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    Open House
    By Denise

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    I do a couple of cute things...

    1) Last year we did a class quilt (on paper). Each student drew a self-portrait and wrote a few lines about themselves and what they learned that year. Then we strung them together like a quilt and hung it on the front board...looked very cute.

    2) It's always fun to do a guess-the-student kind of thing. I cut out red schoolhouses with doors that opened, but could be folded shut. On a bulletin board, I put a schoolhouse for each student with their photo inside the school house door, but hidden from view. Each student wrote facts about themselves - favorite foods, TV show, color, singer, etc. Parents have to read the descriptions and try to guess which on is their child. Then they peek underneath to see if they are right! I've done this for years and parents love it.

    3) We do an activity for Back to School night at the beginning of the year that you could adapt for O.House. Students write a paragraph on why they love their parents. I buy special paper from Michaels for them to write their good copy. Then I send home an assignment for the parents where I have them write what they love about their child. Responses are real tear-jerkers. Neither child nor parent sees the others' response until it is posted on a bulletin board at b.t. school night. It's always special.

    Hope this helps a little!



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