If you are a regular around here you already know that my youngest son was finally diagnosed with ADD earlier this year. It was a very long process and it truly felt like an uphill battle for a long time, but once we got confirmation of what we already knew – his dad and I fought hard to make sure he got all the help he needed.
We worked with the school and were happy that he qualified for an IEP (Individual Education Plan). Part of the plan was placing him in an inclusion classroom for this current school year. His teacher is ah-mazing and he’s got a wonderful teacher’s aide in the classroom for half of his day. He’s been working really, really hard and is making some huge progress this year thanks to the help of his teachers. Obviously this makes my heart very happy.
Back in September at the school open house night, I met his teacher for the first time (although we had already emailed back and forth several times by then) and I asked her if she used parent volunteers in her classroom. Surprisingly not all teachers do, but she was thrilled that I asked and I started volunteering a few mornings a week in her 3rd grade classroom the following week. I can’t even tell you how happy it makes me to be involved like this. I am loving getting to know all the kids in the class and seeing what my son is up to during his school day, too.
The kids in my son’s classroom are awesome. They are seriously an awesome bunch of kids, so I want to bring them (and the two teachers) a treat. These Santa Hat Cupcakes are perfect, right? I used a cake mix to make the cupcakes, so they were easy to whip up and come on – they are adorable, right?
Here’s what you need:
- White or yellow boxed cake mix (calls for eggs, oil, and water)
- Pillsbury radiant red vanilla frosting
- Miniature marshmallows
- Decorating bag or sandwich bag
Here’s what you do:
1. Preheat your oven to 350° and place cupcake liners into a cupcake pan.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together your cake mix, eggs, oil, and water (per the instructions).
3. Fill each cupcake liner up halfway with your cake batter and bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
4. Let your cupcakes cool and fill up a decorating bag with frosting. Cut a 1/2″ tip off the end.
5. Hold the top of your decorating bag so your frosting doesn’t escape and apply pressure with your whole hand by squeezing the bag.
6. Draw a swirl onto the cupcake by starting on the outside and working your way in, then do a second layer starting about a 1/2″ in and ending by squeezing a little extra and making a small peak in the center.
7. Now carefully place your mini marshmallows around the bottom edge of the frosting and one at the top of the frosting peak.
I think the kids will really love them, don’t you?
Another way that I help my son’s teacher is by donating things to the classroom. Did you know that most teachers have to pay out pocket for classroom supplies? I feel badly that in addition to all their hard work and long hours that teachers have to pay for supplies for our kids to use as well.
My son’s teacher also does something fun with her class on Friday afternoons. She has a prize box and all the kids who remembered to complete and turn in their homework, she picks a few names out of a hat to get a little prize. Oriental Trading has loads of things that are perfect for her to hand out to the students.
I picked things that are not specific to any holiday because I am not sure what the kids in the class celebrate. I found these super cute snowman paddleball games in the Christmas section and since they are not holiday specific, they are perfect for everyone.
This Peanuts Bean Bag Toss game is also perfect for the class, right? Who says you can’t have fun in school?
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I am so thankful that I have the opportunity to help the kids in my son’s class this year. Do you ever volunteer or donate supplies to your child’s class?