Wow! It is hard to believe that it is Christmas! It was so busy this last few weeks at school, I didn't even get a chance to do a recap on all that was happening in my classroom. It may be late, but I am going to do a quick glance back at what we were up to.
Let's start with our focus on Peace and Remembrance Day in November. My students wrote poems about Peace and they did many different activities to focus on what our world would be like if we all were kind to each other. We talked about doing random acts of kindness and paying it forward to others.
We continued with the focus on Peace during our student-led conferences. One of the activities that the children did with their parents was an acrostic poem about Peace. This was a great chance to discuss the importance of peace together.
Another activity that my parents did with their children was a baby block glyph activity. It was so much fun watching them share stories about when the kids were babies. The next day we looked at the glyphs and did some Math with them. There were so many different things to compare and contrast. See the list below of all the information we were able to find out about.
As we neared the end of November, it was time to begin thinking about Christmas. We continued with the theme of kindness and about focusing on giving rather than receiving. This began our quest to do Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. It was heartwarming to hear the stories of the different RACKs they did as they took this on.
It would not be Christmas without letters to Santa. To top it all off, they all received personal letters back from Santa. Our newspaper also posted Santa letters throughout the paper. Here are a few of them.
I love Christmas stories. I have so many books about Christmas, that I didn't need to sign them out from our school library. Here is one of my favorites. It is so beautifully illustrated and the story is so sweet.
After reading it, the children did before and after drawings.
Of course, we did many other holiday activities and the Christmas theme was evident in our Language Arts and Math lessons. There are too many to showcase here, but I am very grateful to my teacher friends for all of their wonderful products. They have really added to my lessons.
Well, there you have it. A brief synopsis of our last few weeks. I wish I had some pictures of some of the crafts and other activities to show you, but I have not been very good at remembering to take pictures during the activities.
Have a wonderful holiday break and enjoy the time with your family and friends. I look forward to sharing more with you in the new year.
About Me Charlene Sequeira
I am a wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 9, and a retired primary and music teacher. I love working with kids and continue to volunteer at school and teach ukulele.