Christmas Ideas - ProTeacher Community




Home Join Now Search My Favorites
Help


      Intervention & Title I Services

Christmas Ideas

>

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Triomom's Avatar
Triomom Triomom is offline
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 35
Junior Member

Triomom
 
Triomom's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 35
Junior Member
Christmas Ideas
Old 11-23-2006, 10:24 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #1

Hi:
I'd like to do something special for Christmas for the children I teach. Do any of you have special things that you do for your children at this time of year? This is my first year as a Reading Specialist. It is fairly easy to do a special treat for your children in a regular classroom. Are there any special ideas that you can share. Any special games, etc. that you might use with them?
Thanks!


Triomom is offline   Reply With Quote

MrsM's Avatar
MrsM MrsM is offline
 
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,289
Senior Member

MrsM
 
MrsM's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,289
Senior Member

Old 11-24-2006, 05:03 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #2

It's tough at our school when the Christmas season comes. The music teacher puts on a program and that means extra practices sometimes. Classrooms do special parties and movies and activities, and all these things interfere with regular schedules. When I do something special I try to clear it with everyone else's schedules first and do it on a day that I'm pretty sure I'll see all my kids. (I'm scheduling around 11 classroom teachers.) I usually end up doing something about a week before break.

I really liked what I did last year, and I think I'll repeat it. I had taken digital pictures of each of my kids with an open book, pretending to be reading. I created a bookmark on the computer by making a block of color background, the words "Look who is reading! Christmas, 2005" and the child's photo and first name under it. I printed them two at a time on large index cards. I have a die cut in the shape of a bookmark and cut each one, and put a ribbon through the hole and hung them on my Christmas tree for the decorations.

I brought milk, hot cocoa mix, and a crockpot and kept some warm cocoa for the kids. I gave each one a cookie and a small cup of cocoa to snack on while I read a Christmas story aloud. We discussed something in the story, can't remember now whether it was story elements or a moral lesson. As they left that day, they were able to take their bookmarks with them. I ended up with a bare tree for about a week, but during that week had an undependable schedule. The kids absolutely loved it.

Last edited by MrsM; 11-24-2006 at 05:18 AM..
MrsM is offline   Reply With Quote
Triomom's Avatar
Triomom Triomom is offline
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 35
Junior Member

Triomom
 
Triomom's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 35
Junior Member
Fun!
Old 11-25-2006, 07:50 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #3

What a fun idea! What are some of your favorite Christmas books to share? I have always used Polar Express in the past with my classrooms but am afraid that my kids will have been saturated with it because of the recent movie. I always enjoy your posts and they have helped me so much already as a new Title I Reading teacher!!
Triomom is offline   Reply With Quote
MrsM's Avatar
MrsM MrsM is offline
 
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,289
Senior Member

MrsM
 
MrsM's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2005
Posts: 1,289
Senior Member

Old 11-26-2006, 06:58 AM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #4

Night Tree by Eve Bunting is a good story, and can spark a short writing activity of a non-material gift each child would like to give someone. The Queen of Christmas by Mary Engelbreit is a fun one, but didn't seem to hold their attention. By the way, I teach only 3rd graders. I agree that the kids could be a little tired of Polar Express and for anything you do, it's disappointing if the classroom teacher has already done it. Have fun!
MrsM is offline   Reply With Quote
Laney Laney is offline
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 3
New Member

Laney
 
Joined: Oct 2006
Posts: 3
New Member
christmas letter
Old 11-27-2006, 08:39 PM
 
Clip to ScrapBook #5

In the past when I worked with primary grades, one of my favorite books to share was Mr. Willoughby's Tree. It is predictable. You might connect it with a science theme of reduce and reuse. Mainly it is a feel good book about Christmas cheer spreading.

When the schedules are shot with parties and special projects, I ask if anyone is doing a special project like making gingerbread houses or birdfeeders. It's kind of like a gift to the classroom teachers to go in and help in this way.

In my current position, I teach mainly in class with fourth graders. This year I am writing my students a Christmas letter telling them what I appreciate about them individually. Most of them need affirmation above all else. It will take time. No more than Christmas cards.


Laney is offline   Reply With Quote

Join the conversation! Post as a guest or become a member today. New members welcome!

Reply

 

>
Intervention & Title I Services
Thread Tools




Sign Up Now

Sign Up FREE | ProTeacher Help | BusyBoard

All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:13 PM.

Copyright © 2017 ProTeacher®
For individual use only. Do not copy, reproduce or transmit.
source: www.proteacher.net