In lieu of a Valentines party, Avery's class came up with another idea. The kids dressed like cowboys and cowgirls and each student wrote a poem or story about a farm. They invited parents to come to the class, each student read their poem to everyone, the kids did a line dance that they had learned, and then they had chili and snacks.
Avery did much better than I anticipated - several kids chickened out and wouldn't read their poem in front of everyone and a few read from their seats - but Avery stood up front and read without hesitating.
The girls - about to do their line dance
look at her posing for the camera!