I said yesterday, my kids have taken to the Christmas around the World, and I am so totally over the moon about it.
They’re batty over a non-fiction text!
They want to read it! They talk about it–even when I’m not there!
I’d be crazy if I didn’t try to do some sort of extension with it, right?
But it’s an insanely busy time of the year. And despite our ever-looming, always-watching, Elf on the Shelf, Maddy, Owen, and Cora aren’t up for much more ‘extension’ than baking cookies or making holiday gifts for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
So I couldn’t really run with this opportunity much more than I did, even if I wanted to.
But I did do something–something that got Owen and Maddy smiling at lunch and asking me questions after school.
Here’s the skinny:
Holiday Time Fun-Fact Lunchbox Notes:
That’s right! Woot! My kiddos are big fans of the lunchbox note, so that’s what I did.
I grabbed some Christmas around the World-inspired facts and threw them on simple note templates, and that’s it.
Holiday Time Fun-Fact Lunchbox Notes = Lunchtime F-U-N
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Really, they consist of some quick–intriguing–facts about Christmas in Germany, Mexico, China, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Sweden, Russia, and Australia, along with a few facts about the meaning of Christmas. Quick, easy, and fun. Just little bit of information about how Christmas is celebrated in these places. That’s it.
And maybe, just maybe, reading these facts at lunch will inspire Maddy, Owen, or Cora to share the exciting bits of Christmas info with their classmates, make those exciting bits of Christmas facts stick in their brain just a little bit longer, or put a smile on their face when they think of all the times we read the book together here at home.
For kiddos who haven’t read this book, reading these facts can still be cool and interesting and fun. Because I’m not sure about other families, but we don’t talk too much about Christmas in other countries, so facts about how others celebrate just may be. . . well, short enough to entice interest, intriguing, inviting, and exciting.
And I’ve just been writing a quick ‘xoxo love Mom’ or ‘Isn’t that cool?’ love you! Mom’ on the bottom of the note before I throw it in the lunch bag.
So that’s it. Just a quick and sneaky way I’m throwing in a little bit o’ learning and fun when I can, where I can.
Cheers, and happy lunchbox note reading!
Want a few more holiday-inspired learning ideas? Check out:
- Holiday Fun Fact and JOKES Lunchbox Notes (with Hannukah!)
- Little Holiday Notes and Jokes
- Holiday Notes for Families
- The Polar Express tradition
- Scratch-off Cards
- K-Cup Advent Tree
- New Year’s Family Interview
- Happy Holidays Backyard Birds
- Must-Have Gifts for Kids & Family 2014
- Kids & Family Gift Guide 2013
- teachmama Family Gift Guide 2012
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