Happy Thursday!  I am a little sad that I have one day left of Spring Break.  It’s been a great break but it’s time to start getting my mind back to school.  BOO!  If I don’t blow away…the wind here is CRAZY today.  I better make sure The CEO is secure of he might end up visiting OZ!

One think that I love about my ‘staches is that they really support each other and care for one another. When someone is upset we comfort them.  When someone moves their clip to the top of the chart or off of the chart, we cheer for them.  Randomly, we have recently become wolves and we howl when we cheer.  Don’t ask.  Just howl along.  I am a firm believer that we should celebrate our successes, both big and small.  For some of us, those small successes are what keep us motivated.  Imagine the student who struggles all year with reading and finally puts the sounds together to read just one word?  That must be celebrated.  Imagine the student who reads on a level 16 when the Kindergarten level is a 4? That must be celebrated.

In our class, we sometimes have mini dance parties when we need to celebrate.  If we have a pretty monumental moment, I will turn on Celebration by Kool And The Gang and we will dance for a minute.  It’s our way of celebrating a fellow ‘stache and their success.  But what I am not good at and what I need to improve on is celebrating the little moments.    And this, people, is why I am so lucky to be surrounded by amazing teachers who share ideas and inspire me to be better and do better.

Recently, I was chatting on Facebook (ya’ll need to be my Facebook friend!) with my friend Lanie and she asked if we did class cheers.  I said not really and she offered to share a set of cheers she used in her classroom.  She suggested to use an old Cheer laundry detergent bottle to hold the cheers.  Well, our house is a Tide house and I couldn’t locate a Cheer bottle.  So I had to get creative.  I took Lanie’s cheers and gave them a Mr. Greg-over (a Mr. Greg makeover) and now we have some classroom cheers for our little moments and our big moments!  HUGE thanks to Lanie for the inspiration and the cheers!

So what did I do?  Well, read on!

The first thing I did was create little cheer cards with the name of the cheer and directions.  These cheers are not my original ideas but whoever thought of them is a genius!
Next I got a $1 bucket from the Dollar Tree (TEACHER HEAVEN!) and attached my little label.

I printed, laminated and cut apart the cheers and threw them all in the Cheer It Up bucket.

Now whenever we want to cheer, we can choose a cheer and have some fun celebrating our successes, big and small!
Now…I’m a huge Will And Grace fan (people ask me constantly if I’m Jack from that show…usually I say no…but on occasion..allegedly I might have signed an autograph or said yes!…ALLEGEDLY!  Surely Sean Hayes won’t mind…) and there is a scene where Jack says to Karen:  “KAREN, MY POM POMS!”  So I think I ‘m gonna use that line when we cheer.  And yes I have pom poms.  Why are any of surprised?!
Here is a freebie for you!  Click to download your cheer cards!
And how about a give away?!
I just finished this fun addition and subtraction fluency creation because we’re going to be hitting this standard HARD for the next 9 weeks!  Included are 60 pages of tests, data recording sheets and pieces to make a class graph!  
So, how about a give away?  To win, just leave a comment (with your email) and share your favorite class cheer or how you celebrate success in your class!  I’ll choose a winner tomorrow!  (And if you want to share on FB or Pinterest…I won’t complain at all!)
click the picture to visit my TPT shop and learn more!  (If you can’t wait to win, it is on sale for $2.50 for a few hours!)

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  • Reply jackie milak March 27, 2014 at 11:02 pm

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  • Reply jackie milak March 27, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Love the cheers and all your products! Have you heard of Conscious Discipline? I think you would love alot of their strategies. Jackiemilak@yahoo.com

  • Reply Kim Penland March 28, 2014 at 1:14 am

    My kinders two favorite cheers are:
    1) Kiss your brain: when a student or group of students get an answer right we kiss two finders and touch our brains!
    2) The Silent Cheer: When we are really excited about something and want to cheer, we will jump around and pretend to scream at the top of our lungs. The kids love this one!

    kimberlyjpenland@gmail.com

  • Reply J Speck March 28, 2014 at 1:36 am

    My kids love the “that's the way, uh huh, uh huh, we like it, uh huh, uh huh!” they also love to give fireworks where you rub your palms together as you move your hands up over your head and then give a loud clap followed by some falling spirit fingers saying “ahhhhhhh” and “oooooooohhhhhhh” 🙂 julie1133@hotmail.com

  • Reply Christin W. March 28, 2014 at 1:56 am

    These look great! I just love hearing my kids congratulate each other when they get the right answer. We have also talked a lot about understanding what a classmate said and that is very rewarding!

    Christin Shiftingteacherk2 at gmail dot com
    Shifting Teacher K-2

  • Reply M March 28, 2014 at 2:54 am

    The roller coaster…while going the “up” steep side of the roller coaster with your hands you go “ch, ch, ch, ch…” Then when you get to the top you go down the other side (and up again, like going over hills) while going “weeeeeeeeeeeee.”

    Either that or the “grater.” Pretend to grate cheese while going “You're gra-gra-gra-gra-grate!”

    It's a little easier to bring in a real world cheese grater than try to demonstrate a roller coaster!

    M
    mwetherbie2@cherrycreekschools.org

  • Reply KinderKapers March 28, 2014 at 3:19 am

    I have pom poms just like that (from the 1980's). They are really big and blue and white. I need to get them out. They are even close, because I always tell myself we are going to use them. I am resolved….tomorrow we will!!

    Terri Izatt
    KinderKapers

  • Reply Rachel H. March 28, 2014 at 3:52 am

    My kids love Boo Ya! We turn to the person we are cheering, then cover our eyes with our hands and pop them open, shouting Boo Ya! It is super cute, fun, and everyone smiles!

  • Reply Ms.M March 28, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Lol I love that you have your own Pom poms. I used to do cheers and for omertà son I stopped. I love the bucket idea. I will have to copy that. ????
    Mels

  • Reply Butterfly March 28, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    One of my favourite cheers is Lorry Driver. You pretend to be a lorry driver honking his horn (make a fist and pull down twice). Or the classic Round of Applause clapping in a circle.

    (Oh and this is my first comment, but I love your blog and read it all the time!)

    Butterflying Through Teaching

  • Reply Laurie Tyner March 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Okay…so I loved you before this post
    But now that I know you're a WAG fan….AWESOME!! I'm obsessed. I have all 8 seasons.
    Our favorite cheer is singing “what does the fox say?”
    Ltyner@usd288.org

  • Reply kbickford March 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you for the freebie! My kids love the 10 finger woo! kbkarn@htomail.com

  • Reply Miss Kindergarten March 29, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Karen, my Pom poms. BAHHAHAHHA!

  • Reply Tammy Luera March 29, 2014 at 1:28 am

    Two favorite cheers my kids love:
    1. Fantastic – Tell the children: “Get out your spray bottle.” Hold up one hand and pretend to spray. Say, “You're psh, psh, psh…(spray once for every 'psh'). Hold up other hand and pretend to wipe in circles over the liquid you just sprayed as you say, “Fan-tastic!”

    2. I Like It! When you're pleased with the way the children have accomplished a task, start singing: “That's the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it, uh huh, uh huh. That's the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it, uh huh,uh huh. ' Dance and sway as you sing.
    tluera@lawtonps.org.

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