Merry (belated) Christmas, everyone. I hope all of you who celebrate Christmas had a magical Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with loved ones and still have more holiday time together. The holidays are a wonderful time to snuggle up with great books and have pj days, enjoy telling old family stories together, sing holiday songs and play board games. Learning through fun, and little ones are none the wiser!
Next year I hope to host other teacher bloggers who celebrate other traditions this time of year. If you or someone you know is interested, please ask them to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a magical Christmas memory you’d like to hold onto forever? I do. My teens finally have cousins after being the only two kids in the family for a very long time. Six little cousins under four years old now exhaust them with each family get-together. It’s karmic, really. The pictures really do speak 1000 words.
A great way to capture Christmas memories with kids is to print off some photos from Christmas and make a little book with them. They can dictate the words to you to tell about each picture. If you encourage them to keep the sentences short and simple (i.e. What’s a quick way we can write that so you will be able to read it back to us later?), then a child who is at the earliest stages of reading will recognize some simple sight words, use the picture and first letter of some words, go by how the sentence sounds and memorize it, and have a very special book he or she can read, over and over again.
What is one of your magical Christmas memories?