Handling the Holidays: Morning Meeting Message

by Mike Anderson on
student writing on Morning Message board

Tips on using Morning Meeting Messages and the last part of Morning Meeting, reading the message together, to set a positive tone during the build-up to winter holidays and vacation.

Winter themes. As with sharing, you might include timely questions/themes in your morning messages at this time of year. Just as with sharing, make sure everyone in the class will feel included. Here are some ideas:

Check the boxes to show who you will spend time with over vacation: friends, your family here, family from other places, other visitors.

What's your prediction for when we'll see the first snowflakes? (You could graph the results as a quick math activity.)

What's something you love about winter?

Write some adjectives to describe winter weather.

Focus on Academics. Remember also that a message with an academic focus can help students transition from their excitement about the time of year to the learning they will be doing in school that day.

Transition from Activity. Remember that reading the morning message can help settle a class after the activity. Once the activity is finished, have students settle back in the circle and calm down. Then once they are ready, begin reading the message.

There's no doubt that this can be a challenging time of year in school. Giving students the opportunity to settle into a comfortable and safe routine each morning can be a great gift for them in December! Try it, and let me know how it goes!

In this series I share ideas for using Morning Meeting to set a positive tone for the day during the build-up to winter holidays and school vacation. Read tips for the other components of Morning Meeting: Greeting, Sharing, and Group Activity.

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Mike ~ thanks for this series of posts! Typically, I have an involved project going on in the classroom. The academic engagement gets their mind off of whatever holiday stresses they may face in their family. This year I have had to rely heavily on Morning Meeting & calming energizers that sustain our community. Your tips have helped make those parts of the day more successful for my students.
Mike, Thank you for the great tips in this series. We go all the way to the 23rd and having a predictable structure really helps keep my students on-task. We also go over our rules and expectations each morning. It has been very helpful to set the tone...also helping them understand that although the season is here, we still have many jobs and opportunities for learning in the classroom that are not necessarily about seasonal festivals. It has always been challenging for me to explain the balance of the festivals and learning to my students... now we are able to discover that balance together!
Candace and Tracy- I'm glad you found these ideas helpful! I hope you're having a great holiday!