Christmas Learning ~ Day 1

I may not post every day, but I was SO excited to begin today that  had to share.  I also want to share because my prayer about my ATTITUDE being more important than the ACTIVITIES really worked and we had a great day!  I lost it only once and it was a mild lose-it, so it’s a success for us all! Here’s a glimpse into our day.  You can see our 10 Days of Christmas Fun here, this is just Day 1!

As expected, the kids LOVED the Christmas Sensory Bin.  I think I want to rename it to the Imagination Bin.  Honestly the thing my kids do most with these bins is use their imagination.  It is amazing what they come up with.  I love just sitting back and watching.

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The bin was out for over an hour this morning and the kids came and went from it, playing differently each time. I came in one time and found Ladybug curled up in our new giant bean bag and Krash counting different things from the bin.  IMG_6486

I did initiate a few activities, one was sorting the red and green items into plastic Christmas trays I had.  The Little People train set {which we have had for years and I cannot find anywhere online} also got included ;-) IMG_6496

Later in the evening, we got the bin out yet again and this time we made a long line together ;-) IMG_6553

We did everything else on our list too, here K is putting the trees in order…IMG_6489

 

This was hilarious.  I can’t believe my little point and shoot caught the take off like that!  We put our ornament ABCs up on our dishwasher {with magnets} like last year.  I had one boy find the letter set and the other RUN into the kitchen and put it up. IMG_6505 They took turns until we were done.  This was a great way to make this activity interesting for Krash.IMG_6504

 

They colored their “color by shape trees” together and really enjoyed doing the same thing. I asked Pac Man if he wanted me to print it all for him too and he said YES!IMG_6511

 

Marble painting was a BIG HIT!!!!  We only had one box so we shared {a great lesson for them}.IMG_6515

We made candy canes, stars, and trees.  Tomorrow I have something special planned for us to do with the trees when they dry!IMG_6524

 

We did page 1 of our abc trees, using Unifex Cubes for our markers.  Ladybug was so cute watching Krash work.IMG_6555

 

Krash worked on the word JESUS today…that most important word of the season so it had to be first!IMG_6560

 

This is my favorite photo of the day, all of my kids sitting and working together.  It was like this for at least 20 minutes.  Krash was coloring in his super hero book and the other 2 and I were making Christmas collages {using old Christmas cards}.  It was just peaceful and nice. {gotta love the torn apart sensory bin in the background!!}IMG_6563

It was a fabulous day.  Not a perfect day, but overall a very fun day.  My favorite part was sitting in the big bean bag while my boys sat in front of me {each in their own bean bag ~ finally we can use them for reading time} and I read from the Hands on Bible I won from The World According to Them a couple of months ago.  I used the Advent Chain readings and we got caught up to today.  It was awesome just sitting there with them {even if Krash was out in la la land for a bit of it}.  We all just soaked in the Word and it was wonderful. 

I am praying days 2-10 go even half as well as day 1!

 

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10 Days of Christmas Fun ~ Plans

I have planned 10 days of fun Christmas focused learning for my children and am so excited to begin today!  I have never done this before and probably wouldn’t have this year had we not gotten stuck down south for a week!  I have always wanted to be this planned, just never had the time to prepare this much!

The plans are based mostly around Krash {age 4.5} since he is in the middle, but I plan to include Ladybug and Pac Man as much as possible.  Pac Man LOVES the younger stuff so it should be no problem this year.  Plus Pac still has to do normal 3rd grade during these weeks too.  Krash has December off of RRSP and will just be doing this.  Ladybug will be joining in with the fun when she isn’t sleeping!

You can download the PDF files and then you can see the links within the documents,  I linked up every activity so it would be easy for you find it {and also for me to go back next year and find some things I may repeat}.  I also included an image because I am totally visual, so hopefully that will help some of you too.  I found tons of neat stuff online, I am so excited and thankful to all of the other moms out there who offer their printables/ideas for free too!

Week 1…

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Week 2…Slide2

Every day stuff, and extra links…Christmas Lesson Plan

You can download our Christmas Learning Plans here!

edited to add…Some of the links weren’t working, I updated and think I fixed them all but the PDF isn’t saving properly so I had to link u some of the images instead.  Try the words or the image and if neither work, let me know and I will add a direct link here in this post ;-).

I snapped a few photos with my measly camera {my good one is STILL away being fixed, I am going CRAZY without it}, to show you a few things I have set up to begin our week.  I took these photos Sunday night before we began on Monday.

I flipped K’s RRSP board over and attached our Christmas songs with velcro so I could possibly do this again for different seasons when we take a week off of RRSP…IMG_6464

 

I set up a collage making table, putting old cards into a basket.  I added white paper, scissors, glue and tape.  Pac Man got ahold of it right after he saw it !!!  Above are our focus Christmas books {all linked up in my plans}IMG_6465

 

Our first hands-on activity is ready {thanks Musings of Me} and on our dry erase board with magnets…IMG_6467

 

I am SOOOO excited about our Christmas Sensory Bin!!!  This is just the beginning {Thanks to Michaels-I got almost everything there with a 25% off entire purchase coupon}.  For the bin, I plan to add one small item each day and challenge the kids to figure out what is new.  I plan to get the bin down daily, as I know how much they all love it!IMG_6461

 

Finally, I decided to make myself a written note to hang on the board so I don’t go brain-dead!  It’s amazing how much I can plan and then forget something HUGE.  So, this is not the order specifically, just a cross-off sheet for things I hope to do with the kids tomorrow!!IMG_6470

 

A mommy side note…I am well aware that things won’t go as beautifully as I have planned in my mind and I am praying I can keep my cool.  I tend to lose it a bit when my grand plans aren’t so grand in the eyes of little ones.  Even if I have a few flops, I need to remember that they will remember my attitude more than any activity we may do.  Lord help me remain graceful, peaceful, and joyful.