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How Many Gifts: Multiplication Riddle

 on December 21, 2013

My oldest daughter came home from school and asked us this question.

In the song 12 days of Christmas, how many gifts would you receive?

Most of us are familiar with the words to the 12 Days of Christmas. In fact we can probably sing all the way to the 5th day of Christmas, no problem!

Holiday Drawing Lessons

 on December 21, 2013

The school books have officially been put away for a couple of weeks, but that doesn't mean that learning stops around here.  Except that, thanks to Art Projects for Kids, we can disguise the learning by incorporating cute penguins and fun tear-art.  I love to shift gears during Summer and Winter break by giving the girls more time to draw and create.

Grab some pencils, drawing paper, scissors, glue and a stack of colorful papers and your kids will have whatever they need to complete any of the following:

Triangle Elves: Shape and Symmetry Project

 on December 21, 2013

These little elves are so stinkin' cute! Good job Mrs. Quick!

This project is designed to be fun and even a little silly.  Students put their artistic personalities to work as you teach them about symmetry, triangles and individuality.

Homemade Silly Putty

 on December 21, 2013

A child favorite around the world--Silly Putty.

I don't think there is a Continent you can go to where kids don't go nuts for the squishy, gooey, blob. It makes children happy with its farting noises and gelatinous mass.

 Adults even have an infatuation with the stuff. 

We took a field trip to our local Discovery Center this week with a 4th and 5th-grade class. 

Freaky Friday- The Christmas Lists

 on December 18, 2013

Each Christmas, we travel to my parent's cabin in the mountains and spend the week being surrounded by family, a warm fire, and three feet of snow.  

It is my favorite week of the whole year!

Holiday Graphs

 on December 16, 2013

Graphing with students during a holiday can be a really fun way to practice graphing with your students, and also make your classroom more festive.

This graph was a simple first grade graph: Have you put up your Christmas Tree yet?

Have the students decorate a die cut tree and them ask them to tape their tree in the proper column.

You can do these types of graphs during any holiday to add a little bit of holiday fun to the day!

Fun Reindeer Cookies with Free Printable Template

 on December 16, 2013

Design Eat Repeat is a great place to find really fun Christmas Ideas!

The entire month of November was dedicated to Christmas Cookies!

This Reindeer Cookie idea with free printable is about the cutest thing I have ever seen!

I am always looking for fun activities for my kids classrooms and this one is cute, easy and inexpensive.........expecially since the template is FREE!

Treasure Map Fun

 on December 13, 2013

My girls love to make up new games to play together and, one afternoon, when I settled down to work a couple of hours in the dining room, I was pleasantly interrupted by their play.  Two girls were hiding in the other room while the third was busy hiding their afternoon snack, and creating a treasure map to lead her sisters to the delicious end.

 

Pinecone Friends

 on December 13, 2013

Every so often we get into these crafting frenzies at our house and everything turns topsy turvey for about 2 weeks until we can't stand it anymore and have to go clean the toilets just to preserve whatever shred of sanity is left. 

Yes, I just used the word toilets on a math blog.  Is that allowed?

Snowflake Lessons

 on December 13, 2013

Especially in December, I think it's important to give schoolwork a bit of variation....if nothing more than to grab the waning attention of the students!

I was making snowflakes using coffee filters with my daughter.  She cut out all the sides and it was breathtaking when she opened up the snowflake.  I wanted her to show me exactly how she did it!  So, she obliged and this is what her coffee filter looked like before she opened it up. 

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