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Christmas and a Goat….

My students live in a beautiful part of the world and they know it! They are an amazing group of young learners and today they demonstrated this. Each year I give my students a little gift, but this year one of my colleagues and I decided that maybe we could do something else. Instead of buying each student a gift we bought them a goat.
Today was our last day together, so we sat our students down and explained that they would not be getting a gift from us this year but we had bought them something else.
When we told them we’d bought them a goat they were excited. We explained that our goat would be given to a disadvantaged village in the world. They asked interesting questions and were thrilled. The goat is called Jayda after the two grades and each child was given a copy of the email to share with their families.

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Today my students took home their Christmas bags full of Christmas goodies they had made in the classroom. They don’t miss out!

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Thanks for the emails and comments and I wish all a Merry Christmas / Happy Holiday….

Cheers Nina

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Sometimes, we’ve just got to have fun! Christmas Prep (5&6 Year Olds) Activities 2011…. A little bit late!

December is hectic in Australian schools. Christmas activities start on the first of December and are linked to the curriculum. My Preps are ready to move on to the next year level with all assessments completed. Christmas craft is something we all enjoy.

Our first activity is the class advent calendar. The children paper fold little pouches and these are numbered. Each day a child is selected to pull a name out of a jar.  The child who has their name taken out removes a card from the date pouch, writes their name on the back of the Christmas tag and places it on our Christmas tree. They love this activity.

The Advent Calendar Christmas Tree.

Our snowman …. and so cute. These are easily constructed by this age group. It’s summer in Australia and the children understand this.These were made by the children as part of their Visual arts program. Our Visual Art’s teacher provides our students with an exceptional program.

The ‘please stop here’ Santa sign which will be put into the front lawns of my student’s homes.

Our Christamas stars – beautiful!

Reindeer Candy Canes: A striped square is colored and rolled corner to corner. A nose and eyes are glued on with a Christmas pipe-cleaner twisted and bent into reindeer antlers.

Our Christmas bags: Each child has a large Christmas bag to put their decorations in and for safe transport home. Each side is decorated. The little stars are punched out using Christmas hole punches.

The Christmas tree cut out: The children stick patterned  paper on the back of their trees which become baubles and a painted gold star is added to the top.

Painted gold wooden decorations, rainbow florist wire hangers and a jewel.

These Christmas trees and Santas were made by children in our 3/4 buddy grade. The detail and construction is amazing.


The bag, packed and ready to go home!

Cheers Nina


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