Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Books & Music Fun

Christmas Holiday Books

I just LOVE this time of year, don't you?  The decorations, the feeling of good will towards one another, all the baking and cooking, and of course the Real Reason for the Season!

In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I would share some Christmas books with you.  First is There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Bell!  Kids love these books, maybe because of the outlandishness of the stories.  How fun it would be to rewrite this story with the ideas of the students.  As creative as they are I am sure they could come up with some really good ones!


Christmas books

The Puppy Who Wanted A Boy is an adorable story told from the perspective of a puppy who asks for a boy for Christmas.  I love the twist that it is from the puppy's point of view.  It would make a great starting point of writing stories from other's perspectives.


Holiday books

The Snowmen books are some of my favorites!  The stories are cute and the illustrations are so lively and colorful.  These books can be used in many different writing activities.  A fun thing to do to go with the Snowmen books is snowman soup!  This one is from my Polar Express Math and Reading Activities, but works so great with this story too!

Snowmen at Christmas

Now for the music!  Besides reading great Christmas stories during this time of year, I also love to play Christmas music.  I have been collecting Christmas music from Kohl's for years now.  Yes, Kohls the clothing store!!  Every year they offer a cd of holiday music.  Some from singers like Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra all the way to artists from today!  And they are only $5!!  I have quite a collection of them now and I really enjoy playing them at school for the students!  Here is this year's cd that Kohls is offering and proceeds go to their Kohls Cares Foundation.

Christmas music for the classroom
If you are looking for some special Christmas music for your home, go check out my good friend Tammy's blog!  She is not only a wonderful teacher, but she has a beautiful voice too!

What are some of your favorite books and music to play during this time of year?  

8 comments:

  1. Great book suggestions - thanks for sharing!

    I also love to read:
    Snowflake Bentley by Jaqueline Briggs Martin (biography) and Snow What Fun! by Cheryl Hawkinson (imaginative fiction)

    We've done a lot with snowmen this holiday season, so I look forward to making your "snowman soup" with my kiddos.

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  2. I need an inexpensive Christmas CD for my classroom. Thanks for the tip about Khol's. Thank you for the shout out too. That's so very wonderful of you.

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  3. I love your book suggestions. I'm pinning the puppy one! How sweet is that? Thanks for the reminder about Snowman Soup. I may try and get my act together and make it for my kids this year.
    Take care!

    ❀Barbara❀
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

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  4. Jessica, thank you for sharing your holiday books! I haven't heard of Snow What Fun! Thank you so much for coming by to comment. :)

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  5. Tammy, Kohls Christmas cds are really nice to have for the classroom and so cheap! Thank you for always coming by to leave me a comment!!

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  6. Thanks for the pin, Barbara! I appreciate that so much! The puppy book really is sweet. :)

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  7. Thank you for the book suggestions! I love to read How the Grinch Stole Christmas. So many students are shocked to learn it's a book! The message is so good, too. "Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store..."

    Erica
    Sprinkles to Kindergarten
    erica_crowder0612@yahoo.com

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  8. That's a great book too, Erica! I hate that some children think there are only movies and have no idea that most came from the book first.

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