Friday, December 16, 2011

One half day left...

I think I can, I think I can,...  We have only one half day left tomorrow and then we are officially on CHRISTMAS vacation. 

We had our party today and it was lots of fun.  We had 4 stations:

Santa strawberriesWe made Santa strawberries

and brownie Christmas trees

tissue paper light up Christmas tree craftand tissue paper Christmas trees (when you hold these up/tape them onto the window, the light shines through the tissue paper and "lights" the tree).

We did also play a version of the dreidel game (because we ran out of time when we taught Hanukkah and I needed another station). 

I have to say that I have the best moms this year.  Anything I need, they send in.  One sent me a message on Facebook Wednesday night asking if I needed any last minute items for the party.  I'm sure glad she did, because I hadn't gotten any mini M&M's for our brownie trees.  I even had one mom make all the brownie trees, sent in candy canes for the trunks, and even made each child individual piping bags of frosting with little decorator tips on them!  Sorry, I know you may not really care to hear about my wonderful pack of parents this year, but after last year (yep, it was one of THOSE years), I just have to enjoy it.  I think I'll try to retain all of the kids so I can have them again next year, lol!

Anyhoo, we also did our class gift exchange today.  The kids had a blast!!!  Not everyone brought a gift, but with a class exchange, that's okay.  No tears because the kids knew that even though they didn't get to open a gift, they still get to play with it.  We got such great presents for our class today.  We got lots of coloring books, crayons, markers, and colored pencils.  We also got the Headbandz game, an I Spy 3-D game, an I Spy Memory game, Jenga, stickers, pencils, glue, construction paper, and some puzzles.  If you've never done a class gift exchange, you really need to try it (especially in today's world where we don't always have the money for those extra "fun" things for the kids to play with).  Our inside recess days will be so much more fun now! 

Tonight, my own kids made their gifts for their teachers.  I wanted to give them something that was made by the kids and was personalized to each teacher.  So we made clipboards for each one.  This was really hard for me as I have control issues...'nough said.  Well, this is what they came up with:
My kindergarten son decided to paint ladybugs since that is his teacher's theme in her room this year.

My son and daughter collaborated on this one.  For their gifted teacher, they decided to do a Mondrian clipboard (they've been doing a study of artists this quarter, so they wanted to choose one to represent).

Finally, my 5th grade daughter decided on polka dots for her teacher.  I still have to seal them, but they didn't turn out too badly!

I have to say thank you to Rebecca at Teaching First and Amy over at Krazy About Kiddos for nominating me for the Liebster Award!

The goal of this award is to spotlight up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers.
Kind of awesome!
The rules are:

{1} Copy and paste the award on your blog.

{2} Thank the giver and link back to them.
3} Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.

Thanks, guys for nominating me! I promise, I will do #3 tomorrow (I just can't do it tonight since it's now 12:45 and I can barely keep my eyes open).

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