Open House

Tonight we had Open House at school and oh my word I'm EXHAUSTED!  Oh well, it's nothing that a glass of Riesling and a slice of double chocolate banana bread can't cure.  SO DELICIOUS.

Anyway, here's the deal with Open House.  At our school it's a pretty casual event where parents can drop in, tour the classroom and see what we have been up to for the last week and a half.  I love this format because it's a little less stressful on us.  However, it can get a little awkward when you are trying to talk to 10 parents at once while making sure that little brothers and sisters aren't completely trashing the classroom.  I found this fabulous activity on Deanna Jump's blog, and thought it would be perfect for tonight.  First, it motivated the kids to come because they got to give it to their parents as a gift.  Second, it gave them a little activity to do so that I could circulate and talk to everyone.  Fabulous!
 The kids broke the puzzle apart, put it in a ziploc bag and signed their name on the super sweet poem.  Love it!  The best deal on puzzles that I could find was from Amazon.
 I found these super cute bookmarks to give to the parents {HERE}.  Somehow I can't find the original blog that posted this, so if you know where I got this please let me know so I can give credit.

Here are the two displays outside of our door.  Remember this adorable owl display that I got this summer?  You can't really tell, but each child's name is written on an owl's belly.  Cute!

Here are the adorable Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees that Ms. C made with the little ones.  Adorable!  More Chicka Chicka Boom Boom coming tomorrow.  In the meantime, HERE's what we did last year.

I am super paranoid about the "big kids" unclipping our work so I made this little sign to remind them to be respectful.

Sweet dreams!

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