By far, my favorite photo from my afternoon at the kids’ school last Friday is the one of this magic elf. She made a spontaneous appearance right before my eyes — I kid you not. I was zeroing in on something else entirely when all of a sudden, there she was before me! I didn’t crop out the other kids so you could see their proportions in relation to hers. (You truly can’t appreciate this photo without knowing that the person-behind-the-elf is one of the tallest girls in the class. See the middle photo from yesterday’s entry.) Look carefully, and you might be able to figure out how a little Christmas magic turned this cutie into the shortest being in the room in the blink of an eye.
In our school, the parents “throw” the party while the teachers escape to have their own holiday fun in a quiet, relaxed room far away from the action. The day included a lot of energy and fun. The kindergarten room alone took part in a wreath toss, M&M bingo, Christmas tree crafts, a game of “Hot Santa” (Christmas version of Hot Potato), a challenge that involved seeing how many cottonballs could be picked up with a dab of Vaseline on the end of the nose, Christmas tattoos and a plethora of Christmas treats. The kids also decorated a plate for their teacher. Each of them signed their name, and afterwards, cookies were added. What a neat idea, and I loved how the kids’ signatures were all so uniquely placed and written.
Incidentally, I just read that it’s been proven sugar does not affect the hyperactivity level in children. However, the researchers of the study were nowhere in sight when I retrieved my kids from school on Friday. They must have been hiding out in fear, knowing the possibility exists that their study might have been botched!Real world experience seems to prove otherwise. Who among us adults hasn’t felt a sugar high? When my “in utero” baby quit moving a few days before her birth, the nurses told me to drink grape juice. It did the trick. She started kicking up a storm about twenty minutes later. Personally, I think there was a high margin of error on that particular study.
Wishing you many bright and sugar-coated moments in the days to come…
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