This is a collection of ideas for how we celebrate Holidays/Events at Chets Creek!
October
Fall Celebrations


November

Thanksgiving



December

Christmas

  • great family December project
  • several cute menorah craft projects
  • making Borax snowflakes with readaloud books to go with the project and an explanation of the Science
  • some winter craft ideas on PhotoBucket.com (password: chetscreek)
  • ideas for cards to make that could be sent to parents or to a Senior facility
  • Best Cinnamon Ornament Recipe.doc or Cinnamon Ornaments below. The ornaments are easy to make and their aroma lasts long after the holidays are over. This recipe makes 12 to 15 ornaments. Allow 2-4 days of drying time turning ornaments over daily. Try to make the ornaments a little thicker and a little larger since they shrink just a little bit during drying. Keep extra cinnamon on hand to dust the plastic wrap as I roll out the dough.
Ingredients:
3/4 cup applesauce
1 bottle cinnamon (4.12 ounces) (Dollar Store has cinnamon)
Supplies needed:
cookie cutters
straw
colorful ribbon
Directions:
  1. Mix applesauce and cinnamon with hands in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed.
  2. Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap; cut dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters.
  3. Place each ornament on a paper plate labeled with name.
  4. Make a hole in top of ornament with a straw.
  5. Dry ornaments at room temperature. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally.
  6. Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang. May be decorated with opaque paint markers found in arts and crafts stores, if desired.

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Ornament directions:
  1. Cut fun foam to 4X6"
  2. Copy individual photos on white cardstock and then cut around photo
  3. Cut antlers from brown construction paper
  4. Glue head and shoulders with antlers to fun foam
  5. Add red pom pom nose
  6. Hole punchcircles at the top of the fun foam and tie yarn

Possible Centers for a morning of holiday fun:
  1. 007.JPGdecorate cupcake as an ornament (have someone make oversized cupcakes, spread icing, add candy and gel to decorate, add an upside down Reese's cup, a half pretzel makes the hanger
  2. 006.JPGholiday necklaces can inclulde beads, bells, fun foan pieces ready to string
  3. 009.JPGIce Cream Cone Holiday trees (made with a cone-shaped ice cream cone upside down, iced with green icing spread with a popsicle stick or plastic knife, M&M for ornaments, marshmallow star
  4. 012.JPGBuy Santa face paper plates and invite students to add a label pre-typed "Dear Santa, I've been good all year, Here is a cookie for you and some food for your reindeer." In a zip-locked bag make reindeer food with oatmeal and colored sugar or sprinkles. Tell the children that they should leave the plate out with a cookie and sprinkle the reindeer food on the lawn on Christmas Eve.
  5. 008.JPGMake a gift bag using a small unadorned brown lunch bag. Cut handprints from brown construction paper. Bend down 2-3" of the paper bag and glue the hands to the back to make antlers. Fold back the sides of the folded over piece so thaqt they form a triangle. Add two wiggly eyes and a large red pom pom for the nose. Staple the sides after the gift is in the bag.


January

Happy New Year


100th Day of School

  • Fill in a Hundreds Chart
  • 100_day.jpg100th day hats - headband with 10 spider strips - 10 drawn shapes or stickers on each of the 10 strips
  • Blog: Happy 100!
  • Give each child a hundreds chart and a die. The child rolls the die and fills in that many squares in a single color. He then rolls again and fills in the squares the number rolled in a different color. Continue until the entire hundreds chart is filled in.
  • Count/ write by 1's, 5's, 10's. 2's to 100.
  • Work in partners. Clip 100 paper clips together. Measure things in the room, _ paper clips long.
  • Invite student to predict how many times they can write their name in 100 seconds and then do it.
  • 100th day booksmarks
  • 100th Day of School crown or make your own crown with a sentence strip - on strip write by 10's and then glue the numerals100 cut from Elison on top of the sentence strip
  • 100th_Day_003.JPG100 day snack - Twinkie plus two mini donuts - for a more healthy snack one pretzel roll with two mini bagels with peanut butter
  • Pinterest

  • 168000_688297095192_25104753_38184891_6197670_n.jpgTeachers and students dress up like they will look at 100 years old
  • Write 100 words.



February

Groundhog's Day


Valentine's Day


March

St. Patrick's Day



April

Spring/Easter



May

Mother's Day



June

Father's Day