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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Night With Confetti

Every year the PTA at the Tongginator's school organizes a Teacher Auction to raise money. The teachers offer up all sorts of goodies, including a caricature drawn by the art teacher, a trip to Build-A-Bear with a popular administrator, a classroom cupcake party, an after-school kickball game with the gym teacher, lunch inside the ever-mysterious teacher's lounge, a spot guest-hosting the morning announcements and the much coveted Principal for a Day... just to name a few. This year the PTA raised nearly $4,000 with its Teacher Auction.

And the kindergarten teachers? The kindergarten teachers each auction off a Friday night of bowling for three of their lucky students. Guess who won a spot, y'all?

For just one night, the tables were turned... because the Tongginator actually taught her teacher Ms. Confetti something new. Yes, y'all, it seems the Tongginator taught Ms. Confetti the Power Of The Waving Hand. It works miracles, you see, since it can magically alter the path of a bowling ball.

Seriously. Try it sometime. It certainly worked for the Tongginator.

Although the Tongginator seriously felt disappointed that she failed to beat her teacher. (And no *cough, cough,* I have absolutely! no! idea! where she gets her competitive spirit.)

What fun things have YOUR children done with their teachers? (And yes, you homeschooling mommas can brag, too.)


Debby said...

What cute ideas....the teachers auction. Loved the one about the teachers lounge.
That's okay Little Tongginator, you still bowl better than I do.
Enjoy the end of the school year.

Mom to 5...Daughter of the King said...

Great idea! We do the hand wave on wii bowling, too! My Olivia has the best second grade teacher! She is taking Olivia to dinner tonight b/c we are moving. So sweet!

prechrswife said...

Cute idea! One of the cutest things the teachers at our daughter's preschool did this year was at the spaghetti dinner fundraiser. It was during their week of Dr. Seuss fun, so the lead teacher/director dressed as the Cat in the Hat, and the other teachers were Thing 1, Thing 2, Thing 3, and Thing 4.

Mom2Four said...

DH is actually the "teacher" in our homeschool and one of his favorite things to do with the boys is go surfing!!! http://surfportraits.blogspot.com/2009/12/even-more-florida-surfing.html
The bottom picture is the boys!

The Source said...

Well, um, my kids never got to bid for their teachers' personal attention. But.

DD is good buds with two of the four daughters of the best (and nuttiest) first grade teacher in town. This woman regularly shows up at high school football games wearing her pink feather boa and rhinstone tiara...sports a long fake blond ponytail...and sings karaoke at the Mexican restaurant on Friday nights. She sort of looks like Junie B. Jones. She usually has many, many children trailing behind her wherever she goes because she's so entertaining. (And actually a VERY good reading teacher!) I can't count the sleepovers DD has been invited to at that house where much mayhem has ensued and memories have been made!

My oldest...well...his middle school GT teacher is one of our good friends and her hubby is a scientist/chemist/researcher at a nuclear facility. They sort of make their own fire works. Like for New Year's Eve and stuff. Two years ago our then 18 year old came home with enough explosives to blow a small crater in our back yard. Thanks, teach!

The twins...well they're stuck with me! But I'm pretty cool, so that's OK. ;) They get to do amazing things like drown bugs and bring them back to life. And laundry. Laundry is really fun!

Rachel@just another day in paradise said...

my bf's a teacher, so when Kady had her latest bout with asthma, Kyler spent the night at the teacher's house. He still brags about that. . .Our school doesn't do anything like that, however.

Girly Girl Mommy said...

How much fun!!
We have been blessed with an amazing kindergarten teacher too. Both girls have had her (this year and last year). Mrs. M came to their dance recital, even making a dressing room appearance to wish them well and take pictures. She also came to each of their birthday parties. They thought it was so cool that their teacher came to their house! That "teacher/trusted best friend-like adult" relationship has mattered so much for my girlies!

Aunt LoLo said...

Hmm.....you know, the only thing that comes to mind is last year, when Ming Wai graduated from the Nursery at church, one of her teachers (a guy!) knit her (and every other graduating student) the fluffiest, yummiest scarf, with her name included in the design. Such a cool gift!

CC said...

so much fun!! Last time I remember bowling I flew into the air and landed on my back/butt. Like a comic book moment. It was both embarrassing and extremely painful.

Elizabeth said...

I have been reading your blog archives, especially the Tonginator Stories, not because I am an adoptive mother, or thinking about it, or even a mom, but because your kid is SO funny. Laugh out loud funny. Hilarious. I would love to spend a day with her funny. Anyway, I was wondering if you use Cline and Fay's "Love and Logic" to discipline and teach her. My mom did and I get flashbacks of when I was a child reading your blog (which isn't a bad thing because I have a great mom).

Cavatica said...

No teacher story, but that waving hand thing... I do it with my head and sometimes the whole upper body goes. It's never done a thing for me. I've determined that good bowlers don't do such things - the ball moves too quickly for these movements. I suspect lucky underwear. I may need to get to the bottom of this.

Sharie said...

Hmmm no fun teacher stories here - although one day Amelia was "sick" and her teacher called me to explain that Amelia was "sick" and had a tummy ache even though she had eaten 3 helpings of lunch. I had her put Amelia on the phone and Amelia said, "I'm going to go home with Kim (her teacher), lay on the couch, watch movies and eat Cheetos, but I thought I should tell you so you wouldn't be scared when I wasn't here.

Kim QUICKLY took the phone to explain that many of the kids were "sick" and she had suggested that sarcastically - only Amelia had believed her:)

No Amelia was not sick - she just wanted to go play with her Grandma!

Aus said...

This is a GREAT idea - a teacher auction - very cool!

And my dad (who I now happen to think was an extremely wise man) used to tell me "It's not a brag if it's true".

hugs - aus and co.

Kim K. said...

Awesome idea on bowling. I'm going to show this to my husband (the school social worker). His school does a similar idea.

My husband auctioned himself at his school fundraiser to play football at the local high school (on the actual football field) with a group of 5th grade boys and then treated them to a BBQ afterwards. He's also auctioned himself to take a group of kids fishing for the day with a picnic lunch. He still needs to fulfill this obligation before June 11th. It's amazing how much the kids get out of this one-on-one outside of school bonding contact. Such a cool fundraiser too.

Patty O. said...

What a great idea! I love this!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Elizabeth, aw... thank you. We think our Tongginator is a riot, too. And yes, I have read the Love and Logic books, although - truth to tell - I probably parent like that more because that's how my momma raised me than because of what the books said. We don't use logical consequences every single time, but it just so happens that a love and logic approach tends to work best in most cases for our girl. I'm a big fan of this approach.

I've never been a huge fan 1-2-3 magic (although I used it when I was teaching) because 1. in a roundabout way, it gives the child permission to disobey until you get to three 2. my daughter could care less about time out and 3. I tended to use it ALL the time with the Tongginator when I did use this method because it wouldn't prevent the Tongginator from repeating the behavior, no matter how consistent I was (see #2).