Christmas Activities and Books for Early Elementary

Materials: Paper plates, paint,paint brushes,  Christmas cookie cutter set, assorted small crafting (supplies like buttons, pom pom balls, ribbon, etc,) pine cones, glitter, yarn, printer ink and paper, dish sponges, cotton balls, construction paper, salad spinner, craft sticks, 

 

Crafts for little kids:

Christmas wreath

Salt Dough Ornaments

Pine Cone Ornaments

Christmas Sponge Painting

Santa craft

Fingerprint Christmas Lights (on strips of construction paper for use as garland)

 

Salad Spinner Ornaments

 

Crafts for older kids:

Popsicle stick Nativity

Draw the Grinch

 

Books:

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

A Creature Was Stirring

The Polar Express

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

The Night Before Christmas

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bell

The Birds of Bethlehem

Room For A Little One

 

Youtube Videos:

7 Best Christmas Light Shows Ever

Chip and Dale 

Santa’s Workshop

Disney Christmas Special

Silly Symphony Night Before Christmas

 

Movies:

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Frosty the Snowman

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation

Nightmare Before Christmas (Netflix Streaming)

Charlie Brown Christmas

The Polar Express

Thanksgiving Kindergarten Unit

Everyday we will be using the following Thanksgiving Pack. (Part 1 pgs 3-8, 11-17, 31-38, Part 2 pgs 13-17, 25-29, 36-39, Part 3 Pgs 5-7, 20-24 for the older boy, 28-29, 36-39, Part 4 Pgs. 16-17, Part 5 Pgs. 3 for the older boy, 7-8)

My older boy will be reading Thanksgiving on Thursday

My older boy and older girl will be taking a few virtual field trips here.

Materials:  Construction paper, glue, scissors, pen or fine tipped marker, crayons, printer ink and paper, cardboard tubes (toilet paper or paper towel), paper plates, Q-Tips, paint, googly eyes

Day 1:

Read I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie

Make a hand wreath. (Write one thing you are thankful for on each hand)

Day 2:

Read The Pilgrim’s First Thanksgiving

Make Thanksgiving People.

Day 3:

Read The Berenstein Bear’s Thanksgiving Blessings

Q-Tip Painting Letters

Day 4:

Read Over The River And Through The Woods

Pop-Up Turkeys

Day 5:

Read Thanksgiving Cats

Cat cut and paste

Day 6:

Have fun exploring I Spy Thanksgiving

Handprint turkeys

Gg coloring page (gobble-gobble)

Day 7:

Read Silly Tilly’s Thanksgiving Dinner

Tee Pee craft

Day 8:

Read Cranberry Thanksgiving

Indian corn craft

Fall Kindergarten Unit

Every day we will be using pages from this Fall Pack.

Materials: printer paper and ink, scissors, glue, construction paper, crayons or markers, old worn out cds or dvds, toilet paper rolls, toilet paper, coffee filters, food coloring, 

 

Day 1:

Read The Search for Autumn

Oo is for oak coloring page

O printing page

Oak leaf scavenger hunt (send them out with this template to find a leaf)

Watch Acorn Becomes Oak Tree in Timelapse video

 

Day 2:

Read The Little Scarecrow Boy

Watch The Final Straw

Practice making scary faces from the book

Scarecrow face template

Scarecrow hat and bandanna template

Ss coloring page

 

Day 3:

Read It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

Watch Rotting Pumpkin time lapse

Jj is for jack o lantern printing page

CD Pumpkin craft

 

Day 4:

Read Where’s My Mummy?

Mummy coloring page

Mm coloring page

Mummy craft

 

Day 5:

Read Dappled Apples

Aa is for apple printing page

Coffee filter art (templates here and instructions from here)

 

Day 6:

Read There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!

Hh coloring page

Hay coloring page

Watch Bailing Hay timelapse

 

Please note that some of these days may be spread out over two days.  In this case the books will be read again on the next day and any letter pages will be done as well before moving on with the activities.  I will make flashcards for each letter that we have covered and we will go over these flashcards before we do anything else each day.

 

 

Pirates Kindergarten Unit

Everyday we will be using this Kindergarten kit.

Materials: paint, paintbrush, paper plate, crayons or markers, scissors, glue, printer ink and paper, construction paper, cardstock or laminator, string/yarn, oreos, gummy worms

Day 1:

Read Eye Wonder: Pirate

Listen to the Silly Pirate Song

Pirate map cut and paste

P is for pirate printing practice

 

Day 2:

Read Pirates, Level 2

Pirate hat craft (cardstock or laminated paper)

Pirate printing practice

 

Day 3: 

Read Tough Boris

Ff coloring page

Ff is for flag coloring page

Create a flag

 

Day 4:

Read How I Became a Pirate

Dd coloring page

Digging dog coloring page

Crush oreos and place in bowl, bury gummy worms and have kids dig for the worms

 

Day 5:

Read Pirate Pete

Pp is for parrot

Parrot craft

Watch Pets 101-Parrots

Watch the dancing parrot

 

Day 6:

Read Little Badger, Terror of the Seven Seas

Letter Bb Coloring page

Badger coloring page

Little Critter paper doll (I’m calling him a badger!)

Pirate clothes for Little Critter

 

Day 7:

Read Pirates in the Park

N is for nut printing page

Cut and paint acorn template

Watch Funniest Scrat Moments (chasing a nut)

 

It is highly likely some of these days will stretch out for two or more days.  In that case we will redo some of the worksheets and read the book again before moving on with the other activities.  I will make a flashcard for each letter we cover and go over the flashcards first thing before starting any other activities.

Reptile Kindergarten Unit

I’m going to start keeping track of what I’m doing for my kid’s school by posting it up here.  This way all my links are in one place for me, and hopefully someone else can benefit from my work 🙂  I will primarily be posting what I am doing for my youngest two.  The first one I am going to put up is my reptile unit:

Materials: printer paper and ink, cookie cutters, dish sponges, tempura paint, pipe cleaners, ruler, paper, crayons or markers, paper plate, string, paper bowl, foil, cardstock or cardboard, glue, dishwashing soap, food coloring, paintbrushes, googly eyes

Everyday we will be using this Kindergarten Kit.

We will also be watching Magic School Bus season 2 episode 12, Cold Feet on Netflix streaming.

Day 1:

Read Eye wonder: Reptiles

Learn about reptiles

Rr is for reptiles coloring page

Reptile sponge painting (can use cookie cutters to make the templates and use tempura paint)

Day 2:

Read Verdi 

Ss is for snake printing page 

Snake cut and paste

Snake measuring activity

Day 3:

Read Crictor

S is for snake coloring page

Silly Snake video (scroll to bottom of page)

Spiral Snake craft

Day 4:

Read Look Out for Turtles!

Turtle craft

Tt coloring page

Tt printing page

Turtle cut and paste

Day 5:

Read A Color of His Own ( I will use this paint instead)

Chameleon craft

Day 6:

Read Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Cc is for crocodile coloring page

Cc printing page

Black Caiman video

Alligator craft (alligator…crocodile…close enough!)

 

Please note that more than likely some of these will be spread out over two days instead of one.  We are focusing primarily on phonics right now so when we hit a letter we don’t know very well I will split the activities up over two days, read the same book both days, and have the kids practice the letter that I have assigned both days.  I will be making flashcards each time I introduce a letter and we will go over the flashcards each day before we begin the other activities.

Momma’s in college and the kids are homeschooled…

We are still homeschooling, it’s been four years since we made the plunge and we still feel like it’s the best thing that we’ve done for our children.  I’ve spent hours coming up with “perfect” lesson plans, finding resources, organizing the school year, etc.  The thing is, I’ve been called to change.  Although at times it was frustrating and overwhelming, a part of me has loved every minute of it all.  Now God has called me to do other things with my time as well and something had to give.  I started college in January.  Thankfully my degree is 100% online and on my schedule.  I am told at the beginning of the week what I need to get done, and I turn it in by the end of the week.  Without this kind of flexibility I don’t think I could do this, God is so good to have set this up for me like that!  I realized early on that I couldn’t go to college and homeschool the kids the same way that I have been doing it.

Enter online schooling!  My oldest is using the curriculum at All In One Homeschool and I have to say that I love it!  It is so thorough, teaches everything exactly how I would teach it, and teaches my daughter to take personal responsibility for her work.  We do not use the math or science on there though.  We use Saxon Math, not the crazy expensive homeschool version, just a used public school textbook and I don’t think she could get a better math foundation from any other curriculum.  She really wanted something special for science we tried a few things and decided on Uzzingo and she seems to really enjoy it.  I think this fall though we might switch out to Apologia science but I haven’t decided 100% on that yet.  My second child is using Time 4 Learning.  It’s not my favorite program ever, but it will work just fine for now until he is old enough to use All In One Homeschool independently.  My youngest two are using ABC Mouse to learn all of their basics.

This new way of homeschooling is so wonderful for us right now.  It allows us all to get done what we need to get done for the day without everyone waiting on Mommy to sit down and teach them.  Of course I still go over things with them and check their grades to see if there is anything they need special help on, but it saves me so much time and allows me the time and energy that I need to focus on my goals as well.

So blessed

I am blessed all the time.  There isn’t an area of my life that I feel like God doesn’t bless me in.  The thing is, though, that if we don’t take the time to see the blessings we can easily fall into feeling like we are going through this life all alone.  So, today I am going to take the time to list 10 things I am grateful for this week.

1.  My husband took Monday off work and installed new lights in our bedroom and dining room, and a new fan in our living room – such a blessing!

2.  My school this week (more on school later) was really easy and allowed me to help my husband all day Monday, spend half the day Tuesday talking to a good friend, and still be done by Thursday morning.  That gave me all day Friday to focus on other things and relax!

3.  My youngest, whom we have been having a lot of problems with, found out she is going to be a big sister (more on that soon as well) and has decided that she needs to start taking on some responsibilities and acting nicer.

4.  Thanks to #2 I had extra time this week to really sit down and spend time with my oldest.  She is growing so fast and sometimes it feels like she has changed so much that I don’t even know her anymore so that extra time was so nice!

5.  My second child is the sweetest little man in the entire world and is constantly giving me hugs and kisses.  At 7 years old I am afraid this open and unashamed love will be over soon, but I am enjoying it while I can.

6.  I was finally able to get some seeds started for transplanting later.  My oldest helped with that and she wants to be in charge of the garden, that is so awesome and will help me out so much considering how busy I am.

7.  Health…I recently went to the doctor and my blood work is way better than it was the last time I went.  I didn’t have any problems before, but I was getting close to the borderline zone for a lot of things and now everything is completely normal except for my Vitamin D levels which have been low for years.  I really don’t know what all that’s about, but I am thankful for all my other numbers being so good.

8.  My husband’s activities outside the home…Every other week my husband basically has a “guys night out.”  While some women may be jealous of this, I love it.  I want to spend time with him whenever I get the chance, but there is something so special about having time with just me and the kids in the evening after dinner.  This week we watched “The Goonies” together complete with stovetop popcorn and little boxes of movie candy I found at the dollar store.  So much fun!

9.  My boy’s new dog that I didn’t really want to begin with.  Lol, I’m not much of a dog person so I wasn’t too sure about getting him a puppy, but I am so glad I did!  This sweet little guy wakes me up every morning by jumping in bed with me and cuddling up on my side.  Then he sticks his head under my hand and won’t stop moving around until I pet him.  It is so much nicer to wake up this way than to a blaring alarm clock!  He is also great for the kids and keeps them very active.

10.  My grandma…She is 90+ (seriously, she won’t tell us exactly how old she is because she doesn’t want to sound too old lol), and she has definitely “been there and done that.”  She remembers what it was like to be a mother of four so when I call her for the first time in months she tells me not to worry about it because she has been in my shoes before.  She always tells me that she is proud of what I do, and to top it all off she is the closest thing to a saint on earth I ever have and probably will ever meet.

I’ve had a great week and God has blessed me in so many ways.  Hope everyone out there has had a great week as well!