There is nothing quite like the month of December in the classroom. This December classroom management freebie is a special incentive that will help you survive the month.
Part of me wants to say…”December 2nd, wow, I cannot believe it is already December 2nd!” The other part of me says, “Oh my word….is it ONLY December 2nd??”
December is a crazy month for everyone, especially teachers. Holiday plays and holiday around the world studies and holiday gifts for students, their parents, and the staff, holiday treats, holiday gift shops, holiday elves… It’s enough to make anyone 🤪
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People ask me if December is still crazy for year-round teachers. Unless you’re like my lucky Mom who is off-track from Thanksgiving until after New Years…Then, yep, it’s just as crazy. They are still kids. It’s still the holidays. December is nuts.
I’m drowning surviving this week…Not to mention that fact that it rained. SoCal kids don’t handle rain very well. Today when we were taking a whole group under-the-covered-area walk to the restroom, one of my sweet firsties asked me, “Teacher, is the rain water real?” Bless.her.heart. (Don’t worry, our weather unit is in January. ;-))
I thought this summed up the last two days perfectly…
Thus…the Hot Chocolate Party was born.
My December Classroom Management Trick
First, I gave a huge spiel about how much I love hot chocolate and marshmallows and coziness by the fire.
Then I mentioned how much I would LOVE to drink hot chocolate with them…at school…with the fireplace on.
I told them today I had actually planned to do it on Monday but they were too chatty.
I was sad so I went home and had a hot chocolate party with Mr. A-Teachable-Teacher and our dog, Conan. During that time, I thought of a way they could earn a hot chocolate party…
This is on the board. I created a Hot Chocolate Party sign, laminated it, and put magnet tape on the back. Then I used clip art to make the words “hot chocolate” on marshmallows. They are also laminated and cut with magnet tape on the back. I have them inside page protector.
Every day they have the opportunity to earn letters. Once they earn enough letters to spell the words “Hot Chocolate,” they have earned their party! (Don’t be fooled, they haven’t earned any letters yet!)
Let’s see…we have 13 days of school left until Winter break, so I am thinking they will magically earn their party in about 12 days… 😉 Tell me I’m not the only one who pulls stunts like this!
The Hot Chocolate Party
Remember what I said about having the fire on when we drink hot chocolate in the classroom?! It’s TRUE!! Check out this free YouTube video of a fire.
It’s THREE hours long. (I hope your party is a heck of a lot shorter. 😂) I am going to display it on the white board using our classroom projector. And then we are going to drink hot chocolate and have a read aloud! It’s going to be so fun!!
Do you want to join us?
Do you have any other survive-until-winter-break, December classroom management tips or tricks? I would love to hear about them in the comments below! 👇