1. Our household has been bitten by the Christmas bug already! We celebrated early with part of the family because we won't be together during the holiday, and because we hosted it made sense to put our decorations up! The girls wore their new dresses for our family lunch - long enough to pose by the tree before they jumped in the pool. Instead of swapping presents this year we made (or bought) festive costumes to wear during the day - you can see how gorgeous we looked below! We've also posted the girls' letters to Santa - we got the postcards from the post office and posted them into the special box.
2. Speaking of the Christmas season, I saw this image on my Instagram feed and haven't been able to get the idea out of my mind!
It is so easy for kidlets to get caught up in the 'gimme!' attitude that comes along with Christmas time. Every day there's treats, cookies, candy and gifts galore - it's easy to get selfish and greedy. I absolutely LOVE the idea of a 'Classroom Kindness Challenge'. Each day a challenge card is revealed and kidlets complete the act of kindness. What an easy way to encourage children to think of others during the materialistic holiday season. You can start any time and could even use the challenge at home with your own children - maybe alongside 'Elf on the Shelf'! Click on the image above to see the pack.
3. We had another reason to dress up this week! (And yes, the girls wore their same new dresses.) We spent a lovely afternoon in the hinterland at a wedding.
4. Being out of the classroom this year has left me really missing the hands on work of teaching. I was beginning to feel like my days of impacting kidlets were over - and then I received this feedback on one of my resources:
It really warmed my heart to know that even though I'm not face to face with students each day, I can still do my little bit to help here and there. 😊
5. Some of the oldest products in my store were in desperate need of a makeover! The past few days I've updated one of my all time fave freebies - counting snowman buttons or marshamllows, and my Christmas playdough mats. Click on the pictures to go to each resource.
That's all from me today. I'm off to grab some ice cream and to read the rest of the posts in the Five for Friday linky!