Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Getting Ready for the Holidays

Getting ready for the holidays means many things in our classroom. We are making parent gifts, having guest readers, and enjoying our holiday party with a pizza lunch.

It also includes our class book exchange. Each child is asked to send in one inexpensive book already wrapped. The kids get in a circle and the books are put in the middle. Then I call one child at a time by his/her class number to choose a book out of the pile. No one is allowed to open the book until all children have one in hand. On the count of three - paper was flying everywhere.

There are two rules to our book exchange: 1. You can't choose the book you brought in 2. Be grateful for the book you receive whether you like it or not. For children who are unable to send in a book for any reason, I have extra books I wrap to add to the pile. This way every child walks away with a book! This year is was a great success and the kids were excited for their new books.

Check out the rest of our holiday photos:

Friday, December 14, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Our Great Joy

Here are some of our favorite parts to our book of the month...

My favorite part about Great Joy was when Frances creeped down to the living room.

Great Joy
I love when she looked at the person with the monkey.

Great Joy
My favorite part is when Frances said behold. This is at the end of the story.

My favorite part was when Frances looked out the window. She saw the man and the monkey outside the window.

When Frances put the the coin in the monkey cup.

When Frances mom sewed Frances costume for the play. Frances was finished. Now she was ready.

Saturday, December 8, 2007