Last week was my first full week back in my classroom without my student teacher. It was a bit lonely but I muddled through. Since I hadn’t been teaching I hadn’t got to do a lot of “Christmasy” things with the kiddos. So I tried to make up for it in ONE week’s time. Lordy I will not do that again!
I decided to give each day a theme and sent information home on Monday with the kids. Tuesday was “Elf Day” we wore jingle bells on our shoes and I handed out “elf kisses.” We did some of the fun activities from the free elf mini unit that Mrs. Saylor at Saylor’s log posted. We also labeled elves and wrote stories with the words we learned from the holiday labeling pack I got at TpT made by Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies. Finally we made cute little elves and completed a survey that came with them from The Glyph Girls at TpT. They were made to be a glyph but since we were short on time we just put them together. They turned out pretty darn cute anyway.
The next day was “reindeer day.” Everyone dressed in brown and we learned all about reindeer. Did you know reindeer are really Caribou and Santa has the only ones that can actually FLY? Amazing huh? Check out this cutie in her brown reindeer outfit. I WANT one!!
We also made reindeer glyphs again (yeah except for the glyph part) from the Glyph Girls. I hope the Glyph girls don’t revoke my glyphing privileges, I promise I do LOVE glyphs!
By Thursday the kiddos were WOUND UP and I was WEARING OUT. But it was Grinch Day! We wore green, had Grinch Pills (green M&M’s and a big speech about pills) and made Grinch juice That Cara mentioned at The first Grade Parade. And hey lucky for me someone brought the video! So at inside recess (and a bit longer) we watched The Grinch. We then did the learning thing with whole comparing and contrasting of the movie and book. They really did quite well at this! Yay.
Finally FRIDAY and of course Santa Day! Santa hats and Christmas shirts for all. Not too much in the way of excitement this day, just some reading and writing, singing and dancing, and finishing gifts to parents. This year
I they made calendars for the parents. Instead of doing a page each month we did a tree of seasons. Every three months is a page with a painted tree (by me) and the kid’s finger printed the leaves or snowflakes. They turned out pretty cute thanks to my delightful teacher buddy. I had put the first one in upside down, but wooo she caught it for me in the “nick” of time. Luckily she’s the an attentive one cause I’m the “ehhh who gives a f flip it’s done- one.”
By the end of the day the kids were on a roll and I was ready to go. But the party was much fun and they really liked (at least they said they did) the pillowcases I made them (until two in the morning the night before).
We have been working on pillowcases to send my Nephew’s unit in Afghanistan so I thought the kids might enjoy one of their own.
So that’s my last/first week back in a nut shell. I know a BIG nut shell!
Speaking of BIG did you know that Hope at 2nd Grade Shennagins is giving away here ENTIRE TpT store to one lucky winner? AND Tara at 4th GradeFrolics is giving away THREE of her items, just because her husband had a birthday, no really. AND Lisa at Live, Laugh, and Love to Learn in Second Grade is having a “mystery” giveaway, and she is giving you FIVE ways to enter. You really do need to go check them all out, if nothing else but for the cuteness of their blogs.
Have a Great week and Holiday Y’all I hope everyone is on break by now!