December is always the hardest month to keep kids motivated. They are so excited for the holidays, that they're brains go on vacation weeks before the rest of them do! Behavior is the first thing to go, so this year I thought I'd use the holidays to encourage them to be on their best behavior. Of course I used the Elf on a Shelf, but the best strategy was my Christmas tree. It's actually just the top third of a tree I used to have at home. Every day, if they moved up on the progressive behavior chart, they got to pick out an ornament and hang it on the tree. You should have seen them trying! They went out of their way to help each other, keep the classroom clean, follow the playground rules, and walk quietly in line. I ended up buying 2 extra sets of ornaments because we ran out so quickly. During the last week before vacation, I was secretly taking ornaments off the tree and putting them back in the bucket so more kids could put them back on three the next day.