Yesterday was the tenth day of school for my sprouts. We’ve been tracking the days in school religiously. We write the number and create a number line and we count straws. Unbeknownst to them, when you have ten straws in the ones pocket, you can’t keep them there. They’ve got to go. To make this a little more memorable, fun, and really, to allow me a chance to ham it up a bit, a special visitor comes out every time we collect ten straws.
Chippy is a little chipmunk who just LOVES the number ten, counting by tens, and anything related to ten. Why a chipmunk? I have no idea, but the kids never seem to question it. Why does he love ten? Not a clue either, but each time we collect ten and he comes dancing out – yes he’s a dancing chipmunk, the kids go nuts. Get it nuts… chipmunk. Work with me here.
After Chippy helps the Calendar Helper with the straws, he usually does a little dance, does a little cheer, and then plays with the hair of the Calendar Helper before hiding away until we collect another ten straws. Oh, Chippy is one happy chipmunk. I mean just look at him.
His hands are perpetually in the up position as if he was frozen in time waiting for a cheer. When I pointed this out to Mrs. D., she giggled in a way I hadn’t seen before… Chippy has that affect on people.
I’m not sure why kindergartners love puppets so much, but the truth is, I love them too. I’ve got a gaggle of puppets and they come out to visit and help with our learning all the time. Chippy just looks the happiest, even without my hand up his bum.