The “Friday Fairy” used to come to my room every week and nobody complained. The children LOVED the Friday Fairy because she left a little penny candy in their desk while they were at lunch. (I invited a 5th or 6th grade student to sneak in my room and distribute the goodies while we were out of the room.)
See what I mean? You’d probably get in a lot of trouble for doing that now. However, there are other things you can do to make Friday a special day. And, after the children have worked hard all week it’s nice to end on a happy note. Here are some other ideas for Fabulous Friday:
Now, wouldn’t that be fun? 30 minutes of unstructured play outside. (One teacher said she did this and her kids asked her, “What should I do?” Sad!)
Dancing with the Stars
Play music and let the children dance.
Take off your shoes
I know this sounds stupid, but my kids thought this was the great fun.
Invite a different parent each week to come in and cook.
Do Your Own Thing
Children get to read, draw, talk…
My friend Gina from Michigan shared this idea:
We have "mystery reader" on Friday. Parents sign up using a google.doc so the kids do not have any idea who is coming in. We wait very quietly with the lights out and when the door is open someone is very surprised. The parents can bring a "souvenir" to help the child retell the story at home but this is not expected. The kids absolutely LOVE this!
Barbara from The Corner on Character Blog had some other suggestions to make Friday special:Tiptoe tag time
Paper airplane time
Funny Face time
Drum line using pencils
Quiet art time
Extra library - kids LOVE this!
Work with play-doh
Wiki Sticks time
Nature Center time
Make a puppet
American Idol Sing-along time
Come on! Let's make every day Friday!