We had a marvelous (if somewhat hyper) Valentine's Day!
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Our traditional Dilworth Elementary Holiday Sing-along was held the day before we got out for Winter Break (Dec. 19th). As usual, the teachers let the 5th graders decide which song they wanted to sing. And, as usual, they picked... "Santa, You're Too Fat." As Buddy the Elf would say, "The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear." What a great way to bring in the holidays!
We had a wonderful and memorable Halloween thanks to our fabulous parent volunteers! We started the day with our traditional Halloween Costume Parade through the school. Classrooms were decorated with student artwork. After some games and activities in our homerooms, the parties began.
The highlight of the day? It's a toss-up between Mr. H's Barbie costume (chosen by students) or the giant pumpkin-launching catapult brought by Mr. Orvis!
This is one Halloween we'll never forget!
Each homeroom had its own Valentine's Day party before lunch with games and treats. Thank you, awesome room parents!!!
One of my favorite games to watch was "If You Love Me, Baby, Smile."
We also handed out valentines and probably ate too much of our traded candy (although sugar was not given out by the teachers). Some of the students had fancy valentines boxes!
Oh, and earlier in the month, we made some stuffed hearts to hang in the windows. Students used a crayon resist technique with a watercolor wash on construction paper. (You know, use crayons first and then paint over it, but the paint runs away from the crayon.) They cut 2 matching hearts out of the paper they had decorated. Then, I taught them the blanket stitch, and they stitched around the outside of the heart. We stuffed them with old plastic bags, punched a hole in the top, and hung them from varying lengths of ribbon.
I liked watching the hearts dance about in the windows as air circulated through the classroom.
A huge thank you to moms Leslie Mingo and Heather Erickson for their fabulous idea and help making this Halloween craft!
You'll need: strips of orange and yellow tissue paper, squares of black construction paper, green curling ribbon, a balloon for each student plus a few extra just in case, a mixture of 1 part Elmer's glue (the white liquid kind) and 1 part water, sponge paint brushes, a hole punch, scissors, and tape.
Generally speaking, the pumpkins need 24-hours to dry (depending on climate, amount of glue used, thickness of tissue, etc.)
The next day, students can use scissors to pop the balloon and clean up the ragged pumpkin top. Next, it's time to glue on the face. Then, they punch a hole on each side, tie on their green handle, and use scissors to curl the ends (optional).
Karen Redmon originally migrated to SLC from Memphis, TN. She has a Bachelor's in International Relations from BYU and a Master's in Teaching from Westminster. She's taught 4th, 1st, and 5th grades. Her interests include: camping, hiking, swimming, dancing, singing, pottery, sewing, theater, music, reading, and most of all-- learning.