First of all, Merry, Merry Christmas from all of mine (minus those who were sick with strep throat this past week) to all of yours!! This past week we have had an absolute blast. As I know many of you are on a well deserved Christmas break, I figured I would still blog about what we were up to for next year’s plans and to keep you in the loop!
The week before Christmas break is always jam-packed with fun and excitement! This year was no different. For our Polar Express Day this year, we went all out.
On the day of our Polar Express Day, my students did not know that anything was going to be different. Rather, they only knew that they were able to wear their Christmas pajamas to school that day! When they got into the classroom, in front of our gathering place, a special basket was waiting for them that included a note and a few presents!
There was also a special jar filled with sparkling golden tickets.
My students carefully examined the jar.
We then read the letter that told my students that the Polar Express would be waiting for them at 9:00!
(Insert SQUEALS of excitement!)
At 9:00, we lined up and headed out to board the Polar Express.
It was a dreary, gray day, that seemed perfect for our ride on the magical train. My students lined up with their golden tickets with huge grins on their faces.
They then boarded the train!
(They were just a little excited!)
They then took off on their Polar Express ride!
When they got off the train, our room was set up for really fun rotations.
Station One included making ornaments for our Christmas trees.
Station Two was preparing a part of our parent gifts! For this we made salt dough handprints, 100% made by my students.
They measured the ingredients.
And rolled them out to make their handprints.
Station 3 was playing with our Ostheimer Nativity. My students LOVED recreating the nativity story!
Station 4 was making orange and clove ornaments/decorations.
To do this my students simply pressed the cloves into the oranges. They loved the sweet smell and worked very hard to fill their orange with cloves.
(I bought the cloves in bulk from Whole Foods.)
Finally, after all of our rotations, we listened to the Polar Express story (read by Liam Neeson)
while drinking delicious crock pot hot chocolate with old fashion candy canes.
It was a fantastic day! I hope that you have a very restful and relaxing Christmas break and enjoy your time off.
I’ll be back soon to tell you all about our Arctic Unit, writer’s workshop activities, and more!
Merry, Merry Christmas,
Love, Kristen 🙂