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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Expectations

Christmas is here again. It is a time of year we all look forward to with excitement and anticipation. But it can be a time of year when you feel overwhelmed, stressed, even depressed. So what makes the difference between enjoying the holidays and having a nervous breakdown? First of all, we all have certain definitions and expectations of what Christmas is. Of course the most basic reason and definition of “Christ”mas is that we celebrate the birth of Christ. (A fact that is far too often overlooked which we will talk more about in a moment.) Review the following.....Read On
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Customs Around The World

December is well-known for Christmas but do you know how people in countries around the world celebrate it? Here are some customs from various parts of the world. Now that you have this data, let your children put the information in a comparison chart. Label the left side with the names of the countries and the bottom with the various information (ie: Greeting, Food, and so on). Then fill in the boxes! Let your children do research to find out the information I left out. Conduct research to find out the same customs for other countries, especially the heritage countries of students in your class or your own family. However you celebrate the holidays, have a safe, wonderful season and a Happy New Year! I hope these ideas are useful and inspire your own creative thinking. And remember...Reading is FUNdamental!.....Read On
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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Christmas Carol, The Man and his Book

Millions of readers for over the past hundred and sixty years have enjoyed "A Christmas Carol". The penny pinching, miser Ebenezer Scrooge has become synonymous with a tight wad. Even today a person who hoards his or her money is nicknamed a "Scrooge". Dickens' character was a man whose cold personality equal only to the winters of London, and the comforts or fortunes of other was unimportant to him.....Read On
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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Fun Christmas Dinner Table Games

Games like "Think Fast make fun Christmas table games. Have you ever seen the Minister's Cat, this is a game that has been played in a Christmas movie or too. It is a Christmas game from Victorian England and it is as much fun now as it was back then. You start by clapping your hands to get a steady rhythm going for the game. This is a good time keeping device too, as each player should have their answer within a certain number of....Read On
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