Monday, December 26, 2011

Gingerbread day

     I love Gingerbread Day!  We usually go on a hunt for the Gingerbread Man, but we just didn't have time this year!  They still had fun listening to the story and making their houses.  There's always next year! :)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Nativity book and Christmas program

  Merry Christmas!  This is my new favorite book that we make in my class!  This is also came from Michelle at Musings of Me.  Even if I decide not to do the Holiday Fun book again, this is a MUST!  Each day I read No Room In the Inn to go along with the book.  It is a level 2 reader that they probably could have handled listening to the whole story at once, but I liked that it broke down and we were able to discuss each part.

The last page is simple, but I love it!

Merry Christmas from
A little shepherd boy

a camel,

a sweet, little angel,

the kitchen band, 

little Mary and Joseph,

Handsome winter carolers,

cute winter carolers,

 I think we had the best Christmas program ever this year!  Wish I could have it on video to put on here!  I still have a few Christmas pictures to put up, but they will have to wait.  Off to cook, clean and spend a fabulous day with my family!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Fun

     This is one of the books that we made for Christmas.  I'm a little torn because I usually do a lot of ornaments and more projects, but this year I decided to put them all in book form.  The book is absolutely precious, but I just can't decide which I like better.  I bought this book as a bundle from Michele at Musings of Me and it was worth every penny!  There were a few things that I slightly changed from what she did and we also read a book every day to go with the page.  Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of the books that we read, but I'll at least post the title for them.  There's always next year!
We read Mr.Willoughby's Christmas Tree book to go along with our Christmas tree pages.  We glue buttons on the shape tree cover page, but I forgot to take a picture after we glued the buttons.
The tree was their handprint and the ornaments were their fingerprints.
The wreath was made out of puzzle pieces.  They painted the pieces green and then glued on a circle on the page.  We did not have enough small red pom poms, so we just used red construction paper.  We read Llama, Llama Holiday Drama to go along with our wreath page.
The elves turned out so cute!  They had so much fun doing the elf because they all have one of their own!  We read the Happy Elf by Harry Conick Jr.
We traced their foot for the body of the reindeer and their hands for the antlers.  We read The Reindeer Brigade.  This one was a new one for me this year.  Cute book!
Santa's eyes fell off! Haha!  This one they cut out the pieces, glued on, and then glued cotton balls for the beard and hat.   We read Twas the Night Before Christmas to go along with our Santa pages.
We broke the glitter out again!  We did the cookie page the same day as the wreath, so Llama, Llama also went along with this page.
I did not have a book to go along with the carolers, but we did sing Christmas carols and discussed what a carol is!
We read The Legend of the Candy Cane to go along with the candy cane page.  This was very simple.  they cut out the canes, glued them on the paper and colored the stripes.

     I am going to try to get our Nativity book up tomorrow because after all, Jesus is the reason for the season!  If not, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Centers (Sort of!)

     I didn't take pictures of all our centers that we did for December because I was busy doing other things! :)  I kept them the same the whole month because we really didn't have much center time due to our play practice.  I also kept them very simple and more play than learning.  Some times you just have to go with it! :)
Fine Motor- Winter themed lacing cards
Blocks- I have these Nativity blocks that the class absolutely loved!  They wanted to play with these all the time!  It's really cute, and I bought it from Oriental Trading.
Santa Puzzle

I inherited these little men from a teacher along time ago.  I don't know where they came from.  They interlock so I had them make patterns with the men and rings.  We pretended they were Gingerbread men.

     Some of the other items that I had was a Gingerbread alphabet match on the felt board, a Christmas tree count, and a plush Nativity.  We have school on Monday and Tuesday, so I will try to get pictures of them then!  We also have Polar Express Day on of my favorite days of the year!