Here are some terrific free activities and resources for winter, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and general use during the month of December. Teachers will be adding new resources to this page throughout the week, so be sure to check back to see what’s new. Its worth looking over the resources listed in all three grade level sections to see if there’s anything applicable for the grade(s) you teach, as there’s usually an overlap with some of the freebies. And don’t miss the last section which has freebies that are applicable for ALL grades! To add your favorite resources, just follow these three guidelines: 1) Your item must be something you will ALWAYS give away for free; 2) Your item MAY be related to the month but it doesn’t have to be; and 3) Submit no more than 3 items.
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You can show your support to the teachers who have given away these amazing items for free by visiting their stores this Monday and Tuesday during the big TeachersPayTeachers sale! Use the promo code CYBER to get an extra discount in addition to individual seller’s markdowns.
I’ve discounted my entire store the full amount allowed by TPT,
so you can get 28% off everything there. Have fun shopping!
I was going to write about a post about how teachers should relax, enjoy the Thanksgiving break, and not think about school even once. Family is more important than work, and ultimately, taking a break from school stuff can make you a more relaxed and energized teacher. But, there’s a problem.
Choosing not to grade papers or do any lesson planning usually means extra stress when returning to work on Monday morning. Most of us have do at least a little bit of work at SOME point over the weekend to prevent chaos the next week. Of course, that “work” often involves dragging a bag full of papers and supplies home, and then dragging the completely untouched bag right back to school again the following week.
That approach is often accompanied by desperate begging on Sunday night…
The solution will look different for each one of us. Some teachers–like me–try to do a little extra in the week or two before a break so they can relax over the holiday. Others get all their work done on the first day of the break, while still others put school out of their mind until Sunday and take care of everything then. And a few brave souls simply say, “The work will still be there on Monday,” and don’t do anything out of the ordinary to prepare.
Have you found an approach that is workable for you and your family? Please share how you balance school work and holiday vacations. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you get some quality time to RELAX, as you’ve earned it!