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Japanese Notan Ornament

Christmas in July

I had the best inten­tions for post­ing lots of great Christ­mas lessons just after Thanks­giv­ing… but it was not to be!  Yet the more I think about it, it makes bet­ter sense to post these lessons well ahead of that, so teach­ers have time to try things out, make sam­ples, and get their plans together. […]

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Christmas Cards for Veterans

4th grade “JOY” by Jacob For our school-wide Thanks­giv­ing project, we decided to show our thanks to some very spe­cial peo­ple…  My K through 7th grade stu­dents have been busy mak­ing Christ­mas cards for Vet­er­ans, to spread some Christ­mas cheer and let these men and women know they are loved and appre­ci­ated!  The hun­dreds of cards […]

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Words as Art — Wonderful Word Clouds!

Word clouds are fun to make for hol­i­days or any­time of year! This is a great project for home school­ers, or any class with access to com­put­ers. A word cloud is a ran­dom arrange­ment of words, in this case a pas­sage of writ­ing where com­mon words such as “and”, “the”, “if”, etc. are omit­ted and […]

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Candy Cane-O-Grams

Spe­cial thanks to Erica for being my “hand model” on this project!This “Candy Cane-O-Gram” is a favorite hol­i­day project year after year. It may look like an ordi­nary paper candy cane, but it con­tains a spe­cial hid­den mes­sage for it’s recip­i­ent! Once kids make their first one, they’ll be “hooked”! 1. Use a ruler to […]

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Kindergarten Stars

Try these sim­ple instruc­tions to teach your kinders how to draw stars. As adults, we make these designs auto­mat­i­cally, almost with­out think­ing, but for a five year old draw­ing their very first star, it’s noth­ing short of mag­i­cal! Once it “clicks” for them, they will be draw­ing stars every­where! First talk about types of lines, […]

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Origami Crane Ornaments

An ancient Japan­ese leg­end promises that any­one who folds a thou­sand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recov­ery from ill­ness or injury.… In Asia, it is com­monly said that fold­ing 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person’s wish come true. This makes them pop­u­lar gifts for […]

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Stained Glass” Ornaments

Don’t miss this FUN project.… it’s a hit year after year!!  Stu­dents in grade 3 and up will love spread­ing Christ­mas cheer when they hang these glow­ing orna­ments on their tree or tie them on pack­ages to give as gifts. All you need is black con­struc­tion paper, tis­sue paper in bright col­ors, scis­sors and glue sticks.… […]

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