Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Book Exchange Story

Christmas Break has finally rolled around to my neck of the woods. PTL and Hallelujah... ;) I wanted  to stop by and show you one of my favorite moments from our Holiday party this year. The class book exchange!! Two weeks ago we asked all the first graders to bring in a new or gently used wrapped book. You can see most of them here under the tree. 


When it was time for the exchange we all sat in a circle and I read them a little story I typed up on the fly below. I remembered seeing various versions of "Right" and "Left"stories in the past, but since I definitely procrastinated on looking one up until the last possible second, I decided to make one up.  The idea is, every time the class hears the word 'Left' or 'Right' they have to pass the book in their hands in that direction.

The Right Children

"The Right children always left out the milk and cookies before they went to bed on Christmas Eve. Little Wendy Right asked Tommy Right if their stockings had been hung up with care? Tommy Right told her he had left them in just the right spot. Mr. Right heard his children talking downstairs and asked them why they were up past their bedtime. He told them Santa only left presents for the children who went right to bed. So off the children scurried, and right in the nick of time! When they got to their bedrooms they could hear footsteps on the rooftop. Left and right feet could be heard walking towards their chimney. In the morning, the Right children found their stockings had been left full of presents. Only a few crumbs on the cookie plate were left untouched. They knew right away the magical Christmas fun was just beginning! This left a big smile on both of their faces."

It was a huge giggle fest mess for a few minutes! Books were going left, right, and even across the circle. Everywhere but the right direction it was supposed to at times.  But it definitely added lots of fun and laughter to the exchange!! I'll be doing it this way for years to come! 

Here they are, new books in hand! The boy in the center back cracked me right up! HA!! Just another idea to add to your Holiday tool-belt for next year! 

Sharing a few more highlights from the week over on Blog Hoppin.


 Wishing you all the very Merriest Christmas in just five short days!!!