Rustler Roost News 12-19-12

Posted December 18, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Christmas reigns at the Roost. Many of the activities this week revolved around the festive holiday season. The kids have heard several stories – some with lessons and others that are purely for fun. The Light of Christmas by Richard Paul Evans is a beautifully illustrated book that teaches about the gift of kindness and selflessness at this time of year–a poignant story. A favorite is The Polar Express written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg wherein a little boy makes a magical trip to the North Pole on a train. When selected and asked by Santa what he’d like as the first gift of Christmas, he responds that he’d like a bell from the reindeer harness. It is a story about believing. This selection is a literary Caldecott Medal winner. On the silly side was Trouble With Trolls in which author/illustrator Jan Brett tell the story of some mischievous, but not too smart, trolls that try to trick a girl out of her wonderful warm clothes. Brett’s books include a little hedgehog either as a character or else he is hidden subtly somewhere in the illustrations. Also, she frequently includes sidebars, which illustrate details and often untold parts of the story.

Follow-up activities to the stories included making cards to give as a gift, snowmen from tissue tubes, and Troll pencil toppers. Also, from thread spools the kids made tree ornaments. After painting them green and stringing a ribbon through the center hole they added a scroll type Christmas list–electronics of some sort were on nearly every list.

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Be watching the Press for information relating to the upcoming potato supper on December 21.

Ho! Ho! Ho! We wish each of you a Christmas filled with kindness and happy memories. We’ll be in touch again in the New Year.



PAINTED THREAD SPOOLS became tree ornaments that provide Santa with each child’s wish list.