Monday, December 16, 2013

Santa Paws and Santa Buddies Day of Learning

We had two movies picked out for school today and as an added treat we started watching one  of them at breakfast.

We began our day watching The Search for Santa Paws and planned to watch Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws after school.  We did have to pack up and head out to Ian's trampoline class but we brought the movie along to finish up in the car.

The Search For Santa Paws

Santa Buddies: The Legend Of Santa Paws

While Ian was in class I worked with the younger two boys on their math.  Ian and Alec were working on another plot the grid paper-- this time they were making a Santa's face (all of our work was themed around Santa today!).  Evan had another roll and cover worksheet.  He was pretty impressive when he told me that 6 plus 6 was 12 and he didn't need to count the dots on the dice since he remembers that from before.  I'm hoping over time he'll be like that with most of the other math facts too!



Alec pulled out one of his favorite Christmas books called Turkey Claus and we also read Home For Christmas as part of our continuance of reading Jan Brett books.  Alec wanted to read Turkey Claus to us and he did a phenomenal job too. 



Once we were done reading, I had the boys work on an acrostic poem.

I had found some free printable holiday paper and wrote the word Santa going down the left hand side of the page.  The boys had to brainstorm ideas or words that started with each of the letters in Santa's Name.  They did really well with this!

I helped Evan by turning his thoughts into sentences that would work with each letter and I also offered to write it out for him since he was getting pretty tired.  I love how they came out and I think the boys surprised themselves by how easy they found it.



 We  had put some brownies in the oven earlier in the day and since no one wanted to do any crafts or art today and school was done, I let them decorate one each for a special snack while watching our second movie.

I had cut the brownies into triangle shapes to make Santa hat snacks.  Each boy frosted his own brownie and then added some mini marshmallows for Santa's brim and pompom.  They were pretty creative though, Alec frosted his pink and made a Mrs. Clause hat and Ian decided to use green M &M's along the brim to make an elf hat.  They enjoyed their tasty treats and settled down to watch the movie until dinner.

Yum!
Elf hat
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