This letter is being passed around facebook:
With one week left before Christmas break, I decided to make this week more about fun and less about meeting standards. I told myself on Monday morning, that I was going to go in and hug each and everyone of my first graders and that we were going to do fun and even messy things!
Well, we did! I tried to hug them all, but some of them gave me those side shoulder hugs. You know the "eew, my teacher is embarrassing me hug." Then I made fun literacy themed centers and threw in some Play-Doh for spelling center. They have really had a blast! One of my students told me it was the best day ever! That made me smile.
I snuck in some learning and crafts, too. Here are some photos of our week.
These are included in my Have Yourself a Very Common Core Christmas Packet.
This is included in my Common Core Based Gingerbread Activities Packet.
This is happening tomorrow, in conjunction with pajama day! Click here to download this free packet.
We used the letter in Michelle Oakes' Santa's Little Helpers Packet to introduce him two weeks ago. Perhaps, next year he will only come this last week before Christmas :)
Other activities we did:
We wrote letters to Santa after reading Dear Santa. This book was a hit and they all wanted it. They really loved the little tiny letters in the pockets of the book. I told them I would post it on my blog so they could show their parents the book.
As a gift to the parents, we make hand and footprint reindeer and a Santa handprint card. Directions and printables for these can be found in my Have Yourself a Very Common Core Christmas Packet.
While the students are watching the Polar Express tomorrow, I plan to type up personalized thank you notes. This year I bought cute borders from Pink Cat Studio (click here). I have to use the fonts the school computers provide me with, but if I had my choice, I would use a font by Kimberly Geswein. I LOVE her fonts. Here is a sample thank you letter.
I hope you have a wonderful last day with your kiddos! Or if you are already out of school enjoy the much needed time to decompress! I will be back soon with some Holiday Cheer...we all know we could use some.