Inside: Templates for a Santa letter and Christmas countdown
Christmas in Grade 1 is so much fun. Yes, it gets a little crazy sometimes, but it’s all good:)
Leading up to Christmas, some of the most exciting parts for first graders are the Christmas countdowns and writing their letters to Santa. Especially if Santa writes back, as he does in Canada.
Our Classroom Advent Calendar
A few years ago I quilted this advent calendar for my class. Each December I fill the trains with chocolates and every day leading up to the Christmas break a different child gets to pull a chocolate out of one of the trains.
As you can imagine, this is a VERY popular activity!
Letters to Santa
Every year we write our letters to Santa in the first few days of December.
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.
We write the letters together (with me on the document camera) and spend a lot of time stretching out words, remembering spaces and talking about punctuation and upper case letters.
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!
Here are a couple of cute letters so you can see them in their glory.
Christmas Countdown Calendar
We’re also starting our Santa countdown calendars.
This little Santa face was made by me.
The kids will print their own numbers from 1 to 25 in the circles.
This is great practice for them because most of them still have a couple of reversals.
As each day goes by we’ll put a cotton ball on the date. Nothing new here 🙂 but the kids love this!
RELATED: Christmas tree countdown template.
You can see what they look like below. You’ll notice the Santas look different. That’s because my earliest template, while super cute, was a low quality graphic I found on-line. So now I’m using a very crisp Santa template that I recently made.
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