Holiday Survival GuideThe countdown is on. Friday is within our reach. It is so close, yet it feels like it is so far away. Rarely do I long for Friday to roll around on a Monday, but goodness me, it's the week before winter break, and we all know what that means. Crazy Town!
My kiddos have certainly been amped up the past few weeks, so I decided to get proactive to help keep my sanity in tact, and to accomplish some legitimate teaching. I thought I would share my ideas with you in hopes that a few of them might help you survive this crazy week too!
My first step to surviving the week before winter break is the Gift Table. This is an extra desk in my classroom that I basically use to hold random things throughout the week (I don't have any tables). This week, it is holding gifts that are up for grabs for the good boys and girls.
In order to earn a gift, the students need to fill these punch cards, which I've actually been covering with small incentive chart stickers rather than punching.
What kinds of gifts am I offering? Easy, cheap stuff like markers, crayons, books purchased with bonus points from Scholastic, etc.
The second way that I'm planning to survive this week, and keep my sanity in tact, is by keeping art supplies on hand. On the menu, this delightful directed drawing from ARTventurous.
This image is from the ARTventurous website. Be sure to visit this site, it is awesome!
Directed drawings are a student favorite in my classroom. They love them. They love to paint and use pastels, and that is exactly what I've pulled for this project.
These projects are like a magical time in the classroom. The students quiet down and get lost in their creations. I love that! Today, we drew our reindeer, and throughout the rest of the week we will color and paint the portrait. I usually have time to spare in the morning after our phonics lesson, so this makes for a great filler during this time.
One final way that I plan to survive this week is by offering daily flashlight reading. I have a set of finger flashlights that I purchased on Amazon. They are amazing, and tons of fun! The kids love using them. Best of all, it makes for a quiet time and the kids are reading (I make sure of that).
I hope you can take a few ideas away from this post, and I wish you all a great week. We can do this!
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