Merry and Bright: Fill Their "Stockings!" - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Merry and Bright: Fill Their "Stockings!"

Hey, my tired, worn-out, ready-for-Winter-Break teacher friends!

Several of my bloggy buddies have teamed up to bring you some relief! We know you're ready for the break, so we are bringing you some merry tips AND some presents to make the last few days bright and help you get to the end! :)
Merry and Bright with Ideas By Jivey
My Merry Tip is a fun way to help manage behavior. We all know the natives tend to get restless this time of year... the excitement of the holidays, the breaks in routines with programs, and FINALS (blech!) tend to make some students go, well... crazy!

Merry Tips and Presents With Ideas by Jivey
This is a cheap and easy way to reward students for their good behavior. You could do this the entire month of December, a couple of weeks, or just the last week- it's up to you! Give each student a paper lunch bag to decorate. This becomes their "stocking." Set these up on a table or shelf where they can see them (and be reminded of what they want to earn). Then, each day that students show appropriate behavior, add a treat to their stocking!
add a treat for good behavior (Ideas By Jivey)
Where do these treats come from? Depending on how many days you are doing it, you might just run to the dollar tree and stock up on a few things, or you can send home a letter to the parents to ask for donations! Here is a letter that you can use:
free parent letter for behavior stockings (Ideas By Jivey)
*This letter is not editable due to clip art and font copyright. Thank you for understanding.*

Students will be so excited to take home their stocking full of goodies on the last day before break! And let me tell you, these bags saved my sanity the last few weeks before Christmas... if students started getting wild...
Merry Tips and Presents With Ideas by Jivey
...all I had to do was remind the class of their "treat bags" or "stockings" and their behavior would turn right around!

Is it too late for the idea this year? Pin this post for next year:
Fill their stockings for good behavior - great incentive (Ideas By Jivey)
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  1. Love the bribery/leverage aspect of those cute bags!! Your kids must love this & keep a close eye out on their bags! :)

  2. What do you do with those students who don't come all week? Most of our students don't come the last two days before break, parents check them out after the Christmas program and we don't see them again until January.

    1. Wow how sad! I always did mine the whole month of December when I was in the classroom - so I guess they could just take what they had when they left. I never had that problem though- one year I had someone miss the holiday party on the last day because they were sick. LOL

  3. I am a huge supporter of bribes *ahem* positive behavior management ;) ... Pinning this so I can remember this for next year!!

  4. Looks like fun, Jivey! I've pinned this idea for December, 2016... Maybe I'll be better organized next time around! Happy Holidays!

  5. This is a fabulous idea. I'm looking forward to sharing this on MOnday.


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