By now you've seen the ornaments that we purchased for our family, and now you understand the reasons for selecting these particular ornaments. To review:
But how is this transferred into the classroom? If you and your students are comfortable with reflecting a little more deeply about the previous year, maybe each of you can think about what the biggest event of your lives during the previous year.
You might plan to try this for next year. When you make ornaments in class (using whatever crafty method you choose), how about infusing these big events into the decoration. Students are usually more inclined to write decent paragraphs when they know their subjects, so have each write a paragraph or a short speech to describe how and why they chose the particular event they chose. Those who are willing to publicly display or present a speech for their ornament may do so for a meaningful, shared experience. Whether the class laughs with them or cries with them, this is a rich, bonding experience that can serve to unite a classroom family.