"The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clark Moore (1779-1863) is a cherished classic in homes worldwide during the Christmas Season! The magical tale of Santa's arrival was originally published by the New York Sentinel on December 23, 1823. As a very young child, I was intrigued by the story. It had words like "kerchief" and "sash" that I had to read over several times before I understood … [Read more...] about “The Night Before Christmas” as read by LeVar Burton – @ReadingRainbow
Last week, we had a special delivery to our classroom. One of our preschooler's parents had a Poinsettia plant delivered to us! It was an extra special gift that we plan to nurture this month and throughout the New Year! Our preschoolers discussed Poinsettias, looked at the plant through our magnifying glasses, dissected just a small part, and made the special Christmas card crafts below! It … [Read more...] about Poinsettia Cardboard Tube & 3-D Crafts for Preschool & Kindergarten!
Whether you have an artificial or real Christmas tree at home or in the classroom, learning about evergreens is fun science for kids! The simple Christmas Tree Life Cycle craft below will help preschoolers learn how conifers grow from a seed to an adult Christmas tree! Christmas trees are conifers. A conifer tree is a needle-leaved tree that produces cones. Conifers are often called … [Read more...] about Life Cycle of a Christmas Tree Craft for Preschool!
The Name in Christmas Lights Activity is a fun craft/literacy activity to reinforce letter and name recognition in preschool and kindergarten. The name activity is just one of 17 suggested literacy activities that are a part of the Christmas Theme now available here on this blog. You can download the entire Christmas theme here, if desired. Materials needed: Name in Lights.pdf (download … [Read more...] about My Name in Christmas Lights – free printable name recognition activity for #preschool & #kindergarten!
On a recent nature walk, our kids collected a basket of pinecones. We observed them, used our sense of touch to learn about textures, added a cinnamon scent so they smelled good, and then decided to use them to make a pinecone ornament craft for our classroom Christmas Tree! Pinecone Christmas Tree Ornaments Materials needed: Assorted colors of Wikki Stix, scissors, and pinecones (if … [Read more...] about Simple Pinecone Christmas Tree Ornament Craft for Preschool!
Every Christmas Eve we make a very old sugar cookie recipe that belonged to my great grandmother. The original recipe calls for lard, but we always substitute butter flavored shortening. The cookie is a mildly sweet, biscuit-like cookie that literally melts in your mouth. For Candy Cane Cookies: Make 1/2 of the batch red by adding red food coloring (be sure to note any food coloring … [Read more...] about Legend of the Candy Cane ~ Cookies for Christmas Eve!