Thursday, April 16, 2015


It’s April 16th and it’s National High Five Day! Start the day by greeting each other with a high five. 
Teach children how to give themselves a “high five” for a job well done. Hold up both palms facing each other in front of your chest. Pretend to wave with one hand. “Hi 5!” Get it?

Pat on the Back
Trace around each child’s hand on construction paper and let them cut it out. Write a positive comment about each child on the hand and tape it to their back at the end of the day. Parents will be proud when they see their child’s “pat on the back.”

Pickle Tickle Partner Game

Up high. (Give a high five up in the air.)
Down low. (High five down by knees.)
Cut the pickle. (One child touches fingertips horizontally as the other child pretends to slice in between.)
Give a tickle. (Gently tickle each other.)

High Five to Martha Tavarez
Oh, how I loved the teachers in El Paso that I met last week at their Great Beginnings Conference! Martha Tavarez, a kindergarten teacher at Barron Elementary, told me about a book that she made with her class called “How to Cheer Up a Friend.” She sent the book to Scholastic and she’s a finalist for the prize given for the best book created by children for children. Good luck!!!

Here’s a link so you can find out more about “Kids Are Authors.”