Sunday, December 9, 2018

Second Sunday in Advent and the First Snow












After Daniel missed the  snowball fight that  ensued between the back porch and into the laundry room, he was more than happy to go out and have a snowball fight with Michael.  They barely had on jackets, but at least they wore gloves!  JP took pictures, while I huddled near the warmth of the fireplace.  












It was mostly melted by the time we settled in for the evening and to mark the Second Sunday of Advent...




Fun Fridays: Game Day



Last week, we talked about our family's Jesse Tree yearly Advent tradition.  My friend was inspired to make her own.  I think they turned out just beautiful!


We got together for a Fun Friday game day!  





Thursday, December 6, 2018

Christmas Around the World: Russia

Christmas Around the World: Russia

The Christmas Encyclopedia--Russia--pgs. 501-505

Christmas Around the World Doodle poster--Russia


Merry Christmas Around the World Cards

Christmas in Russia info sheet


Eat:

Russian Tea Cakes (aka Danish Wedding Cookies)
Apple cider for Russian tea





Watch: 




12 Days of Christmas Cornerstone Confessions-Russia 







Do:

Nutcracker lesson plans

Read "The Nutcracker" book

Nutcracker art



Nutcracker drawing

 or this Drawing




Fingerprint ornament 
This is what a project can look like the day before Christmas break...sigh...


One more day until Christmas break...


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas Around the World: Italy

Christmas Around the World: Italy

Christmas in Italy--info sheet

Merry Christmas Around the World Cards



Christmas in Italy

Christmas Encyclopedia information on Italy--pgs. 289-292


Do:

Quilled Christmas Star








Watch:









Eat:

Panettone







Christmas Around the World: England

 Christmas Around the World:  England

Christmas in England--info sheet




Merry Christmas Around the World Cards



Christmas Around the World Doodle poster--England



The Christmas Encyclopedia--England pg. 181-184

Christmas in Britain --World Book Encyclopedia book


Do:

Make Christmas card



Christmas crackers















Watch:

A Celtic Christmas--local concert that his brother and I are performing in.




English Christmas Carols playlist 

Eat:

Wassail--apple cider


Hanukkah--

Monday, December 3, 2018

Christmas Around the World: Hanukkah

Christmas Around the World: Hanukkah


Yes, I am very well aware that Hanukkah is not a "Jewish" Christmas, but I have always included in our Christmas units anyway.  Maybe it's from my school teaching days, but I've always loved teaching about Hanukkah!  

Today is the second day of Hanukkah and it's fun to celebrate by lighting the candles every night with our menorah.  (that I got for $3 last summer...score!)  



Eat:

Donuts and McD's hash browns (the easy latke)


Do:

Lego menorah



How to Draw a Menorah




Dreidel collage


Star of David popsicle stick garland




Playing the dreidel game...




Watch:  (Most of these are more appropriate for early elementary.  4th grade was pushing it!)












Why Do We Call it Christmas?:  Hanukkah

Read:

"Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama" by Selina Alko
Hanukkah from "The Christmas Encyclopedia"



Happy Hanukkah!  






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