Little Princess Ball

A few weekends ago I had the honour of being one of the royal princess’ of ceremony for The Little Princess Ball.  When asked, I accepted without hesitation.  Over 200 little girls dressed like princesses and a charity for the children’s ward at the Moose Jaw Hospital, it was a no brainer!  It was such an honor to speak about what I believe being a real princess is all about.

Every year, within the first few days of school I do an activity that really hits home with my students so I thought it would be a great thing to share with a room full of impressionable little princesses.  For any of my followers who are teacher I highly suggest this activity for students K-2! 

Obviously for the Princess Ball the circumstances were a little different.  I had a class full of 400, some much younger than the mature first graders I’m used to, and most were hopped up on sugar… keeping this “class” on task wasn’t easy but somehow I managed.

I did a quick intro about myself and then jumped right into the activity!  I explained that I was going to read them the story Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes (I summarized it… I had to keep their attention!) Every time the characters in the story said or did something mean or hurtful, I would crumple up the paper heart.  At the end of the story, even after the characters apologized, we tried to smooth out the wrinkles.  Although we tried our best, they were still there… moral of the story: before you speak, think and be smart, it’s hard to fix a wrinkled heart!  After reading the story and completing the activity I invited the girls up to make a pledge to being a real princess, who spreads love, kindness, and compassion.  They wrote their names on band-aids and stuck them on the heart! (When I do this in my classroom we hang the heart up and it serves as a constant reminder of the pledge they took!)

Here is a recap video of the whole event.  It truly was an amazing event to be a part of!

What does being a real princess mean to you?!