Updated: Nov 18, 2019
Let me tell you a story of an English teacher who had an idea a couple years ago 😜
I've wanted to create some sort of Christmas countdown calendar for years now. I wanted it to have tasks for each school day in December leading up to our Christmas party. But I've never had time or ideas for the tasks. I spent hours on the Internet searching for something that I had in mind but I never found it.
As usual, the idea came back to me at the beginning of November: "I'm gonna make it this year!!". I went through many stages: first, I was motivated and I had loads of time .... then I had less time but I still wanted to make it ... then I started frantically digging thorough the Internet with the same result as all the previous years .... then I gave up thinking "why am I putting myself through it?! It's too much pressure" ....
And then, when I was already happy with the thought of not making a Christmas countdown, an idea for one task came to me. So I wrote it down. And then another one came 5 minutes later ... so I wrote it down. 60 minutes later I had 14 ideas for Christmas tasks on my list 🎉
The next day I sat down with my computer to maybe try and prepare one of the tasks. I left my computer 7 hours later with the whole thing ready to be printed 😅 Take a look:
Starting on December 3rd there are 15 school days left before Christmas so I've prepared 14 different tasks. The card for the last day says "Today is the day! Claim your prize". What prize you ask? Well, the whole idea is:
1) I will display once task each day in the morning; it will stay there till the very end of our countdown
2) the kids can complete the task whenever they like, but preferably on that day
3) for completing each task they get a Christmas themed sticker
4) on December 21st (last day of school) they'll be able to exchange their stickers for some sort of a prize
One thing that came to my mind as a possible prize is hot chocolate. This is how I'd work it out:
1-5 stickers = hot chocolate
6-10 stickers = hot chocolate with a marshmallow in
11-15 stickers = hot chocolate with a marshmallow in + whipped cream on top
15 stickers = hot chocolate with a marshmallow in + whipped cream on top with sprinkles
Oh, and the trick is that I will not tell my kids what the prizes are or how they will be distributed. If I tell them that the whipped cream starts at 11 points I don't think many will be interested in stickers 12-15 😅
Also, seeing as there is no task 15 (it's "claim your prize" day), sticker number 15 will be given to those students who will have all the other 14 stickers.