Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fun ways to seize teachable moments this holiday season!


This is the season of abundance and gifts, with teachable moments everywhere we turn! From learning about how others celebrate the season, to having a true purpose for writing, discovering math concepts, and for those of us who teach in Catholic and Christian Schools, learning about the Nativity!

Learning about how others celebrate the season:

These photos were taken after kindergarten students read stories with their reading buddies about how different characters celebrate the holiday season. The buddies then found similarities and differences between their own holiday traditions! 

The big buddies didn't know it at the time, but their little buddies had a surprise in store for them, because the holiday season is also a perfect time to show kids that...

We write for real purposes!

I have dedicated an entire blog post to this topic here, but will emphasize that I think we need to bring back the hand-written Christmas card tradition (or begin that tradition for other holidays). Do you remember the thrill of getting real mail? Writing a card, addressing it, putting the stamp on and mailing it? It meant something. Below are two free samples of Christmas cards with multiple levels of support for your earliest writers!

Math is everywhere during the holidays,

Here's a popular post and product about counting by two's with reindeer. I just added images to create toilet paper roll figures and / or crafts to the Big Christmas Bundle that make ideal manipulatives  acting out the 10 at the Sled Song / Storybook:

Counting by 2s with reindeer and song with the Big Christmas Bundle! $ #christmasliteracy #christmasmath #christmascrafts  

Santa stood at his sled and then he said "Come Dasher, come Dancer," so along came Dasher and Dancer, too! There were 2 at the sled and Santa said, "Come Prancer, come Vixen..."

Especially in patterns!

Seize the teachable moments in the holiday season! Do you see any patterns? 

Ask kids to go on a pattern hunt throughout the classroom, through picture books or at home. Recreating and extending patterns using a variety of art mediums, on shaped paper, or with beads, cubes, building toys, etc. make exploring patterns so much fun!

Teachable moments abound at Christmas time - especially for patterns! Seize the season!

Here are some fun and easy examples of how students duplicated some of the patterns they found!

Learning about the Nativity

Reading picture books are always a great way to introduce and review content and vocabulary with kids, and there are many wonderful stories about the First Christmas. Having themed costumes, toys, puppets handy are a great way to inspire dramatic play! Check out these amazing Nativity Education Ideas for Young Students on Pinterest!

 The images used for these figures are a part of my Big Christmas Bundle on TpT! $ #Nativity #Christmas #earlyliteracy

The images used for these figures are a part of my Big Christmas Bundle. I laminated the color ones before taping them onto the rolls for durability, and the kids colored their own to take home! They really enjoy retelling the story of The First Christmas with these figures.

They also just can't believe it when they realize that these are the exact same characters from their very own readers! Little minds blown! lol

Happy holidays, everyone, and best wishes to you and your loved ones!
xo Ida Mae 



This fun cut-and-paste activity involves matching upper case Shepherds and lower case sheep! 
From Nativity: Read and Write and More!

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