How to Survive December in the Classroom

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips on how to survive December in the classroom right here!

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

In my opinion, December is one of the hardest months of the school year. There are so many things happening - open houses, concerts, special productions or visitors, parties, and of course, holidays.

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

The lack of routine is a hard thing for students, but we really need to remember that there kids in our classrooms for whom the holidays are NOT a happy time: children whose families are separated or divorced, children who have lost a parent, children in abusive households. For these little ones, school is the happy, safe place to be and the anticipation of the holiday break can be stressful. This stress often manifests itself as behavior.

So how can we as educators help? Besides being AWARE of the issues our students are dealing with, I have 5 suggestions:

Stick to the Routine

Let's face it, as important as we all know this is, it becomes increasingly difficult to stick to the classroom schedule and maintain daily routines as the holidays creep closer. 

But... kids thrive on routine, and it is smart for us to try our utmost to keep things consistent and predictable for them. If you are unable to stick to the daily schedule in your classroom, at least consider posting an agenda so that your students are aware of what is coming up each day.

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

Don't Stop Working

I know this sounds silly, but in some classrooms, learning stops and is replaced with craftivities and coloring. 

Not in my classroom.

While introducing new concepts may be next to impossible at this time of the year, I keep my students working on quality practice activities that are related to the content I've covered in previous lessons.

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

Putting this review into a fun format is a way to keep things fresh for your students. I especially love to get my kiddos moving around instead of sitting at their desks.

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

Spend Some Extra Time on The Arts

This is the perfect time of the year to spend some extra time on the arts. Whether you're practicing for the holiday concert at your school, or simply decorating the halls, music, drama, and visual arts are a perfect fit for the season.

One of my favorite art projects to pull out at this time of the year is to create easy stained glass pictures with my students.

All you need are coloring pages in a stained glass style, crayons, and baby oil. 

Read all about it in this post:

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

Think Themes!

I love spending time on gingerbread activities in my classroom at this time of the year! We read and compare different gingerbread man stories, we do an art project and "gingerbread" ourselves, we write letters to try and convince an animal to eat someone else, and decorating gingerbread cookies is always a hit!

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

Go With The Flow!

Finally, we all need to learn to back off on the academics a little bit and just go with the flow! 

Plan a pajama day, watch a holiday movie, bake cookies, or decorate a bulletin board together. Enjoy your students. Relive your own childhood in their excitement. 

This is a super time of the year to really bond with your class. Happy December! I'll see you on the other side!

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

A Final Thought...

Don't forget to thank families, volunteers, and other staff members with these free editable thank-you cards!

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

You might also be interested in the ideas I've shared in these seasonal blog posts:

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

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The Christmas season in an elementary classroom is a chaotic space full of energy, emotion, and definitely teacher exhaustion! Gather a few tips, art activities, language arts and math resources, and a freebie to survive December in the classroom right here!

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  1. So ... besides having cleaned my home ready to decorate this weekend and then realizing I had trashed it again with empty boxes that have to go back down to the basement until it's time to un-decorate, I have written all my cards for near and far, only have a handful of gifts left to buy and then I need to pack for my trip back to the Old Country to see my Mum! School is saving my sanity I think so far as cooking club is still planned this week, concert practice is in full swing and stray work sheets I find in the photocopier have that Christmas theme. All is Merry, All is Bright! And long may it continue this week, next week and into the final week!! Keep Calm and Ho, Ho, Ho!

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    1. LOL! I loved reading your reflection, Andrea! It is SUCH a crazy time! Keep Calm and Ho, Ho, Ho, indeed!!

      All the best,
      Erin

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