What books are we reading over the holidays?

 

young mother reading bedtime story to her little childrenTurn off the TV, put your phone on silent, and warm your heart with some great books over the holiday season. Below are some books the Centre’s staff will be reading and sharing over the holidays.

•  Box Socials by W.P. Kinsella
The story is told from a young boy’s perspective and spans about 10 years. It is about growing up in rural Alberta in the 1930s and its rituals.

•  150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: The Very Best and Easiest Playtime Activities by Asia Citro
This book is a must for parents and educators/facilitators. The photos are spectacular, the ideas are wonderful, and there are variations for each activity. It wil provide hours of fun!

•  Gossie by Oliver Dunrea
This delightful book about Gossie, “a bright yellow gosling who likes to wear her bright red boots – everyday” is written in simple, everyday language with lots of predictable words that children pick up right away.

•  Bedtime Math by Laura Overdeck
A book that makes math a fun part of children’s everyday lives.

•  The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood and Don Wood
The Little Mouse will do all he can to save his strawberry from the big hungry bear. A staff member said, “Our son received this book as a gift when he was 2, and it was one of our family favourites.”

•  Where Children Sleep by James Mollison
A beautiful coffee table book that is both a captivating photo essay for adults, and an educational book that engages children themselves in the lives of other children around the world.

•  The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
An oldie but goodie that reminds us all to keep trying, whether we are young or old.

•  The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King
Filled with well-drawn characters, told with wit and a thorough knowledge of native myth and storytelling, this novel tackles the years of history between native and non-native people.

Enjoy and let us know what books will be on your list.

Merry Christmas from Learn Together – Grow Together

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With Christmas right around the corner, the team at Learn Together, Grow Together wanted to emphasize family literacy opportunities through the holiday season. Our focus was on identifying everyday occasions to learn while participating in holiday activities. These were some of the ideas shared by our program families.

–   Sharing a children’s book. Some of our family’s favourites were:

  • Pete the Cat Saves Christmas – Eric Litwin
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
  • Santa’s Noisy Night – Julie Sykes and Tim Warnes
  • A Porcupine in a Pine Tree: A Canadian 12 Days of Christmas – Helaine Becker and Werner Zimmerman
  • The Penguin who Wanted to be Different: A Christmas Wish – Maria O’Neill

–   Singing together as a family. Some of our family’s favourites were:

  • Jingle Bells
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Rudolf the Red Nose Reindeer
  • Deck the Halls

–   Cooking and baking together for family and friends. Some of the favourite recipes shared were:

  • Gingerbread
  • Sugar Cookies
  • Egg Nog
  • Spicy cheese ball

–   Spending time with family. Some of the favourite holiday activities were:

  • Writing letters to Santa
  • Tobogganing
  • Decorating the house
  • Building a snowman

As you can see from our list, there are many opportunities for you and your children to foster literacy during the holidays when activities are done together as a family. Have fun creating holiday memories this season!

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Countdown to Christmas with 3,2,1, Fun!

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun! Many of us have seen or even use the traditional Advent calendar, which houses a delicious chocolate behind each of the 25 doors leading up to Christmas. Children love these calendars and the excitement that comes with the Christmas countdown. At 3,2,1, Fun! we have compiled a fun list of Advent ideas and Christmas activities to share with you. These ideas combine fun and learning into creative Christmas experiences and potentially new traditions that your children and family will love.

ADVENT CALENDARS

25 Books for Advent

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Unwrap one book a day to read as a family.

Some of our favourite numeracy-themed books to share are:

  • 12 Days of Christmas – Rachel Isodora
  • The Doorbell Rang – Pat Hutchins
  • Bedtime Math – Laura Overdeck
  • Christmas Activities MATHS – Irene Yates
  • A Frog in the Bog – Karma Wilson and Joan Rankin
  • Ten Apples Up On Top – Dr. Seuss

Advent Activity Envelopes

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Choose 25 fun family activities and secure each one in an envelope. Choose one envelope to open each day and enjoy!

Some of the numeracy activity ideas we share in 3,2,1, Fun! are:

  • Baking
  • Holiday theme BINGO
  • Make paper snowflakes and explore their unique shapes
  • Craft Christmas cards or write your wish list
  • Build a snowman
  • Go for a walk and count how many houses are decorated, predict how many Christmas trees you will see, or collect pine cones along the way to turn into Christmas crafts later

 Make Your Own Advent Calendar

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A fun idea we shared at 3,2,1, Fun! is how to make your own advent calendar using  recycled paper towel tubes, cardboard and craft supplies!

In addition to Advent calendars, there are many fun ways to bring numeracy into your Christmas activities. Some of our favourites at 3,2,1, Fun! are:

  • Wrapping gifts – a fun way for children to utilize their measuring and estimation skills
  • Christmas baking – a delicious way for children to follow a recipe and practice their ordering, number sense, and prediction skills
  • Decorating the house – gives your children the perfect opportunity to use their pattern, shape, and sorting skills
  • Making Christmas wish lists and shopping for gifts – offers a great chance for children to discover counting, money sense, and emergent budgeting skills

We hope you enjoy these Christmas activity ideas from 3,2,1, Fun! Come and join us in the New Year at Callingwood School, Tuesdays at 1:00 pm.

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