Enjoying December in the Classroom

Many teachers dread this time of the year in the classroom.
Kids behavior tends to be a little more crazy.
Home and school schedules are out of whack!
And everyone is just busy, Busy, BUSY!
Here's how I survive enjoy December in the classroom!
Enjoy Christmas in the Classroom with this FREE countdown to break!



Embrace the CRAZY!!
You know the saying, "if you can't beat them, join them!"
Well that's exactly what I do with my Countdown to Christmas Break!
I've done this for the past 4 years and it's one of my favorite things.
The best part is you can make it as simple as or as complex as you want!

Enjoy Christmas in the Classroom with this FREE countdown to break!

The first thing I do is look at my December calendar.
I always plan the easier activities on the busier days.

Enjoy Christmas in the Classroom with this FREE countdown to break!

Once I figured out what days I am doing what I activities,
I print out the cards and numbers.

Enjoy Christmas in the Classroom with this FREE countdown to break!

After assembling, I post in the classroom and I'm ready to go.
Each morning, we turn over a card and usually do the activity that afternoon.
Sometimes the activity lends itself to be done during our math or reading block, but that's the beauty of this countdown...it's flexible to fit your classroom needs!

There's multiple ways to display the countdown...

Enjoy Christmas in the Classroom with this FREE countdown to break!

Display on a Bulletin Board

Enjoy Christmas in the Classroom with this FREE countdown to break!

Use a muffin tin and cover with tissue paper to punch out activities each day!

Enjoy Christmas in the Classroom with this FREE countdown to break!

Use a poster board to display!

Here's a few simple things I do each year for our countdown...

Enjoy Christmas in the Classroom with this FREE countdown to break!

 Decorate the classroom Christmas tree

Enjoy Christmas in the Classroom with this FREE countdown to break!

 Make snowflakes out of coffee filters

Enjoy Christmas in the Classroom with this FREE countdown to break!

 Math activities with a Christmas theme

Enjoy Christmas in the Classroom with this FREE countdown to break!

Partner read Christmas books

I'm telling you...it's a simple activity each day that gives the students something to look forward too, that just makes those days leading up to Christmas break fun and enjoyable!!

And to make your December even easier...
I have the countdown for FREE in my resource library!!
I have a Winter version, for the non-Christmas classrooms as well!


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