MLK Jr. ideas

Friday, December 30, 2016
Don't hate me friends, but I'm looking ahead to January and thinking about what I'm teaching this month.  I hope you have all had a wonderful Winter Break and are (somewhat) ready to go back.  I thought I would compile some fun MLK Jr. ideas for you since that is a topic that will be coming up very soon once we hit the ground running.

This fun craftivity is one that my team partner in first and I did for years together.  I love the unity it declares right when you look at it.  The children learn all about MLK and then write about him.  The paper is just folded to meet in the middle and the written paper is glued down.  Then the top paper is where you have your students 
( ideally with a parent helper ) place their painted hands on it so the fingers overlap in the 2 colors.  This is always a favorite and looks great as a display for your hallways.

Another one the kids always enjoy doing and they are always so proud of their work is a MLK Jr. directed drawing, I always have them write words that remind them of him or character traits around him as well.

My pack has lots of great hands on activities and printables.

Another fun part of this pack is a craft that would make a fun display.

What are some fun things you like to do to honor MLK Jr.'s memory?


sELFless Kindness Challenge

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Happy Wait for it Wednesday my friends!

I have a great group of kids ~ but let's face it, it's December and we are all a little  lot tired!  Today was especially rough for some reason, maybe because we are having SNOW delivered tomorrow and having a Polar Express Night at our school and we live in Southern California I don't know...haha. ( love our PTA )
But anywho I was thinking about the 3 weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas and what I could do to make it meaningful for my students.  I thought about our elf and thought we could focus on kindness and being selfless.  So the idea was born and I worked on a fun pack.  Well I've been using it now since we've been back and it's been fun and beneficial for my students.  I think it's so important to focus on giving rather than receiving and I knew this pack would do the trick for changing their mindset.  If we 'spy' a child doing a sELFless act they can earn a sELFless gram or choose a shining bright gram to hang up.  Our wall is filling up fast!

You can hear more about it by watching my video explaining it and how to use it in your classroom:

If you want to try this out in your own classroom, click picture.
random  acts of kindness ideas and activities

My helper of the day picks out of our Mason Jar of kindness and reads what kindness act we are going to be focusing on each day.  I've really seen a difference in their hearts and actions since I started this over a week ago.  If you want to check it out watch the video or click ( here )  Hang in there just about a week and a half until break!


More Elf Fun

Monday, December 5, 2016
Little Snowflake our elf has been quite BUSY lately.  Every morning the kids CANNOT wait to see where she is and what she's up to.  Here is what she has been doing for the last week.

Today we found Snowflake making snow angels on our hallway counter and she brought in a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.

Roasting marshmallows by the candle... by the way - if they  moved their clip up to Super they got 1 marshmallow from Snowflake.

Hanging from a stocking on the TV

My personal favorite - hanging with our objectives/targets.  She had her own...smiling.  I wish standards were that easy sometimes. :oD

YummY!! Snowflake just loves Walmart's maple syrup.  We couldn't figure out how she drank from it all day long and it never got lower in the bottle. { wink, wink }

Snowball fight!!!!   (with the other friends from our class library.)