Happy Saturday! Today, the hubs and I are pretending it’s Valentine’s Day. He is making me a yummy dinner of vodka pasta and bruschetta later on tonight! DEE-LISH. Last night, he took me to see The Vow. We loved it. Now we’re comparing our love to theirs. And we’ve decided that I totally look like Rachel McAdams and he is practically Channing Tatum’s twin! The resemblance is uncanny! Minus the amnesia, that is totally our story! And people, if I woke up and didn’t know that Channing Tatum was my husband and then he told me that, in fact, he was my husband, I wouldn’t argue with him. Let’s go home, honey!
We have been learning about all kinds of bears in Science and we just had Teddy Bear Day to wrap it all up. I mean, why not? We had the 100th Day and then Valentine’s Day and then nothing. So let’s do SOMETHING. I can’t just have a normal week. What would I do with myself?
Thanks to my friend, Christina, for this wonderful idea: we paint T-shirts for the kids to wear on Teddy Bear day.
Here’s the tricky part. I need parent volunteers to help me with this and I prefer that they come in during the morning with the hopes of finishing up by lunch time. My partner and I were in a bit of a disagreement. I was all for just DOING IT and asking for forgiveness later. She was of the mind that we should ask permission.
Yes, to paint T-shirts.
What a dilemma. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
What with our HOLIER THAN THOU TWO AND A HALF LANGUAGE ARTS BLOCK THAT SHALT NOT BE INTERRUPTED, we were worried about parent volunteers pulling our little cherubs to paint a gosh darn t-shirt, especially with the threat of the Curriculum Cops on the scene. Because I don’t know about you, but we simply have nothing else to worry about.
So I gave in to my partner and sent a
kiss-butt ridiculous nice email, asking if we could do this.
We’re the best first grade teachers ever. OF COURSE we can do this. They TRUST us.
I’m shaking my head as I write this. But anywho — here’s how it went down.
I supply all of the fabric paint and ask the students to bring in their own shirts. Every year, I have one or two generous families who contribute extras so that I always have t-shirts for those who may forget or don’t have the resources.
I had three volunteers come in on Day 1 to pull my kids and guide them through the first part.
We only had one mishap. And it could be because the parent volunteer has four daughters and no experience with boys (so she says). Or it could be because new boy wanted to introduce himself to you guys. In an illustration. Just so you could see. Because I had 28 T-shirts with bright, yellow, happy suns. And then new boy painted this: