Friday, December 24, 2010

Candy Canes, Warm Scarves, Handprint Gifts and Special Friends

I can't say enough about all of the wonderful help that our classroom receives from others.  Not only do we have some fantastic parents but we also have middle school peer mentors, a sweet volunteer from our neighboring church and "alumni" that come over to help.  What a blessing to be thankful for this Christmas.
Kionna, a middle school peer mentor that has been helping in my room since she was a fourth grader!

Kennedy, also a peer mentor, who is my right hand in the afternoon when sanity is quickly draining!

Brittney and a friend from Fourth Grade. 
 Brittney was in my very first Kindergarten Class at Providence! 

My oldest daughter, Shanley, home from college on Christmas Break coming to help with Handprint Santas. 
With her is another alum, Raven, from my class last year.

Christine and Morgan lend a helping hand with last minute projects!

Mrs. Lawson is in her second year coming to read to my students.  They LOVE their time with her and I am so thankful to have her help.  She instills a love of reading in the children.  What a gift.

Alright, for next year, you might want to keep these projects in mind.  Maisha Booker made these fleece scarves for her students as her Christmas gift to them.  I love it!  So clever and she said they were very simple. 
Ms. Booker recommends using about 2 1/2 yards of fleece for app. 20 students.  She just cut them into strips and knotted the ends.

They turned out great and her children were adorable wearing their new scarves the next day at school!

Ms. Booker and her students made these Christmas Tree pot holders as their parent gift.  I love how colorful they are and you can't go wrong with the children's hand prints!
This was a Christmas scrapbook page that I framed as a thank you to my Parent Volunteers. 

Next is a Holiday Counting Book that Ms. Booker made with her class.

I used this Christmas Tree pattern page from Deanna Jump's Santa unit on our last day.  We patterned with Skittles.

We also practiced positional patterning with candy canes.

This idea and the worksheet came from April Larremore's unit
on The Polar Express.

Diligently writing the AB pattern down!

Enjoying that last candy cane!

I thought that I would share with you a Christmas photo from waaaaaay back of some of my sweetest friends.  On the far left you will see my friend, Suzan, from Krazy for Kindergarten!  Good times...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!