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How to Make Clay Snowmen with Young Children

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Teaching children to make snowmen out of clay is really not that hard! Here are step by step instructions on how to make kiln fired clay snowmen with children as young as four or five years old in small groups. You will need access to a kiln and about ten to fifteen pounds of white clay for a class of twenty-four children.  (Do not buy the red clay for white snowmen!)  You will also need at least one week for the snowmen to dry before they can be fired in the kiln, and then another day to glaze them in the classroom before they can be fired again.  So the absolute minimum amount of time needed to complete this clay project is a week and a half, but it can be completed more comfortably in two weeks.  I always try to give myself a month, just so that if anyone is absent on the day that we make the clay project, I have a few days to make it up, and then plenty of the “wiggle room” I always need to find the time to get the snowmen loaded and unloaded in the kiln.  At my school, we 
   

Holiday Traditions Around the World & Guided Drawing!

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Here is a fun and FREE guided drawing lesson that you can do along with your Holiday Traditions Around the World unit!  We learned how to draw France's version of Santa, known as "Pere Noel," and the donkey that he rides on when he brings his gifts!  I did this with my first and second graders this week, and I'm so pleased with the results!  I hope you get a chance to make use of it and enjoy it, too! To begin, I got out my trusty Holiday Traditions Around the World book and flipped to the page on France.  We discussed how this tradition is different and how it is the same as ours here in the United States.  We also discussed how it is different from or similar to some of the other countries' traditions we have learned about so far. This book can be purchased in print or as a download.  Above are the student coloring pages.  After we finished with this part of the lesson, we were ready for the guided drawing portion.  In case you are not familiar with
   

Distance Learning Packets for TK or Kinder - Winter WEEK 6! (NO PREP PRINTABLES!)

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It's here! Winter Week 6 Distance Learning packet for TK or Kindergarten ! This is a great packet to use for one of the first few weeks back after the new year, or your final weeks before the December Holiday break! In this file, you will find all of the work for one week of school for TK, with some worksheets that will work for Kindergarten, for both Math and Language Arts subjects. We've included a variety of worksheets and activities, so feel free to use any or all of it with your students! This week focuses on the letter P , reviewing numbers  0-10 , and the sight word "me" . There are worksheets/activities including Letter Ladder fluency practice for letters A-P, Number Ladder Fluency: 0-10, Shapes practice: oval and circle, Sentence Writing Practice, Polar Bear and Penguin Number Writing 0-10, and Penguin Color by Number. Hands on activities include Rainbow People Painting Concepts of Print Path Game: What Is It? (numbers, shapes, letters, words), Number M
   

Gingerbread Man Time! FREEBIES

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Happy December!!!!! I have SOO many gingerbread man resources, I thought I’d take this week to throw them all together in one place for easy access!! From my Tale of the Gingerbread Man Read-Along Storybook, and Tale of the Gingerbread Man primary play, to FREE gingerbread man-themed worksheets, I’ve got them here just waiting to be utilized by you and your kiddos this holiday season!! Alright, enough yacking! Here you go! ——————– The Tale of the Gingerbread Man – Picture Book and Read-Along CD The Tale of the Gingerbread Man – Musical Play for Primary Children Here’s the video of the play! Freebies: Gingerbread House Card CVC Spinners For Word Building – Gingerbread Man Gingerbread Man Ten Frames Count the Gumdrops Gingerbread Man Matching Sets Activity Teaching Children to Follow Directions with the Gingerbread Man Gingerbread Man Secret Code Worksheet Decorate Your Own Gingerbread Man Page Hi
   

Distance Learning Packets for TK or Kinder - Winter WEEK 5! (NO PREP PRINTABLES!)

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Another week, another Distance Learning packet!! This is  Winter Week 5 Distance Learning packet for TK or Kindergarten ! This is a great packet to use for one of the first few weeks back after the new year, or your final weeks before the December Holiday break! In this file, you will find all of the work for one week of school for TK, with some worksheets that will work for Kindergarten, for both Math and Language Arts subjects. We've included a variety of worksheets and activities, so feel free to use any or all of it with your students! This week focuses on the letter O , reviewing numbers  0-10 , and the sight word "for" . There are worksheets/activities for the letter O, along with a new fun "Number Ladder" fluency practice for numbers 0-10. We have a shapes trace practice page for triangle and rectangle, a hidden numbers worksheet for number 10, and a sentence writing page.  Hands on activities include Number Hunt Game, Let's Build a Snowman Book