I knew I needed it, because it clearly fit my safari theme. I was also inspired by Sarah Cooley's "Sound Muncher" (Check out her super cute blog: First Grader...at Last!), but I wasn't sure exactly how I'd use it in my classroom.
For part of a grad school assignment last semester though, I decided to turn the lion hamper into my mailbox. Students could write me notes or draw pictures for me and put them in my mailbox, and I promised to check it...and a trend began! Usually I give students some direction with their writing, but if it is a free choice, I often have a few letters or pictures waiting for me at the end of the day.
Today's letter, however, just made my day! I think I am going to frame it for when this student wins a Nobel Prize or Genius Award, because I'm pretty sure she will, and I want to be able to say: "I was her kindergarten teacher!"