Can you see and feel your children bursting with energy in your class? Their focus is no longer on academics but on the twinkling lights, festive wreaths, and gorgeous Christmas trees.
At this time of the year, it’s almost impossible to focus on the curriculum so shall we throw it out the window for now?
Integrate it into some fun Christmas activities. Let’s look at art, writing and health with the following four simple Christmas class activities to celebrate the season.
So grab your peppermint hot chocolate and get ready to have a jolly good time.
#1. Crafty Christmas
Instead of going out and buying a lot of expensive decorations, purchase only a few for your class. Save money and excite your students by having them create beautiful works of art such as drawing or coloring scenes from the Nativity. You can then put them up on your bulletin boards as décor. For your older students, invite them to help you create a 3D crib to showcase in your class.
Let’s not just leave it at art but take it a step further and make some instruments so that we can use it for the following activity. You’ll can make tambourines, drums, or sleighbells.
#2. Make Music
Take the instruments that you made in the first activity and make music together. Choose a few Christmas songs, like Joy to the World or Angels We Have Heard On High and practice some praise and worship as a class. There’s nothing quite like making music and raising your voices together in harmony to really bring out the Christmas spirit within students.
#3. Wishful Writing
So many of us, including our students get swept up in the excitement of Christmas that we often forget pausing and reflecting on the true meaning and purpose of Christmas.
In order to help them deepen their connection to and understanding of this special holiday, give them some time to write down their thoughts about it and share it if they’re comfortable doing so.
To help you with this, I’ve created prompts that you can easily download for your students. Either CLICK HERE or the image below to explore the different journals that meet the needs of your students.
If you’re a teacher, a homeschooling parent, or if you teach older high school students, I have FREE reflection journals that you can try out for yourself or your students. They are located in my Free Resource Library. Either CLICK HERE or on the image below to enjoy them.
#4. Gifting Glory
Once your children have had some time to reflect, remind them that Christmas isn’t just about receiving gifts from others, but about giving as well. You can do this by writing cards for children at your local hospital or fundraising for a charity of your choice, such as the food bank or for an orphanage.
Look at what your students are interested in doing so that your class is invested in this project, then notify their parents about it, remind children about their progress to build excitement around it and invite them to ask others to contribute to it as well.
You can even go as far as to involve your local community too.
Let’s recap really quickly. Today, we looked at the following:
- Four strategies to help students enjoy the Christmas season: crafty Christmas, make music, wishful writing, and gifting glory.
- The importance of engaging in Christmas activities.
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