Friday, December 13, 2013

Naughty or Nice? Christmas Mice!

Each year my students become pen pals with a first grade class in Lexington, OH.  It was a random pairing one year and the teacher and I clicked and have kept it up ever since!  In addition to writing letters often, we also Skype with them about once every six weeks.  It's a wonderful opportunity for the kids to connect with their pen pals and "see" their new friends.
We exchange gifts at Christmas time via Skype, as well.  This year, we made them Christmas mice because they're so nice!  We can't wait to watch them open their box next week during our next Skype video call.
Click here for the Christmas Mouse template.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Reading Stools (contractor buckets never looked so good!)

It only took me about, ohhhh 9 weeks to accomplish this project! It was one of those ideas on my summer to do list, but it never happened.  One marking period, an amazing room mom, paint, ribbon, and 2 yards of fabric later and the reading stools are born!  My kids LOVE them!  For the past few days, when they've come over to the reading table, I've heard many students comment on how 'comfy' they are.  I'm glad they love them, because they certainly make me smile. :)