When you say advent and advent calendar, what’s the first thing that comes to your students’ minds? Some students may think of the period of waiting, preparation, and excitement leading up to Christmas. Others will simply think chocolate. We have prepared our own special advent calendar, filled with goodness. Towards the end of the year, it is always good to slow down and surround ourselves with things that give us happiness. And we have the perfect combination for happiness: an advent calendar with activities (physical and mental) and lots of books to read. Our calendar is special because it encourages both little and big ones to do one nice thing a day, and we also recommend one of our stories to take you to that happy place (whether you actually do the activity or not).
The Helbling Young Learners Advent Calendar: 24 Days of Goodness
Is it only for young learners? Definitely not! These ideas and stories will take you to fantastic places and inspire you to slow down, feel more positive, and get ready for the last few days of the year. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Winter Solstice, these 24 activities will most certainly make you and your students feel better.
How to use the calendar?
- Watch our Advent Calendar video.
- Read our activity suggestion for each day, and do it! Or don’t do it, but at least consider it and talk about it.
- Then, check out the reader we recommend for that activity. You will see a nice example of that activity.
How can you use the calendar with your students?
- Watch the video up to the relevant day in the Advent Calendar.
- You can also take a note of the daily activity and send it to your students in an email.
- Encourage them to do the activity.
- Then, if you have the books we suggest in the calendar, ask your students to read one of them at least during the weeks of advent.
If you haven’t got the readers yet, choose the ones you like the most (or all of them), and read them after the holidays.
Advent Calendar - Advent Journal
Keeping an Advent Journal can be motivating also for teens, young adults and adults. Ask students to keep the journal either online or offline. They might want to keep the journal private or share their thoughts with you or their peers as well.
Students should write one positive thing that happened to them every day. It might take some effort on some days, but it is worth it.
The Advent Calendar can help with this. Tell your students (especially the ones who are already getting better at writing) to do or think about the activity in the calendar, and then write a few sentences about what they did and how it made them feel.
Young learners can create a visual journal by either drawing or taking a picture of that day and then writing some words or sentences next to it.
Let’s spend these 24 days of goodness together.