We entered so many things this year and EVERYONE did very well, so for the most part this is really just a lovely series of pictures of people’s entries and ribbons. But first, Some of the fun is picking them out when Ken and I go to the fair to see what is what.
Emanuel – this was his last year in the younger kids’ category.
So much went on over our Christmas unit but I have to share a few resources…
Snowflakes are all sorts of awesome. So we had to look into them a little. For books we used:
The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino
Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
My Brother Loved Snowflakes by Mary Bahr
Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan and Steven Kellogg
Snowfllakes by Martha E.H. Rustad
For Christmas this year we went from nursery rhymes to Christmas carols. Origins and meanings are so interesting! To help us out I found two books:
The Carols of Christmas by Ideals Publications
Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas by Ace Collins
We read a few favorites… The Gingerbread Man, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, A Porcupine in a Pine Tree (a Canadian 12 days of Christmas), Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The list goes on.
What I really wanted to share was the idea of finding out a little history about the things we say and sing. Delving into the history of Christmas Carols made us stop and think about how long they had been around, why they appeared, how symbolism has changed. Christmas is a great time to look at the root of things, and to revisit old favourites. For more examples look at our Nursery Rhyme Posts. (a delayed one with that too, they will be linked)