Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holiday. Show all posts

Thursday, November 14, 2019

15 Happy December Learning Holiday and Observances



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Thinking about what to do in the days before winter break? How about learning about December holidays and observances from near and far. I've assembled a few ideas here.

Advent 
December 1-24, 2019
Advent
All about how to create a book advent calendar.

Christmas Bird Count Week 
December 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Resources
Learn about how to participate in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Get materials and resources to conduct your count.

Computer Science Education Week 
December 1-7, 2019
Educate
Learn how to get resources for computer science education.

Cookie Exchange Week 
 December 16-20, 2019
Cookie
A list of fun ideas from cookie parties to baking for charity.

Hanukkah 
Evening of December 22, 2019 through Evening of December 30, 2019
Hanukkah
Dreidel
Learn about this holiday and create a dreidel craft.

Kwanzaa 
Evening of December 26, 2019 - January 1, 2020
Crafts
Try activities such as making a drum, candle or wreath.

National Bible Week 
November 24, 2019 - December 1, 2019
Bible
Ideas on what to do during National Bible Week, from sharing favorite scripture verses, to giving away a Bible.

Posadas 
December 16-24
Posada
Crafts, skits and more activities to celebrate Posadas.

National Pastry Day 
December 9
Pastry
Make or try a new type of pastry.

Kaleidoscope Day 
December 11
Kaleidoscope
Try making a Kaleidoscope from simple materials.

Gingerbread House Day 
December 12
Gingerbread
Ideas for candy free gingerbread houses... or not.

National Cocoa Day 
December 12
Cocoa
Lots of cocoa recipes here such as peppermint, eggnog, and Mexican.

National Wreaths Across America Day 
December 14, 2019 (Second Saturday in December)
Wreaths
Sponsor a veterans' wreath, volunteer or donate to a local group.

National Cupcake Day 
December 15
Cupcakes
Cook up one or more of these cupcake batches.

Wright Brothers Day 
December 17
Wrights
Read about the Wright brothers.


Watch a video about the Wrights.





Have some great holiday fun!

Friday, December 7, 2018

21 December Holiday Celebrations Learning Fun


   Happy winter holidays! I've found some interesting and fun holiday educational learning ideas for your classes. These 21 links are from a variety of celebrations. Try a few.


1. What is Kwanzaa? (K, 1 and 2)
https://www.learningtogive.org/units/kwanzaa-unity-within-community/what-kwanzaa

Students learn about the basic concepts surrounding the holiday of Kwanzaa.

2. Hanukkah Crafts for Kids
https://handsonaswegrow.com/hanukkah-crafts-kids/

Create crafts such as dreidel, Star of David, Hanukkah Advent calendar. Select from 44 different ideas. There are also Christmas crafts to make, too.

3. 12 Questions of Christmas - What is Hanukkah?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEHlA7U2nmA

Puppets answer the question of what Christmas and Hanukkah are.

4. Jewish Circle Dance Instruction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNiAuCAbMnQ

Why a circle dance? Find out the answer to this question and try some dance moves. 

6. Santas.net
http://www.santas.net/aroundtheworld.htm

How do other countries celebrate Christmas? Find out how over 50 countries celebrate Christmas. 

7.  Christmas in Europe 4k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzrBPzhPXUo

What is a Christmas market? It's not only a place to find classic wooden toys and foods sold only around Christmas.

8. Kevin's Kwanzaa | Children's Books Read Aloud
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3Lyii40-G4

A story about Kwanzaa for elementary school grades.

9. Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles Read Aloud
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPd6F3z8_Kc

A Hanukkah story for elementary school grades.

10. What is Las Posadas? Christmas Around the World
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne8fUWyT6SQ

Learn about what happens with Las Posadas in this short video.

11. How to Draw a Christmas Tree
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZLuMn8CZUQ

Grab a paper, pencil and colored pencils and draw along with the artist. 

12. Instrumental Christmas Music 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRXrqURyRy0

Relaxing holiday music (under 4 minutes long) with a fireplace.

13. Christmas Around the World Song | Christmas Traditions
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtMN2XuSc7M

Learn about the traditions of other countries in this short video.

14. Crazy Santa Dance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACPaLwK4xCI

Follow these wild dance moves as best as you can in this fun dance!

15. The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Rises And Lights 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPO2QFL4rV0

A time lapse of  events of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

16. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zV1qLYukTH8

The Royal Ballet presents this dance segment from the Nutcracker.

17. Hanukkah Dance 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b62k_or5piM

Music string arrangement by Matt Conaway.

18. African Bell Carol
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScHWbk_g98g

19. Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops Sleigh Ride
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9jKyI6N9rg

20. Vince Guaraldi Trio - Christmas Time Is Here 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PzetPqepXA

21. Nat King Cole Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhzxQCTCI3E

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