printables and links for december homeschool extras!

I have be gather some resources to integrate into our school room for December.  I found some sites and printables I’m pretty excited about.  I thought I’d share them here with you.

1.  We have done The Jesse Tree for the last few years.  It’s a printable booklet and it has ornaments.  We save our ornaments to use each year.  We also have an add-on so we can use the Jesus Storybook Bible for the younger ones in our family.

2.  This link is from Teachers of Good Things.  She has a great linked list of ideas and printables to keep Christ in your December homeschool.  This is a GREAT list!

3.  I found a great unit study Homeschooling Through the Nativity at Intoxicated On Life.

How do you switch things up for December in your class?  I love the fun and excitement of this time of year, don’t you?  Have festive weekend all!

on the mend and off the needles

The kids are on the mend.  The projects that have been done for weeks are finally free from loose ends.  Creeping ever closer to completing crafted gifts for my tiny people and more.  The weekend is going to be filled with baking, fellowship and a certain little boy’s party.  How does six years fly by?

How are you doing on your Christmas gifts?  What projects are you planning?  Do share.  I love to reap the benefits of the many talented people and original ideas that are out there.


Thirfty Thursday: make it

With the holiday season quickly approaching, I am feeling a bit more pressure to get all my gift projects completed.  So far I have knitted 4 scarfs and 3 hats, cut out 1 pattern, and thought about a zillion other things.  I think it’s time to get busy.

I determined in my heart to make ALL Christmas gifts this year.  Not only does this save money, but also I just believe that everyone I love deserves handmade gifts made just for them.  I know I really feel special when I receive something handmade, and so I want to bless the ones I love with the same feeling. 

So on the list (this is a short version) of hand made items are:

3 aprons

1 stocking

7 pj pants

4 more knitted hats

3 more knitted scarfs

2 pairs of knitted socks

Christmas cards (to send out)

bows for our little friends and family

embroidered hankies for all

a  blanket knitted…this is optional so only if I get my act together

Think I can pull it off?  I am determined.  I do want to so badly.  Here’s a challenge for you…try to make christmas gifts for everyone on your list.  Don’t feel pressure to spend ridiculous amounts of money this year.  Even if you had never made a thing in your life…try.  Start small.  If you knit…washclothes or a scarf.  If sewing, a simple blanket.  If doing paper crafts why not make a box of pre-made cards for someone to have on hand for various occasions.  If none of this is fesable…make photo albums for family with all your favorite pictures from the year.  Grandparents especially love these.  Or frame your family picture.  Even if you only make 1 gift, you’ll save money and bless the socks off someone…or as I’m hoping, onto someone ;) 

Check out my links in the side bar.  These are my favorite sites for FREE ideas and patterns.  What are some of yours?

What are some ideas you have for this season?

Be encouraged and go get busy!  Christmas will be here sooner than you think.  Let the creating begin!