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Ideas for the Holidays


February 7, 2016
Ideas for the Holidays

The holidays are now over and two lucky educators have won Envision's special Holiday Give-Away. Our winners are:

     Marianne Ainsworth     
     Cheryl E. LeFon

Congratulations, ladies! Choose any of the Top 50 Best Books for Teachers and we'll mail it to you! See details below, and check your email inbox for contact from our Educator Programs Director.

Holiday Classroom Activities
Here’s a few teachers’ resources for holiday related activities:

From the NEA – National Education Association:
Winter holiday resources, for grades 6-12. This link includes lesson plans, activities, books, etc.

From Teacher Scholastic:
Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa activities and teacher resources.

From TeachHub:
Top 10 Holiday Learning Activities


Other Holiday Resources:

We searched Pinterest for Holidays + Classroom + Activities and arrived at this fun idea page.

Scholastic.com brings us a Spotlight on Winter Holiday Books, for grades K-8.

On Amazon we found a lovely book: Lights of Winter: Winter Celebrations around the World – a picture book for ages 3-9, about winter celebrations around the world: Solstice, Yule, Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, Teng Chieh, Diwali, Soyal, Las Posadas, Zagmuk, Saturnalia.

The History Channel is always an interesting and sophisticated resource. Their Holidays page, which includes videos and infographics, helps us explore the history of some of our most popular holidays. 

And don’t forget to check out Envision’s Facebook page, where you’ll find an assortment of interesting educational information, including this simple activity to get everyone in the holiday spirit: A Gift of Words, from Edutopia.

Read a Great Book – and Win
And then, when the final echoes of “Happy holidays!” and “See you next year!” have faded from the halls, and you’ve flipped the classroom lights off, you finally get to take a breath. Yet, even when school is out, we never stop being educators. If you want to stay productive over the winter holiday, read a great book! Fractus Learning did the legwork for us, compiling a list of the Top 50 Best Books for Teachers. Peruse their web page and see what tickles your fancy. You’ll notice that some titles have already caught our attention; in our Resource Center you’ll find reviews for recommended books such as The Element by Ken Robinson, Drive by Daniel Pink and Establishing a Makerspace by Laura Fleming.

Fractus organized their list into five key categories:
Inspiration
Leadership
Educational Psychology
Learning Culture
Practice

More Vacation Activities
You may easily fill all your spare time with no help from us. But just in case you get bored…

  • Catch up – on everything: school work, house work, shopping, errands, etc. If you get it done early in the vacation, it will quit nagging at you, and you’ll be truly able to decompress and get in the spirit of the holidays.
  • Network with other teachers on social media and investigate online professional development resources.
  • Check out Envision’s Special Offers for Educators, which give you the opportunity to win free classroom supplies.
  • Indulge your creative side – paint, make a craft, practice a musical instrument.
  • Learn something new.
  • Plan your summer vacation.
  • Exercise
  • Entertain friends and family.
  • And, best of all, sleep in!

Back to Reality
Of course, sooner or later, the party’s over. If getting back into the swing of things after the break is a challenge for you or your students, make the adjustment a bit easier by welcoming students back with fun Post-Holiday Classroom Activities from TeachHub.

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Marianne Ainsworth - December. 16 2015, 07 30
I read Drive by Pink. It was excellent. This book is a must read for every educator, especially Teacher Leaders and principals. It's good old-fashioned common sense (remember that?).
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