(Phillips Brooks, 1835-1893)
Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas
Christmas in lands of the fir-tree and pine,
Christmas in lands of the palm-tree and vine,
Christmas where snow peaks stand solemn and white,
Christmas where cornfields stand sunny and bright,
Christmas where children are hopeful and gay.
Christmas where old men are patient and gray,
Christmas where peace, like a dove in his flight,
Broods o'er brave men in the thick of the fight;
Everywhere, everywhere, Christmas tonight!
For the Christ-child who comes is the
Master of all;
No palace too great, no cottage too small.
During this holiday season, as we
exchange material gifts, there are some gifts we cannot buy.
There are many meaningful ways you can help your family share learning
experiences and show generosity of spirit. Whether your family
is blended or traditional, the holidays are a wonderful time to
celebrate the joy of life and the gifts of each other. I
encourage you to give your family the priceless gift of your time,
encouragement and beliefs.
Wishing you joy and
peace this holiday season!
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Mouse Where Are You?
by Michael Brown
have reported about 'Santa Mouse' before, but this delightful
story is important enough for a repeat. This book was a
favorite of my children when they were young. As they
grew and I began teaching, I read to my young students. As an art
project we made little mice ornaments out of walnut shells to
hang on the Christmas tree. The book went out of print for
awhile, but thankfully this charming story is back in small
quantities. Silly as it may sound, I find myself putting a
special light on the Christmas tree each year for Santa Mouse.
It is a memorable story that I think you will find enchanting. My
son now reads it to his daughters.
Christmas, Santa Mouse becomes Santa's little helper. A special
light is placed up high upon the Christmas tree so that Santa
Mouse can see when he's placing those very special mouse-sized
presents on the limbs of the tree. Santa's ready to take off in
his sleigh, and Santa Mouse scurries onto his shoulder, only to
fall off into the deep, dark, snowy ground below. How will he
ever find Santa and help deliver presents to the children?
all shades of gray come from black and white.
to Your Handheld Computer
Headquarters will soon be wrapping up a new program of educational
products for students in Grades 3-12. We look forward to
sharing the details of this exciting offering in the next month
or so. The program will feature educational content that can
be used by schools, organizations and individuals in a variety of
settings. Our research indicates that there is a need for
quality content which can be used in mobile applications, such as
tablets, phones and the new phablets.
a Gift of Art
a little creativity when choosing gifts for school-age family members
or friends can really pay off....with gifts that youngsters grow with
rather than out grow. Some expand children's creativity and
curiosity and encourage learning throughout the year. They also
can provide opportunities for family members to join in the learning
Supplies. Young artists will appreciate basic art
supplies, like paper, paints, markers, pencils and crayons.
Avoid art kits that have pre-designed patterns, since children should
be encourage to use their imaginations and creativity.
Art. Have a piece of your child's artwork matted and
framed; this transforms a temporary "refrigerator door"
piece of art into a beautiful wall piece that your child can treasure
in adult years.
Your child may also enjoy a
work of art purchase at an art fair, gallery or museum shop.
Additionally, some libraries and art museums rent or loan art pieces.
Art. For students who do not express an interest in
traditional art, select a gift in some other art form.
Architects, illustrators, filmmakers, fashion designers, cartoonists
and industrial designers are also artists.
A digital camera of one's own is a good gift idea for students who
have an interest in art, as well as for students who have not yet
acquired that interest. Children can take pictures on family
trips or can use photography to collect ideas for drawings and
Space. Provide your child a special place to work on
art projects, such as an easel in a quiet corner with good lighting
and a comfortable stool.
Wisconsin Department of
Unified School District
Start with good questions and hopefully
good answers will follow.
many, the holiday season is a time of special cooking, baking and
family meals. Because the period between Thanksgiving and New
Year's can be a battle of the bulge, this year might be the time to
experiment with some nutritious alternatives for great-grandma's
special recipes and enjoy some family learning in the process of
creating delicious things to eat.
Going to a party? Head for the
vegetables and skip the dip. If bringing vegetables and dip,
make low-calorie dip with plain yogurt instead of sour cream.
Try not to go to a party thirst and famished. Have a large glass
of water or low fat milk and a piece of wheat bread or crackers before
you go. Be the last in line at a buffet. You'll be less
likely to have seconds.
Plan a "festival of Breads"
instead of a cookie exchange. Investigate breads from ethnic
backgrounds. Celebrate with folk songs and dances. Wear
appropriate to the country of origin of the bread.
Visit friends and neighbors and bring
them something you've made for holiday
celebrations....candles, pomander balls, baskets of goodies (nuts,
fruits, cheeses), holiday bread or a picture or decoration.
Learn how the holidays are celebrated
in other lands and make appropriate foods such as stollen, sweet
potato pie, rice cakes (puto in the Philippines), challah, latkes
(potato pancakes) and cornbread and greens. Make a pinata.
your children may be occupied with gifts during this season, it has
been my experience that there is a point when they need something
different. Here are some activities that will keep them occupied
and teach them at the same time. They are adapted from Newspapers in
Education (NIE), a nationwide program that uses the newspaper as a
- In the weather report, have your
child find the highest and lowest temperatures in your home state.
Subtract the lowest from the highest to find the difference.
- Find a news story that contains two
different viewpoints. Defend one of the positions while your
child defends the other.
- Read a short news story to your
child and have your child tell you the who, what, when, where, why
- From the ads, have your child cut
pictures of animals, food, clothing, and toys. Paste them on
construction paper, and label them with the specific name of the
- Have your child cut out all the
titles of the comic strips in the newspaper.
Then help your
child paste them on a sheet of paper in alphabetical order.
- Organize a newspaper scavenger hunt.
Before the hunt begins, prepare a list of 15-20 items. Have
your child find eight to 10 of the items, which they then cut out
and paste on a sheet of paper. Hunt items could include a
picture of a political leader or movie star, a word with more than
five letters, the name of the president, a specific number, or a
word that starts with a certain letter. The possibilities
are endless, and more items can be added for later hunts.
Adapted from Wisconsin
Dept. of Education
miss the forest for the trees.
The Polar Express: This is the
author's (Chris Van Allsburg) page. Students can flip through
the pages of the book or read the story. The site includes a
Kid's Page and Teacher's resources. http://www.chrisvanallsburg.com/polarexpress.html
Color a Christmas Tree: There are a
lot of activities on this site. However, your child may enjoy
coloring the tree or singing songs. Not everything centers
around Christmas. There are ads on the page, which may confuse
The History or Santa Claus: The American
version of the Santa Claus figure received its inspiration and its
name from the Dutch legend of Sinter Klaas, brought by settlers to New
York in the 17th century. This is part of a larger site. The
home page has a lot of ads. http://www.the-north-pole.com/history/index.htm
The Traditions of Christmas: The
history of a Christmas festival dates back over 4000 years. Ancient
Midwinter festivities celebrated the return of the Sun from cold and
darkness. Midwinter was a turning point between the Old Year and the
New Year. Fire was a symbol of hope and boughs of greenery symbolized
the eternal cycle of creation.
Kwanza: Kwanzaa is a 30-year-old
African-American holiday now celebrated in African communities around
the world. Its roots are both modern and ancient.
you all joys of the Holiday Season!
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