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.

I’m back, sort of…

Has it really been a year and a half since I posted?  Geesh, to say that “time got away from me” would be a bit of an understatement.  In all honesty things have just been so crazy for what seems like forever now that the thought of posting just didn’t even come up in my brain.  I’m still pretty busy, but I find myself wanting to talk about things, to no one in particular, and with all my friends being just about as busy as I am the thought of blogging just to get everything out of my head and into some type of format crossed my mind, then I remembered that I started a blog a very (VERY) long time ago:)  So, I’m not making any promises, mostly because blogging is just a side note to my real life that has demands of it’s own, but I am planning on posting more.