One of my favorite activities that I have completed this year was the Smart Little Cookies project that I found here on TPT. I also think it may have been one of my greatest successes all year! One of my biggest struggles is getting parents involved in the learning of my students. I have great parents in my classroom but I know that lives are busy and everyone (including myself) often forget to recognize kids by telling each of them how great they truly are! This little project allows parents to become creative and do something out of the box for their child and let me tell you---the kids LOVED it!
Here is a clip from the project itself: Do your students need a confidence boost because state testing is approaching? Would you like a fun and unique way to write about the study habits and characteristics of smart students? Look no further! This file includes a letter to send home to families, requesting them to write a "confidence boost" for their smart little cookie, two bulletin board headers, student worksheets, and 5 pages of pictures.
I sent it home about two weeks before our state wide testing began and the best part about it is that the students have no idea what it is about! They all promised not to look at the note home to parents and to return their "parent homework" without peeking. I was proud to say they did it successfully! Although I didn't take any photos of letters or photos returned I did read a few the morning of the first day of testing. We sat in a circle and I passed out a letter to each child. Most letters contained words of encouragement, poems, home made songs, or even real cookies for good luck charms. Everyone was excited to share their letters with friends and most of the notes made me and my test proctor tear up! If it is something you can not purchase this year or it is a little late for you---add it to your wish list and remember it next year. I know this is going to be something I continue to do every year. PLUS you can do it for ANY grade level! Not only does it get parents involved in student learning it also gives kids a bit of encouragement and love that is sometimes easily forgotten! I'll be sure to add pictures of our recipes for "Smart Cookies" tomorrow they will give you a laugh for sure:)
On another note---now with my first and third grade after school tutoring over (fist pump for that) and preparation for MAP testing out of the way I know the last 5 (maybe 6?) weeks of school are going to fly by! I've been researching some end of the year activities to do and I can't wait to share them! What does everyone else have of their sleeves for the last month?? I decided not to teach summer school to take a break from the 35 mile drive each way every day! Now I'm trying to figure out what to do over the summer....anywho! Here is to another good week of learnin'. I'm excited to get back tomorrow and see what my note my sub left for Friday! Hopefully it isn't too bad;)
And because this wouldn't be a successful blog post if I didn't get slightly off topic. I fell in love this weekend..
I kicking myself right now for leaving the store without it! I was out of town this weekend and found this beauty and passed on the deal. After I got back to my hotel room I knew I had to go back today and buy it...only to find out they weren't open on Sundays! Bummer. I'm for sure telling myself I need this in order to do recess duty ever again;)
Enough with the rambles! Have a great week!