Have you ever had a mistake turn into a moment?  I mean, one of those mistakes where you’re kicking yourself and thinking, “Ugh, did I really just do that?” and suddenly that mistake turns out to be something really great?  That happened to me this week, and to your sweet firsties reaped the benefits.

Yesterday was Halloween, of course, and one firstie brought in the most adorable spider treats for his friends.  I mean, look at these things:



Guess who forgot to pass them out?


I mean, okay; these things happen.  But I knew that the aforementioned sweet firstie and his mama probably spent hours on these amazing creations.

I knew I had to make it right.

This morning, the firsties were greeted with the following scene:


I can’t describe the excitement to you.



“What happened?”

“Oh no!  They escaped!”

“There’s one on my desk!”

“One’s crawling up the shelf!”


I will continue to maintain that I have no idea how these silly spiders got out of the bag, or what would make them scurry around, and I don’t have to; the firsties were ready to let their imaginations fill in the blanks!

“They had a Halloween party!”

“Someone’s put magic dust on them before we left the room yesterday and they came alive!”

“It was my Elf on the Shelf!”

“Maybe it was a disco party!”

“They wanted to trick or treat at our seats!”

Can you see where I’m going with this?  The firsties got busy writing an imaginative story describing the spiders’ overnight antics. They described the spiders and what they looked like, and wrote about dancing with them all night long, or trying to snuggle with the Patience Pals on the shelves.  Some wrote about their desperate attempts to get into the morning work baskets to try to learn first grade work, or their efforts to reach the library where they would read books all night long.  Their ideas are so creative!

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So, maybe it was just the Lord’s will that I would be frazzled and forgetful at the end of a Halloween class day so that we could have this awesome creative writing experience.  God’s plans are always better than mine!

Have a blessed weekend!

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