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December 15, 2015

Holiday Time-Savers for the Classroom

By Allie Magnuson
Grades PreK–K

    It's the end of the year, and you're busy. The last thing you need is more work! Save yourself some time with these hints for the holidays.

    While this post is specifically about saving time during the winter holidays, these tips can easily be repurposed for other busy times such as the end of the school year when you are trying to wrap things up, have end-of-year gifts for students, and compiling schoolwork for kids to take home to parents.

    Please let me hear from you in the comments section at the end of the post what your favorite strategies are for getting all the necessary learning in while accommodating festivities!

    Time-Savers for Holiday Crafts

    Snowmen made from miscellaneous crafts

    Plan crafts that don't involve any prep work for you. Provide miscellaneous art and craft supplies and let your students use their imaginations to make their own holiday artwork.

    Holiday craft supplies in individual bags

    Plan crafts that don't involve any prep work for your studentsPrepare a set of materials for each student ahead of time.

     

    Time-Savers for Holiday Parties

    Parents and students making gingerbread houses

    Assign each table a parent volunteer. Ask the parents to bring the materials.

    Kids cleaning up

    Schedule half an hour after the party for cleanup. Have students help pick up any mess, stack the chairs, and change the calendar to January so it will be ready when you get back from winter break.

     

    Time-Savers for Holiday Centers

    The 12 Days of Christmas

    Use one book to create activities for all of your math centers. The 12 Days of Christmas is good for number recognition, counting, addition, and graphing centers — plus almost everyone has a version of this hanging around.

    'Twas the Night Before Christmas

    Use one book to create activities for all of your literacy centers. For instance, use The Night Before Christmas for letter recognition, letter sounds, rhyming, and sight words centers.

     

    Time-Savers for Holiday Gifts

    Board games for class gifts

    Instead of buying a gift for each individual student, buy a gift (or two or three) for the whole class. Get something fun, like a game or a play set, that they can look forward to using when they come back from the break.

    Craft supplies to make bead ornaments

    Make family gifts super easy. Ornaments made out of pipe cleaners and beads are quick and fun.


    And to my family, friends, and readers of the Top Teaching blog, use the coupon below to save time (and money) to do your holiday shopping online at The Scholastic Store!


     

    It's the end of the year, and you're busy. The last thing you need is more work! Save yourself some time with these hints for the holidays.

    While this post is specifically about saving time during the winter holidays, these tips can easily be repurposed for other busy times such as the end of the school year when you are trying to wrap things up, have end-of-year gifts for students, and compiling schoolwork for kids to take home to parents.

    Please let me hear from you in the comments section at the end of the post what your favorite strategies are for getting all the necessary learning in while accommodating festivities!

    Time-Savers for Holiday Crafts

    Snowmen made from miscellaneous crafts

    Plan crafts that don't involve any prep work for you. Provide miscellaneous art and craft supplies and let your students use their imaginations to make their own holiday artwork.

    Holiday craft supplies in individual bags

    Plan crafts that don't involve any prep work for your studentsPrepare a set of materials for each student ahead of time.

     

    Time-Savers for Holiday Parties

    Parents and students making gingerbread houses

    Assign each table a parent volunteer. Ask the parents to bring the materials.

    Kids cleaning up

    Schedule half an hour after the party for cleanup. Have students help pick up any mess, stack the chairs, and change the calendar to January so it will be ready when you get back from winter break.

     

    Time-Savers for Holiday Centers

    The 12 Days of Christmas

    Use one book to create activities for all of your math centers. The 12 Days of Christmas is good for number recognition, counting, addition, and graphing centers — plus almost everyone has a version of this hanging around.

    'Twas the Night Before Christmas

    Use one book to create activities for all of your literacy centers. For instance, use The Night Before Christmas for letter recognition, letter sounds, rhyming, and sight words centers.

     

    Time-Savers for Holiday Gifts

    Board games for class gifts

    Instead of buying a gift for each individual student, buy a gift (or two or three) for the whole class. Get something fun, like a game or a play set, that they can look forward to using when they come back from the break.

    Craft supplies to make bead ornaments

    Make family gifts super easy. Ornaments made out of pipe cleaners and beads are quick and fun.


    And to my family, friends, and readers of the Top Teaching blog, use the coupon below to save time (and money) to do your holiday shopping online at The Scholastic Store!


     

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