So how did all the class parties go?

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So how did all the class parties go?
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Sat, 12-17-2005 - 3:04pm

Friday was the last day of school before winter break where we are, so the kids had their holiday party on Friday afternoon.

I am one of the two 'party moms' in the classroom who plan and organize the class parties and I have to say we had so much fun planning this party for the kiddos!

We had five stations that the kids moved through in groups of four. We have a very multi-cultural classroom and we wanted our party to reflect that. At the first station the kids made Ramadan charity boxes, while one of the moms (who is from Iran) explained Ramadan and its emphasis on charitable giving. The next station was a Christmas cookie frosting (and eating and smearing!) station. That was their party snack - they decorated their cookie and then ate it and had some juice. At the next station the kids made bookmark clips out of felt in the shape of mittens. I have to say they turned out really cute and would make a great "Grandparent Gift." If any of you are intereted, I will post the link on how to make these. At the next station, the children decorated clay diyas, which are the lanterns used to celebrate Diwali, The Indian festival of light. The mom that ran this station came wearing her beautiful sari and brought special treats from India, and also made a poster board explaining a little about Diwali. At the last station the kids made reindeer Christmas tree ornaments by tracing their hand on to felt and then cutting around it and adding various doo dads to turn their handprint into a reindeer.

To end the party, the kids sat in a circle on the floor and each one was given a gift in a sealed gift bag. We gave the teacher a story to read to the class and every time the kids saw a picture of a snowman in the story they gave their gift to their neighbor on the right. The gift they had at the end of the story was the one they took home. While the teacher was reading the story, the party volunteers quickly cleaned up the classroom and placed all of the kids projects on their desks for them to put in their backpacks and take home.

I just love these class parties! What did your kids do?

Susan

P.S. Next up is Valentine's Day!!

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Mon, 12-19-2005 - 4:50pm

i'll let you know tomorrow. the other room mom can't attend so i'm on my own. wish me luck!

kh

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Mon, 12-19-2005 - 7:22pm

Gillian's is on Thursday. The teacher only wants to do hot chocolate and cinnamon buns, no games! Bah humbug! So I bought a little Christmas activity book (word search, dot-to-dots etc.) to pass out to the kids anyway. I think it will still be fun.

Lynn

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Tue, 12-20-2005 - 10:13pm
I thought it was going to be just me and two other moms but 7 parents showed up! It was great fun. We also had stations. We did cookie decorating, made ornaments for the parents, ate pizza, played pin-the-nose on rudolf and had a Christmas story.
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Wed, 12-28-2005 - 10:03pm
It went well according to Tre. I can't go to thse becausae of Trinity. She'd be trying ot regulate the entire class and room! LOL!!! I'm making games and stuff for when they get back to help transition them in.

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