It's Thursday. Which means tomorrow is Friday. I'm raising the roof right now in excitement ;) Our grade level had a field trip scheduled for today. We've been planning it for MONTHS! One of my teammates got a grant for us to go on a super exciting adventure. And then the rain came. When I say rain, I mean RAAAIIIINNN. Lots of it. Buckets and buckets full. Well, when you are going on an outdoor field trip, you kinda need ZERO rain. We had to make the tough call to reschedule it for another day (I'm just sure our new date will be the most beautiful day we've ever seen, right??!!). To ease the grinding and gnashing of teeth from our students we planned a Read-In today. And, it worked! Sure, they were upset that the field trip was rescheduled, but when you get to bring a pillow and blanket to school everything seems to magically get better :)
Well, I don't know about you, but a FULL day of reading around the room normally drives me a little crazy. I like structure and order. Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled to get a day to finish assessments, enter grades, and do things around my classroom, but I normally find myself redirecting students every five seconds. So, I also planned to finish up our Mother's Day gifts during our Read-In. We read for a little bit, worked on our gifts, read some more, worked on our gifts... and did a few Brain Breaks from Go Noodle in between :) And, it worked out great!
We made these directed drawings of our moms for Mother's Day. Here are a few of my favorites, but they are all so cute and unique. I think they did an awesome job!
When I was thinking about what I wanted my students to make for their moms, I thought about what I like getting from Joelle. What do I treasure and hold onto... anything Joelle draws from scratch and anything with a handprint/footprint/fingerprint. Those things are just precious to me. Anything else finds a new home in the trashcan ;) because I also like cleanliness, ha!
My students wrote a letter, short story, or poem for their moms to staple underneath their portraits.
Some of them almost made me tear up! "You helped me learn to love God. I love you. I love you more than anything! (except God).
"My mom is the nicest mom ever! Well to me she is because she cooks, cleans, and helps. I think my brothers would agree." hahaha!
"You are as sweet as a blossom, as cute as a puppy, and full of love."
You can get that writing paper HERE!
We also made these sweet little cards with our thumbprints. I got this idea from Sassy Dealz. They were pretty simple to make, and turned out CUTE!
I did laminate them for durability and hotglued the ribbon on top. Hopefully they will be a hit!