|You can download this journal page here!! (Also, I have them draw a picture on the back of what the elf was doing that morning)|
For their first morning of homeschool, they came into "class" with the Elf (who is now named Zippy Lightning) sitting there looking oh so innocent. We read the book and wrote letters to Santa (yes, they still believe... Like hard core believe - and I love it!) And then we moved on. Tonight after they went to bed, Ben and I had a little fun playing Elf...
So we decided that we'd probably better stick with nice and silly... safe.
The next night we had him Air Assault repealing off the ceiling light. And they loved it... then Ben and I got this idea that it would be fun to do two parters. Like have him doing something one night, and then have a part 2 of what he was doing. It made moving him around super easy! So after we had him repealing, Ben made him look like he had been trying to get off and got his his foot stuck and the boys found him hanging upside down the next morning. The boys got a huge kick out of this!
This week, we had him decorate the class with Christmas bows... which would have bothered the boys, but we made sure the elf was paying the consequence of being naughty right off:
Now, to make life a little easier on us, we told the boys that the elf goes back to the North Pole on Friday night and hangs out with the other elves on Saturday. On Sunday he goes to church. And he will come back on Monday... we needed to have weekends off so we didn't burn out. :)
All and all, it's been great fun for the kids! And great fun for us. I know a lot of people are anti-elf, and that's okay. It's really just what you make it. I never planned on doing it, but grandma stepped in and then I saw the great writing opportunity and went for it. It's been a great addition to our Christmas traditions.