I have only just arrived home, upon spending a wonderful evening meeting most of my kiddies parents. I have to say, not only am I blessed with great students, but with wonderful, supportive parents as well (isn't that the greatest!). This job is so rewarding! I loooooooove it!!! I also love teaching the second grade because I can really have some fun with my units and the kiddies...
So much fun indeed, that I introduce to you, Walter the Elephant!
I swear, even the adults at my school are in love with this cuddly guy! P.S. you can find him at IKEA!
Walter LOVES to watch the students work AND he really enjoys going home with students to take part in many great adventures!
Everyday, a different student has the privilege to bring Walter home. Walter usually chooses a student who has demonstrated a positive attitude and has worked hard all day! He also likes it when he catches a student doing something really great, like helping a friend or sharing. He sometimes likes to go home with students who have been putting a lot of great effort into their work. He is really good at choosing the right home to visit each day!
He also wants the students to write and illustrate about their adventures together.
Walter is a great motivational tool and the students respond well to receiving him and sharing their adventures with their peers. Every morning, the student brings Walter back to school and reads his/her story to the class. I have seen some great reading and sharing from reluctant readers as well as timid students. He is a great tool to use for building confidence!
You may of course use any stuffed toy you wish. We are using an elephant, as you all very much know, we are in the midst of our circus theme.
You can download the Walter the Elephant pack here: FREE
I hope this activity brings smiles to your kiddies faces!
See you all very soon