This month my buds at The Elementary Entourage organized a Secret Santa gift exchange. We are bringing you a peek at the goodies we received and sharing a gift with you on each of our blogs. The Elementary Entourage audience is amazingly warm and bright so we wanted to share our love, appreciation, and holiday cheer with you this season. I hope you see a few perfect teacher gifts for your last minute shopping trips and stock up on some useful holiday freebies.
My Secret Santa was one of my blogging (and photography…swoon) faves, Melissa Dailey from Mrs. Dailey’s Classroom. She sent me an adorable bracelet from Stella and Dot. I am rarely seen without bracelets stacked on my wrist so Melissa got it perfect with this utterly stackable piece! Thanks Melissa XOXO!
I had the pleasure of shopping for Stephany from Primary Possiblities. I sent her two little tools for carrying out my favorite classroom management trick for those crazy weeks before the December break. This adorable Hedge Hog travels around the classroom to visit with strong, peaceful leaders. He carries around a festive snowman pen that the leaders get to write with while they snuggle our festive little friend.
My second graders work hard to stand out as leaders so they can spend a little time with Hedgey the Holiday Hedge Hog (they came up with the name). It is amazing how quickly those rather frightening holiday jitters disappear at the simple mention of Hedgey. Students sit a lot taller, smile a lot brighter, and focus a lot harder in hopes of having him appear on their desk after recess or lunch.
Of course, the leaders who have the honor of enjoying Hedgey’s visits also get an award certificate so they can share their leadership accomplishment with their family that evening. I’ve added these Holiday Helper Leadership Awards to my TPT store as a downloadable gift for you. I hope you and your students enjoy the opportunity to focus on peaceful, respectful behavior during this rather busy time of year.