# Christmas Countdown!

Christmas in Grade 1 is so much fun. Yeah, it gets a little crazy sometimes, but mostly it's all good:)

Tomorrow we're going to be writing our letters to Santa. In the past I've walked the children to the "Village" to mail their letters. It's a VERY exciting walk. My new school is a little further from the mailbox but I'm hoping with a couple of parent volunteers to help keep the kids "in line", we'll be able to manage.

Here's the letter template we're using. I got the clip art from My Cute Graphics.

The empty box at the bottom is where I print the child's full name and address so that Santa knows where to send his reply!

We're also starting our Santa advent calendars. I found this cute one on-line. Sorry, but I couldn't find a source to credit it.

The kids will print their own numbers from 1 to 24 in the circles. This is great practice for them because most of them have a couple of reversals still.  As each day goes by we'll put a cotton ball on the date. Nothing new here :)  but the kids LOVE this!

You can grab both by CLICKING HERE.

One of the activities I like to do with our weekly poems is to have the kids sequence the verse.

Everyone did a very good job!

We've now started our addition unit. We've been practicing adding one and two to a number using number lines, buttons and 10-frames. We've also been using cubes to make up addition stories.

I took my ipad to school last week so some of the kids could play some math games using 10-frames. That was a BIG hit so I'll be sure to bring it in this week, too.

Thanks for stopping by!

1. Walking to deliver letters to Santa sounds like so much fun! And I really like the poem sequencing. That's a great way to do it. Thanks for sharing.
Chrissy

2. First graders always seem to be the most excited about Christmas and traditions. I love reading their letters to Santa. What authentic writing!

Tara
The Math Maniac

3. When I read this, my first thought was "Ahhh, I need to slow down. I need to teach +1 and +2 instead of addition facts to 20." Now that I think about it, it's quite crazy what I was doing. You are always bringing me down to earth Barb and helping the kids in my room. Thank you.

Off to find out if we are 'allowed' to write letters to Santa!

xo Kimberley

4. Saw those Power of Ten cards! Still love them!

Sandi

5. I love kids' letters to Santa! They are always so cute. How exciting for them to get to walk them to the post office!
Lori
Conversations in Literacy

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