I couldn’t be happier that Halloween falls on a Friday this year. And that the Friday it’s falling on happens to be a minimum day. If that’s not a treat for me, I don’t know what is.
Well, that’s not entirely true because a Heath bar or a Take Five would definitely be a treat. But you know what I mean.
And you deserve a treat, too!
I’ve gotten together with my Freebielicious girls to bring you some Tips and Treats.
I have wracked my brain trying to think of a tip to share with you that I haven’t shared before. Let me tell you, it hurt.
Now, in the interest of being completely honest, I thought of a great tip. But I don’t have a picture of it in my class. I didn’t think ahead and I left school at a decent hour on Friday for a little date night with Steve and that was that.
So you will have to put your thinking caps on and do a little visualizing.
I use Gigantic Rubber Bands to keep my desks together.
I know. I’m brilliant. Except it wasn’t my idea. That’s neither here nor there.
I don’t have tables. It has never been an option for me to actually have tables. We have desks and that’s all. Our kinder teachers have tables and that’s all. Like I said, that’s all.
So I have five table groups with six desks at each (and now I have a group of seven, but let’s not talk about the oddness of that) and the desks had a tendency to move.
It drove me bonkers.
The kids would lean, push, pull, shove, squish, and whatever else to the desks while they were talking, working, playing, writing, and whatever else.
I just couldn’t stand how the desks would be crooked or how the entire table group would all of a sudden be completely off center.
Because you know I measured.
I also couldn’t handle it if there were cracks between the desks.
SAY NO TO CRACK is what I always say. Really. I say that.
Thanks to my friend, Christina at Mrs. Winter’s Bliss, (giving credit where credit is due!!) I now use these Enormous Rubber Bands from Staples. And I rubber band the desks together!
It really cuts down on all of the desk movement. Occasionally, the kids will try to separate their desk from the desk next to them, but the rubber band restricts that. And then, if I see a crack, I shout out “SAY NO TO CRACK!” And they push the desks back together.
Like I said, I wracked my brain for this tip.
And now for your treat!
It’s a freebie from my Just Fold! Mini Books November edition that isn’t even out yet!
You get all four versions (trace the sight word, trace the sentence, fill in the missing word, and write your own story). And, the best part?
No collating, no stapling! Just fold. At the beginning of the year, I usually have an upper grade student do the folding for me, but as the year progresses, my kids can do it themselves.
This little book was one of my faves. The turkey is hiding because . . . well, you know. A turkey sandwich with cheese is pretty darn delicious. Sorry Mr. Turkey.
I hope you can use it!
Hop along to the next Freebielicious friend to see what their
Trick & Treat is!