As is island tradition, we also went caroling to the homes of a few of the elderly islanders. The students sang a handful of songs and we handed out bird feeders and cookies to each house. It was a beautiful and much appreciated tradition. Many members of the community showed up and took part in the singing. The students were freezing and tired by the end, but they were troopers and did their best at each house. Check out this great video of us singing!
The final day before break in my classroom we had a big, all-day party. The morning started off with "Books & Toast." "Books & Toast" is another island tradition in the classrooms. The entire elementary wing declares a pajama day and the students spend the whole morning curled up with blankets, pillows, and good books. They read in groups or solo, depending on their level and who does/doesn't need reading assistance. Meanwhile, the teachers serve up a variety of breakfast foods, with the main course being some seriously fancy toast options.
After our morning of reading, we spent the afternoon watching "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" (the original version), having relay races and playing games in the gym, building (cheater) gingerbread houses, and enjoying a gift exchange. I always try to do something homemade for my class each year. This year, I filled quart-sized mason jars with all the ingredients to make peppermint brownies. It was a hit!
I left the school on Friday afternoon feeling completely exhausted. Normally, Cody and I travel for the holidays. This year, we decided that we would stay put and try to get a little r&r. It's very nice to not be spending my precious break in airplanes and rental cars, zooming from one location to another.
Your turn...What some of your holiday traditions?
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