This time of year can be so hectic and rushed in the classroom with everything that needs to get done academically. The students still LOVE the simple things, however. Making reindeer headbands with hand traced antlers and a red pompom nose seem to mean so much, especially when we take a picture of the whole class wearing their headbands and then make copies to place in the holiday cards we make our families! Making simple reindeer ornaments out of craft sticks to hang on the classroom tree also brings a sparkle to everyone's eyes as the kids realize they decorated the tree with things they made themselves. Glueing colored pasta around their own photo to take home to share, reminds each student that they are an important part of their family and our class. I have found it is the simple things that mean so much. We just need to slow down and realize these are the things the students will remember and treasure!