Friday, June 1, 2012

[.5 of a day] and my version of minute to win it

I can't believe it's here.
I was up till 1:30 this morning burning DVDs.
Up again at 5:15 to finish burning DVDs and prep the games for today's Minute To Win It day in my classroom (inspired by Reagan at Tunstall Times and Sheree at Peterson's Pad).

I'm super tired.
Pretty sad.
And a little bit excited.

This morning I'll give the littles their friend books, their promotion slips, their end of year report card, we'll read a story, and then we'll PLAY!

I'm doing my M2WI a little differently than either Reagan or Sheree.
There are 10 games.  I figure we'll be about 10 minutes with each game.
Perfect since I have 105 minutes.  ;)

I'll explain each game, then call 3-4 littles (or itty-bitties if little brothers/sisters want to play or bigs if the parents want to participate!) to the front to complete the challenge individually.  A winner will be declared for each round, with enough rounds being played of each game so each little that wants to participate gets to play.

At the conclusion of each game, the winners from each round will compete for the GRAND CHAMPION award, complete with a certificate and a victory walk.  I have at least 6 parents coming today (I *think* a lot more), so we're going to have a big audience and it will be awesome!  Lots of cheering and giggles and fun.  The perfect way to end the year.
Images are linked if you'd like the PDF download - I'm thinking this would be so fun for a family reunion, too!  :)

At the conclusion of the DOUBLE TROUBLE round (which is played as a group with the grand champion award being given to the first player to actually blow a bubble), everyone will move to the back of the room to enjoy their bubble gum and watch our class DVD.  At that point, it will be time to say good-bye to this group of littles.  Some have amazed me with their desire to learn everything they possibly could.  Some have driven me to give more by expecting more out of the day to day learning.  Some have stretched my patience and taught me to be more compassionate and understanding.  Some have shown strength beyond their years as they have dealt with incredible challenges.  Some have simply loved being in my room even on my worst of days. 
And all of them have wormed their way into my heart, which will break just a little as they walk out that classity class door for the very last time.

It's finally here.
And I don't think I'm ready.


  1. Sounds like a fabulous way to spend your last day! Thanks for the freebie game ideas and certificates!

  2. Thanks so much for the shout out! :) Hope it goes well and I am SURE they will LOVE it!

  3. What a great way to end your year. It's hard to see them leave, isn't it?

    Fun in Room 4B

  4. Sounds like a fun way to end the year. I love your Minute to Win it game. We did something similar at our family Christmas party this year and it was so fun.

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  6. I hope you will share your 10 games:) Would love to do the M2WI next year! Hope you enjoy some down time & hope we can chat over the summer. You have such fabulous ideas. Thanks again for the freebies too.

    1. The games are linked in the images. :)

  7. Wonderful ideas!
    Thanks for everything!