“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today is our last school day before Christmas. I spent the morning finishing of things with the kids and doing a last minute practice of our song 'The Huron Carol'.
The picture shows a few of the crafts I did with my k-3 class this year. The stars, (2 kinds) were from a German site. http://www.basteln-gestalten.de/sterne-basteln
One of the stars begins with a triangle and one with a square. They were manageable for my Grade 1-3s.
The angel was from a little PM guided reading book, 'The Christmas Tree'. I read it with some students and they showed the other children how to make them. Cute and pretty straight forward.
It has the Nativity story told in poem form on one side and the pics to go with it on the other. The whole thing folds accordion style into a decorated mirror compact. Of course the kids loved it. Enough so that it is not being be-gifted by some of them. They want it for themselves!
Tonight is the school concert. It promises to be a great affair -- lots of singing which is a highlight to me. I shall try out my new flip video camera and see if I get anything worth posting.
Great fun for students, these are however a bit of work for me! I spent till late last evening with a friend cutting and baking the houses. I tried to make them smaller this year. That way they would be easier to handle and need less icing and candy to decorate.
There is a great method to easily make houses with graham crackers. I tried it once and it didn't go well with my students. Maybe we should give the company a shout out for gingerbread flavored crackers!
Grateful thanks to a few moms who showed up to lend a hand.