Saturday, December 21, 2013

Christmas Catch Up: Elf Capades

I don't know how ANYONE has been able to blog in December... kudos to you!  It's been crazy with Christmas here in Kindergarten, but now that we're on break (praise the Lord) I'm ready to catch up with everyone!  Today's a look back on some moments with our elf on the shelf.

Our elf package arrived one week into December after we wrote a letter to Santa asking for one.  I put the package in the freezer so it was nice and cold, then our sweet school secretary delivered it in the morning.  The kids all wanted to feel how cold it was!

You can grab the cute free label from Cara Caroll by clicking here.

Then we had to name our elf, of course.  Thunder was the final winner!  (Sorry for the poor picture.  The light in my room stinks!)

Thunder was a great elf!  He brought us gingerbread treats when we studied Christmas in Germany... and ate the head off one!  We recorded each day's antics in our Elf Journals.

You can grab these cute free elf on the shelf journals from Regina Berns by clicking here!

Of course someone had to touch the elf... and boy what a big blow out that was!  Of course it had to happen right before specials, so I didn't have a lot of time to do any damage control.  When I picked the kiddos back up the boy who did it was in massive tears.  It ended up actually being a great lesson on how we hold our friends accountable in a respectful way, and most importantly on forgiveness.  I loved the conversation we had on how we could help our friend fix his choice (in the end he decided to write an apology letter to Santa).  One my sweet kiddos raised his hand and said, "I think we should tell [NAME] we forgive him because he is really sad and we still love him."

The next day Santa sent magic sprinkles, so all ended well.  :)  Thunder was back up and running again!  He had lots of fun playing math games...

And when the final day arrived, he left us a special note saying it was okay to give him a hug goodbye because Santa Claus was coming IN PERSON to pick him up that day.  Lo and behold...

Look who showed up to our Class Christmas Party to take Thunder home!  Thanks Mom and Dad (aka Mr. and Mrs. Claus).

That's all for now folks!  I hope you are having a wonderful and well-earned break with your friends and family.  Merry Christmas and see you soon!