It's hard to believe, but 2014 is out and 2015 is here! As I get older, the years seem to pass more quickly. December was quite busy with our visitor from the north pole, Jingle, a visit from Santa, making gifts, and learning a little about Hanukkah.
The Elf on the Shelf was delivered to our classroom straight from the North Pole as the package was covered in frost! The room was spiraling with excitement as we unwrapped the package. We quickly learned we had a boy elf and he needed a name. This is how we found our unnamed elf when we returned to school.
Each day, the kids would practically run me down at the door, sometimes even forgetting our morning "greeting routine" just to get in the classroom to see what Jingle had done or what notes he left us from the day before.
On the last day of school for 2014, we did a gift exchange where everyone brought a gift wrapped book. I loved this idea because it meant everyone was leaving with a new book for the break. To make things more interesting, we did the book exchange "White Elephant" style. Can you guess the most popular books? If you said Minecraft, you were correct!