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Christmas in Kindergarten

How many of you are going NUTS this time of year fitting in all the awesome things you want to do?! *raises hand*

December is such a short month for school, but there’s SO much to cram into it. In Kindergarten, I swear crafts take 10 times as long, especially when you are one teacher to 19 kiddos that all need help. Sigh. Well, we were able to fit in a few fun things in spite of some Learning Checks and tests and trying to learn subtraction (who made these curriculum maps?! Learning a new skill in December is HARD!).

I am a firm believer in the importance of holidays in primary school. Kids are excited for Christmas, especially in Kindergarten. Even though time has been tight, it has been my mission to MAKE time for these special holiday goodies.

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I found these ADORABLE Christmas tree glasses in the dollar spot at Target to spice up my guided reading and guided math center and I’m telling you, the kids are dying to go to guided reading (the effect we always want, am I right?). I bought 4 pairs and it was totally worth the $4 investment.

IMG_1013Did you decorate your room for the holidays? I was shocked to find out how many kids did not have Christmas trees set up at home (there are no religious conflicts in this group of students). I felt like that was an experience I could easily give the kids. I used our old tree (kind of small from our apartment living days) and all my old childhood ornaments. We also cut out strips of paper (the kids voted on the colors orange, red, and purple) and I brought out the markers (best teacher ever!!). They are so excited to continue to add to our paper chain garland and it was super easy for me. It has turned into an early finisher activity and we continue to build our chain. I bump my head on it daily, but it is worth it.

Picture2This is from a previous post that I had to mention again. This has been one of the best additions to my holiday curriculum yet. Read the entire post HERE. Basically, I got out all the Christmas and winter books and wrapped one for each day to place under the tree. Everyday, we unwrap a new one and then write about it in our Holiday Book Journals, which you can download for free on my TpT store. Click the image above to see the full post and click the image below to get the journals for free.

Unwrap CoverAnd now for a pinspiration result, that I could not be happier with!

SnowflakesThese were fun and easy and super inexpensive to make. And we were able to discuss that no two snowflakes are the same. 😉

More Pinspired photos coming soon!

Want more ideas for your Christmas classroom? Check out where it all started for me: Pinterest! The gals at The Teaching Two Step and I created a Pinterest board just for this occasion. Make sure you follow it for more great ideas!

Follow Amanda Smith @ Daisy Designs’s board Christmas in the Classroom Collaborative – The Teaching 2 Step on Pinterest.

Merry “Last Week of School Before Break” everyone! 😉 Amanda Daisy DesignsBUTTON BUZZ

Giving Back this Holiday Season!

It’s hard to believe December is knocking on the door! While I’m not one who cares for the commercialization of the holiday season, I do otherwise love all things Christmas, including gift-giving!

Each year in early December, I read one of my all-time favorite books aloud to students: “The Quiltmaker’s Gift” by Jeff Brumbeau.

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Afterwards, we discuss the importance of giving, especially to those in need, and we choose a class-wide community-service project. We’ve gathered books, food, and toiletries for Ronald McDonald House and local shelters, collected Pennies for Peace, gifted needy families with chickens and honeybees so they could support themselves throughout the year through Heiffer International, and made quilts and put together care packages for Soldier’s Angels — all causes that are near and dear to my heart!

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A few years ago, my classes started donating to KIVA each holiday season. KIVA is a non-profit organization that strives to use the power of the internet to connect people who are in need with those who want to help. You make small loans – starting at $25 – to people around the world (including right here in America, by the way!) who are working diligently to provide for their families or to pursue higher education. The recipients pay the money back so it can be re-gifted to someone else in need — continuing the circle of compassion, kindness, and empathy– all the big lessons and life-skills we hope to teach in our classrooms! KIVA has a 99% repayment rate and one of the best aspects of the program is this: When your loan amount is repaid, you can re-gift the money to someone else in need!

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My students bring in either .50 or $1 each and we send $25. When classes give, the next class usually gets to re-gift that money, as well as choose their own gift recipient! Students have so much fun deciding which country, then which person will receive their loan! This is truly a gift from the heart that keeps on giving and it’s fun to watch students give with such joy and enthusiasm!

If you or your class would like to give through KIVA this year, here’s a link: http://www.kiva.org/invitedby/sherri6451

Wishing you a beautiful December and happy gifting!

Literary Sherri

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