|As a teacher, I always loved taking those last few days before the holidays to have some holiday fun! This year my kiddos are at a fun age to start some of my favorite holiday activities!|
On Monday we focused on the candy cane and the symbolism behind it. Though the lights, Christmas carols, and the magic of Santa are all fun, I don't want to my family to lose sight of why we are really celebrating Christmas. I love the symbolism behind the candy cane.
|I found this cute explanation behind the meaning of a candy cane at http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com.|
We chose to fill in our candy cane using pieces of tissue paper.
|My little buddy is really getting into the projects!|
|Ava's candy cane!|
|Dominic's candy cane!|
|We didn't start a new letter this week, but reviewed what we have been learning and looked ahead at what is to come.|
|Ava made candy cane ornaments. It was a great activity for working on patterning and strengthening fine motor skills.|
On Tuesday we pulled out one of my favorite stories, Jan Brett's The Gingerbread Baby. We had some fun with decorating gingerbread babies, playing a gingerbread number game, and making salt dough ornaments
|Ava's gingerbread baby.|
|Dominic's gingerbread baby.|
On Wednesday we hosted a Polar Express Party! If you were to come to my house between 9:30 and noon you would have found a hopping house of 8 kids between the ages of 4 and 9 months! The kids were so good and it was fun to see them so excited!
|Our versatile baby coral became the Polar Express train. Once all the guests arrived (dressed in jammies of course!) We boarded the train to read the one of my very favorite Christmas books, The Polar Express.|
|We spread out all the kid's sleeping bags in the train and made sure our Christmas books were there too! But, there was no time for reading once the party started! This is Dominic patiently waiting for our guests to arrive.|
|We played the dice number game using a train print out. (All the kids had their own personalized mugs for the party.)|