December 2010 - Minds in Bloom

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New Years Resolutions with Adjectives

So, first off, I have to say that I stole borrowed this idea about resolutions with adjectives from author Martha Beck*. She says that when you’re making goals or resolutions to focus not on the nouns and verbs (I will lose 25 pounds) but rather on the adjectives that describe how you would feel if you achieved the goal (healthy, strong, attractive). She suggests brainstorming

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Check out this gingerbread man recipe in pictures--it's perfect for small children! Your kids will enjoy making this recipe with step-by-step pictures!

Gingerbread Man Recipe in Pictures

Here is a great project to do with little kids this holiday season. Each recipe makes a single gingerbread man, so this is great if you don’t want to make a bunch. The steps are easy to follow for little people with some adult assistance. If you do this with a group, then give the kids margarine tubs or cereal bowls to mix in and

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Are you a parent looking for something to occupy your kids while they're home for winter break? This scavenger hunt will have them searching and playing!

Winter Break Scavenger Hunt

Winter Break Scavenger Hunt How many letters are in your full name? Who has the longest name in your family? Find something that is eight inches long. What exactly is Wassail? Find something that is red and white. Find something that is used to fix something. What is the first ingredient in eggnog? Find something with numbers on it. On what date does Hanukkah start next

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This Christmas analogy freebie will allow your students to celebrate the holiday while practicing word work at the same time. Sounds like a win-win to me!

Christmas Analogy Fun

Keep those brains thinking right up until winter break. Here are some fun Christmas analogies to try with your students.  Here are some fun Christmas analogies to try with your students. You can get these Christmas analogies (with answer key) in a free worksheet here. Frosty : snowman : : Rudolph : _______________ ribbon : present : : ornament : ________________ snow : white : :

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Tsuro is an Eastern-inspired game that is simple in its essence but complex in play. It's a wonderful game to play with the whole family.

Tsuro Makes a Great Family Game

Every holiday season, I pick out two or three family board games. The clear favorite this year is Tsuro. I would have never found Tsuro on my own. While beautiful, it is not flashy and doesn’t scream out how great it is. I would not have even noticed it on the shelf. I only bought it because the guy at the game store said it was a good

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Free Christmas Tic-Tac-Toe Journal Prompts

Want to add a little holiday magic to your journal writing program? Try this free journal prompt choice grid. At the start of the week, students choose three of the nine prompts. Since they must choose three in a row, they will have to make some choices, weighing one prompt against another. You can get the whole set of  Holiday Tic-Tac-Toe Journal Prompts here. Or you

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If you're looking to spice up your book report assignments, then this is the list for you. Rachel shares 10 creative book report ideas that won't have your students begging for another project type!

Ten Great Creative Book Report Ideas

There are many, many great ways for students to respond to literature. Students especially enjoy creative book reports. These will work for almost any book and are especially good when students are reading independent book selections. A quick web search will reveal that there are many ideas out there for creative book reports, but they are not all good ideas. Here are, in my opinion,

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