The first graders at my school hosted our annual Reading Restaurant for their parents yesterday. What a blast! Each class chose a theme and created a "restaurant" around the theme. In the weeks leading up to the event, we read books and completed writing activities that went along with our restaurant theme. My class was "McNab's Mother Earth Cafe" and our theme was saving the Earth.
On restaurant day, parents are served from a menu of books, and they get the opportunity to hear their children show off the reading skills we have worked so hard on this year. Each child greets his or her guests and escorts them to their table. While the children read, I just got to move around the room taking pictures and listening in. I was so proud of my little readers! One little boy was so involved in his Robert Munsch book that he could hardly read because he was laughing so hard. I overheard another little girl explaining reduce, reuse and recycle to her mother. And all of the parents seemed very impressed with the reading progress their child has made this year.
We created a Reuse, Reduce, Recycle bulletin board for outside our classroom. We used a freebie from Teresa at Fun in K/1. I read The Lorax to get us started on our Earth study, so he greeted our guests as they entered the classroom.
My teammates all had adorable "restaurants." We had a Mexican theme based on the book Chicks and Salsa, a pizza parlor, a bakery and an ice-cream shoppe.
It was a fabulous day, but exhausting! I'm going to try and take a day off from schoolwork today and just relax so tomorrow I can start working on plans for the last 4 weeks of school.