Ok so who loves freebies, hates tattling, and feels like they pick up 3,784,932 pencils at the end of the day? If you're a teacher, then I *know* you replied "Yes" to all three. So for the freebies, I picked up 12 *FrEe* paint sticks from H.D. (code for Home Depot), painted them, stamped R E A D on it, drilled a whole through the end, and tied ribbon. Love!
For my tattlers (is that even a word?!?), I created my "Peace, Love, No Tattles" notebook. Students will be allowed, at the end of the day, to jot down any "tattles" they are still bothered by. It will be totally confidential and I will be able to read it and follow up with them, if necessary. Plus, who wouldn't be excited to read what 6 year-olds tattle about!
Lastly, I bought these green, plastic pencils cases at Target for $0.60 and taped these suckers on top. Hopefully this will encourage kids to KEEP THE PENCILS IN THE CASE.