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Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas

I'm bracing myself for a challenging week.  
It's a busy time of year.
There are very few hours of sunlight per day.  
That really affects the spirit of many.
Kids are overstimulated, sleep deprived, and downright cranky.

Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!
Plus, did you realize the full moon is this week, too?  

Here are Six Ways to Survive the Last Week Before Christmas:

1.  Bribery Works!  Yes, I've been known to resort to bribery. I would hope that children want to be good just for that personal pride, but that's not realistic.  They need to earn something.  
This week, we're working toward a Christmas party on Thursday afternoon.  I've already planned the party.  We'll have entertainment and gifts to open, and food and fun stuff.  But I tell them those plans can be cancelled if they don't earn the party.  I've come close to cancelling the party in the past, but we've always had the party.  One thing to remember about bribery... the "bait" needs to be WORTH IT, or it won't work next time! (I'll be sure the Christmas party is awesome!)

2.  Keep Them Active!  I've got some games (freebies!) that keep the kids out of their seats.
Try Golfing for Tens, 
Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!


Or even a game like this one I found on Amazon.  (Click images for links to these games.)
Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

The key is to get the kids having so much fun, they don't realize they're practicing their adding skills!


3.  Try a Little Yoga!

Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

Kids really adapt well to Yoga, and it really calms them down and helps them focus!  Honestly, it helps me, too!


4.  Add some music to your day!


I use this one in my classroom frequently and I swear by it! (Click image for link.)
Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

Any baroque music makes a great calming background for the classroom!
Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

Of course, my acupuncturist uses this background music, and I know it relaxes me!
Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

Or, if you're looking for holiday music, this one is my personal favorite for the classroom
Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!



And who doesn't love this one?
Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners! 


5.  Let them paint!
I am always amazed at how quiet the children become when I pull out the water colors!  Of course, one needs to have an educational purpose for painting, but I really don't think creative teachers like us would have a problem thinking of something, do you?
Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!
6. Have a Game Day!

There are plenty of board games out there that are perfect for strengthening the children's reading and maths skills, and some great strategy building, but be sure to keep the "learning" part a secret... they'll think they're getting away with something!  Here are a few of my favorites:

Apples to Apples is my favorite!  It always makes the kids giggle, and (shhhh...works some valuable thinking skills)

Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

Scrabble works reading, writing and even math, as well as strategic thinking!

Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

Uno is a classic!

Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

Plus, Yahtzee is a great game for strengthening math skills!

Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!
Then of course, regular playing cards will always entertain, and make mathematical paths in the brain.  (Seriously!)


Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!


Well, there are six ideas to help you through this week.  I hope this helps!


But, as all teachers know, when all else fails, be sure to keep a stash of chocolate in your desk for those particularly stressful days!

Six Ways to Survive The Last Week Before Christmas: This blog post has several ideas for keeping the children engaged in learning during those VERY busy weeks before Christmas, including freebies for active learners!

And if you're still looking for holidays, I've got a whole bunch of freebies linked to my

  December Pinterest Board!





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