I can’t believe it’s December already. It’s going to be a very busy month for us, since Smarty has a musical school performance on December 11 and December 12, and a choir showcase on December 17. It means a lot of rehearsals and not a lot of time for other activities beyond homework. But I know that she will enjoy books of our Christmas Countdown, and I expect that we will have some Nativity reenactments as well. We will try to fit some math and science into our plan as possible, but I really want to be able to slow down and just enjoy the season together.
STEAM Ideas from After School Link Up Participants
ScienceSee how water temperature affects candy canes dissolving in water (A Mom with a Lesson Plan), fish for ice (Science Kiddo), or create a snowy scene with oobleck (Left Brain, Craft Brain).
TechnologyNobody linked any technology posts last week, but I wanted to highlight our yearly tradition of following a fun online Advent calendar at Activity Village. Smarty will be eagerly checking every morning to see what online activities and printables are offered for that day.
EngineeringI love this fun “invitation to build” Christmas gumdrop trees from Left Brain Craft Brain.
ArtThis beautiful symmetrical snowflake from Buggy and Buddy seamlessly combines math and art!
MathI have my own point of view on introducing children to toy catalogs (we don’t), but The Educators’ Spin on It turned them into a math exploration and learning to budget.
recommendations by month and age and this great list of Christmas books from Path through the Narrow Gate.
Your TurnWhat do you hope to accomplish in December?
More Christmas Ideas for Kids?Follow my Pinterest board Christmas.
Follow Natalie Planet Smarty Pants's board Christmas on Pinterest.
2014 After School Link Up Hosts
- The Educators' Spin On It
- Planet Smarty Pants
- Boy Mama Teacher Mama
- Mama Smiles
- Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
- The Measured Mom
- This Reading Mama