Has the Christmas Ants visited your room yet? You know, the ones that make your kids wiggly and completely unable to focus on anything that isn't red, green, or glittery? ;)
Don't worry- your break is almost here! BUT before it comes, we've got to plan The Best Christmas Party Ever. Or as my 3 year old would say: "Da Best Cwist-miss Pawty Eh-VUH".
This week, we're gathering the kids together on the carpet, passing out a few candy canes, and cracking open the pages of a Christmas picture book.
Bonus Idea: Go to the library and take out a bunch of Christmas picture books. Wrap each one and place in a spot in your room. Allow your class to pick one book out, unwrap it, and use that as your read-aloud for the day. Just wrapping the book adds a whole new layer of suspense that will engage your kids. We do this at our house every year and the kids love it!
Here are a few of my favorite Christmas read-aloud books:
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies: Our favorite little mouse is back with a holiday-version of his adventures.
The Polar Express: This classic should be a staple in everyone's classroom. Follow up the book by a special pajama-clad showing of the movie.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Another classic Christmas book that was also turned into a movie (both a cartoon and a real life version)
Annika's Secret Wish: A lovely story with a sweet and meaningful message.
Bear Stays Up For Christmas: Bear's friends try to help him stay awake until Christmas. In the end, he has a special gift for each of them.
The Gift of the Magi: I love this book! The story is about a poor couple who both decide separately to sell their favorite possession in order to get the other person a Christmas present.