Monday, August 8, 2011
Class Mascot Linky Party
Erica Bohrer's First Grade is having a linky party about classroom mascots and I had to link up! So, even though I've wanted to have a mascot, I've been leery about it. However, I think I am going to take the plunge this year because I found this adorable little guy:
Isn't he just perfect for my classroom theme?! I haven't named him yet, I am considering Rocky or Ricky but I am open to suggestions! The best part is that he is a Webkinz. If you haven't heard of Webkinz yet, they are fabulous! Basically each plush animal comes with a code that gives you access to a virtual version of your toy. There are games - some of them surprisingly educational, as well as the ability to customize a house for your "pet:". So, we will be able to send our mascot home, as well as create a virtual world for him in our classroom!
I am still developing the book that I will send home with him for the families to fill out, when it is finished I will post it. I plan to include crayons and pencils in the pack and I'm even considering a disposable camera. However, if anyone knows of a good way to get pet urine out of a stuffed animal please let me know - I want to be prepared!
Also, bonus question, how do you handle a situation where one child has a fabulous time with the mascot and writes/illustrates about taking it to the zoo or on vacation etc and then another child comes back with something much less "cool". I know it's not my kinder's fault, because a lot of this rests on the parents, but I want to make sure there are no hurt feelings because of inequalities. My school is Title I and most of the kiddos live in poverty, but there are some exceptions and I want to make sure that these discrepancies don't cause shame/envy.
Posted by Jennifer Knopf at Monday, August 08, 2011