Elf on the Shelf - Please go back to the N. Pole

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  1. Bella2010

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    I have to endure no less than 5 Elf on a Shelf stories every morning. :|
     
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    Try being the one who has to remember to move the **** thing.
     
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    When did this phenomenon start? I never heard of it until it started showing up on Pinterest a few years ago. To me, it looks like another "thing" parents now have to buy, spend time/money on, and try to come up with clever ideas for. Does the good old-fashioned "Santa is watching" not work any more?
     
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    We left ours in the closet this year, but my lovely sister-in-law "found" our elf at her house. She's gonna need some payback for that.
     
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    Sorry, I hope I didn't sound like I was judging parents who do the elf on the shelf -- I don't have kids and I teach secondary, so I really don't know -- is this something that "everyone" is doing now?
     
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    That's one huge reason why we don't have one! :haha:

    About half the kids in my class have one. We're not doing one with DS (4) this year. I thought about getting one, but that's about as far as I got - the thinking about it phase, lol.
     
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    Glad I don't have to deal w/ that mess!
     
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    It's like junior soccer and dance classes...if you're not doing it, you're behind times...
     
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    I'm very surprised that 5th graders would still believe in elf on the shelf/santa, especially half of your class! When I first read this I thought you meant stories from the other teachers, haha. I am one of the only teachers at my school without kids and I am getting tired of hearing about elf on the shelf at lunch every day.
     
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    I would be the parent who forgot! Thank goodness this wasn't around when my kids were little (or if it was, I didn't know about it).
     
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    I wish I had a kid to do it with :lol: I seriously considered buying one anyways and having it do funny things for BF to find.
     
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    More of my 76 4th graders believe this year than ever. We were discussing how Earth's tilt affected the planet and I presented them the scenario of a 90* tilt. I had the picture with the North Pole facing the sun. One of my students got upset, because he said that meant that Santa would lose his home. I would say that 3/4 of my kids have an elf.
     
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    My own children were too old when the fad started, but I did it for several years when I had a self contained ESE class. The kids loved knowing that the ELF would visit them each year at school.

    We also had Cupid leave messages every Valentine's Day and the leprechaun left his footprints around the room on St Patrick's Day. So, I guess the Elf fits right in.
     
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    My kids were beyond that age when it became popular, too. I'm glad. I never did it at school, but I did do the leprechaun footprints. The elf never really appealed to me. I had a 3rd grader in tutoring last year that almost cried when learning about global warming because he was worried about Santa losing his home. I reassured him but then he worried about the reindeer. Gosh. And I even had a 6th grader this year who had doubts about Santa; her younger brothers had convinced her once again that he had to be real. And she was Jewish.
     
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    I used to really hate the Elf on the Shelf. It seemed a little Big Brother to me. My sister convinced me that kids love it, but I still don't think I would do it with my kids if I had any. I would consider doing Kindness Elves, who come every night with an idea for something nice to do for others: cookie mix to bake for firemen, cards to make for nursing homes, a dollar to give to charity, etc. That seems so much more in the spirit of Christmas than a creepy looking elf who can't be touched by kids and who makes messes, and becomes the focus of the season, at least based on many of my friend's Facebook feeds.

    I get why people enjoy doing it, but it's just not for me...
     
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    I would just tell the class we're not discussing it since it's something they do at home. I'd be annoyed with hearing about it every day also.
     
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    Most of my 5th graders still believe, at least at school anyway!
     
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    I love the idea of kindness elves!!!
     
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    Mine stayed in one spot for three days! ooopssss! Good thing Im a good story teller. aka liar! hahahahhahahah
     
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    We are on Elf #3.

    #1 - got eaten by the puppy last year.

    #2 - replaced #1. Got lost in the move this summer. NO CLUE which box of leftovers it is in.

    #3 - the new elf this year. Sometimes does something. Sometimes doesn't. It is bad when both of us can't remember to move the dang thing.
     
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    Saddened that some find listening to students' wonder and enchantment burdensome. If you seriously don't have time for this, find some moment for kids to share a story with each other every day. These are opportune times for language and literature connections. Take advantage of hem rather than bemoaning them.
     
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    :rofl:

    I'm just trying to picture the language and literature connections my kids could make if they witnessed me cursing and moaning while hauling my buns back out of bed at midnight because I forgot to move that **** elf again...

    No offense, cza...I'm just kiddin'...sorta...
     
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    A former coworker of mine just got an Elf for her 8th grader. I worked with her at a retail store in college, and we are just FB friends. I've been scratching my head. I get treated to pictures of it every day :tired:
    8th.grade.
     
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    My kids just got over Elf on the Shelf last year. This happened when they finally realized that Santa wasn't real. They told me that they were more bummed out out the Elf not being real than they were about Santa.

    Moving it around is a pain, but I was pretty good at remembering to do it, and I could get really creative about where to put the guy. :)
     
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    A to Z and its (s)elf-help threads...
     
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    Didn't say I didn't listen to them...didn't say I didn't pretend to be interested...just said the Elf stories are wearing me out.
     
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    What happens when the kids who don't get that at home hear the stories? Do you have to explain to them why they don't have one at home? I think it's something for home and not to be talked about at school. There are sometimes those few kids who talk about there not being a "santa" anyway and that starts more problems.
     
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    My co-worker's youngest is 4. Andy, their elf, stole some cookies and made a mess all over the bar. She said he looked at the mess for a minute, then at her and said, "Mama, Andy's not real. He don't move. He don't eat cookies. That's just silly, Mama." He's comple over it. Lol
     
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    My kids are 12 and 14 so were too old when this became a "thing." Thank goodness because I'm just not that clever and moving it every night would drive me bonkers. I have a friend who has one at work and she sets up absolutely hysterical scenes. I love seeing her Facebook posts showing what her elf is up to.
     
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    I guess I'm a rare teacher who enjoys having an elf in the classroom...
     
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    Maybe I'm the rare teacher who doesn't. There are several in my building who have them. They're kind of distracting to my kids when they're hanging from the doorway of another room or wrapped up in the wreath outside the door or sitting in the hallway doing their work. Maybe it's the Bahumbug former upper elementary teacher coming out in me.
     
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    Those things creep me out. Good thing I don't have kids and teach secondary.
     
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    Every time my students talk about them I am grateful they weren't popular when my kids were little. Christmas is hard enough as it is, I would never have been able to keep up with weeks of elf antics.
     
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    That's hilarious! What a mature little guy!
     
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    Ugh, same here!!! My students are even bringing in pictures of their elves. I hate those darn things.
     

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