Do you decorate for the Christmas holidays before Thanksgiving is over? I usually start decorating almost as soon as I’m finished eating my Thanksgiving feast. Not that I put out a ton of decorations, but what I do have are my absolute favorites – a ceramic Christmas tree, quilted stockings made by my Mom, and of course a string of pretty white lights out on my balcony. Some day I’ve promised myself to have a St. Louis Blues themed tree like the one below! Wow!
The holiday lights are also strung up in my classroom, and it certainly helps us all get into the mood for Christmas. That and we’re busy practicing for our play performance in the school’s annual Christmas play – fun! Since teaching and learning don’t stop just because the calendar has flipped to December, I like to be super-organized when it comes to preparing for the classroom Christmas party. First up is the letter home to families letting them know the important deets – time, place, date, etc.
I used the translation feature in PowerPoint to switch the English text into Spanish so no promises that it’s perfect, but based on my very limited knowledge I think I’ve managed to communicate the essential details.
What classroom party would be complete without a game of Bingo? I’ve done a twist on the classic game and covered the game board with holiday traditions, songs, customs, etc. Into my Santa hat go my calling chips. I just reach in and pull out a chip and call the word on it. Students cover it up on their game boards with red and green candies. The winner? That lucky person (or persons, in the event of a tie) get to eat their candies. Of course, what I don’t tell everyone until the end is that they all get to eat their candies because, well…they’ve had their hands all over those candies so no givesies-backsies, thank you very much!
While the games are being played and the delicious food is being eaten, I’ve got some holiday songs playing in the background for a little “mood music!”
As the party starts to wind down, I have a Christmas joke book for kids. Yep, it’s just as corny as you’re imagining it right now, but by this stage of the party we are all so high on sugar that we’ll literally laugh out loud at anything. No kidding! Since our classroom party usually happens on the last day before a much-deserved 2-week break, I like to give my kiddos a little gift before they leave. These bookmarks are affordable even on a teacher’s tight budget and also easy to make, not to mention that it’s my sneaky way of reminding them to y’know, actually read over the holiday break. Please!
I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, and that you take some time to recharge your batteries and refresh your soul during your winter break. I’ll be back in January 2017 with new posts. Until then, click on the link below if you want this Christmas Party Kit Freebie for yourself. Happy teaching!