Practical Life and More: December/ Christmas

During the month of December we cover the following topics:

  • The Continent of Europe
  • Flags of Europe
  • Christmas
  • Chanukah ( We actually covered Chanukah in November because the holiday began in November this year.
  • Kwanza
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Electrical energy
  • Energy: conductor/insulator
Pom Pom Transfer w/ Treezers

Pom Pom Transfer w/ Tweezers

Ornament Transfer w/ Tongs

Ornament Transfer w/ Tongs

Four Cup Pouring

Four Cup Pouring

Bell Spooning

Bell Spooning

Cream Cheese Spreading Lesson

Cream Cheese Spreading Lesson

I made three felt Christmas “puzzles” using stiff felt. I had photos of the completed puzzles so that the children would know how to put the pieces together. Here are some photos of them:

Felt Christmas Tree

Felt Christmas Tree

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Felt Reindeer

Felt Reindeer

Felt Santa

Felt Santa

Christmas Season Stamping

Christmas Season Stamping

The kids enjoyed making their own candy canes and wreaths with pipe cleaners and beads. I put the candy canes out the first week and then the wreath lesson out the following week.

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Also in art I created a reindeer craft for the class. I usually do this for each theme. I cut out simple shapes that they can glue to a sheet of construction paper. I laminate a sample of my own work to help guide them on how to arrange the shapes to form the desired picture.

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Reindeer Craft from 2 Students

When we change themes, I also change out the play dough colors and utensils. During Halloween we had black play dough and black pipe cleaners, googly eyes and various other materials so that the kids could make spiders and monsters. During Christmas we had holiday cookie cutters.

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I also change out a few lessons in math. Particularly the one to one correspondence lessons and the simple addition problems.

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