Christmas from Victoria @ KinderKorner ~ All underlined items are links
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Song & Poetry Cards
and Poetry Cards are one of my top three tools for teaching reading, writing,
and phonics ~ the other two tools are Big Books and Pocket Charts.
I have more than 200 Song & Poetry Cards in my room, and am always
making new ones. Once a card is introduced, we keep it out for the
rest of the school year.
are a few of my December cards. They're made out of a half sheet
of poster board, and are approximately 14" x 24". I add stickers
or Ellison diecut shapes to give them lots of kid appeal, then laminate
them for durability. I've been using some of these cards for the
past eight years and they're holding up quite well. My "older"
cards are hand-written, and my newer cards are typed on the computer and
I print out the text, then use many types of illustrations, including clip
art, blackline coloring sheets, and illustrations from gift bags and wrapping
Tune: Row Your Boat
Tune: Camptown Ladies
Tune: Little Teapot
Isn't it the strangest thing, That Santa is so shy? And we can never catch
him, No matter how we try. It isn't any use to watch, Because my parents said: "Santa Claus will only
come When children are in bed!"
Theme Big Books & Winter Theme Big Books
thematic books for Shared Reading, Guided Reading, and Independent Reading.
Set includes ready-to-color
blackline masters for six Big Books and ready-to-copy masters for six student-sized
I color the illustrations
and mount the pictures and text on construction paper. You can also
simply color the pictures and laminated the full-size pages for durability,
without mounting on colored paper.
for making Pocket Chart Sets and Seasonal/Thematic Vocabulary
6 Big Books, 6 Little
see sample pages from
each book below
a, am, an, and, are,
big, blue, brown, by, can, candy, can't, cap, circle, color, green, has,
hat, hop, is, kid, like, likes, little, my, name, on, oval, red, see, that,
the, these, to, too, two, we, yellow, your
vocabulary, with matching cards (without the picture)
so students can take
a word to their seats during writing time.
We also use this as a
matching activity in the Pocket Charts Center.
By Susie Haas
Had Some Little Elves Tune: Old MacDonald
had some little elves, Ho,
ho, ho, ho, ho. They
made toys to put on shelves. Ho,
ho, ho, ho, ho. With
a train set here, And
a teddy bear there, Here
a ball, there a doll, Toys
that went from wall to wall. Santa
had some little elves,
ho, ho, ho!
Story For December
Brett's newest Christmas story ~ published September 2002 ~ is a terrific
addition to our annual Jan Brett Author Study, which begins in late November
and lasts until the end of February. The illustrations are gorgeous,
and the story continues Brett's tradition of Christmas Troll tales.
My friend Patty gave me an extra-special copy of this book, autographed
by Brett on her trip to Phoenix in November 2002.
These are large Ellison die
mounted on half sheets of construction paper. I make ten sheets --
using two different colors of paper in an ABAB pattern -- and write the
numbers 1 through 10 in the upper left hand corner. I add the correct
number of stickers at the bottom of the page for children who are still
learning to read numerals and/or for the kids who haven't mastered one-to-one
I laminate the cards for durability
(and to keep the stickers in place). I have two different sets of
the Christmas Tree cards, because this is a very popular activity.
Here's how the cards look when a child has finished the activity:
I use different manipulatives
for each of the Christmas Tree work jobs. One set has small Christmas
themed erasers from the Dollar Store, and the other set has miniature Christmas
ornaments and jewels. Children work alone or in pairs, sequencing
the cards, decorating the trees, and counting the objects. Each set
of ten cards requires 55 manipulatives.
Here are some of the patches
I've used in recent years:
The Christmas Tree patch uses
a 9" x 9" background and a trunk made from a 1.5" x 3" rectangle.
The tree is made from three green construction paper squares ... 3", 4",
Each green square is folded
in half to make a triangle, and only the top points of the triangle are
glued together, making a "puffy" triangle, which gives added dimension
to the quilt. Working from the bottom, the triangles are glued in
place, largest to smallest, and the tree is topped with either a star or
The Santa head patch was adapted
from the TLC Make-A-Book called A Christmas Week.
I cut the pieces according
to their directions, substituting a 9" x 9" square for the background and
using cotton balls for the fur on Santa's hat.
To learn more about TLC --
Teaching Little Children -- directed art projects, visit their website
The patchwork Star is also
on a 9" x 9" background sheet, and is assembled in four sections,
on background sheets that are 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".
Building the smaller sections
and attaching them to the larger background paper makes the work more manageable
for little hands, and helps keep things lined up correctly. I make
this patch from foil gift wrap, which makes it extra-special and shiny.
can combine the patches any way you wish. When I use the Christmas
Tree patch with the patchwork Star, I use a royal blue background
instead of the red background shown here. Here is pictures of a quilt
made with the Christmas Tree patch and the Santa Heads:
another version of the same quilt, with black sashing between the patches:
Quilt by Patty Hackett's KinderKids
~ December 2002
Zuni Hills School, Sun City,
months, we make a handprint patch to go with a cut paper patch.
One of our favorite December
handprints in this simple Santa:
To make the handprint,
paint the the thumb and upper part of the palm red, the center of the palm
pink, and the fingers white. Facial features and a cotton ball are
added after the paint is dry.
Santa looks nice with the Christmas Tree, and makes a quick-and-easy quilt.
quilt was made by my friend Margaret Landucci's KinderKids in December
Handprints by Patty Hackett's KinderKids
adorable angels can be used as a quilt patch, or could be used as the cover
for a book of Christmas poems.
can also make an ornament by cutting around the finished angels and adding
a ribbon to the top.
the angel body, paint one closed hand blue and press on paper. When
dry, paint both palms yellow and press onto paper, overlapping the blue
body. Add blue arms when wings are dry. Paint or sponge-in
a round head and fingerprint hands in an appropriate color, and let children
add hair and facial features when head is dry.
On this patch, the children
will glue on a photo of their face for an extra-special angel.
Christmas Star Quilt Patch December
2002 Free Lesson ~ from www.tlclessons.com
*note ~ free lesson is no longer online
fun winter quilt is this handprint penguin:
Employing her mastery of repetition
and rhythm, Brown conveys the classic sensory images of the Christmas season.
Realistic, richly hued watercolors depict curious Pussycat as she recognizes
traditional holiday trappings -- sparkling Christmas-tree lights, forest-green
holly, orange tangerines, and brown walnuts.
fun project from Patty Hackett's class, done whole group or as a center.
can design your own elves to look similar to these, choosing colors and
sizes suitable to your classroom projects and available space.
Made by Patty's daughter Kelsey.
flowers by Patty's very busy kindergarten class.
We give the KinderKids a pre-cut
tree and squirt blue and yellow paint on it, which they mix to get green.
The trees are decorated with dry lick-and-stick dots that are pressed onto
the wet paint.
child's palm and fingers white. Have child carefully grasp the ornament
to create the five snowmen. Use a paint marker to make hats, faces,
and scarves. Attach a tag with this poem:
aren't just five snowmen
them with my hand
is a part of me.
each year when you trim the tree
look back and recall
my hand was just this small!
Spray paint a coffee can.
Insert a wire handle and sponge paint a snowman decoration on the can.
Use the can to carry home Christmas ornament gifts.
See the many presents by the
Some for you,
And some for me.
Short ones, too.
And here is a round one
Wrapped in blue.
Isn't it fun to look and see
All the presents by the Christmas
This is a book Martha
Ohe and Kelly Hill -- my K team co-teachers -- shared with me the
first year I taught kindergarten. It's an innovation on "Rosie's
Walk," and is a fun way to practice prepositions.
The cover is a full sheet
of construction paper, folded crosswise, and the pages are stapled inside
the top fold. Artwork is mainly construction paper, glued in by the
The sleigh on the cover
is cut from a small white envelope, so that Santa can sit "inside" the
The Santa shown on the
cover is not glued on, it's just there to show one of the ones I've used
over the years. The children color him and I laminate him for durability,
then they move Santa across each page as they read the story. I've
also used the Ellison die cut Santa, cut from laminated red construction
The bed on the final page
is construction paper folded to make a pocket, so readers can tuck Santa
into bed. Sometimes we use wrapping paper or wallpaper for the bed,
or the kids color it like a quilt.
I've retyped the text
below each picture for easy reading, and added a note about the artwork
for each page.
night Santa went for a ride,
black rectangle and blue circle
blue rectangle and cotton ball clouds
the roof tops,
the telephone wires,
poles with wires drawn between them
blue rectangle and torn paper snow
the Christmas tree,
got back in time for a warm winter's nap.
"bed" glued beneath bedposts
The children draw a
picture of a Christmas tree, and the book is bound together and added to
the classroom library.
This project could be
extended by having the children paint trees on 10" x 14" sheets of art
paper, to be decorated items that can be glued on when the paintings are
dry. Other options for creating trees include colored markers,
colored pencils, torn paper mosaic, colored chalk, etc. The
completed trees are cut out and glued to sheets of 12" x 18"
construction paper (dark blue looks great!). The text shown above
could be added to either the top or bottom of the page.
To use the activity for
language acquisition, students could fill in the blanks in either of the
sentences below, which could also be typed and added to their big book
My Christmas tree is
__________, __________, and __________. (adjectives)
My tree has
__________, __________, and __________. (nouns)
More Art Projects from
many thanks to Tracie Pohlmeyer for
sharing her classroom photos
class uses the Santa Head pattern from
Lessons" to create a Big Book called "All I Want From Santa."
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and freelance writer
teaches kindergarten and first grade in California.
also teaches teachers throughout the United States and Canada,
and school site inservices, state and regional conferences,
her very popular KinderKorner Balanced Literacy Workshops.
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