Tuesday, September 25, 2012

20 Days Wiser...and Older!

Twenty days of learning, twenty days of fun have left me feeling twenty days tired! I'm planning on an EBT...(Code word for early bed time...Please don't tell my kids!) I can't go to bed without showing you some activities from our 20 Days of School Celebration.

We started by setting up a museum in the school library and inviting other classes to come and visit. We had some hands on exhibits as well as hands-off ones!  A couple of students had forgotten to bring in collections, but I made sure they had something to share.
My collection of twenty dice! I love all different kinds of dice.
I'm always on the look out for new kinds!

After we had our museum up and running we read and responded to ten 20 second challenges. We'll do these again for day 50 and 100. Each time the challenges will be done for the number of seconds of the given day. My owlets loved being able to color in the box with yes or no in it for each challenge. I let them use their highlighters which has me in the running for teacher of the year award! Can you stare at a friend without giggling for 20 seconds? Some of the owlets could! Click HERE if you would like a copy of the challenge to complete with your class.

I got this next idea from Sandi at

Her blog is one I check regularly and she had a great idea to take old frames and let children create works of art inside them.(Click on her button and go say, "hello"!)  I have so many picture frames and thought I would let students create works of art using 20 blocks as one of their work stations today. They loved it, and I did, too! I didn't have the heart to tell one of my owlets that his owl was one block short of 20! He was SO proud that he had made something I love. Thanks for the idea, Sandi! The kiddos loved the idea so I know the frames have a new home out of my basement and into my classroom!
I am now twenty days older than I was when we started this school-year and tonight I feel twenty years tireder! It is a good kind of tired. One where I can lay down and close my eyes and see the smiling faces of first graders who love school, reading, learning and their teacher! Life is good!
P.S. I added another entry for the laminator the MyBinding.com is giving away!  Scroll down to my rafflecopter and give it a try!!


  1. I never thought of 20 collections. That's very clever!
    Thanks for the sweet comment you left at Kindergarten Blooms and on my fb page:))

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  2. LOVE the picture frame idea! (Sandi is awesome!)

    I took a "nap" today from 4:30-7:45pm... I am officially 26 days older. I need a shot of B12!

  3. I miss the "museums of. . ." days from last year! Such fun, you are an wonderful teacher:)

  4. What a great idea. Thank you for sharing.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First


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