Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pinterest Exchange, Classroom Balls, and Earth Day Wrap-Up

Hi, Everyone!

I received my ADORABLE Pinterest Exchange gift yesterday from Natalie over at Teachery Tidbits. My word. Too cute! Huh? I love the color combo! Definitely my favorite. She totally brightened my day. Thank you, Natalie!

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I cannot wait for my buddy to receive her gift. Here is a sneak peek:

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tissuebox

It’s a wooden tissue box (you can’t see the hole at the top but I promise it’s there!) that I personally designed just for this one special person. I hope she likes it! Although, I think she is going to giggle when she sees the packaging. I *thought* I had a box that would work. Unfortunately, I didn’t, so I had to do a little improvising. Let’s just say the packaging looks a tiny bit special. Never judge a book by its cover, friends!

You will probably think I am absolutely CRAZY after reading this next part. We have traded out traditional classroom chairs for….exercise balls!

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jake

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Yes, my entire class (and soon to be entire grade) will no longer be using classroom chairs. We will still have classroom chairs available for students who wish to use them, but let’s get REAL! A 7 year old + bouncy ball = PURE BLISS! I must say, when I first heard about this idea, I was SO.NOT.FOR.IT! I thought the bouncing would be a HUGE distraction and that they would never get their work done. But, surprisingly…I’ve seen the opposite. I’ve seen MORE participation, more excitement, and WAY less behavior problems. They are especially great for squirmy children. I AM IN LOVE!

In other news, we wrapped up our Earth Day projects today. Their Earth Day craftivities are PRESH! Love each one of them.

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Don’t you love first grade artwork? Even the scariest faces look sweet. I love his response!

Enjoy your Wednesday, Sweet Friends!

7 comments:

Miss Foote said...

We have balls and we LOVE them. I have 8 in my classroom, and students can choose when they want to use one. Have fun!

Laurie
Chickadee Jubilee

The Hands-On Teacher said...

I love the bouncy ball idea! I have a few kids in my class that would TOTALLY benefit from them because they have the wiggles (ADHD).

Thanks for sharing your opinion and how they have worked in your room!
~Marie
www.cotesclass.blogspot.com

Samantha said...

I started the exercise balls 2 years ago. They are amazing for the kids that need to move! I love them. So no, you are not crazy! =)

Samantha
Ms.Smarty Pants

Natalie said...

Oh man, I can think of about 5 sweet little boys that NEED those balls...how fun!

Natalie
TeacheryTidbits

Katie King said...

Okay Lyndsey- I need details- How did you make these balls possible! I would LOVE these in my classroom!!! Grant? School buy them?

Thanks for inviting me over! I will definitely be back for more!

Katie

Edana said...

I'm your newest follower! Found you from your guest post at 3am Teacher! I love those balls! I saw them featured on FOX news...awesome!

And how adorable is your Earth day craft?! love it!!

Color Me Kinder

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