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Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Today is like going to the refrigerator and using up all your leftovers because I’m going to share a few “leftover” ideas.

Fund Raiser
The school where a friend’s daughter goes in Charleston did this fund raiser last Saturday.  For $10, parents could drop their kids off at the school for six hours of babysitting.  They served the kids pizza, had a movie, had games, played outside, etc.  Talk about a win/win!!  The kids had a BLAST being with their friends and PLAYING and the parents had time to do their shopping and errands.

Game Day
Margaret Carabba and Alison Power from New Jersey have GAME DAY every Friday afternoon.  They set up stations with different games and then rotate the children through centers every 15 minutes.  They invite parents to come help play the games, which is a great idea for the parents and the teachers.  (Or if you didn’t have parents that could help you might get a few 5th or 6th graders to come to your classroom.)  Alison and Margaret relate games to standards.  Just think of all the math skills, oral language, social skills, etc. children can develop with games.
*With cold and gloomy January and February coming up, I think this would be a super way to end each week.

Upside Down Drawing
Lesley Falgiano of Vernon, NJ, shared this creative idea.  Tape a piece of paper under each child’s chair.  The children lay on their backs under the chair and color a picture.  Lesley said the children will be exhausted by the time they are finished and they will have used lots of different muscles in their bodies.

Push the Wall
To build upper body strength while the children are waiting in line for lunch, PE, or whatever, have them put their hands on the wall and try to push it away.  It's almost as good as doing push ups!

Flashlight Tracking
Turn off the lights and let children use a flashlight to track print.  For example, they could point to the letters of the alphabet as they sing or they could read word wall words or a chart.