Sunday, November 25, 2012

Winners, Winners, Turkey Dinners!

And the Winners Are...
Karyn W.
Brenda B.
Linda O.
Shuna P.
Bren P.

Congratulations to our 5 Winners! 
Your November, December and January Sharing Pages were shipped off via email this morning. 
Please let us know if you have any questions.

Now that the cat is out of the bag, our January Sharing Pages have just been added to our TpT Shop in time for Monday and Tuesday's big Cyber Sale!
Everything in our Shop will be 20% Off
Enter Code CMT12 at Checkout
To Save an Additional 8% off your purchase!
Time to stock up! 

Along with gearing up for Cyber Monday, we're also gearing up in class for the holiday season! Can you tell we've dumped the Thanksgiving leftovers and hit play on the Christmas Playlist? 
Let the Yule Tunes flow!! 

We run a Class Book Exchange to celebrate the holidays in class each year.
We send this letter early to give them as much time as possible.
We typically give them about 1-2 weeks to get their books wrapped and turned back into class.

 This year, we will be sending this home a little early as we are attaching it to our last Scholastic Book Order of 2012.
Most parents actually appreciate the easy ordering and the low prices. 
Our Bonus Point Bank is happy to help! 
Of course, all orders are optional...

We also print and cut these little gift tags apart and attach one to each parent letter. 
Yes, we make extras and keep them in a basket by our classroom door...
Ya know, those darn dogs eat A LOT of homework!! 
Just in case...

For those who cannot afford to participate, we have a basket of paperback books we allow them to choose from secretly in class ~ Bonus Points do come in handy! 

If their family is unable to help them wrap, we will bring in some wrapping paper from home and spend time helping them at recess.

There are lots of possibilities for the day of the Exchange, but we opt for Musical Chairs!
No, this is not the Blue Man Group...But, you get the idea.
We start with 1 less chair than the number of kids in our class, hit the holiday tunes, 
and become Queens of the Pause Button!
Each time one friend is out, they can pick a book and then sit, unwrap, share and read!
We keep them engaged by relinquishing a little pause button control and calling kids up to help until all chairs are out!
At the very end, we do let those who might be up for a trade an opportunity to ask their friends to swap.
Some do. Some don't. 
We don't beg.

In older grades, you might opt for a traditional type gift exchange, but this one has worked for us!
 No stealing, or crying or anything.
Just fun!

If you're thinking about doing a Class Book Exchange this year, click {here} to grab our parent letter and gift tags! Send it home, then sit back and let the books roll in! 
One step closer to Winter Break. 


  1. Thanks so much for the Sharing Pages! They are awesome!!! :o)

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  2. Ladies, I do the EXACT same thing each year!!! BUT, I didn't have the cute little book labels and note to send home... so THANK YOU!!! :)

    The Hands-On Teacher in First!

  3. LOVE the musical chairs idea for the book exchange.


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