By now I am sure you have heard plenty of garbled stories about the book The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, which we read last Wednesday morning. To our surprise there was a note at the end of the book from Chester Raccoon inviting us to find him somewhere in the school. So off we went, following the clues, meeting new people and seeing new places in the school. We were sad not to catch Chester as we were so certain that we would, but he did leave us each a heart for our hand and some chocolate muffins before returning to the book. Boy do I wish I could have bottled the energy, excitement and joy generated by this activity (to be imbibed by me at a later date, probably around Xmas). We have since read the book twice more (hoping we would find another note but alas), watched a youtube version and acted it out with Chester puppets we made. We have also learned to sign 'I love you' so if your child has been making punk rocker 'devil' finger signs at you they are actually trying to show you how much you are loved.
I have taught many grades, including high school, but LOVE teaching primary.