Communicate to Parents
Write a letter to parents stating that to celebrate the holiday season and the students' understanding of letter-sound relationships, we are going to make a classroom Christmas tree and decorate it with handmade ornaments by the students.
Assign students a letter to make their ornament. Try to give their assigned letter the first letter of their name or first letter of their last name. For example, Anne would get letter A. She would hand-make an ornament that starts with the letter A (angel, apple, airplane...). It is OK to have duplicate letters and ornaments. One year I also had a class of very active students and parents who wanted to make an ornament for the letter of their first and last name, so of course that was great!
Give parents the expectation for the project. All ornaments must be handmade by the student. There can be absolutely no store bought ornaments. Parents can help by brainstorming ideas, collecting materials, and even decorating, but only help.
Provide the deadline. Ornaments must be completed by... the date will vary, but I would say no later than the last week of November.
Materials can be any classroom or household material, but must be lightweight enough to hang on the tree.