'Twas the week before Christmas...

I don't know about you - but the week before Christmas always seems to be the most hectic time of year!  But...it's also one of my most favourite times because there are so many wonderful things to do with the students!

I teach at a Catholic school and we spend a lot of time learning about the Nativity, reading different versions of the story and singing songs.

This year our class loved the song "Take a Walk to Christmas" (found on the CD In God's Image from our Kindergarten Religion Program).  I thought it would be fun to create some props for the students to act out the song as we sang it.

We chose some students to hold the different props and as we sang the song, the student holding that prop would walk around the circle.  More children joined in with their props as we continued to sing.  We did this nearly all morning, since our students loved it so much!

Here's the same song on You Tube if you'd like to try it with your class.

You can download the props for the Take A Walk to Christmas song by clicking here.

Looking for a few more things to do to get you through this week? 
Click the pictures below!

Roll-A-Santa freebie (click the picture to download)

Santa's Workshop Dramatic Play (click the picture)

Christmas Write the Room Activity (click the picture)

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas .... and here's to making it through this week!


Glass Bottle Xylophone

Our students enjoyed a presentation a few weeks ago from a musician so much that they were creating music everywhere in the class - we noticed they were hitting blocks together to make a beat, tapping sticks against tin cans, humming and tapping the beat of the weekly poem.
We decided to create a provocation for the class using glass baby food jars and coloured water.
They were invited to use the wooden mallet to tap the jars and play a song.
So simple yet SO.MUCH.FUN!!!
We extended this by adding blank song sheets and having students come up with their own song and colouring in their music sheet. 
They LOVED this activity so much!

You can download these song cards (coloured and blank) for FREE by clicking here.