2014 Holiday Blog Hop

          December is here! One of our favorite times of year. Sure, it's easy to get sucked into the crazy cyclone of shopping, so we are stoked to be joining this Holiday Blog Hop set up by Julie Faulkner over at Faulkner's Fast Five and Lauralee Moss at the Language Arts Classroom. We wanted to share some things we're looking forward to.
       1. One thing on our Bucket List for the holidays. This year we want to take our girls and some cups of hot chocolate out to a dark field at night with flashlights and read the story of Jesus. Why out in a field? We want to give them a feeling similar to the shepherds out at night and imagine what it would've been like for the angels to appear to them in the middle of the night. So much fun!
http://www.heifer.org/       2. Each year we're confronted with the reality that we have so much. We're not rich or anything, but when we think about people around the world, we end up wanting to give rather than receive. One way we've done this as a whole family is we split the costs of a heifer through www.HeiferInternational.com and gave a cow to a family who will benefit HUGE by having one. You can give chickens, bees, goats, llamas, water buffalo(s?), clean water, or a heifer. A fun and out-of-the-box idea!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CHRISTMAS-CAROL-Unit-Teaching-Package-by-Charles-Dickens-1571923       3. A haunting activity for the classroom is our teaching unit for A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens. Truly one of the most meaningful and deep stories I've ever studied, these 110+ pages of activities are sure to engage middle school or high school English students. Chains Activity, Ghosts Activity, Plot, Conflict, Characters, Writing Journals, Pop Quizzes, Vocabulary, Figurative Language, Essay, Movie Comparison.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CHRISTMAS-CAROL-Chains-Activity-Discussion-1571763       4. And a FREEBIE activity! We love this free resource that is included in our CHRISTMAS CAROL teaching unit. With permission and help from our teaching friend Scott Ragan, we've put together a fun and meaningful activity built around Marley's chains and their greater meaning in life. Students love this activity!

       Thanks for stopping by for this quick blog hop. Now go enjoy all the other holiday hoppers! We hope you and your family experience a deep and meaningful holiday season filled with family time and lasting memories. And in the words of Tiny Tim . . .

"God bless us, everyone!"



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12 comments:

  1. Thanks for the neat ideas. I like the idea of reading outside - but it snows so much in IL that I don't know if my kids could stand the frigid weather. Thanks for joining the blog hop!

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  2. Your Christmas Carol activity makes me wish it was on my juniors' reading list. I am still going to snag up your freebie, and see if I can make it fit! Loved reading your post!
    ~Julie

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    1. How fun, Julie! If I can ask, what novels do your juniors study?

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  3. Hopped over to find your fun blog!! I wish we could read outside too... but rainy days in Vancouver aren't a lot of fun.

    Merry Christmas!
    ~Addie

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    1. We might just go out with umbrellas and talk about how the shepherds might have felt when it rained. We're crazy like that. How bad are the rains in Vancouver?

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  4. When I taught 7th grade, we had our students perform "A Christmas Carol." They loved it! Enjoyed reading your post!

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    1. That'd be fun and hilarious and meaningful to watch kids perform such a deep and lasting story. What fun!

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  5. the holidays make me feel so blessed as well. It is awesome that you are teaching your girls that at a young age.

    Brynn Allison
    The Literary Maven

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    1. Ah thanks, we try really hard to pay attention to these little years, especially with three little ones. It's so easy to let the time and opportunities slip by, isn't it? Keep on feeling blessed!

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