I actually sometimes hate the fact that we only have a few weeks of school in December, because there are sooooo many fun things to do!
I looked back on the last 5 (almost 6!) years of blog posts and found a ton that I want to re-share with you!
Holiday Language Units
1. Christmas Around the World: I love this new unit because I learned so much about holiday traditions around the world when writing it! This unit works on listening comprehension, vocabulary, and compare/contrast skills.
2. Holiday Pronouns: This is a super cute activity for younger elementary students. It works on pronouns and following directions of different levels of complexity. And there are cookies. Nuff said.
3. File Folder Categories: Christmas/Birthday: A FREE file folder categorizing activity. This can be done in a group of independently. For higher language students it’s a great way to spark discussion about WHY.
4. Holiday Social Skills: I branched into social skills with a holiday theme this year. This download covers thinking about others, asking questions about others, keeping the topic going, and feelings of others.
Holiday Book Companions
1. Polar Express: This was one of my first book companions and the book is one of my favorite author/illustrators! I completely updated it a few weeks ago too. Love this book and companion!
2. Gingerbread Baby: This is a great book for story sequencing and for using during the holiday season without fear of a “Christmas” theme. The author/illustrator (Jan Brett) is absolutely amazing and this is a great set. I updated my book companion of a few weeks ago and it is great!
3. The Animals’ Christmas Carol: A really cute and short book. This one is good for simple rhyming and vocabulary activities.
4. Tree of Cranes: A fabulous picture book with gorgeous illustrations about a little boy celebrating Christmas in Japan.
1. Rudolph: This post talks about working on /r/ with the Rudolph song!
2. Articulation Word Search for the Holidays: A fun and FREE word search!
Other Learning Traditions in my Family
1. Christmas Codes: How the kids must work on math skills before they can open any gifts!
2. Decorating a Tree–Wheelchair Style: My son’s reflection on our holiday traditions.
3. Learning the States: Using Christmas cards to learn geography.
4. Giving Locally: A holiday poem I wrote about the ways that we’ve helped families from my school.
5. Giving Globally: One of my favorite posts EVER. I wrote this “12 Days of Christmas” type song to talk about what the holiday season should REALLY be about.
Photo by carf
And… other random Christmas posts I’ve done
2. A Christmas Conversation with myself: Random thoughts while stuck at home on Christmas Eve. Plus a recipe for snow cream!