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Free Christmas Printable Pack

Confessions of a Homeschooler is offering a download for free Christmas preschool printables

This pack is loaded with super cute games, crafts, printables, and more. I think you kiddos will have such fun!

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Free Winter Activity Book

Rad Roadtrips is offering a free Winter Holiday Activity Book just in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is a general winter based holiday book, so it can last longer than just the holidays.

The book features over 30 pages of activities, games, and discussion items for your kids to dive into on your upcoming road trip.

 

 

 

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Free Christmas Printables and Packs

      

2 Teaching Mommies is offering a fun, and free, printable package called Christmas Trees. Here is some of what the site says is included in the package:

  • Patterns (ABAB and AABB)
  • Spin & Graph
  • Christmas Tree Math
    • Light Patterns
    • Shape Ornaments
    • Counting Presents
  • Which is Different?
  • Writing Maze
  • Beginning Writing/Cutting Practice
  • Size Sort
  • Number Order Puzzle (1-10 and 11-20)
  • Spelling Page
  • Count & Clip

If you have a younger child, 1+1+1 is offering a Christmas pack for toddlers or preschoolers that looks like lots of fun.

Both sites have links for more great Christmas activities and ideas.

 

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From the Heart

Christmas! It is a wonderful time of year, but it can be hard on the pocketbook if you are not careful. Maybe it’s time to reflect on the season and gift giving with our children.

Gift giving is a wonderful thing and I am not suggesting we should abandon it, rather, just change our way of thinking and doing a bit. After all, what are we teaching our children? Most likely we are teaching them to shop, and to value material goods over anything else. My husband just calls it “crass consumerism”. The result is a society that is deeply in debt and piled high with needless stuff. Have you ever looked at how many yard sales there are each week?

What if you try creating new traditions with your sweet family — go Christmas caroling as a family or with friends, bake Christmas cookies, visit shut-in at the nursing home, wash someone’s car, string popcorn for your tree, offer to babysit for friends or family, shovel snow off the neighbor’s sidewalk, bake yummy pies to give as gifts, play football outside, send a Christmas note to a person in the military, volunteer at the food bank, create Christmas scrapbooks… All of these are either free or fairly inexpensive, but most of all they build strong family ties.

Look for ways to celebrate this year without having to buy so much. Personal gifts from the heart are usually most appreciated anyway.  Try giving a handmade coupon book to Grandma. I am sure she would love redeeming a coupon from her grandchild that was good for having a story read to her by her precious grandchild, or redeeming a coupon good for having them rake the leaves from her yard. Coupon books are excellent ideas to give to any family member.  Mom, help the kids make one for Dad.

I remember making my grandmother a very simple gift when I was very young. I took a little bottle and filled it with water and added food coloring. She kept the bottle until the day she died. I made my other grandmother a pet rock and she kept it until she passed away, too! As an adult, I was overwhelmed with memories and love when I found my simplistic gifts in their belongs as we cleared out their houses.

Focus on the true meaning of CHRISTmas this year. Build new traditions as you strengthen your family bond.

I wish you and yours a very merry of Christmas and a blessed New Year full of joy, good health, and prosperity-both financial and spiritual.

 

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Making Memories the School Way

          

Christmas will soon be here, but in the mean time, school must go on. I know it can be hard to get the kids to focus with all the fun festivities, shopping, planning, snow, holiday cooking, Christmas movies, tree decorating, and more, but the kids still have spelling lists to learn, math to solve, and stories to write. You can use popular word lists that include winter or Christmas words to make spelling tests, and you can use Christmas themed writing paper for your child to compose stories.

A friend told me about a super fun idea that rolls school, Christmas, and family all into one. As a special treat for the whole family, extended and immediate, have your child interview a grandparent. If you have more than one child, have one interview grandma, and one interview grandpa. They can interview using a recorder, making notes, or videoing the interview. A combination might be best.

                       

Once the interview is finished, have your child or children go back through the interview and pick out several interesting bits of information that the family might not be familiar with. Your child is going to create a crossword puzzle using the information from the interview. Have them pass it out when the family gathers to celebrate Christmas. Grandma and Grandpa will be honored and the family will enjoy reliving old memories and learning something new about their loved ones. See, school can be fun!

                            

 

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Christmas Creative Writing/History Unit

Ouch! We haven’t even had Halloween yet, though it is Monday, and I am actually going to post something for Christmas. I hate it when stores put out the Christmas stuff in October. I am posting this because it is only free until November 3, 2011. So grab it quickly!

Here is what the site says about this 48 page unit:

In this course, the student first learns the history of Christmas. Then as with all our History/Creative Writing elective courses, the student is led through the steps to write two original holiday short stories. The student learns about some of the most important elements of writing, including plotting, characterization, and conflict, as he develops his own short stories step by step. 18 complete lesson plans!

Also included is a recommended list of Christmas books and movies…and an original short story by the author of the course, an Emmy-award winning writer.  For students ages 8-adult.

 

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