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Lesson Plans


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Heather Leal (rayleal)
Sun, 19 Dec 1999 11:00:45 -0800

I give in to the holiday spirit. I teach middle school in an area where most of
the kids families are "low socio- economic level". I take the last week or week
and a half before vacation, and set up centers with different holiday crafts. We
do copper tooled ornaments, we did relief carving on candles that were donated,
we monoprinted cards, we make tin can luminarias, corn husk dolls, we paint
little scenes on slices off Christmas tree trunks ( the tree lots are glad to
let you pick them up after cutting them off the trees they sell), we dip paper
snowflakes in melted wax and sprinkle them with glitter to hang in the window .
We even have made silly penguins out of 2 ltr.soda bottles and tin cans. We all
have a blast, the kids are busy right up to the last second and for most it is
their only chance to have a present for parents, friends, loved ones. They
really appreciate it. Many say it is the best week of the year. The projects
mostly can be considered winter projects, so the few I have that don't celebrate
Christmas can still participate. I deal with the stress by going with the flow
and making it fun. I read all the discussion of not doing crafts for holidays,
but in my situation, it is worth it
Happy holidays to everyone!

> i teach middle school. (my hair is quite gray) how i get through this time of
> year is to lighten up and talk to my kids. although i get caught up in my
> own merriment and fa la la la la...

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