The Elf on the Shelf has BLOWN UP in the past few years, but I can proudly say that I’ve been elfing it in my classroom for quite some time – way before it was Pinterest-worthy. Just sayin’ – no Johnny-come-lately here. If the elf had been around when my now-21 year old was little, YOU KNOW I would have had one. But since she missed it, my students now benefit.
Our classroom elf is named Eddie, after my brother. No, I haven’t told him that. He arrives on the first school day of December, when I read the story. I don’t make such a big deal out of the “he’s watching so you better be good or he’ll tell Santa” aspect of the book, although I do know that is a saving grace in many families this time of year! In our class, it’s more like a daily scavenger hunt. Eddie will be in a different hiding place each day, and the students have to find him (and NOT tell the others, but who am I kidding????!!!) and then record his hiding place on a special form. When I taught first grade, they could write a phrase, but in second grade they must write a full and descriptive sentence, with proper punctuation and capitalization. We teachers can even made holiday fun educational!!
So starting on Monday, I’ll have 20 students running in the door each day, vying to be the first to discover his spot. There will be squealing. All in a day.