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CF-WHY: December Break Edition!

It's been awhile since I wrote a "CF-WHY" post. I feel like the last two weeks have been insane! I'm not sure how your week was, but I was pretty much exhausted last night! December break could not have come sooner! We did a lot of things to prep for Christmas break in my Speech room, including making holiday cookies! Here's the breakdown of what we did and how we did it!

My DIY gifts for my students were a hit! They enjoyed the little poem, and loved that it wasn't just hot cocoa - it was "snowman soup!"

I found this idea on Pinterest - of course - and thought it was super cute. It was relatively easy to put together. I bought bakery bags and mini candy canes from the dollar store, a giant bucket of hot cocoa and some marshmallows from Target, and then used card stock paper, my printer, and a stapler to do the rest!

You can click here for the printable ones, I ended up making my own on PowerPoint. I love a good customization! :)

Our book for the week was "How Santa Got His Job" by Stephen Krensky. It's an adorable story about how Santa tries a few different jobs as a young man, but none are quite right. He learns skills he eventually uses to become Santa. There's some adult humor in the book too that had me hysterical while my kids gave me blank stares! They really enjoyed it, and loved the scene where Santa gets shot out of a cannon at the circus!

We did a "Speech Investigates: How Santa Got His Job" activity. They had to pick a job Santa had, illustrate it, and then tell how it helped him become Santa. It was great to sequence the book and inference/draw conclusions. I made the Santa hats myself using plain ole paper and scissors, and then a cotton ball on top of the hat for fun!

...and then the cookie decorating began! I couldn't imagine baking a
zillion cookies for my kiddos to decorate. Plus, the one time I did make Christmas cookies I ended up with sugar and flour everywhere - and promptly drove myself to the bakery to buy someone else's masterpiece. LOL

I found basic sugar cookies, fun colored frosting with included sprinkles, m&ms, and Santa napkins! I also found these plastic cups that are suppose to be used for shot glasses - not so school friendly - but they were perfect to hold all the toppings for the cookies! I had the kiddos problem solve for missing ingredients/utensils. Then they followed auditorily presented directions, and finally sequenced how they made their cookie before they ate it. When they were done, they had to describe their cookie to me as if I was an alien who had never had a holiday cookie!

We had a blast, went through a tonnage of wet wipes and napkins, and pretty much ended every session with my kiddos on a sugar high (sorry teachers!). I will definitely be making these again next year!

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday and new year!



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