Well I am here on my Christmas (I still call it Christmas) break putting away all of my unit materials that I used for December in my little teacher shed……
So happy and blessed to say that I survived December with my kinder cubs!!
It was a tremendously busy time with them, but a fun time and a time I won’t soon forget.
If any first year or veteran teachers for that matter saw my plans for December they would have thought I was absolutely CRAZY!!
Which I am in some ways
It is a good CRAZY….if there is any such thing as being GOOD CRAZY!!….maybe I should say CRAZY GOOD…anyway….
I just LOVE all the units that can be taught in December so I practically teach all of them and then I’m “slap wore out” (another phrase for tired) by the time the last day of school for December gets here.
it is a happy tired!
Even though I was tired, I was still able to smile on the day before we checked out for the holidays!
This pic was taken of my cute little kinder elves on the day we had our Polar Express Palooza!!
The Polar Express Palooza was our party.
I don’t know if anyone else ever does this, but I take a class photo and I use my local Walgreens to create a Christmas card to send to my kinder families! Do any of you do that? This year I had to take 2 photos, due to kids being absent.
It is really soooo inexpensive!! I ordered a box of 20 cards for $11.00 (that was with a 30% discount). Adding the postage to it was about $20, When the families receive them in the mail, I always get positive responses back from them. I love doing this because I believe it builds that rapport that I always feel is important with my families!!
This year’s card turned out so cute!!
Another special thing that I do in December is put up my Teacher Treasure tree.It is a little table top tree that is filled with teacher ornaments that I’ve received throughout my teaching career.
I didn’t take ANY pictures of this special tree when it was in my classroom, so I put it up in my house and took a pic of it. I am getting to a point where it is almost too small to hold all of the ornaments! I try to remember to write the child’s name and the year on the back of each one so I don’t forget who gave it to me.
Here is the star on the top!! It makes me smile every time I read that quote!!
This year as I was putting the tree up in my classroom, I got this bright idea!!
Why not take a picture of each student, make the pictures into little paper ornaments and put those on my Teacher Treasure tree!!
I would also explain to the students that the reason their picture is on my Treasure Tree is because I consider each and everyone of them a TREASURE to me.
Then, on the last day before our holiday break, I would give the ornaments to the parents.
So, I would take a picture of each student, create each picture into an ornament and put a cheesy but cute little poem on the back.
I got too busy to finish them up and to get them on the tree!! (insert sad face here)
I’m just going to send them home when we get back to school in January.
Next year, I’ll be READY!!
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Next year, I’ll be sure to blog a picture of what my Teacher Treasure Tree looks like in my classroom with the Teacher Treasure ornaments hung on it as well.
In the meantime, I’m going to get busy and finish the ornaments I have now and get them sent to my parents.
Blogging about it has given me the motivation. That is another good reason to blog!!
Wishing you peace, love and joy this Christmas season!!