Saturday, December 21, 2013

Spark Student Motivation: Christmas Caroling

Happy Saturday! I think we're all on break now! We made it!
I know how busy and hectic this time of year is, so Spark Student Motivation will be closed for the next two weeks and will resume on January 11th. However this link will be open until January 10th, so feel free to link up anytime during the break.
Now time to share how I motivate my students to motivate others!
Every year I meet my class at the local nursing home to spread our Christmas cheer. It's such a memorable experience for my students, parents, and the residents.
I have a class set of Santa hats and they dress up real nice for this special event (they look so adorable!). I print song books and I also bring props (12 days of Christmas posters, bells, Rudolph noses).
We sing in the nursing home dining area first, then we carol through the halls to visit those residents who can't make it to the dining area. We pass out cards to all the residents.
Each year I choose someone to dress up as Santa, he has to be outgoing and entertaining (and withstand the heat of the suit!)
After our singing, we have hot cocoa and cookies out on the patio with our friends.
It's a great way to share our holiday spirit and a terrific community service project.
My students' parents are very appreciative of me organizing this event and appreciate their child participating in such a humbling experience.
I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
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  1. What a wonderful thing to do with your students- everyone involved must love this trip each year!
    Happy winter break!
    Aylin :)
    Learning to the Core

  2. What a wonderful idea for a service project. Our school Chorus does this, but I love that all of your boys and girls are involved in this. How sweet and special. You are the best and most thoughtful!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. Looks like so much for all parties involved! What a special day :) I also love that it ended with hot coco and cookies! Perfect ending!

    Hope you have a wonderful break and time off!
    My Shoe String Life

  4. I was able to take my kids to a couple nursing homes last year to carol, but not this year unfortunately. It can be a really heartwarming experience! It's great to give kids that feeling that comes with giving something back to the community at this time of year, rather than just focusing on getting presents. You know when they think back to this Christmas in years to come they'll have forgotten what they got, but remember what they gave.

    Love the santa hats and cocoa too!

    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason
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  5. What an amazing service project and it is so cool that your students come out to join you, even at night! They look adorable all dressed up (and I love your gold sweater! :) I'm sure this experience makes a wonderful memory for them.

    Merry Christmas, friend!
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  6. This is such a great idea! What a wonderful way to give back to the community!
    Happy New Year,

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