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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 […]






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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 […]






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