Thursday, December 17, 2009

Home for the Holidays (kindergartern style)

School is officially out. Eleni just jingled (really, she has bells around her neck) all the way up the hill from the bus stop and eagerly pulled out some goodies from a giant crumpled paper grocery bag. Here are some favorites:

peanut.rudolph

This is Peanut-Pretzel-Rudolph.

torn.tree

A torn paper Christmas Tree.

favorite.book

A gift from her K teacher. Do you remember this book? I loved it sooooo much.

down.fell.the.snow

"Down fell the snow- plop!-on top of Peter's head."

Each of our kids that can write has written a Christmas list and each of these lists has included "a white Christmas". Oh that sounds easy enough to buy. We might just have to use our imaginations for that one.

hope you're warm and calm in the midst of cold and chaos~ Anna

65 comments:

  1. Don't you just love elementary school crafts? I do.
    Merry Christmas!

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  2. Aw, those are always the best! I love the pretzel Rudolph. My little guy will be coming home tomorrow with lots of those little handmade kindergarten treasures too, I can't wait. :)

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  3. Oh, that was absolutely one of my favorite Christmas books ever! We lost so many when our house flooded this fall, and I'm looking forward to replacing it so my kids can grow up with the same fabulous illustrations. That, and our VHS copy of Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas, which makes me smile all day long!

    Loving the pretzel Rudolph, with his Red Hot nose!

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  4. Favorites...indeed.

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  5. Do they still let the kids eat the paste? That was my FAVORITE part of kindergarten art, i think... the tree is outstanding. outstanding... :)

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  6. Come to Idaho!
    Love that Peanut Pretzel guy!

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  7. We just got this book from our friends TODAY. We had never read it before. It's fantastic!

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  8. Have you seen that fake snow at Anthro? Very realistic and I'm certain totally edible by Roman, right? Maybe toss some of that around!

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  9. Being in Australia - we have just about no chance of a white christmas! BUt it was something my son really wanted this year... Elves decorate our house and he asked them for snow. I found this - fake snow - which you can also buy online. I bought the large box and it was enough to cover the tree and surrounds... http://www.snow-powder.com/

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  10. LOVE Ezra Jack Keats! Whistle for Willie is another favorite. Whenever I read his books with my son I am inspired by his artwork to get creative!

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  11. I read that book to my kids at least a thousand times. They're teenagers now, and I miss that era: the alphabet to learn, numbers to count, and everything wrapped up in bright crayon colors! All was right with the world. Ahhh.

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  12. Just Gorgeous. I taught little ones for many years and loved Christmas -- sharing it and seeing he joy through their eyes. Regards Linda

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  13. That was my first Ezra Jack Keats book! (Thanks, Reading Rainbow!) I love how Keats used collage--sometimes with fabric--in his illustrations.

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  14. What a beautiful book! I think we don't have it in Germany. I really want to see the whole one.
    Happy Holidays!

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  15. I love the torn Christmas tree! That needs to be framed!

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  16. So cute!
    One year my son asked for 'a bucket of snow' for Christmas.(We live in northern california near San Francisco, it's a 3 hr drive to snow)....Santa whizzed up some ice cubes in the blender - snow!

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  17. now let the festivities begin!!!

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  18. Anonymous7:03 PM

    Beautiful! All of it....

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  19. Love the Rudolph! And I do hope that there is something of a white christmas in your neck of the woods. It is most cold, most wet, and most snowy here.

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  20. Love the artwork - surprised Rudolph was allowed in school since he isn't nut-free :)
    I remember that book as a child - and it's great that the stories we loved are being passed down!

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  21. I absolutey love all those Christmas crafts the little ones come home with. The purest form of art.

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  22. Love this post. The peanut reindeer is marvelous. We are a peanut-free school so this is a no go, however I could totally do this at home. It's charming. There are several snow products out there that you should check out. I sent Insta-Snow to my nephew in Chattanooga. It's amazing and last for a long time. Merry Christmas to you and your darling family.

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  23. The last day of school before Christmas break was the best....crafts, sugar, and craziness!

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  24. A book always makes a wonderful gift, especially one that holds your Christmas wish. I love the peanut-pretzel reindeer...too cute.
    Enjoy the holidays with your family. :-)

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  25. Eleni is a clever munchkin, I wonder where she gets all that talent from...
    I long for a White Christmas, but the closest I'll get to it living in Oz is a White Sandy Beach Christmas.
    Blessings to you & yours this Christmas & always xx

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  26. I love elementary crafts...I remember around this time of year my mom had all our projects displayed on the kitchen cabinets...it was like our very own gallery!

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  27. The Snowy Day is one of my favourite wintertime stories! Fingers crossed for a white Christmas - is definitely looking that way up here in Canada!

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  28. Your daughter is "Eleni"! My second baby, who was supposed to be a girl, was going to be named "Eleni". How I love that beautiful and entirely underused name!

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  29. My youngest's Christmas list this year included lasagne.

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  30. what a great rudolph, love him!

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  31. My first child came home from K yesterday ready for winter break with a backpack full of crafts and goodies. It was all new to me and filled my heart with a brand new feeling. Thanks for sharing your little kindergartner's masterpieces!

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  32. Here in Holland it is snowing now for three days!!! We may gonna have a white christmas (sinds 1981)
    We are having the time of our lives!
    I hope your wishes will come true!

    Love your blog!

    Greets
    Christien

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  33. after shoveling almost two feet tall snow mound, i think snow could take a break here but would love to have some on your way. i must have read 'the snowy day' thousand times for my girls! a beautiful book!

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  34. you are raising dreamers.
    good luck with that snow dream.

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  35. Lovely cap...nice ideas here.

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  36. Loving the pretzel Rudolph, with his Red Hot nose!
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  37. Charlene5:09 PM

    Perhaps it is too late to comment on this post but I thought I would share our solution to a white Christmas. I have a few snowflakes that I hang in my kitchen windows and with the icicle lights hanging on the screen porch lit, it feels very wintry. My daughter also makes her own snowflakes (remember the old folded paper method) and it is a snow blizzard in her window. Happy Holidays!

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  38. Pretzel peanut Rudolph is the best! And yes, I did also have that snowy day book, it is wonderful. Happy holidays!

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  39. My daughter got the same book from her teacher!

    Hope you guys had a lovely Christmas.

    - Donna

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  42. love the pretzel Rudolph. My little guy will be coming home tomorrow with lots of those little handmade kindergarten treasures too, I can't wait. :)

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  45. I know I'm over a month late, but I've just come across this post and the pics of The Snowy Day have transported me back some 40 years. My mother used to borrow this one and Whistle For Willie from the library for me. We both loved them. Thanks for the memory :-)

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