After a quick week jam packed with activities, I'm finally sitting down and reflecting on everything we accomplished in Room 7. I always scramble around the week before winter break trying to create big, extravagant, winter displays and crafts for my students. Each year I realize that it's the moments during and in between all of my planned activities that create the memories with my kiddos. We had so much fun this past week and we bonded even more as a classroom family - and as a proud teacher, that's all I can ask for! Keep reading to see everything we did the last week before break!
Popsicle Stick Snowmen
I have a very diverse population of students and although most celebrate Christmas, not all do. I wanted to create something for families that would be holiday neutral, but could still be given as a Christmas present for those who celebrate. We spent a few days of the week on each step of the snowmen and students worked very hard knowing that their parents would be receiving them! I found a sweet poem to go with them that I got from Dee Dee Wills that I attached onto the scarves with twine.
Our snowmen watched us from the window to give us a little decoration since we haven't had any snow yet. At the end of the week students were able to take them home!
Guided Cut and Paste Reindeer
I'm always trying to find ways to get my students to strengthen their fine motor skills. An activity involving drawing, cutting and pasting is a great way to practice! I worked step by step with them creating a reindeer. I showed them how to draw each part, I demonstrated how to cut and glue it and then monitored their progress as they worked. We paired this with the book The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett. After reading, students got with a partner and did a turn and talk about what they might do if they met a reindeer. They could choose to do something that Teeka did in the book, or they could choose to create their own adventure!
If I Was a Snowman at Night...
Have you read the book Snowmen at Night? It's AMAZING! Such a cute story about why a snowman might look a little slumped in the morning. We watched a youtube reading of it because I couldn't find a copy at our nearest library. The kids got really into the idea of what snowmen might do at night. Here were some of the ideas:
- "If I was a snowman at night I would play football"
- "If I was a snowman at night I would play with my friends"
- "If I was a snowman at night I would look for reindeer"
- "If I was a snowman at night I would eat snowballs"
The kids had so much fun with this craft because they were allowed to rip up as much paper as they wanted to be able to create their snowman!
Christmas Cookies and Polar Express!
Before the students came to school, I transformed the front of our room to be the train in the Polar Express. There were blankets for them to cover up in and it was pajama day! The last day before break FLEW by! We made crock pot hot chocolate with marshmallows (my kinders measured, poured the ingredients and stirred by themselves), Christmas cookies and read the book Polar Express before watching the movie. Our afternoon was filled with our quarterly PBIS reward, Party with the Principal. Here are some pictures from our last day!
Before the end of the day party, we had time to do our daily rest time. The kids were EXHAUSTED and almost half the class actually slept! Usually I only have a few and the rest just lay quietly. Rest time is just about everyone's favorite time of the day and they all took advantage of it Friday!
Now we all have two weeks to recoup and ramp up for third quarter! Enjoy your break!!