Countdown to Winter Break {Behavior Incentive!}

For the next two weeks, we’re going to be doing a countdown to winter break with the help of these cute Days of the Week bags I found in the dollar bins at Michael’s Arts and Crafts! I know these bags will be a HUGE motivator in my class during this last stretch before relaxation time begins!

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Here’s how it will work: If we have a super day, I’ll pick one lucky friend to open that day’s bag. Each bag has something different inside. Some of the bags have little gift certificates, like “No Homework!” and “Lunch Bunch” while other bags have fun goodies inside. You can grab the gift certificates HERE for free.


This is Tuesday’s bag. It has cute pencils and erasers inside (which my kids LOVE). image

And on Thursday, they’ll open the bag to find these awesome mini-kaleidoscopes  I found these at Michael’s too.


We’re also starting our Holidays Around the World unit this week. Here’s a collection of the books we’ll be using. Many of these can be found out the public library!  If you missed the original post all about my unit, click HERE.

Slide1 It’s been snowing on and off all day…it’s SO beautiful! I’m about to cozy up with a cup of hot tea and read my HGTV magazine. Enjoy your evening, friends!

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  • Kristin December 8, 2013, 10:09 pm

    So fun!!
    And I wish it was snowing here!

  • Kristin December 8, 2013, 10:09 pm

    So fun!!
    And I wish it was snowing here!

  • Karen F. December 8, 2013, 10:19 pm

    wish it was snowing here too.. just cold rain/freezing rain..yuck!! I LOVE your creative ideas:-) Thank You for sharing'

  • Kimberly Ann December 8, 2013, 10:44 pm

    OMG! This looks like so much fun! You gave me such a great idea!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  • Jennifer Ross December 8, 2013, 11:29 pm

    I love it – as always….it'd be dangerous if we taught together…you'd probably have twice as much work to do! 🙂

  • Traci - Dragonflies in First December 8, 2013, 11:50 pm

    Such a GREAT idea. The kids are going to love it!

  • Maria Manore December 9, 2013, 12:06 am

    Such a cute idea! I love this!!!

  • Mrs Cupcake December 9, 2013, 12:38 am

    What a fun idea! Your kiddos will love it!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  • Salena December 10, 2013, 12:45 am

    This is my 11th year of teaching first grade, and I have never thought of this, but when I read your post on Sunday, I had to try it. Best of all, I already had enough materials on hand for most of the ten days (homework passes, pencils, erasers, gum, etc…). The kids loved it today, and I can't wait to use it for the next nine days. Thanks for posting this awesome idea!

  • teachtrue2 December 10, 2013, 2:50 am

    Great winter break countdown ideas!! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the certificates freebie!!

  • Fran December 10, 2013, 9:29 pm

    This is an awesome alternative to Elf on the Shelf! I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  • vicky1970 December 16, 2013, 5:03 am

    Lyndsey – I love this… I bet your kids are excited every day. :). You are so clever.

  • Talesha November 16, 2017, 5:42 pm

    These all look like such wonderful book and I love the idea of doing Holidays around the World. I am having trouble reading come of the titles and authors. Would you mind letting me know who the author of “Christmas” and ” Chinese New Year” is?