Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Ending 2011 Announcing Contest for January 3

It's so hard to believe that in another 18 days or so the 2011 will be over.  I'm not sure how it happened. It seems like the year has just begun.  I hope you're enjoying the last of 2011 with your children.   

I want to announce that I will have a free narrative giveaway starting on January 3, 2012.  Please be sure to drop by to enter the contest.  I will be giving away  two assessments for the 2011-2012 school year. The information to enter will be posted on January 3rd.  Please spread the word.

This will be my last post for the year.  I'm spending the holidays getting ready for baby #7.  We're having a little boy on January 24, 2012, and are so excited!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!


Monday, December 05, 2011

Things to do in December!

    "December is one of those months that is so crazy you forget how crazy it is until it comes around again." 
A lovely women whom I used to teach with in Georgia.

I find the above statement to be so true.  Convincing children to work during December can be a challenge. Their minds seem to be elsewhere.   There are certainly many ways to cope with this.  I thought I would share a couple of things we do or have done to get through the month.

This is a great time to finish unfinished projects.  Maybe that half finished log cabin, the time line that is missing a few spots, or an unfinished writing project.

Take a field trip.  It's fun to get out and experience something new.

Do a service project.  Collect caned foods for a local shelter.  Have your children clean out their old toys, clothes, and other things to give to charity.   Make Christmas cards for residents of nursing homes, soldiers overseas, or those who are homeless.  Call a local  ministry and ask them if they need any help for an afternoon or morning and volunteer.  Clean an elderly neighbor's home or put up their Christmas lights. 

Do "School Lite".  I posted about this last year.  

Bake goodies and review cups, tablespoons, liters etc.  Measure things around your house and record them.

Clean out your school area to be ready for a fresh start in January. 

Hopefully this will get you started.  Below is a picture of my children making cards for the residents of Amsa a special needs orphanage in S. Korea.  My brother was gathering Christmas cards to send to the children.  He had at one time been a resident. 

Let me know any great ideas that you have.  The month is still really young and I am looking for things to do.