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December Fun - on and off the lesson plan

Posted by Eilis on November 30, 2011 at 2:00 AM


Anna Dewdney really puts her finger on how hard it is for preschoolers to wait for Christmas in Llama Llama Holiday Drama! Follow the link and scroll down to see a video of her reading the entire book.

A wise preschool teacher once told me that she put a Christmas tree in the dramatic play center for the kids to decorate and undecorate to their hearts content since the Christmas tree at home is usually "hands off."

The kids love this activity!

When I saw this picture, I had to laught at the poor Grinch in the upper corner.  Is he pouting?  Is all the Pre-K Christmas spirit just too much for him?

I usually do the gingerbread graphing activity in a pocket chart.  This year I decided to add it to our Big Math Journal.  You can print the words here: http://creativeprek.webs.com/Gingerbread_Pocket_chart_graph.pdf

We made Christmas cards for senior citizens today.  Older students will be delivering them when they sing Christmas Carols.  Someone asked if she could glue on an extra die-cut gingerbread man left over from making the emergent readers.  I told her no, because I only had a couple.  I suggested that she could trace around it and draw on candy buttons if she wanted to.  Well, that ended up being the most popular activity of the day.  Funny how we spend so much time planning and the biggest successes are often unplanned!

In another great moment of spontanity, today one student brought in a lizard his older brother had caught in their backyard.

We re-read one of our favorites, A Color of His Own, in honor of our visitor.

Getting back to December....


How great is this?!  A group of creative bloggers is linking a different kid craft for each day of December until Christmas! 

CreativeChristmasCountdown

Peace, Love, & Joy!

Eilis

Pizza Math Journal

Posted by Eilis on October 1, 2011 at 5:45 PM

I have had some requests for Big Math Journal ideas.  Here is my new favorite:

I just Googled photos of pizzas, cut them out, and cut some of them in half.