Classroom Inspiration

Monday, 22 September 2014

It's never too early! Here's my Christmas book wish list!

Yeah ok, I know! It's too early to be thinking about Christmas....but I am! I can't help it! As of term 3 holidays, Christmas is officially on my mind. I'm looking at crafts, recipes, decorations, and books. Which brings me to the purpose of this post :) I've been trolling blogs and bookshops in search of some great titles. So I thought I'd share my wish list with you. If you have any suggestions of great Christmas books I'd love to hear about them.

Snowmen at Night 

Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered, "What do snowmen do at night?" This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner's witty, imaginative verse offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and there they go at night.

It's Christmas, David!

The bestselling star of No, David! returns and is trying to behave before Christmas. From playing with delicate ornaments to standing in an endlessly long line for Santa, here are common Christmas activities - but with David's naughty trimmings. 

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas and Santa was ill. In the cold winter wind he had caught a bad chill. Will Christmas be canceled? Will it come to that? "Never!" cried Santa. "Let's call Pete the Car!" In this rocking' new spin on the traditional tale The Night Before Christmas, Pete the Cat proves that giving your all in the spirit of Christmas is the totally groovy thing to do. 

Llama Llama Holiday Drama

If there's one thing Llama Llama doesn't like, it's waiting. He and Mama Llama rush around, shopping for presents, baking cookies, decorating the tree...but how long is it until Christmas? Will it ever come? Finally, Llama Llama just can't wait any more. It takes a cuddle from Mama Llama to remind him that "Gifts are nice, but there's another: The true gift is, we have each other."

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

If you take a mouse to the movies, he'll ask you for some popcorn. When you give him the popcorn, he'll want to string it together. Then he'll want to hang it on a Christmas tree. You'll have to buy him one...The energetic little mouse from If You Give A Mouse A Cookie is back again, this time with a host of holiday antics. 

Froggy's Best Christmas 

Froggy has never celebrated Christmas; usually he's taking his long winter's nap. But not this year. Froggy's best friend, Max the beaver, wakes him up to join the fun. Soon, Froggy's gotten into the swing of things: finding a tree, wrapping presents, singing carols, and enjoying a holiday feast. Join Froggy as he celebrates his very first, and very best, Christmas. 

The Christmas Carrot

Everyone wants a piece of the Christmas carrot! The snowman wants him for a nose...the family want him for Christmas dinner...and even Santa's reindeer want to gobble him up! Can Christmas carrot survive? The exciting and funny fable by well-loved children's author, Allan Plenderleith, is sure to become a Christmas favourite with young and old...and in between!

Snowmen at Christmas

It's Christmas Eve and people are snug in their beds, but something is stirring outside. The snowmen are preparing to celebrate! Under the glow of moonlight, all the snow families are slipping away to gather in the town square for a night of carolling, dancing, and an exciting visit from the snowman Santa Claus. 

Another Night Before Christmas

It's the night before Christmas and a young girl creeps down the stairs, determined to find out for certain whether Santa is real. But try as she might, she can't keep awake and is soon fast asleep. She doesn't ever stir, when Santa and his reindeer land on her rooftop - but then, when he bursts out of her fireplace, she wakes to a room filled with magic. As she watched him fly off into the night, she knows that she will never forget this sight because, at Christmas, the best gift of all is belief. 

Kangaroo for Christmas

The day before Christmas, Kathryn's present from Uncle Dingo arrives in a big box. Naturally, it's a lively kangaroo. Kathryn can't wait to show grandma, so she hops onto Adelaide's back and off they go! But getting to Grandma's proves more difficult than expected. Honking horns and screeching breaks frighten Adelaide into taking off on her own. 

How Many Sleeps till Christmas?

It's hard to be patient when you're only a very little bear, and Little Pip cannot wait until Christmas! Every day he waked up and a thinks the day has finally come - it's driving Daddy Grizzle nuts! Poor Daddy Grizzle...and poor Pip! How will he be able to carry on waiting - there are sol so many sleeps to go. This is a hilarious and endearing story about patience that every parent will recognise.

A Perfect Chirpy Christmas

Flit longs to have a white Christmas with snowbirds, ice-skating and sleigh bells. You can't have these in the warm south so he travels far to the northern hemisphere where he hopes to have the perfect Christmas. His Christmas holds all the magic he wish for, but it's still not right. Back home he delights in his southern hemisphere Christmas with family and friends.

Do you have a favourite book to read at Christmas time? 

What a MASSIVE few weeks!

Hi everyone!!!
I'm back! It seems like so long since I've posted, not because I've had nothing to share, but because I've been a bit ridiculously busy. The last few weeks of term are always hectic and this term was no exception. We made the decision this year to change our annual concert to third term rather than fourth. One of the main reasons was because term four is already INSANE with reports, transition days, clean ups, and everything else. Plus by having our concert earlier, it means we have time for a (more low key) CHRISTMAS CONCERT! Needless to say, I am extreeeeemely excited about this! My favourite time of the year just got better.

The theme for our concert this year was 'Around the World' and the country (or state) allocated to my little wonders was Hawaii. We sang 'Hawiian Rollercoaster Ride', a super cute song that was featured in the Lilo and Stitch movie. They did such an amazing job!
This term also meant our Father's Day breakfast. We were so happy with the turn out. 
It was great to see so many dads at school. We get an incredible amount of help from mums all through the year (which we are extremely thankful for!), so it was nice to have a morning dedicated to the dads who play such an important role in the lives of our little ones. 
I managed to get some gorgeous snaps of my littles ones with their dads :)
As it so happened our Father's Day breakfast fell on the same day as Footy Colours Day. Footy Colours Day is an annual event where children wear the colours of the favourite AFL (or soccer and rugby) team to raise money for children and teens with cancer. The little wonders were also able to order a meat pie (how typically Australian!) and a juice box for lunch. All in all it was a fantastic day!
I was a little sad leading up to the end of this term, because it meant that end of our Space Inquiry unit :( We've had so much fun learning about our solar system and all the planets. I've been amazed at all the information my little wonders have retained. I started to randomly quiz them about the things we had found out so far, and every time I asked a question nearly every hand would shoot up. 
One of the activities we did was to create our own alien. My kids loooove art and jump at any opportunity to be creative. I talked a lot about how to handle and mold air dry clay, like using a little bit of water on your finger to smooth out any lines. Heres a hot tip! Use toothpicks to make the joins a whole lot stronger. They turned out so cute and no two were alike. 
On the topic of art and all things messy. One of our art focuses toward the end of the term was mosaic. Now theres no way I was letting my little wonders loose with tiles and grout, therefor paper mosaics were the next best thing! 
I'll put a photo up soon of how they look when completed (of course I forgot to take one at the time).
Check out how efficient I am! Ha! Snuck down to work on the second day of holidays to do some quick jobs, so took some quick snaps.
Well I hope you've enjoyed a peak into the last few weeks of term. 
I have a HUGE list of things I want to do before school goes back. As well as an assignment I should start and reports I NEED to start. Should be a thrilling few weeks (yeah right).

Happy blogging everyone!
Enjoy your holidays Aussies :)