The form Christenmas was also historically used, but is now considered archaic and dialectal;  it derives from Middle English Cristenmasse, literally "Christian mass". In the Luke account, Joseph and Mary travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the census, and Jesus is born there and laid in a manger. In the Matthew account, magi follow a star to Bethlehem to bring gifts to Jesus, born the king of the Jews.
Hopefully we will all have a smooth transition back to school in January! Start with the easy stuff. Plan your outfit- for me that involves conquering a mountain of laundry so all the better to start now! Pack your teacher bag.
Clean out any remnants of holiday treats. At this point I think the bottom of my teacher bag is pretty much coated in glitter from sweet cards from students and candy that escaped from our gingerbread trains on the last day before break.
At the very least your students will be very excited to see each other again and want to spend some time chatting.
I always try to start the morning by letting each child share one brief memory from our winter break as part of our opening circle time. Click the image below to get a copy to use with your class: Another thing that helps me on days like this is to manage my expectations….
When all else fails, plan some fun surprises for your students.
We took hilarious class photos wearing them. It can be so depressing when you head back into your classroom in January to see empty, bare walls instead of glittery bright holiday projects everywhere. Here are a few of my favorites: CrosbieHappy HolidaysArtsoniaThe Vintage Umbrella I love this post from Krissy Miner about being a performer in the classroom and it is so relevant throughout the entire school year.
The more dramatic you are the easier it is to draw in your audience, aka your students. This is harder and harder to do the more tired you are which is what can make January feel like such an exhausting battle.
My mantra at this point is just keep smiling! The first day back is a great day to read engaging books that are a bit longer. I find that my students can sustain their attention for an amazing story for much longer that they can keep working on more independent academic work at times like this.
Here are a few of my favorite series: Just like on the actual first. Click below for some quick and ready to use activities for January: Another thing that has helped me on days like this is to be flexible with your schedule.
This is something I try to do throughout the year but especially on days when your kids might be feeling a little bit more squirrely! My favorite tip for any first day back at school or really for any day in gloomy January is to plan some rewards for yourself.
And last but not least go home as soon as you can!Challenging Winter Break Activity Book for Middle School and High School Kids Daily Activities Writing Journal Included. Here are 20 Christmas writing prompts to help you pass those last few stressful days until Christmas break and to get your students thinking and writing creatively!
Creative and critical thinking are important skills to practice, and they're targeted especially well with these writing prompts. New Testament Old Testament; Matthew 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.
31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on attheheels.com they led him away to crucify him. 32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33 They came to a place called Golgotha.
Support for Australia to become a republic hasn't been this low in 25 years, after Harry and Meghan went on their tour down under. If majority of Aussies want to remain in the monarchy, why is. Survive the First Day Back at School After Winter Break I hope that everyone has been basking in winter break!
Mine has been filled with gingerbread, latkes, & lots of cheesy Hallmark movies. In addition to all the other things you do while writing an academic essay, you'll need to think about how to avoid common pitfalls.
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