In the classroom, that is. I have a terrible time getting kids to finish any kind of project that involves making something. Of course, it's standard practice for first grade kids to make a gift for their parents in school. The problem is that I'm very challenged when it comes to teaching this kind of lesson. For some reason, it's easier for me to explain the different ways to spell the long U sound than it is for me to explain how to make a calendar to give as a gift. Basically, anything I've tried to have the kids make has turned out terrible. One year, I tried to have them make ornaments out of old cd by dumping glitter and sequins all over them. It looked like something Liberace would have given his mom when he was in first grade. The other problem is that I can't keep the kids organized so that they don't lose projects that take longer than one day. We're trying to do calendars this time, and at the end of the day, a bunch of kids tried to take them home in spite of the fact that we'd only done February and January. I had to stop them from stuffing them in their back packs. This, coupled with the fact that we have an Open Court pacing guide that has us basically teaching full lessons up until the next to the last day and normal first grade hyperness over Christmas (except for the one Jehovah's Witness kid. I wish they ran their own private schools. I'd apply in a heartbeat) Any ideas to make the next three and a half days easier for a non-Scrapbooking, non-Michaels shopping, teacher who failed gluing in kindergarten himself? I also don't have a tv or vcr in my room.