Happy Saturday! We are going to a wedding later. At the beach. I will probably freeze in my dress, but that’s what my husband’s suit jacket is for. Actually, I don’t even know if we’ll be outside. I just know we can’t park at the wedding venue and have to catch a shuttle. It should be fun . . . but is it bad for me to say I wish I could stay home all day?
Are you ready for the Open House Picture Palooza?
It was a big success – I love Open House because the parents tell me how much they love me and are going to miss me everyone is so happy and the kids get to show off all their hard work.
Here’s the run down in pics.
Before the craziness started.
Students wrote about how pioneers worked hard
to provide for their families.
I totally copied my teammate’s bulletin board.
That’s our Class Bear. He dressed up for the event.
Self explanatory. Except for the part where I could not bring myself to put it together. I was the last one on the team to do it. For some reason, it totally intimidated me. Each of one us did ours differently. Although, I am such a copycat because I copied the ribbons from a teammie.
I do not have an original bone in my body.
The door. I have said before that we do not have hallways. So our school (primary, especially) decorates the door
with a poster and cut outs.
Students wrote about one room houses. My kids were obsessed with outhouses because I told them about how my mom lived on a farm when she was little . . . and had an outhouse.
And one time, she went into the outhouse and there was a snake coiled around the hole in the ground.
Almost every piece of their writing mentioned that houses did not have bathrooms. And that the outhouses were DANGEROUS.
aka Dinner For A Lot Of My Families
Logs and Rolos. Not because the rolos made sense.
But because I love rolos.
Trail Mix and Creek Water.
My kids kept asking if it was really creek water. Yes, I told them. My hubby drove up to the mountains and got it for us. They fell for it. One believed it so much that she wouldn’t even try it. It was a hit. I ran out of cups. I had 100 and I ran out. ONE HUNDRED. I had to dig around in some cupboards to come up with some more.
Students wrote about transportation from long ago.
Just a bunch of pictures through the year. Mostly fun stuff like the 100th Day, Teddy Bear Day, Read Across America, Jump Rope for Heart, Lunch in the Classroom, etc. It looks like all we ever did was party with crowns on our heads.
I had Swedish fish in the jar (pioneers had to fish, you know) and the families got to make an estimate. When I announced the winner on Friday morning, one of my girls cried. CRIED. Because she didn’t win. Come on! Seriously? I almost didn’t have time for it. I almost rolled my eyes. I almost said, “You have got to be kidding me.” Instead, I cried a little myself. I believe I was tired.
First Graders as Pioneer People. They were in all four of my windows. So cute! THO CUTE!
This was what the students’ desks looked like.
That’s a paper bag person of a student. 🙂
I wrote special notes to my kiddos on each balloon tag.
The cover of our Pioneer Art and Writing Scrapbook.
Last one. Thanks for hanging in there.
The only thing I didn’t get a picture of were the Shoppers. Shoppers are the kinder parents looking for the perfect first grade teacher. They can tell just by meeting us, apparently. The worst is when they tell me that their child is a genius and then ask me how me I plan on challenging their child.
Let’s go over this.
First, I am not your child’s teacher.
Second, I don’t want to be your child’s teacher.
Third, say what?
So. Another successful Open House! It will be a lot easier next year now that I sort of know what I’m doing with this theme. I do miss Habitats a little. A take home project for that theme was creating a mobile of a habitat. They just looked so fantastic hanging from the ceiling because they were three dimensional and colorful and different heights. This year, our take home project was a Wanted Poster. It was still cute and still hung from the ceiling, but it just lacked something. In my opinion. Although, everyone commented on them and they seemed to be a hit.
On Friday, we went on our traditional Walk Through Tour. The whole school gets in a parade and we snake in and out of everyone’s rooms. It takes about an hour to go through all of the classrooms. It is so much fun. The kids get so excited to see their old kinder rooms and then so fascinated by the humongous desks and chairs in the upper grade rooms. They like to see sibling rooms, too. I love it! Except for the part where I have to say, “Don’t touch!” four thousand three hundred six times.
One of the second grade teachers does a Disneyland theme for her Open House. A take home project is to recreate a Disneyland ride to show Force in Motion or something like that. It’s a Science standard or some such thing. At any rate, I couldn’t get my kids out of that room. It was like they were IN Disneyland. Now they “can’t wait to go to second grade to learn all about Disneyland.” That’s a direct quote.
Well, I better start getting ready for this wedding . . . sigh.
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