Saturday, April 25, 2015

Weekend Warriors Link Up: Open House and More!

                               
The Weekend Warriors are back this month with a whole NEW look and theme! Weekend Warriors is also inviting each of you to link up too! That's right! Just grab the image and monthly banner and create your own blog post about your Open House ideas and more and join in on all the fun!  There is a different theme the last weekend of every month.


We just had our Open House last week and there are a few things that I just LOVE about it. I love watching the kids show off all their learning throughout the year to their parents. I love the twinkle in the parents' eyes as they realize how hard their kids have been working all year long! I love the sense of community too! It's usually a night of overwhelming "warm fuzzies"!

 Every year I have the kids reflect on how far they have come since the first day of school. Sometimes I get it completed by Open House and sometimes I don't. This year I was clearly on top of things because they were on display for the BIG night! HA! The kids wrote about why their future is so bright and what they have to look forward to. You can grab the writing prompts and craft templates HERE.

When the kids brought their families to the classroom, they each found a pair of sunglasses with this little tag attached. You should have seen their faces light up and make the connection between their writing and the surprise! Priceless! Thank you to Molly from Lessons With Laughter for the adorable tags!

I also enjoy having the kids create self portraits of themselves. I did a directed drawing lesson with them and look how fabulous they all turned out! I decided to hide each student's name. Instead, I put a sticker that said, "Who Am I?" on the front. When the parents came into the room, they had to find their child among the portraits. It was so sweet to see the kids give clues to their parents. Some found their child on the first try! 





Each student also created their own Math About Me board to display for Open House. You can read a more detailed post HERE and grab a FREEBIE too!  The kids loved presenting their posters to the class and explaining the important numbers in their lives.



Even if your school doesn't have any event called "Open House", link up and share your ideas and pictures from Parent Night, Family Night, Back To School Night and more! I'd love to see what ideas you have too!

5 comments :

  1. So many great ideas! Of course, we both did nameless self portraits...we share a brain. Haha! We did your bulletin board project and it was a hit with the families!

    Aimee
    Primarily Speaking

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  2. I LOVE those self portraits! Totally pinning that idea for next year! Thank you, friend!!

    Slainte,
    ☘ Molly
    Lucky to Be in First

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  3. Jaime, all of your displays for open house look GREAT! The way you tied in the sunglasses gift and the bright future kids is so cute! I'm very impressed with the nice job your students did on their self-portraits! WOW! I'd like to try that idea and Math about Me! I bet the families loved working on the posters! Thanks for these great ideas to Pin and save!

    Jeannine
    Creative Lesson Cafe

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  4. Those sunglasses and self portraits! Oh my goodness! Love it all! I'm pinning away as we speak :-) Thank you for sharing these ideas with us!
    Maribel

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  5. Adorable ideas...thanks!! Susan

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