Stay Merry and Bright the last week of School:)

Who's in the last week countdown?  I am!!  I am teaming up with some awesome upper grade teachers to bring you some tips  to help you keep that last week before Christmas break a MERRY one!!  AND, one lucky person will win a fab Winter Prize Bundle!!
Stay consistent with "sprinkles" of Christmas/Holiday fun mixed in here and there.  This may sound like a no brainer BUT it has kept me merry and my kiddos calm this past week and I know it will help even more next week.  I don't know about you, but the weeks leading up to Christmas break tend to get a little "off track" from our normal routine, structured days that kiddos thrive in get changed or interrupted....testing, Christmas programs, Holiday store, activities, sing-a-longs....just change.  Now, change can be good but at times it can lead to a little unraveling and some not so merry days.

I do most of my math and reading in a workshop format...I have kept that format but added little bits/activities  and sprinkled a little holiday magic here and there in their rotations.  The consistency of keeping our "routines" keeps my kiddos focused and jolly and their teacher a happy camper.  

Some of these "sprinkles" have been:
- making ornaments for parents (not done yet) 
- I've handed out Elf tags 
- We have had daily fun with our kindness elf making cards for a nursing home, letters to firefighters, delivering Christmas pencils to another class just to name a few

In the plans for next week:
Snowflake QTip Angle Snowflakes
Candy Labs from The Science Penguin with Crystal Snowflakes, Cookies and Milk experiments and Elf potions:)
Another tip I have for you is to make sure your have a little pack of "thank you" notes and even a pack of Christmas cards in your bag or desk.  Then you can write notes as you need to and not forget anyone:)




Be sure to visit my other teacher friends and read about their tips and make sure you enter our Winter Prize Bundle giveaway!











7 comments

  1. Thanks for the tips, Tara! Love the Kindness Elf idea!!

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  2. Love these ideas. Do you have directions for the q-tip angel?

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  3. YES to keeping routine and adding in a few "sprinkles"!
    And great idea about keeping Thank You notes in your desk!!

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