Hi everyone! Happy Black Friday to you! Alisha here, from Missing Tooth Grins and I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving yesterday. I know all of us at The Primary Pack are so thankful for you, our readers.
I'm here to tell you about how I hold a holiday book exchange in my classroom. It's simple, easy, and to the point and I hope that it saves you some time this holiday season. After all, this time of year is crazy for all of us! Especially teachers, am I right?
On the last day of school before our winter break, I always hold a holiday book exchange. I love for the kids to have a new book to take home over the winter break. My only hope is that they actually read the book :)
During the first week of December, I send a letter home explaining the book exchange. Click the picture below for a free copy of the letter.
I'll send this letter home Monday on the 1st when we come back to school. I usually send it home with a Scholastic book order that I will place an order from before the last week. I want to give parents enough time to pick up the book if they are buying one. After all, as you guys know, the holidays get crazy and I don't want to add any extra holiday stress. Sometimes I start receiving the books right after I send the letter home, but most of the time I receive a majority of the books the last week of school before break.
When I start receiving books, I put them under our tiny little Christmas tree. The only picture I have of this tree from last year has a little sneaky friend on top, but I want you to see our tree :)
On the last day of school before break, each child grabs the book he/she brought. The class sits in a circle around the carpet. And, I read the best Christmas story of all...
There you have it! New books for all!
What if a parent doesn't want their child to participate? I've never had this happen before, but anything is possible. Obviously, it is ultimately up to the parent and you have to follow those wishes.
What do you do if a child gets a book he/she already has? If this happens, I ask the class if anyone wants to trade. I also do this if a boy gets a Barbie book or princess book or something of that nature and wants to trade. It's never a big deal!
What do you get your students for Christmas? This year, I ordered some $1 books from Scholastic, but I used my Scholastic points. Woo! I also plan on buying some candy canes while I'm out Black Friday shopping :)
And, that's all! I hope you all enjoyed reading and hope you all have a successful holiday book exchange in your own classroom! Happy holidays to you!