Monday, June 11, 2012

Prom for Teachers

We wait ALL year for this night!
We can't believe it's finally here! 
We're excited. 
We're nervous. 
We're exhausted. 
We're anxious.
But most of all...
We are so very, very grateful to have a Date!

We've got our new dresses. 
Our badly neglected toes get a much needed pedicure pick me up for the BIG night. 
We're primped and ready.
Still a little nervous.
Definitely still exhausted...

Our limo arrives...
 {Weird.  It's disguised as a minivan.} 
We grab a quick bite at our favorite tradition, The Cheesecake Factory.
Same order for the past 10 years ~ BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad to share, no cilantro, dressing on the side.

We chat, laugh and enjoy a hurried meal,  before heading off to the BIG event. 
What event you ask?
Well, Prom of course!!
We mean...
Prom for Teachers
AKA~ Open House

We prepare for weeks upon weeks to open our classroom doors for just one short, blissful hour.
 The kids are bouncing off the walls with excitement to "tour" their families around the class.


Here's some highlights from our evening ~ 
Don't worry, our Date was G Rated :-)

We would be lying if we told you it was this spic and span every day.  
 This is truly, as good as it gets folks!  
We have become the Ultimate Shovers!  
 Just don't open a single cupboard or door. 
Really. 
 Our class has been engulfed in Habitats and Africa for the past many weeks.  
    This board has been a labor of love for many years.  Once we wrapped our heads around what it was we wanted to do, we pillaged all the supplies we could, begged, borrowed, and bought the rest and Viola! Our Habitats of the World Bulletin Board~We save all the pieces from year to year, so it goes up quick nowadays! We brainstorm facts from each habitat and have our friends create "Flip Facts" to post up on the board. 
 On the shelf below, we display their "Habitats Around the World" books which are a collaboration of writing and art from each of the habitats we've studied.
We cover each table with a festive piece of fabric ~ Some old school sarongs from back in our "Spring Break Days", but we promised a G Rated date :) 

Each table has a silk tree in the middle to add some height and keep with the habitat hoopla.

On their desks, are their Art Portfolios, African Swahali Counting Books, Rain Sicks, Animal Reports and Dioramas. 

A few fab dioramas.  They really got into it! 

 Apparently, the jackrabbits' fur was obtained from the family cat.  
{Not too sure how much the cat enjoyed it, but we sure do!}  


Then and Now Writing
At the beginning of each year, we have our friends write a "Then Letter" to us describing what they want to learn in first grade.   Come May, just in time for Open House, they write a "Now Letter" explaining what they have learned this year. We adore seeing the growth from beginning to end and it becomes a crowded corner during the evening. The kids are beaming from ear to ear about their wonderful writing. We spend time after all have left to really read and enjoy these lil' gems...one of our favorites.


We created this activity as a way to keep them darn busy while we assessed for report cards fondly write about our favorite first grade memories. 

We created the pocket whole class and one pencil project and writing.  Then, we set all the supplies out on the tables on several occasions, and let them go to town~The beauty of the end of first grade! I.n.d.e.p.e.n.d.e.n.c.e.

We created 6 different writing prompts that our friends could write and draw about. Here's one...
 


For the front of each writing piece, they cut and glue pieces to create pencils, complete with the year 2012, which some opted to color for pizazz. 


 What we love the most?  This activity is like the Energizer Bunny...it just keeps going and going.  Long after Open House, our friends are now competing for how many pencils one pocket can hold!  
Who are we to stop them from writing?!?

Update ~ 
This product was updated for 2013 and redesigned for K-5, with multiple writing templates and options.We added our K-2 K-5 Pocketful of Memories End of the Year Craftivity to our TpT Store if you're looking for something to keep those little minds busy as you wrap up the year!


Speaking of wrapping up...yikes, our curfew calls!  Thanks for hanging in for ALL the details of our BIG night! 

It's just like Cinderella because when the clock strikes 8:25am tomorrow, it will all begin to disappear. The Prom will be over.  The dance floor will be empty. The carriages will ride off into the sunset and we will be left, just the two of us, to sweep the glitter off the floor. Again. And, we will smile the whole time because...
The countdown is on! 
We see the light! 
The end is near!!
We had a fantastic Date!





15 comments:

  1. Your room looks gorgeous! I wish I could see it in person! :)

    Michelle
    Apples and ABC's

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  2. Looks like the students had a lot to share with their parents. I love how you are calling it prom. Maybe everyone should start calling it prom.

    April
    Wolfelicious

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  3. I love how you have everything set up!! That pocketful of memories is adorable & I love your then and now writings. I bet they are so excited to read those at the end of the year!
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  4. Your room looked fan.tab.u.lous! I'm sure your parents are so thrilled that their kids got to spend the year with you lovely ladies!
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

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  5. Your classroom looks beautiful!! I love the dioramas.

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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  6. Your room is amazing! Love all the fun projects everywhere! Also---I am SO jealous of the fact that you have windows...and built in cabinets...and a sink. I am your newest follower. I can't wait to see what fun stuff you come up with next year!

    Liv
    Liv to Teach

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  7. Oh my goodness! Your room is incredible! Your kiddos are so lucky to have you as their teacher!

    A Pirates Life for Us

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  8. This is a really cute blog post. I love how you compared it to prom! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Dana
    Fun in 1st Grade

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  9. OMG!!! Love your habitat projects...Do you mind sharing a copy of your habitat around the world packet?? Or is it for sale. My first grade class is learning about habitats and would love a copy!!
    Thanks,
    Lucy
    LZ376@aol.com

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  10. I love the way you decorated your room, and you have so many great ideas for open house. I will have to try some of these. Thanks for all your hard work!

    Katie
    A Basket Full of Apples

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  11. i too would be interested in your habitat around the world packet!

    amandanease at gmail dot com

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  12. I'd love a copy of your habitat packet if you are willing to share! Do you hasp have a template for your pocket of memories? My email is Sarah.ann.blyth@gmail.com

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  13. I LOVE your Habitats Around the World and I just purchased the bundle to do with my EL third graders. I have a question, what are the fact flip-books?

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    1. If you can email me more info about the fact flip books, that would be awesome. Thank you!

      avonrosen16@gmail.com

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  14. Could I get a copy of your Habitat around the World packet? I would love to do this with my first graders. Krismporter@hotmail.com

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