In part one of J is for Jesus, I tried to keep the focus mostly on the letter J and reviewing the entire Christmas story. For part 2, we focused in on the angels and shepherds, then the wise men and the star.
The first game both boys played at the same time was Roll & Build a Nativity. NJoy used a regular die with dots and ALuv used a die with number words.
SHEPHERDS & SHEEP
While we already had the dice out, we continued with these two sheep games:
NJoy: roll & add cotton balls
ALuv: After looking at Allison’s Santa Themed Math Game, I decided to make one with sheep for ALuv. You can click here to download it. There are two variations on this download: One with numbers and one with number words. I let ALuv give the number word game a whirl and he did very well. He used two dice; both with number words on them…trying to integrate some literacy in there!
MBug also had fun dumping and transferring dice from container to container. I have about 60 dice (only because I misplaced my first classroom set and bought more; then, of course, found the first set).
Speaking of MBug, here are the books I put on her shelf for the week:
We inserted the sheep cards into the song on the pocket chart and sang it together. Since I couldn’t find the pointer we usually use, I pulled out the old bubble wand from our bubbles last summer and we used that. It makes a great pointer!
We did this sheep craft
Here’s the finished product:
We reviewed the Christmas story again and colored this page, with the angels telling the shepherds to visit the Christ Child:
WISE MEN & THE STAR
I printed out my Christian Nursery Rhyme version of Twinkle, Twinkle (about the wise men following the star) on a single piece of paper. We sang it several times together. You can download the nursery rhyme here.
I wrote out all the words to the rhyme on sentence strips, cut each word apart, then laid them all on the floor. ALuv and NJoy took turns finding the next word and placing it on our pocket chart. For ALuv, I would have him find the word without many hints and for NJoy, I gave him hints to find the next word, such as: “It starts with a capital F.”
We made shining stars, just like did with the sun catcher craft
Do-a-Dot painting…it never seems to get old!
ALuv worked on this maze, helping the wise men follow the star to Jesus.
I outlined the puzzles for ALuv and placed the “easy” and harder puzzles back-to-back in sleeve protectors. The outlined puzzles were more difficult for ALuv than I thought they’d be. So, he first worked the puzzle on the “easy” side, then did it again on the back.
We still have a few activities left over from our 12 Days, so I hope to post about them tomorrow. 🙂
Thanks for joining This Reading Mama on our 12 Days of Christmas!
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