I made up a rule for lessons this week - no lesson books allowed! Instead... We played Christmas songs exclusively and did this fun Light Up The Tree Worksheet by Susan Paradis instead of theory books. (Hint: My kids LOVED using Neon Crayola Twistables instead of the usual colored pencils, because it made the lights "glow")
Of course, what fun would a lesson be without GAMES! I did some surfing online and chose Susan Paradis's Snowflake Keyboard Race, which all of my students absolutely LOVED! (We couldn't just play it once - they requested to play it several times over!) I also downloaded and printed Wendy Stevens's Name That Christmas Tune. I used it as a sight-reading exercise (play it and name the tune). Remarkably, even the kids who are challenging to work with when it comes to sight-reading - enjoyed and were successful at this game! (And those cards aren't exactly easy, either!)
To top off the lesson each student earned a Christmas sticker for their sticker collections (more on that another day) and a candy cane or Christmas cookie.
While I can't make every lesson this fun, it certainly was a fun tradition that I look forward to repeating in the years to come!