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<< I have never seen my class so into anything like that. They were
absorbed in it even the tough and "popular" obnoxious kids. All of the
teachers thought it was wonderful. It gave our whole school a good feeling
for our 7th graders.
I am now wondering how I can keep them interested in art in other ways? I
would love any ideas on lessons that could do this. I also would like any
ideas about toys the children could create cheaply for our toys for tots
campaign this Christmas.
Isn't it wonderful to see the two age groups interacting in a positive way?
Our school promotes this by having "buddies".....each class is assigned a
buddy in another grade...for instance the 8th graders have buddies in 3rd
grade...the 7th grade have buddies in 2nd grade...and so on. During the
school year the kids have buddy days which they get together to do some
special activity. Sometimes they do simple art projects together...or make
something to eat...read stories to their buddies...or help the little ones
wrap inexpensive gifts to give to the women's shelter during the holidays.
These are monitored by the two homeroom teachers, and sometimes the
"specials" such as art, music, gym and computer teachers help out. Last year
the kids planted tulips and daffodils together in the fall. They also work
together to make lunches for the city soup kitchen...they make peanut butter
and jelly sandwiches, pretzels, cookies and juice in bag lunches and some of
the students and teachers deliver the lunches to the soup kitchen. The kids
sit together during assembly programs and even walk with the kids to the
programs. It is so cute to see the big boys walking and holding hands with
the little guys. It unifies the school and the little ones LOVE having the
attention from the big kids. The big kids love it 'cause it makes them feel
special... It is a wonderful program and works very well for our small