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.
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.