One day this past week, one of our friends was having a rough day. She was having a hard time getting to her assignment. I kept reminding her to "get busy". Then she cried great big crocodile tears and told me she missed her mommy. I'm a sucker when it comes to my first graders. I have to wipe away the tears and make everything all right. No sad faces in Room 5!
I had her come behind my desk to sit on a stool that I keep back there for these types of "emergencies". I gave her a clipboard, pencil, and writing page and told her to get to work. Then...I braided her hair! When she stopped writing, I stopped braiding. By the end, she was smiling and so was I!!
...and one more guess
(Look at that sweet little happy face!)