As I think about St. Patrick's day, I'm considering a few things:
Next year maybe I'll purchase a few green necklaces that kids can borrow if they forget to wear something green. It's no fun feeling left out because you didn't remember to wear green on St. Patrick's Day.
On the other hand, another first grader walked into the room wearing an enormous headpiece. She looked like a court jester. As she shook her head, the various pieces moved in different directions. Before I knew it, she was surrounded by a group of admirers. I could tell that it was going to be distracting so I instructed her to place it in her backpack where it would be safe.
First graders get very excited about everything! That's what I love about teaching 6 and 7 year olds. How do you include the fun stuff and not have it distract them from learning? It can be quite a balancing act.