Wow, it's hard to keep up with everything. The holidays have made things extra busy around here, but I have accomplished some major goals:
The new shelves are in!
Many of the kids have asked what kind of dinosaur he is, and I have had a few kindergarten paleontologists tell me that he is a triceratops, but he isn't. I did some research into what dinosaurs are featured in the theme park ride and the only one that fits him is the Styracosaurus. Here is the wikipedia link on this type of dinosaur. (Yes, I know wiki isn't the greatest source but I can't link into our school's online encyclopedia.) I was thinking it would be a lot of fun to have a contest where the kids fill out slips with their guesses as to what kind of dinosaur he is. After a certain time frame I would take all the correct guesses and draw randomly for them for a winner. I have a cute dinosaur board book that would win for the K, 1 & 2 winner but I'd have to find something for the 3 & 4 and 5 & 6 winners.
Another great idea that my nieces shared with me is that at their school, each month you get to enter your name in for a drawing for a book. If you check out 2 books you get 2 slips for the drawing box. My niece won a copy of Rick Riordan's "House of Hades" last month. I went through my books and I have some I could use for prizes, but probably not enough to do monthly drawings. I think it would be okay to do a drawing at Christmas time and a drawing at the end of school in the spring. If we have a summer program it would be a nice incentive for that too. I will have to do more thinking on it.
I also went ahead and made a wreath for a fun "Charlotte's Web" display. The first grade classes read it each year, so it's a school favorite.
One last thing to share. The teachers had an after school get together and made crayon wreathes. Mine was the last completed but I love how it turned out.