Every year I am convinced I have the best little class.
I really, truly, adore my kiddos, and I want them to know that I really, truly adore them.
I also want them to know that I notice the great things they do on a daily basis - things such as cleaning up without being asked, being a good friend, sharing, helping, consistently following the rules, or solving a problem.
For many years I have made a habit of sending little notes in the mail just to let these precious little munchkins know that I notice the good things they do. My opinion is that it's also very valuable for the parents to hear these good things about their children. I try to make a habit of recognizing each child verbally in the classroom when they do something great, so these little notes are just the icing on the cake.
Now, those of you that know me, know that I can't just send these notes scribbled on a piece of paper torn from a notebook, lol, so I create a set of note cards, print enough on heavyweight cardstock for each child in my class, attach address labels to the backs, and really watch for great things that are happening in my classroom. As soon as I notice something great, I grab that student's card from the pile, jot a quick note, and pop the card in the mail. When those notes are gone (usually in less than a month!), I can create a new set, knowing that I have shared a postitive happy moment with each child in my class. I KNOW that the kids LOVE to get these!
As an added bonus, this really gets me watching for/finding the good in my students. I find I'm a lot more patient/loving/understanding/positive when my focus is finding good.
Here is this month's set:
Clip art is courtesy of http://www.djinkers.com/ and the other design elements are from a free download (Happy Holidays 1) courtesy of http://www.sproutingseedsstudio.com/ .
Image is linked for you to download and use if you'd like.
I guarantee your kiddos (AND their parents!) will love receiving a note from you!
I can't wait to start using these!
Please remember to play fair.
Don't take credit for the design or elements.
DO take credit for nurturing positiveness in your classroom! :)
And. . .comments are always welcome.