Wednesday, May 2, 2012
When I was a teacher of 30 --3rd graders and it was time to make holiday crafts, I always came up with a PLAN.
Let's say we were making a googly-eye, Valentine heart creature, with long dangly arms and legs. (I'm sure you remember those, right?)
I didn't like "crazy-ness" so I'd have everything prepared ahead of time.
-small white squares to cut out eyes
-big squares to cut out heart body
-long strips for arms and legs
-one gluestick per child
Then I'd call the kids up in small groups to get their supplies. Orderly. Non-chaos. Smooth.
A PLAN! If all went well, each child would go home with a cute creature to hang on the fridge!
(I would always make the kids sign their artwork, write their age and the date so moms could cherish it forever!)
The same applies to when one MIGHT have to make over 35 dozen cookies in one week.
Rare, but it is true.
I get all of the ingredients ready so my little elves can come in and make the dough really fast!
This is where the magic happens for the elves.
Butter soft, ready and out of packages.
Grab and go!
Sugar scooped and pre-measured.
Flavoring ready and pre-measured then poured into little cups
some whole egss and then just the yolks.
Flour is measured and put into bowls-- ready to use.
When I have everything ready, those little elves work really fast and things go smoothly!
Just the way I like it!
This was day 1.
Day 2 and Day 3 were just the same.
The elves quit on Day 1!
P.S.-Some of you gals probably have other ideas about how to make things run smooth.
This is what works for me!