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Don't Blame Santa!

I've heard a lot of teachers blaming the holidays for the struggle many children have in school this time of year.
Don't Blame Santa! Here are some reasons why the children struggle this time of year. It's not really Santa's fault!

I suspect it's not the holidays that are making it tough for them to concentrate. I think it's a couple of other things.

1.  These little guys have been pushing since August!  They've had a couple of long weekends, but they really haven't had a real vacation!  They're due for a break!

2.  The days are short.  They get up in the dark. By the time they get home from school, the sun is pretty much down. Not only are they not getting outside to let off steam, but so much darkness robs them of Vitamin D, and makes them sleepy!

Some of my little guys can barely hold their heads up during the day! 

I had a little girl today looking lost, so I asked her what she was looking for. She said she couldn't remember.  (I admit, I do that all the time: walk to the other side of the room, then can't remember why I walked over there, but I blame old age!)

Honestly, I think the holidays are the only thing that hold them together!  The promise of fun activities, Santa's watching to see if they're good, seasonal literature and games... there's still some great learning happening, despite their low concentration.

They'll be back on track after a good rest.  We have almost 2 weeks off coming up, if we can make it through 4 more school days!

...but I'm not blaming Santa!  He's the one who's helping them hold it together!

Don't Blame Santa! Here are some reasons why the children struggle this time of year. It's not really Santa's fault!

An Educational Winter Art Project

An Educational Art Project: turn a snow man art project into math problems! The best part? You can keep it up after the holidays!
I love a craft that ties into something educational.  
I also love a craft that allows room for individual creativity.  

This time of year, we have to pull all the stops out to get them enthusiastic about learning, so we did this art project.

The kiddos made snow people with snowballs for each of the letters in their names. They made a math equation to represent their names, then decorated the snow people. 

Sorry, I had to cover the last names.
Middle names were optional, but several wanted to include them. 

Look closely at this one: the third snow person is sad because the wind blew away his hat!

Here's another, aren't these adorable?

One thing I really like about these: I can hang them in the hallway now, and I can keep them up until January!

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