I always have "Hot Cocoa and Poetry" on Fridays in January. The weather hasn't been the most ideal for this activity. I should probably change the title to "Chocolate Milk and Poetry" and serve ice cold chocolate milk. Anyway, the kids bring a coffee mug and instant hot chocolate packets. I provide the hot water. They get to drink their "hot cocoa" while I read kid friendly poetry to them. We read from poets such as Shel Silverstein and Jack Pruletsky. The kids enjoy this time. Tomorrow I have a treat for them. It is our final session and each student is going to receive a little snowman. I found the idea on Pinterest and was originally posted by Becca at Blue Cricket Design. These should survive the Texas heat. Inside...mini marshmallows for their hot cocoa. Maybe I can convince my principal to turn the AC waaaaaaay down in the morning. Ha!
I wanted my students to come back to a fresh new classroom that looked like it was ready for a fresh new start. Over the holidays I made this winter themed mesh wreath. I used a pipe insulator as the frame as seen on Pinterest. But....it didn't hold it's shape very well. Once I take it down to store it for the summer, I will wire it to a regular wire wreath frame. They aren't very expensive. Less than $3.00 for the size I use for school. It was a good idea, but didn't turn out the way I had hoped. I got the mittens at WalMart a few days after Christmas on clearance. They are actually plastic ornaments and worked out perfectly for my winter wreath. I don't have to worry about them breaking when I pack the wreath away.
I saw these adorable "New Years Kids" by Glyph Girls on Pinterest and just had to give them a try. The kids had fun making them and they were soooooo cute. It was fun reading what the kids' new years resolutions were. One little guy wants to be better at building legos. You go, Clayton!!