On Saturday, I had the most AWESOME opportunity!! I went to the Read Aloud Delaware Conference, where the key-note speaker was Eric Litwin, the author of the awesome Pete the Cat books!! I was BLOWN AWAY with how funny and engaging he is! He has us all singing and dancing in our seats, and it was so much fun! I was even able to get one of my books signed!!
He was such an amazing presenter! I truly enjoyed his workshop, where we learned all about some BRAND-NEW characters he is coming out with in the summer of 2014!! He is under strict contract obligations, so he asked us not to share any of his new stuff yet. He also asked that no pictures, videos be taken during his presentation, except for one time where he let us record him performing his very first book I Love My White Shoes! I CANNOT WAIT to show the video and the signed book to my littles on Monday! They are going to love it!
Last week our super-wonderful 5th Grade Buddies had to take our State Assessment, the MSA. They had two days of Reading testing and two days of Math testing. When I taught fourth grade, I remember how exhausting and stressful this test can be for the students and for the teachers! Since our Buddies have done so very much this year to help us out, I wanted to take this opportunity to show them how much we appreciate them! I made some simple treat tags with a small note of encouragement that I had my littles sign and taped them to a specific treat. On Tuesday, we gave them Laffy Taffy. Wednesday was NERDS, Thursday Gobstoppers, and Friday was Goldfish crackers. My kinders hand-delivered the notes to their 5t Grade Buddies every day they tested last week. I really think that both classes enjoyed the process!!
I am offering my treat tags up as a freebie, in case your littles partner with an older testing grade! Just click on the picture to go to my TPT store and grab a copy for yourself!