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Re: December

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Sun, 22 Nov 1998 20:56:26 EST

Hi Gail...One activity that I do for December that doesn't interfere with my
school's recent elimination of celebrating the holidays is a lesson on
creating an origami house (grade 2).It gives every child the opportunity to
get in the festive spirit (should they chose to ) in their detail and
background drawing. After giving the whole class step by step instruction on
folding 8 1/2 x 11" white paper into a house whose front doors open to reveal
the inside of the house, the children begin penciling in windows, bushes,
shutters,etc. as well as interior drawings of their own house. Since it is
the time of year where many people decorate their homes for their own
religious celebrations, the children often decorate the outside with Christmas
Tree lights, wreaths,etc. and the inside with Christmas
Trees,presents,...additionally,other children are adding menorahs,etc. and
then others are simply creating a winter scene around the houses. Once the
house is complete they glue it to a 12x18 white piece of paper and draw
background and snow with crayons. A watercolor wash completes the project.
An idea that I plan on trying this year with my first graders is one that I
think I found on this list serve. They will do found object printing on
12x18" white paper. While drying, they will draw a picture of themselves
giving what they consider to be the most special gift that they could give to
a special person in their lives. This will be glued into the folded printed
paper (horizontal or vertical). The package "cover " can be trimmed with
ribbons and bow etc. -I'm planning to create a bullitan board with these. I
know what you mean about so much to do and so little time. Since I went back
to work, I try so hard to be able to do all the little holiday crafts,baking,
decorating that I used to do. I never seem to be able to do any of these
little extras because the race to keep up with school work,housework, and
holiday shopping monopolizes any free time-is there really any "free" time?
We do make it a point to make the time to be together as a family to do things
like our traditional hunt for the perfect Christmas Tree, trimming it with our
carefully selected collection of ornaments and reminicing about the memories
they represent, all done to our favorite Bing Crosby CD! Keeping our family
traditions alive and spending time together is really what is important to
us. Best wishes to you . Carol

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