I'm so excited about today: I love Saturdays in December!
Today I will not be getting out of my pajamas. I plan to spend my time wrapping gifts, watching Christmas movies, and baking for the four Christmas parties we have this week! :)
That sure motivates this little teacher :)
and now I'm linking up an idea with my bud, Joanne, from "Head Over Heels for Teaching" - here's something that has motivated my students this week.
Because I teach at a Christian school, we don't emphasize Santa. I mean, we talk about him, he's in a wordsearch or a Christmas Test I'm giving my students (more on that later...), but we don't make too big of a deal about him. Plus I teach fifth graders, who are "in on the secret."
So in my classroom I do a balance of secular Christmas activities and ones that focus on the true reason for Christmas: the Savior of the world coming to Earth as a baby, to dwell with mankind and provide a way for reconciliation.
To enhance our discussion, I asked my students about Christmas lights and why we use them.
They are bright.
They are beautiful.
They dispel darkness.
Just like Jesus.
Just like Christians are called to do.
So I gave the students a "light bulb" and had them brainstorm ideas of how they could be a "light" to the world:
Here's a bulletin board of all of our "lights"