Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Today was our last class before our Christmas break. I just wanted to share with you a couple of pictures I took of the kids as we got set up for Mom, Dad, Grandmom, Poppy, etc. This class is such a different class from what I have had in a long time. They are very "lively." They know what they want, and when they want it. They sing their hearts out and enjoy putting on performances. They all came dressed for the occasion too. Usually we get one or two "dressed to the nines", but most of them really outdid themselves today.
So we sang and performed, everybody enjoyed and applauded, presents were given out, hugs and kisses, Merry Christmas' and Happy New Years'. It was a wonderful day and a wonderful way to end the 2008 school year.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
So Santa came to visit, the children all got to sit on his lap and tell him what they wanted, then they got their goodie bags. To commemorate his visit our craft today was a what?, that's right, a Santa. It is a very easy craft as time is not in excess today.
For the craft you need:
copy of Santa head
pom pom (red)
tacky (for eyes and nose)
lots and lots of cotton
I give each child a copy of the Santa face that I have run off on construction paper. First the children color the top of his hat with red. The glue gets put all over his hat brim, beard, and ball of his hat. I started off using a glue stick, but the children couldn't see when they had covered all the glue, so we switched to Elmer's. I put the glue on, only because we were short on time, if we had more time, I would have allowed the children to do this. After all the cotton was on, I used tacky to mark the place for eyes and nose. The children used wiggle eyes, and the pom pom for the nose. He's pretty cute.
The book I read today was a new one we just got from Scholastic. It is called "Santasaurus," by Niamh Sharkey. I thought the children might like it because dinosaurs are just ever so popular. The book is about a dinosaur family getting ready for Christmas. The children all want something special, but Milo's request is the most special of all. Does Santasaurus grant Milo's wish? The children enjoyed it.
Monday, December 15, 2008
My son's kindergarten teacher sent me this little activity. I did not make it, but I did find it on another blog you can check out too: silken-did you know (the picture below is from that site).
To make these you will need:
1 slice of bread
pretzels-pretzel sticks or twists
Cut the slice of bread in half diagonally. Make your sandwich as usual--I would probably make peanut butter and jelly--but that's just me. Then on the outside of the bread add 2 raisins for eyes, an M&M for the nose, and pretzels for the antlers.
Here's a very rudimentary drawing of what it might look like with stick pretzels, no critics please:
I was thinking, if you would just like to use the bread without making it into a sandwich, you can cut the bread in half, then paint it with some brown food coloring. After you paint the bread you would add the eyes, nose and antlers.
I found a couple of very cute Christmas creations made with Nutter Butter cookies and thought I would share them with you. One is a Santa, and the other is Rudolph. I will say the Santa's look a little sweet, but I have a bit of a weakness when it comes to Nutter Butters so they're probably all good!
For the Nutter Butter Santa's I'll let you travel on over to Simple Servings. She has her recipe there along with a great picture.
The other ones I found were in the December issue of Family Fun Magazine. These creations were made by Jennifer Tate of Lima, Ohio.
For the reindeer you will need:
a package of Nutter Butter cookies
To make these you will be using the white icing as "glue. Put dots of white icing where the eyes, and nose should be. Use the chocolate chips for the eyes, then use a red M&M for the nose. Next put some white icing above the eyes and "glue" on a pretzel twist. There you go--good enough to eat. Have fun.