ELFis Is In The Building

My kids were over the moon excited today.  We had a special delivery straight from the North Pole…

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I read the letter to the kids and they flipped.  I mean, they seriously had a conniption.  They could barely stifle their screams.  We somehow managed to get through the letter without anyone going too crazy, but when it came time for me to open Santa’s special delivery, we just couldn’t contain ourselves anymore.  It got a little wild.  But it was precious because their little hearts are SO innocent and they just couldn’t hold in their excitement at all.  I just LOVE the magic of Christmas!!!! 

As we were opening up the package, the kids were BEGGING me to be careful so that I wouldn’t touch her.  Luckily, Santa’s little burlap sack and all that North Pole snow made it super easy for her to stay put as I opened her up.  I put her under the document camera for everyone to see.

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Almost immediately after opening our special package, one of my babies said, “I’m going to write about our elf today in Writer’s Workshop!”  Score.  But first, it was time to name her.  I was really hoping for someone to come up with a fun name like “Elfis” or something equally as cool.  Here’s what the kids chose and then voted on…

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I got this great bubble map idea from Cheryl at Primary Grafitti.  Love.  Take a look at those names.  Elfabet is the name of my boys’ elf and one of my kids DESPERATELY wanted that to be a serious contender, but no such luck. We ended up with “Frozen” and I’m sure that was inspired by Disney’s recent Blockbuster!

After we named her, we filled out one of the printables from my Classroom Elf Freebie so that the kids would have something to take home to share with their parents.

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We took a little break and played “Where’s the Elf?” from that same little freebie and the kids had a BLAST!  You should’ve heard the cheers when they found the hiding elves!!  It was even better watching the “elf finders” do their little elf dances at the end of the game.  HA!

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We went out to recess and when we came back inside, our elf had flown out of her resting place and landed above one of our tables.  I guess she didn’t think anyone would be able to see up her skirt. Bless.  #thankgoodnessforstockings

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They were seriously flabbergasted.  Could not BELIEVE she was flying around the classroom while they were outside!!  This was the *perfect* time to introduce their little elf writing journals.  They couldn’t wait to get started.

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What a busy, EXCITING day!  Can’t wait to get back at it again tomorrow and work on these little gems for our hallway.  I’m LOVING the growth I’m seeing in their writing and can’t wait to see what they’ve got to say!elf12

Now it’s off to watch SOA.  Must.get.my.fix.  Happy Tuesday, sweet friends.

31 comments:

  1. This seriously is one of my favorite times of the year! :) The kids just LOVE the elf! :) You are just TOO sweet to include a freebie! Such a giving heart! I'm off to watch my boy Jax as well ;)

    Ashley
    Flying High in First Grade

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  2. This is so fun and adorable! It makes me thankful that I haven't gotten out my elf yet!! Can't wait to do this with my kids!!

    Jess
    The Teacher Talk

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  3. Our elves arrive tomorrow with gifts of Krispy Kreme Goodness! :) CANNOT WAIT! :) Love the inspiration they bring for writing and behavior improvement too! Have fun!!! Can't wait for the delivery of the super COLD boxes by the office staff in the morning... I am certain screams will be heard! :) WOOT!!!

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  4. I introduced our elf today too! I am so glad to see that someone else isn't using that overpriced, creepy Elf on the Shelf either! (I bought the plush one, but I love your little elf! Too cute!) Thanks for the freebie- I love it!

    Erica
    Blooming In First

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  5. So adorable!! Love the girly elf!!!

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  6. Precious! Used your letter today. Thank you

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  7. I love your little elf! I have not started this tradition because I just can't get into the Elf on the Shelf...I stared at the box tonight at Target and walked away. Went back. And, walked away again. The elf's eyes scare me!!!!! So sorry to those that LOVE Elf on the Shelf! BUT, I LOVE your little elf! So adorable! Maybe I just need to look for a cutesie one! Where did you find yours??

    You have inspired me!!!!!! On the lookout for a CUTE, ADORABLE little elf!
    Beth :)
    A Kindergarten Life For Me

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    1. My husband says the same thing about that dang elf!! Those eyes are SCARY!!! My boys, however, LOVE HIM!!! This little elf came from Oriental Trading last year :) Hope this helps!!

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    2. Thank you so much! I just ordered the same one from Amazon! Came in a set of 12! Super cute!
      Beth :)
      A Kindergarten Life For Me

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    3. What is the elf called? I couldn't find it on Amazon?

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    4. Hi! They were the 12 Deluxe Plush Hanging Christmas Elfs by Fun Express! I ordered late Wednesday night and they were here on Friday! I used PRIME shipping! Hope this helps! :)

      Beth :)
      A Kindergarten Life For Me


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  8. My kiddos were equally excited for our Moose (very diverse classroom). Their excitement and want to talk about it makes it so worthwhile. I need to check out your freebie, even though I am not using an elf; that "Where's the Elf?" game looks wonderful!

    Marcy
    Searching for Teacher Balance

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  9. Hahaha Elfis! If I'm not mistaken, you got that gem from honey boo boo! Love it! My lils ended up naming our elf, Scooby, and they went to town writing letters to Santa and Scooby during writers workshop. Even my babies were sounding their lil hearts out to make those wishlists! Love it! I will have to get your hidden elf game. That looks too fun!
    Samantha
    Tales of a #teachernerd

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    1. You know what's sad...I actually thought I was being real original with that title!!!! HA!!!! I REFUSE to watch Honey Boo Boo. I watched it once a couple of years ago and couldn't get through an entire episode. Annoyed the daylights outta me!!! I had no idea. Ha! Figures!! ;)

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  11. Your kinders came up with great names for the elf. Thankfully, mine ended up voting on Snowflake, but the other choices included Volcano, Zoltar, and Sharkboy. Oh my!
    ❀Jodi
    Fun In First

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  12. What a fun way to pull your class together and get some authentic writing in!

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  13. I love that the elf is different from the one they probs have at home. Keeps it magical! Thanks for sharing!!! I too have been thinking I don;t have the stamina for a classroom elf, but this looks soooo fun! AGH!

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  14. What a sweet idea! You'll have to post about the shenanigans Frozen gets in over the next the few weeks.

    Love to Learn

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  16. A couple readers asked about wanting a cute elf. Just returned from Pier One and they had several to pick from and $8.95 ea. Hope this was helpful.

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  17. Hi!

    I have been a long time follower and I LOVE your things. I linked my 5 for Friday blog post to your blog and Merry and Bright math tubs today! My kids have loved the Sleigh Math Sorts and Trim A Tree clock matching! Would love for you to check it out!
    Abbey :)
    Found your blog through 5 for Friday! You posted right before me! I LOVE your 5 for Friday intro picture! Nice blog!
    Abbey :)
    ateachermom1.blogspot.com

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  18. I'm curious how you handle this if you have non christan students. I don't want them to be uncomfortable.

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    1. I probably would do something totally different. I wouldn't want to make anyone uncomfortable either!!!

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  19. Your camera takes such great pictures! :)

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