Friday, April 18, 2014

Guess who's back????

Back again.  Jingle's Back.  Tell a friend.  


Actually, he's not quite back yet.  He'll be arriving right after we finish up our testing.  I became a little too obsessed with the Elf on the Shelf at Christmas time.  As soon as I saw the birthday version, I bought it instantly and knew I HAD to figure out a way to use it in the classroom.  

And I did!
  

During the school year we celebrate individual birthdays minimally.  We sing to the child and they get to take home a small birthday gift from me.  They are allowed to bring treats to pass out during lunch.  In order to make each child feel special and enjoy their birthday, I like to have one big birthday party at the end of the year.  I bring cupcakes, we play games, and have a really fun time!  I'm super excited to involve the birthday edition of Elf on the Shelf this year.  My class LOVED having the Elf on the Shelf visit us during Christmas, and I know they’ll LOVE seeing him back at our birthday party. 

I also included a behavior management aspect.  To help manage the kiddos during the last month of school, they are going to need to earn the birthday party.  In the note the elf leaves, he explains that he will be watching their behavior each day and reporting to Santa.  If the class displayed appropriate behavior, he will leave them a green dot to put on the present.  If the class did not display appropriate behavior, he will leave them a red dot to put on the present.  The class needs to have 15 green dots on the present, in order for the elf to be allowed to come to the party.  


What's included in this packet?
-Directions for how to set it all up
-Invitations, Thank-You Notes, and Weekly Reflections 
-An Acceptance letter from the Elf
-A Classroom Management plan incorporating the Birthday Elf
-Blank Calendars for April, May, and June 2014
-My calendar for May filled out with elf antics
-Poems to accompany each day
-9 Birthday Party Game Ideas

Click here to check it out!

I will be updating this packet with more pictures and ideas as I use it in my classroom. You can follow all my elf's daily happenings on instagram @jvanorman or by searching the hashtag #birthdayelfintheclassroom

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8 comments:

Lori Finto said...

This, by far, is the best End of the Year good behavior incentive activity I've ever seen! I can't wait to implement it in my classroom this year!

Karyn said...

Ohh I love Elf on a Shelf! I haven't seen the birhtday elf but what a great idea! I think an Classroom Behavior elf would be great too!

Steph said...

I think it's an awesome behavior management tool in the classroom!

I also think it would be a super fun birthday tradition in the family!

Courtney Rizza said...

I love this idea for classroom management! Having the kids have to earn the party by using the elf is an amazing idea! I think it could work periodically throughout the year just as a reminder that Santa is always watching :)

Tickled Pink Mandy said...

LOVE THIS and would LOVE to win!! I can't wait to try this next year!! The Elf could also bring goodies for testing time and motivation?!?

Natalie said...

Cute ideas Janae! I want to try this with my kids!

Kim & JR said...

This would be so much fun! Our class elf was also named Jingle, and my class misses her so much!

Kim & JR said...

Love this! It would be great to celebrate half birthdays too!