Posts Tagged ‘thanksgiving’

Pumpkin Zentangles

November 15th, 2018

 

 

 

Pumpkin Zentangles

The holiday season is creeping up on us! Soon Thanksgiving will pass and Christmas will sneak up on us once again. But lets soak up every bit of fall this November, and partake in this calming art project. I have attached a link for a printable of a pumpkin zentangle. Zentangles are so easy to prepare, all you have to do is print it out and color! Adults have crazed over the trend of zentangles, but I have found that our students also find calmness or zen in these projects. I like to offer only warm fall colors for these zentangles to enhance the fall feel of the project. If you want to make your zentangle snazzer, we like to cut out the zentangle and paste it onto a gold foil scrapbook paper.

Holiday Traditions

November 23rd, 2017

 The upcoming months bring excitement for children and adults alike, for it is the season of traditions and holidays. A great way to encourage understanding in children and to help them connect with the world around them is to promote “universality” of beliefs and traditions. Many festivals, traditions and holidays have parallels elsewhere. Thanksgiving can be compared to many Harvest Festivals throughout Europe and to the Indian festival known as Diwali.

In America, we remember the first Thanksgiving Meal that took place between the Native Americans and the arriving Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth Rock in modern Massachusetts. Many towns and cities will have a Thanksgiving Day Parade and mark it as the opening of the festive season that will lead us all the way to Christmas.

We teach the history of the first Thanksgiving through reading, creating maps and timelines. These are all activities you can also do at home. This is also an excellent opportunity to also explore and understand the meaning behind this traditional holiday as we share stories and experiences within our own families. Consider discussing:

  • When and where did your family immigrate from?

  • What family traditions do you continue to practice?

  • Do you have religious or faith-based beliefs that tie into this holiday?

  • What other holidays are you aware of that friends and neighbors celebrate that reflect the thanksgiving spirit?

Being intentional to set aside time from the hustle and bustle of the festivities to help your child connect to the holiday in a meaningful and personal way, will not only make the season educational, but create long-lasting memories as well.

 

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It’s Thanksgiving Time!!

October 31st, 2017

   November is a great month to have your little ones exercise their practical life skills  just in time for Thanksgiving!

 

  1. Make a special table setting work. Set out special china, utensils,  candles, cornucopia filled with fruit, etc…and let your child set the table.
  2.  Make a fun spooning work using candy corn instead of beans.
  3. Make a tong work using assorted orange, red, yellow and green pompoms, 2 plastic bowls and a set of tongs or tweezers!

 

All these works can be made at home and are a great way to strengthen your child’s pincer grasp while having fun!

 

Gobble Gobble!!!

 

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