We usually continue class as usual for most of the Monday holidays,
but we do try to incorporate so holiday themed activities for that day.
I just can’t DO a four day week.
I’ve tried in the past, and a four day week quickly turns into a three day week,
and then a two day week…and then eventually I give up and say,
Hey let’s just start FRESH on Monday.
A whole week gone, and I’m scrambling to figure out
where we’re going to make it up later!
So, I’ve since learned to do something else for these one day,
beginning of the week holidays.
Here is my magic formula:
-Drop everything except the three R’s.
-Include a special craft, activitiy, or field trip.
There. That’s it.
So tomorrow we’ll be reading about Veteran’s Day,
and making some special Thank You Cards.
Of course I made plenty to share.
And of course like a good little procrastinating Homeschooler,
I’ve posted it the night before Veteran’s day.
I realize that’s not the best plan.
I almost just waited until next year to share it,
but then I realized that there is at LEAST one of you out there
who is scrambling for something to do on Veteran’s Day tomorrow.
Obviously, I speak from experience.
So it’s not a fancy set, but I think it will get the job done!
There is a set of printable Thank You badges for children to color,
and use as the cover of a Veteran’s Day card.
I also included some easy to cut decorations,
which would be great for little ones just learning scissor work.
For children who are showing readiness, I also added in some ABC practice
and a small copywork page.
Pretty simple stuff.
You can print the Veteran’s Day Printables here.
Be Sure to Stay Tuned!!
Rich Davis, Creative Genius has sent us a fantastic card game, one to review, and one to share with you!
The game is called Pick and Draw and it’s a card game with easy to follow instructions for simple drawings that kids can create.
One of my favorite parts of this game is that Rich included easy to read instructions for kids. (I’m so tired of breaking out my granny glasses and spending half an hour trying to figure out how to play children’s games)
Besides being quick and easy to set up, this game is very simple to play! You start by organizing the cards into the correct decks (which are very brightly color coded
(Did I mention creative genius?)
Then you Pick & Draw again:
Everytime you Pick and Draw a new feature for your character, and in the end you have a custom character created by you…..I mean your kids, cause this game is for them….
Okay it’s for you too….seriously, get a set and you won’t be able to resist:
Then we couldn’t help but color our little characters in and naming them:
As we played I loved listening to the little giggles as the kiddos drew a new card, “Oh boy, this one is going to be crazy!”
This is the perfect game for family night as everyone can play (without being on Mom or Dad’s team……yes that’s right, a chance to be your own person again!)
Bubba (5) spent the most time playing it!
We all took a break for lunch but he continued to play……(if you know anything about my son the fact that he chose drawing over food really says something!)
Here is one character he made incorporating his love of both:
And can’t you just see the Homeschool application for this game! Let children create a story around their characters, or turn their creations into stick puppets and put on a show! Best of all….Look at the size of the game! Not only will it fit in the kids stockings this year, but hey….punch holes in the corner, put it on a key ring and pull it out for long travel trips….or in our case, Dr. Visits.
How to Enter:
1. Visit the Pick & Draw website, and try your hand at their online game. Come back and leave me a comment with what you think!
2. Subscribe to Draw with Rich (the creative genius). Come back and leave me an extra comment telling me you did.
3. Like Pick & Draw on Facebook. Leave an extra comment telling me.
4. Subscribe to my blog The Crafty Classroom. Leave me a comment letting me know you subscribe.
I’ll draw a winner this Sunday December 12th.