|Countdown to Christmas Break! A sprint to the finish line.|
Since Christmas [or any holiday/birthdyay] can be a distraction to the regular routine, I try to find ways to combine them. I came up with a way to use our Christmas Train to encourage phonogram work with the preschooler. You never know if kids will cooperate with your fantastic ideas, but thankfully this time, she agreed it was neat. The game worked like this: I held up a phonogram card, which she was to 'read'. If she read it. [and of course, I helped if needed] the card could have a ride on the train. She was the conductor and in control. Always a plus. She was to say 'Bye bye ____ [insert phonogram] and 'Hello ___' as it went around the tree. We'll be doing this activity often while we have the set-up available. Who doesn't love to play train conductor and enjoy the Christmas scenery?
|The phonogram gets a ride around our Christmas tree|
Well, we still have other things going on too, with Tween parties, homeschool dinners, bake sales, a field trip to the spy museum and of course, the Midnight Showing of the Hobbit. [for the teen group].
Add to all that- shopping, baking, decorating and cleaning, it will be a great accomplishment to keep up with the schedule. But so far, with Cordell's help mostly, I am staying on track and it looks like we'll be able to reach our goals!
All I have to do now is come up with wrap up history activities to go with finishing the book, or for co-op; finishing a unit. That's today's task, along with s'more cookie baking . . .and maybe some gingerbread if I can fit it in. . .