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Saturday, December 14, Dear Santa…A Wish for Others It's that time of the year when kiddos all over are making their wish lists and sending them on to Santa. In our classes this week, we had the kids step outside of themselves for a minute and think about others.
It is one of my favorite activities we do all year. Each year, it begins the same…I gather them all to the floor and excitedly tell them they will be writing a letter to SANTA! BUT…they are not writing about their wants and desires for Christmas.
Their gleeful faces suddenly fade and confusion sets in I go on to explain…. They needed to think about others. A family member, a friend, a group of strangers, it didn't matter, just not themselves and write Santa a letter including a wish for others.
We brainstormed a little and I shared a few from my list below. It's great because he talks about the perfect gift is one that makes the world better. This got them thinking a little bit more. In the song, the lyrics say "no more lives torn apart, that wars would never start…" Kinda deep for 2nd graders but I was going for depth in these letters as opposed to "I wish my friend gets the toy he wants.
Then it was time for a little prewriting and to brainstorm our ideas. This pic shows the brainstorming and rough draft of one of my students. The kids also filled out their Letter to Santa plan. Before we wrote our letters, we had to review the 5 parts of a friendly letter. After the kids completed their drafts, they turned them in for editing and then it was time to write their final copy.
The kids were cute saying that Santa is getting old and may not be able to read their handwriting if it's sloppy. Of course, I agreed. Overall they really did stretch their thinking and I was proud of how they turned out. Here are a few! After completing their final copy, they were not done yet!
I gave each student a letter checklist and self-reflection page.
Then we put them all out on our bulletin board! The question I get asked every year…So, are you really going to send them to Santa??
How can you send them if they are already on the bulletin board?
I reminded them of when I was taking the pictures of their letters for their portfolios that what I was really doing was emailing them to Santa! This is the 21st century after all! Again, one of my most favorite activities. Just to get the kids, who are naturally egocentric at this age, thinking of someone else is priceless.Today I’m sharing my favorite 25 Christmas Traditions!Some of my most precious childhood memories came from Christmas time.
Even though we didn’t have much while growing up I knew we had each other and that was the only thing that really mattered. Christmas was a . Meet Santa, learn more about the residents of the zoo during animal encounters, participate in the Reindeer Games, and listen to a zoo version of the classic poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Jungle Bells activities are included with your zoo admission ticket (unless noted). A great way to encourage children to partcipate and really engage in writing during the countdown to Christmas is to use this fabulous pack to write a letter to Santa.
These Santa letter templates are available in several different layouts to encourage children of all ages to write a letter to Santa.5/5(36).
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her father inspires her to write a letter to the New York Sun newspaper, claiming if you see it in the Sun, it's so. Ryan Seacrest will. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Frank Sinatra; Help your kids write a letter to Santa (here are some templates you can use).
Get an advent calendar to help you countdown to Christmas. Day by day, starting on December 1st, the windows are opened until December 25th.