . . she is at 95 followers and would be so happy (you remember the feeling!) to get to 100!