Me and the Pre-Schooler:
A blurry but wonderful holiday hug:
...and me, ready for FORTY!
Tomorrow I'll be back to school and my Super Stars will be chomping at the bit to get the rest of autumn put away, replacing crunchy leaves and pumpkins with "gingerbread" men, Rudolph art, and festive decor. Each year I have my students make an advent chain so they can count down the days left until St. Nick visits.
My version is the traditional red/green/red/green/red/green paper chain, with a yellow link at the top with the following poem attached:
December first until Christmas
is the longest time of the year.
It seems as though old Santa
never will appear.
How many days until Christmas?
It's mighty hard to count.
So this little chain on links
tells you the exact amount.
(Students tear off one link each day)
But I've found some other sweet versions online:
~ A cookie sheet advent calendar that uses magnets (easy to simplify for kindergartners and great for a number order/counting center!) over at Anya's- Life is What You Make It...
~ Advent inspiration over at Kids Craft Weekly (easy paper cones and repurposed tissue rolls!)
~ ...if non-traditional is more your style, Poppytalk has some great photos of creative advent calendars that again, would be simple to modify (or make construction paper versions of) for a classroom.