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The Legend of the Christmas Stocking

Monday, December 15th, 2014

With Thanksgiving behind them, the “Can Do” kids were looking forward to the coming Christmas holiday.

it was time for some Christmas activities; so, Miss Pat invited Grandpa Dooley to class to share the Legend of the Christmas Stocking.

The “Can Dos” all knew and liked Grandpa Dooley. They especially liked his storytelling. His booming voice made his storytelling extra special. Willie and Nellie were always so proud to have their grandpa tell stories to the class.

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Grandpa Dooley cleared his throat and began. “The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. Everyone knows this poem. But, do you know who wrote it?” Not even Orrie had the answer, and he has most answers.

Grandpa Dooley continued with his storytelling. “As far back as 1823, when Clement Clarke Moore wrote “A Visit From Saint Nicholas,” stockings were being hung near the fireplace, awaiting a visit from Santa Claus. At the end of the poem, St. Nick “fill’d all the stockings; then turn’d with a jerk,/And laying his finger aside of his nose/And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.”

But where did this legend, this practice of hanging Christmas stockings come from?

While there are no written records of the origin of the Christmas stocking, there are popular legends that attempt to tell the history of this Christmas tradition. One such legend has several variations, but the following is a good example:

Very long ago, there lived a poor man and his three very beautiful daughters. He had no money to get his daughters married, and he was worried what would happen to them after he wasn’t around to take care of them.  Passing through town, St. Nicholas heard the villagers talking about the girls. St. Nicholas wanted to help, but knew that the old man wouldn’t accept charity. He decided to help in secret. After dark he threw three bags, which contained gold, through an open window. When the girls and their father woke up the next morning they found the bags of gold and were, of course, overjoyed. The girls were able to get married and live happily ever after.

This led to the custom of children hanging stockings or putting out shoes, eagerly awaiting gifts from Saint Nicholas.

A tradition that began in a European country originally, children simply used one of their everyday socks but eventually special Christmas stockings were created for this purpose. Many families create their own Christmas stockings with each family member’s name applied to the stocking so that Santa will know which stocking belongs to which family member.”

Grandpa Dooley put the paper down that he was reading from and looked at the class. “Now it is your turn to speak. Tell me about your Christmas stocking traditions.”

Hand shot up and each “Can Do” waited politely to be called to share about their Christmas stockings.

 Sources information: Wikipedia

 

Don’t Hand Those Germs to Me!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

germsMiss Pat noticed that Hector came in from recess with dirty hands and an open snack, which he continued to eat with his dirty hands. Oh no, thought Miss Pat, all those germs going into his mouth!

Before Miss Pat could speak to him, he scooped some snack with his hands and gave it to Willie, who put it in his mouth.

UGH, thought Miss Pat. No matter how many times I talk to them about when and why it is important to wash their hands…they forget. They forget about how germs are spread.

I know, she thought, it is time to visit the US Center for Disease Control, CDC, website that has a great graphic showing children how germs are spread.

Miss Pat called the class to order and asked everyone to focus on the White Board. Then she clicked on:

Dont Hand Those Germs to Me

The “Can Dos” stared at the graphic from the CDC. They couldn’t believe their eyes! It was so easy just to hand germs to others! It was also so easy to get germs from others who did wash their hands often.

The class got quiet. Then Hector and a few others raised their hands and asked to go wash their hands.

Great, thought Miss Pat. They got the message from the CDC graphic…it is so easy to spread germs!

Thanksgiving Jokes

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Before school let out on the day before Thanksgiving, Miss pat gave each of the “Can Do” kids Thanksgiving jokes to share with their families .

Why don’t you print out a copy of the Thanksgiving jokes and share with your family and friends?

Thanksgiving Jokes

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims!

Why do turkeys always go, “gobble, gobble”?
Because they never learned good table manners!

What key has legs and can’t open doors?
A turkey!

What happened when the turkey got into a fight?
He got the stuffing knocked out of him!

Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Waddle
Waddle who?
Waddle I do if you don’t open the door?

What did the Turkey say before it was roasted?
Boy, I’m stuffed!

Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of foul play!

Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?
The outside!

Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building?
Yes. A building can’t jump at all!

Why did the turkey cross the road?
It was the chicken’s day off!

What’s the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner?
The TurKey!

What sound does a space turkey make?
Hubble, Hubble, Hubble!

What’s the best dance to do on Thanksgiving?
The turkey trot!

How do you keep a turkey in suspense?
I’ll let you know next week!

Why can’t you take a turkey to Church?
Because they use such fowl language!
Why did the turkey play drums in his band?
Because he already had drumsticks!

Who is not hungry at Thanksgiving?
The turkey, because he’s already stuffed!

What did the turkey say to the turkey hunter?
“Quack, quack, quack!”

What’s blue and covered with feathers?
A turkey holding its breath!

How do you send a turkey through the mail?
Bird class mail!

Why didn’t the turkey eat dessert?
He was already stuffed!

What do you get it you cross a turkey with an octopus?
Enough drumsticks for Thanksgiving!

What are the feathers on a turkey’s wings called?
Turkey feathers!

Why did the turkey sit on the tomahawk?
To try to hatchet!

What’s the best way to stuff a turkey?
Serve him lots of pizza and ice cream!

If the Pilgrims were alive today what would they be most famous for?
Their age!

What type of music did the Pilgrims like?
Plymouth Rock!

Why did the Pilgrims eat turkey at Thanksgiving?
Because they couldn’t fit the moose in the oven!

How did the Mayflower show that it liked America?
It hugged the shore!

When the Pilgrims landed, where did they stand?
On their feet!

When did the Pilgrims first say “God bless America”?
When they first heard America sneeze!

Why did Johnny get such low grades after Thanksgiving?
Because everything is marked down after the holidays!

Where did the first corn come from?
The stalk brought it!

What’s the best thing to put into pumpkin pie?
Your teeth!

What vegetables would you like with your Thanksgiving dinner?
Beets me!

Should you have your whole family for Thanksgiving dinner?
No, you should just have the turkey!

What smells the best at a Thanksgiving dinner?
Your nose!

What always comes at the end of Thanksgiving?
The letter G!

When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?
In the dictionary!

Source: Activity Village, UK

Here Comes Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Miss Pat decided to use the coming Thanksgiving holiday to teach a history lesson about life in the American colonies.

She invited Jay, since he is an American Indian, to tell the story of what the early colonists ate at that first Thanksgiving meal.

Thanksgiving“Hi,” said Jay. ”What I am going to tell you about today I  learned from reading and listening to the History Channel on TV.

What did the Pilgrims and their Native American guests eat that first Thanksgiving day? Well, lots of what they called fowl caught by hunters. There were ducks and geese eaten on the first Thanksgiving. Historians don’t know for sure if they had wild turkeys. They may have.

If the Pilgrims had cranberries, they would not have been sweet. Colonists didn’t start to boil cranberries with sugar for another 50 years.

They didn’t have potatoes either. The colonists were not growing white or sweet potatoes back then. They didn’t have sweet pies for dessert since they didn’t have butter and flour for pie crust and there was very little sugar for pie filling.

They did have lobsters, mussels, white and red grapes, black and red plums, and flint corn. And that’s what I know about what they ate on that first Thanksgiving.”

Everyone clapped and Miss Pat said, “Thank you Jay for sharing all that you know about that first Thanksgiving!”

Thanksgiving

Just for Fun…Thanksgiving Maze and Word Jumble

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Miss Pat looked around the room. While the “Can Do” kids were quiet, they didn’t look very energetic. In the morning they had a math test. Right after lunch they took a spelling quiz. They were tested out. Time for something just for fun.

” Class,” said Miss Pat,” time to start thinking about Thanksgiving.”  With that Miss Pat handed out a maze and a word jumble with a Thanksgiving theme.

The “Can Dos” got right to work figuring out the maze and finding the words in the jumble.

Just for fun,  print out the maze and jumble and see how you do.

word search

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