It has been a while since I wrote anything. I have been busy - busy working and busy being sick. I cannot believe how everyone around here has been dropping like flies. There are very few people around here that have not been affected by the flu. Maybe I should get a flu shot next year...maybe not.
Because I was sick, I did not do one of my favorite activities - The Grinch. I make a new Grinch each year and could not handle doing that this year. Next year, I will hopefully make a Grinch and laminate it.
This year I tried a much more simple project - Secret Pals. Each student got a stocking to decorate and an envelope that they attached to a large piece of construction paper (I think red or green paper would look better, but I used what I had.). The students then chose a Popsicle stick with another student's name. That student became their Secret Pal for the month. The students had to make cards, coloring sheets, etc. for their Pals. I would then send them into the hallway to put their "presents" into the envelopes of their Pals.
I was worried that someone would write something mean or do something else to mess up the project. Since the students randomly picked their Pals, there were some interesting match ups. I was amazed at the results. The students would get so excited each time there was something in their envelopes. They were happier and willing to write! I would definitely do this activity again. Maybe I will around Valentine's Day.