I always love the weeks between Thanksgiving and the Christmas break. It’s such a great opportunity for fun projects, community outings, and volunteering! Here are some of the things that we did (with some photos!):
Movies We went one afternoon and saw Frozen at the theater! Students had cash in hand to buy their own tickets and concessions. They did so well, had a great time, and the movie was really good.
Christmas Cards They also decided to give Christmas cards to a handful of teachers and administrators on campus, each of our Meals on Wheels clients, and all of the residents at the nursing home where we volunteer. I think they signed, stuffed, sealed, and attached candy to roughly 100 cards.
Pizza Buffet What makes kids/teens/adults happier than pizza?! Again, they each had cash in hand to buy their own meal. They had to understand appropriate etiquette and hygiene for a buffet, table manners, and basic communication with the wait staff for drinks or special requests. Again, a great experience. Only 1 spilled drink – I would call it success!
Christmas Party The last day before the break we had a Christmas party of sorts! I used my musical abilities to lead a carol sing-along, playing guitar and everything! My students also made an assortment of Christmas snacks – sugar cookies, snowmen Oreos, reindeer Oreos! (The picture below is not what we made, but was the inspiration!) Again, students had to create their own grocery list and then do the shopping.
Gingerbread Houses Right after Thanksgiving I asked students what they wanted to do for the holidays; one of those things was to make gingerbread houses. So as a class we decided to make them ourselves out of graham crackers. Students then made our grocery list and did the grocery shopping. They each made a unique gingerbread house! Quite the adventure in architecture!
Graduation One of my students completed his program and officially graduated on the last day before the break too! So we had a little ceremony to celebrate his accomplishments and then followed it up with the Christmas party.
So many adventures and successes and celebrations! What a great way to round out 2013! Anyone else have any fun experiences to share or recommend?