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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Quick Christmas Crafts

Paper Plate Gingerbread Man

Use a large paper plate, construction paper, yarn, googly eyes,and pom poms to create this adorable gingerbread boy!

 Hand Christmas Tree

Paint hand and form a Christmas like shown. Add ornaments using glitter etc.

I love snowmen and am so excited that my 2 year old seems to share this love. Snowmen are great because they aren’t attached to one religious tradition or specific culture. This craft is a easy and relatively mess free way to add sparkles to your holiday decor.
  1. Gather your materials. You will need a paper plate, some orange and black construction paper, 2 buttons, some sequins, sparkles, contact paper, scissors, double stick tape, a stapler, and some ribbon. I also used some paint because my son wanted to paint and I like how it looks but you can skip this step if you want.
  2. Have your child paint the paper plate, and let dry. If you use a sponge paint brush the paint will go on lightly and dry fast.
  3. While they do that cut out a nose from the orange paper, a hat and some coal for the mouth.
  4. Cut a rectangle of contact paper and fold in half , make sure it’s big enough to cover the hole you will be cutting in the plate.
  5. Peel back the contact paper backing and let your child shake the sparkles on it.
  6. Add some sequins.
  7. Fold the contact paper so it sandwiches the sparkles , seal it. You may have to use some tape to make sure it’s sealed and nothing falls out.
  8. Cut out the middle of the plate.
  9. Add glue to the cutout middle for the coal mouth, nose and hat. Obviously older kids can do this themselves but it gives toddlers a great guide to be independent.
  10. Add the face pieces.
  11. Add the button eyes.
  12. While your child is adding the face pieces , attach the contact paper to the inside of the paper plate ring, I used double stick tape cause it holds contact paper well.
  13. Staple the face to the belly, I use staples with coated paper plates because glue doesn’t always work very well.
  14. Add the ribbon as a scarf to cover the staples.

With this set of 40 cards, your PreK and kindergarten students will practice matching numeral, number word, objects, and ten frame representations of the numbers from one to ten. Common Core alignment is included. Click on picture to download.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday Time Fillers.

Quick Christmas Worksheets Download: 13 Free worksheets to choose from!
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Quick Christmas Coloring Pages: 12 Free coloring pages to choose from!
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Winter Party Games!

1. Hungry Snowman

What you will need:
  • Medium box or box lid
  • Paint
  • Scissors
  • Styrofoam balls (about 6) or big marshmallows
  • Tape
I made this snowman 9 years ago when my oldest was in kindergarten. It has withstood the test of time and the younger kids love this game.
Directions: Paint a snowman face on the back of your box. Cut out a hole for his mouth. Have the kids make a single file line behind a piece of tape about 5 feet from the snowman. The first child takes 3 turns throwing a “snowball” at the snowman’s mouth trying to feed him. That child will return to the end of the line when finished and the next child will go. Continue until everyone has had a turn. There are no real winners and losers in this game. To add some fun, when the kids are going back to the end of the line have them skip, twirl, crab-crawl or dance.

2. Winter Dress Relay

What you will need:
  • 2 sets of winter clothes (coats, hats, scarfs, mittens, boots, snow pants, etc.)
Directions: Divide kids into two teams and have each team form a single file line behind a designated starting line. At the other end of the room each team will have an identical pile of winter clothing, such as a hat, scarf, mittens, boots, coat, etc. The kids will have to race, one at a time, to the pile of clothing, put on each item, take it off again, and race back to tag the next one in line. The team who completes the relay first, wins.
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3. Snowman-Snowman Where’s Your Nose? (Played like “Doggie Doggie, Where’s Your Bone?”)

What you will need:
  • A real carrot or print and cut out a picture of a carrot
Directions: Have children sit in a circle. One child is chosen to be the snowman. With eyes covered, that child can sit or stand in the center of the circle. Give a small carrot or a paper carrot to one child. Have the child hide the carrot behind their back. All other children also have their hands behind their backs.
All children chant:
Snowman, Snowman, Where’s Your Nose?
Somebody took it from your home.
Upstairs, Downstairs, by the phone…
Wake up Snowman, Find your Nose.
The child in the center now uncovers their eyes and  guesses which child they think has the snowman’s nose. The ‘snowman’ gets up to three guesses. The child who is holding the snowman’s nose, now becomes the new snowman in the middle!

4. Penguin Obstacle Course

What you will need:
  • Scarfs (1 for each team)
  • Spoons (1 for each team)
  • Cotton balls
  • Bucket or boot
Directions: Set up your obstacle course and show the kids where they will go. The first person in line must have a scarf tied around both their legs so they waddle like a penguin. That child then takes a spoon of snow (spoon with a cotton ball) through an obstacle course around the room and cannot not drop the snow (or they have to start over). They must make it to the other side and add their snow to a bucket or boot. Once they are done, the next person gets their legs tied together and goes. This game can have teams or just everyone takes a turn.

5. Winter Pictionary

What you will need:
  • White board or Chalk board
  • Squares with winter words (ice skating, penguins, North Pole, skiing, sledding, snowball fight, snowman, Alaska, etc.)
  • Bag, bowl or hat
Directions: Print and cut-out squares of paper that have winter words on them. Place in a bowl or bag. Divide kids into two teams and have each team take turns sending up a player to draw for their team. Each player who comes up to draw selects a square of paper from the bag and attempts to draw what is on it without speaking any words. If their team guesses the word or phrase correctly within one minute, they earn a point. The team with the most points wins.

Monday, December 17, 2012

As we struggle to comprehend what happened on Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, we’re also trying to find the words to talk to our children as they ask questions. It’s a difficult topic to talk about as our children look to us for guidance. As parents, it’s our job to grieve for fellow parents and the young children whose lives were taken but at the same time, provide answers to our kids who are wondering if this could happen at their school.
When today’s events unfolded, I was immediately transported back to my first grade classroom and the discussion that I had with my students as a new teacher about Columbine. I remember my principal talking to us as staff about what to say and about addressing student questions as they came up. As expected, many of my students asked about the safety of our own school.
Having talked about tragedy with children before, I shared my parent and educator perspective withhelpful tips on talking to your kids for parents who are looking for guidance on talking about these difficult topics. But knowing that conversations in houses across the nation will be different and suited to our kids and family values, where else can you turn as you’re trying to make sense of today?
I always turn to trusted resources who I can count on to provide helpful tips and age appropriate talking points for my own children. Here are some helpful links that I found with sound advice for discussing the Sandy Hook tragedy with your children.
PBS Parents offers flexible suggestions about answering kids’ questions about current events. I like that the tips in Talking with Kids About News can be applied to news of any kind and not just about tragedy.
Explaining the News to Our Kids by Common Sense Media provides differentiated messaging for kids depending on their ages. There are tips for talking to those under 7, between 8-12, and teens which is especially useful for families who have kids of different ages and need to address everyone’s concerns in an age appropriate way.
The Mother Company offers expert advice on their site and Talking About Devastating News with Our Kids includes an interview with Pattie Fitzgerald who advises bringing up difficult topics in context and “explaining that certain events are rare occurrences, or far from where you live” reassuring kids “that as parents you take thorough precautions to keep them safe.” There’s also a very helpful list of tips parents can use to navigate tough news topics.
Sesame Street’s Here for each other: Helping Families After an Emergency is a downloadable PDF that is a fantastic resource for parents of young children. It urges parents to model a sense of calm in front of children since kids take cues from parents and caregivers. There are also simple ways to stay positive after an emergency along with ways to address a child’s fears based on their age.
The American Psychological Association has a post about Helping Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting. Wise words include “What you talk about and how you say it does depend on their age, but all children need to be able to know you are there listening to them.” APA also encourages parents to find times when kids are most likely to talk but to express your opinions while making a concerted effort to listen and not interrupt.

Friday, December 14, 2012

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  December theme alphabet matching focusing on lower case letters with holiday graphics and photos, December coloring pages (to help children wait for holiday events), and December and January calendar pieces.  This PDF is 51 pages. 
52 Penguin Pages!
1. ABC Upper and Lower Case Letter Match 
2. Match Numbers 1-12 with Number Words
3. Easy Addition Match
4. Valentine Penguin Game

Thursday, December 13, 2012

For the twelve days of Christmas, here are a dozen hilarious Christmas Bookmarks. Each one has a riddle on the front and the answer on the back. 

8 Tips for a Happier Holiday Season!

It's time once again to begin preparing for the holidays and gearing up for family, fun, and festivals. The kids will be getting excited and home for school vacation. Here are eight tips for ensuring a happier holiday season.

TIP # 1: Good Behavior in Someone Else's Home
At some point prior to arriving at someone else's home for a holiday party, get to your child's eye level and go over the rules for being at the party. You may even ask them to explain the rules to you and don't be surprised if they already know. Throughout the event, acknowledge them every time you witness the behavior you want. If their behavior has been a problem in the past, tell them there will be a consequence to bad behavior and that consequence will be leaving the party. If you choose this option, be ready to implement it immediately, and don't punish them. The punishment is the departure itself and your complete silence on the drive home.

TIP # 2: Reduce the Toys and Gifts
A few weeks before the holiday season arrives, allow your child to lead an activity to thin out the usable toys and clothes they already have and then donate them to a local charity. Let your child have as much participation in the process, especially the delivery to the donation center. Commit to buying your children less toys. Too many can create visual chaos and excess stimulation, and certainly do not teach crucial lessons of moderation and limits.

TIP # 3: Take Care of Yourself
When you become stressed over the holidays, your appearance of being frantic and frazzled will be felt by the children and they too will begin to simulate it in their own way. Take time out for yourself to recharge your batteries. You need extra rest, exercise, and healthy eating, ingredients for greater self-control and patience.

TIP # 4: Teach Children Gratitude
Make it a priority to get your family involved in a giving exercise this holiday season. Donate your time to volunteer for a charitable organization by wrapping gifts for a gift collection agency, delivering a meal to a shut-in, or serving the hungry at a soup kitchen.   This act of compassion will remain with your children for a very long time. During the thanksgiving holiday, my family and I would prepare and deliver a meal to an elderly person living alone. I'll never forget the year we delivered our dinner to an elderly lady who was so grateful for our gift, she cried as we left. My son was silent as we drove away and he had tears welling in his eyes.

TIP # 5: Don't Over Schedule
During the holidays we automatically think about wanting to connect and be with family and friends. But if past holidays have not been fond memories because of over scheduling, reconsider your plans for this year and commit to simplifying the family calendar or take a vacation away from home. This move may require having to say no to some invitations or changing routines. One family we connect with often makes it a point to avoid the holiday rush. They plan plenty of get-togethers throughout the year and then disappear at Thanksgiving and/or Christmas to take cruises, go to Disney, or travel to see family out of state.

TIP # 6: Set Realistic Expectations for the Kids
Let's face it; December can be a stressful month for the kids and stressful or busy times for you. This guarantees that your children are going to behave differently and it will be a challenge getting them to cooperate and remain calm. Clarify your boundaries and rules and be patient when their excitement gets in the way. Remind yourself about the true meaning of the holidays; it's not about having the perfect family. A big mistake parents make is remembering the holidays from their childhood and trying to recreate them today.

kids Christmas holidays presents fun
TIP # 7: Create the Reverence of New Traditions
Participating in family traditions that were passed down can be fun and exciting, but it can also add to the stress of the holidays when it means having to recreate complex meals, trips, and events that originally belonged to someone else. Take bold steps to create new traditions for your immediate family that will leave lasting impressions, regardless of how simple they might be. When my children were young, we started a new tradition of allowing the kids to open one gift on Christmas Eve. We intentionally gave them new pajamas in this one special gift and they would be the pajamas they would wear to bed that night. Each year after that, I came up with fun and creative ways of disguising the gift to keep them guessing, because they knew what they would find in the packages. Creating new and fun traditions and faithfully celebrating them each year with consistency will teach your children how to do it themselves when they have families of their own.

TIP # 8: Be the Person You Want Your Children to Be
be the parent and the person you want your child to one day beFinally, there is no better way to teach your children how to enjoy the holidays than to demonstrate being the person you want them to be. The most powerful training your children will ever have is the observations they make of your behavior on a daily basis. Work hard to remain calm and loving throughout the holidays. When you find yourself on the threshold of an emotional reaction to someone else's behavior, ask yourself if what you're about to say or do will bring your family closer together, or create more distance. Being close of course, is what the holidays are all about!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Winter Snack Ideas!!


Instead of gingerbread houses: Turn ice cream cones into Christmas trees & decorate. Edible Christmas Craft!

Reindeer Noses (Whoppers & Bubblegum) would make adorable Christmas party favors, inexpensive too!

Winter break gift for students.

 How about Elf pillows? 

 "Snowman Poop" (mini marshmallows) with a poem that reads:  "You've been naughty this year so here's the scoop, all you get for Christmas is this snowman poop!

The poem reads:  Elf Kisses
With little elf eyes watching you,
There's not a lot that Santa misses.
So to help you be good today,
Here's a bunch of sweet elf kisses.

"Reindeer Noses" with a poem that reads:  "I wanted the perfect gift for you, but couldn't decide just what to do!  I almost sent you a dozen roses-instead here's a bag of reindeer noses!"

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Help! The holidays are almost here and the elves need your help! Solve the problems before Santa leaves on his sleigh.

8 Word Problems Reviewing the following concepts:
- Division
- Multiplication
- Subtraction
- Elapsed Time

+ Use this as a center or homework activity.

 This cute freebie has your little elves applying for 1 of 3 jobs in the: Elf Toy Workshop, Elf Bakery, or Elf Gift Wrapping. This is a great activity that ties in with the Common Core opinion/persuasion writing standard!

 Print this on card stock paper and have the students color it. Then I take a photo of my student and print it at 5X7 or 4X6. Glue the elf suit to the photo BEFORE you cut out the head. Have students write a letter to Santa telling him what they would do if they were one of his elves.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

We LOVE Penguins!

 Penguins Motivational Stickers, 10 Designs, 120/pkg
 Penguins & Igloos Cut-Out Buddies
 Penguins Stickers, 84/pkg

 Playful Penguins 10" Jumbo Designer Cut-Outs, 12/pkg
 Penguins on Ice Math Activity Set
 Penguins Photo Chart
 Bulletin Board Sets, Playful Penguins, 43 pieces
Buy any of these Penguin Products and more now...

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Snowman Shake 

 GREAT use for those creamer bottles!!!
Here's a fun little game students can play to practice sight words (or alphabet letters for those kiddos that still need that).  To play Snowman Shake, you need a snowman container, 2blank foam dice, and the recording sheet.

The snowman is easy to make-just peel the label off a creamer bottle and draw the snowman's face on with a sharpie.
Make foam dice for sight words, numbers or letters!!
Use sight foam sight word/alphabet or numbers. You could even do math facts. Many possibilities!!!
To play, students take off the snowman's hat (the lid) shake the 2 dice inside of the snowman and roll them into the little basket. Then they record the sight words they rolled on the recording sheet. Click on the picture below to grab a copy of this sight word freebie

If you would prefer a copy of the recording sheet with alphabet letters click here. Or, for a blank copy of the recording sheet that you can write your own words on, click here.

Foam Blank Dice
20 yellow blank dice have square edges that stop dice from rolling too far. 3/4" cubes.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

FREE Christmas Homework Passes

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Stuff your students' stockings this year with an extra treat of Christmas theme homework passes! Sixteen different colorful passes are included. Enjoy!