Tips To Enjoy Holiday Teaching

It’s that time of year again, here are five tips to make them memorable with your class.

Take time for magical memories that have fallen off of our curriculum radar.  Remember, our job is to educate the whole child.  The activities listed below are cross curricular, and will create memories which will last a lifetime.

Have a snow day at school.  Pick a day when you know there will be snow, and schools will be open.  Let parents know in advance so students will dress properly to be outdoors and playing in the snow.  Then take your class outside for a nature walk, let them make snow angels, or build a snow man.  Bring them inside and read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

While your outside with your class, warm up water for Swiss Miss hot cocoa in your crock pot.  When you come back inside, let your students warm up with cups of hot chocolate.  It is a tradition I do once a year with my students, and they love it.  Exploring nature is hands on science for young children.  These are the memories students hold on to.

  • Write about your snowy day.  After reading the story and spending time outside, have students write about their own snowy day.  The memories will be fresh in their minds, and they can scaffold their writing off of the shared reading of the book.
  • Make snowy day scenes – Have students recreate what they saw outside by creating their own snowy day scenes.  They can use white glue on black construction paper.  Before the glue is dry have them sprinkle a little glitter on top.  These make the prettiest snowy day scenes.
  • Enjoy Poetry – Poetry may not be a huge part of the common core curriculum, but it is still very important to teach.  This is a great time of year to study the classic poem –  ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore.  Here is the full lesson which includes the poem.  If you can, play some soft Christmas music in the background.
    • Writing with a purpose is the best form of writing.  ‘Tis the season for gratitude. Have your class write thank you notes to your office staff, the lunchroom staff, your custodian, the school engineer (who keeps the building nice and warm), the school principal, the assistant principal, room parents and classroom volunteers, crossing guards, the list goes on and on.  Assign 2 or 3 students to create a lovely thank you note, and card for each person.  Students can work together and peer edit to make sure their note is truly special.  Then they can design their own decorations.  It’s a meaningful activity.  One that students, as well as those being thanked, will remember.


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  • Deann Marin
    December 7, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Love your ideas. Twas the Night Before Christmas has always been one of my favorites.

  • Print Path
    December 8, 2015 at 2:10 am

    What lovely ideas to enjoy the season!

  • Wild Child
    December 8, 2015 at 2:50 am

    I took your advice! Thanks for sharing!

  • MooreResources
    December 8, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Wonderful tips for the season. Thank you!

  • Just Add Students
    December 9, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Great suggestions! Thank you for sharing!

  • Tamaralynn @tarheelstateteacher
    December 11, 2015 at 12:37 am

    This is the perfect time of the year to have students write gratitude notes! And a good reminder to them to be thankful and look towards others in this season of getting tons of cool gifts and toys!

  • Victoria Leon
    January 24, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Thanks for sharing so many ideas…

  • Victoria Leon
    January 24, 2016 at 1:04 am

    Thanks for sharing so many ideas…