December 13, 2013

Traveling Build-a-Bears! and a RAK

Guess who's ready to visit these GOOD girls and boys?!? Not Santa Claus.....
Sadie and Maximus! Our most favorite traveling Build-a-Bears!

The children just love these cuddly traveling friends and taking them home for the weekend! Here are the two lucky children this weekend! We hope Sadie and Maximus behave themselves. ;)
Sadie and Maximus have gone to birthday parties, Christmas tree farms, and vacations, to name a few places. They have built snowmen, rode bikes, ice skated, and more!

Sadie and Maximus both go home with a small notebook which includes a letter explaining what the children are to do with their friends over the weekend. A journal paper for the child to write about the experience is also included. They are given the option to either draw a picture of what they did together or take a photo and include it. Here is a picture of the front of Sadie's notebook and a journal for Maximus' notebook.
Sadie even has her own personalized overnight bag, but shhh...don't tell Maximus, he only has a plain old blue one.
We are slightly addicted to the Build-a-Bear experience, no doubt.

Look at these other adorable classroom friends ready for the holidays! Stinkin' cute!! They love to learn right along with the children and going to centers. They love when the children read to them!
Normally the children are only allowed to work with the build-a-bears during center time. However, as part of our behavior system, the children can earn a special Build-a-Bear ticket, which is similar to the other "Terrific Tickets" we use as behavior incentives from our TpT store.

In addition to the collection of fun Build-a-Bears we keep in our classrooms, the accessories that we keep adding help us to do dramatic play in the "cool" way! Haha! The children love to dress them up, have them act like certain community helpers and family members, and so on. SUCH a fun way to incorporate dramatic play into the classroom as a reward for the students! Yay!

What is your students' favorite reward for great behavior?

Last, but not least, in honor of those affected by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, we have a Random Acts of Kindness freebie down below for you today!

As educators, we remember and honor our fallen colleagues and their students from Sandy Hook School. We honor them each day in our classrooms in which we continue their dream of teaching our children. We honor their memory with our service. Join with teachers everywhere in committing random acts of kindness to show our love for Sandy Hook.

If you're adding in lots of holiday fun next week, snatch up this Holiday Write the Room freebie to introduce to your students. Our children LOVE our Write the Room centers!
You can download it here.

Happy Weekend!

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