Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Are you wanting to make your Christmas season extra special this year but ALSO call it “school?” Homeschool Share makes that very easy for you!! (Just take a peek at all of these literature based unit studies based on Christmas titles!!)
One of my favorite titles for elementary kids at Christmas time is The Legend of the Candy Cane. I happen to be a big fan of these “legend” books that take our favorite holidays and weave faith tales into them. (Psst…I happen to think the lapbook created for this unit is SO CUTE!! Be sure to check it out!)
The reason that I, personally, love using literature based unit studies in my home is because it is so fun to find lessons in every subject area to fit in with the story. For me, it’s almost like a game to find the perfect math activity or science experiment or Scripture passage to fit in with the story. Fun times, I tell ya!! (I know, I am weird.) : )
With the Legend of the Candy Cane, memorizing and discussing Psalm 23 is just perfect!! One of my most favorite memories, thus far, of our homeschooling journey, is listening to my children recite Scripture. There is just nothing more precious. Do not be worried that it’s too hard! Children are sponges, they will memorize it a lot faster than you can!! Just dig in and go for it! You will be so glad you gave it a try!! Be sure and discuss with your child the role of a Shepherd in our lives and why that is so important.
And, if you’d like to hand out any candy canes as a Random Act of Kindness this December, just attach this poem to the candy cane and you have a sweet witnessing tool!
For some fun math, Ami has created the most awesome kindergarten CANDY SHOP kit!! Doesn’t that just sound fun?? Wait til you see it!! I am planning to do some of these activities with my son, Caleb, who is 6yrs old. But, don’t discard the kit just because you don’t have a kindergartner!! I am hoping to do the “candy shop” math idea with all 3 of my kids!! My kids all need practice with counting money, the adding and subtracting of coins is good for all of them!
Another way to get some math in there is to find a recipe from our Candy Cane pinterest board and work on figuring out that recipe in the kitchen together!!
If you happen to have a lot of candy canes in your home (or just go out and buy some for this week’s unit!!) here are some simple ways to incorporate math:
- Estimation: put some small candy canes in a jar and have your children estimate how many there are
- Multiplication: before opening your boxes of candy canes, tell your children there are 4 boxes and each box has 12 candy canes in it, how many do we have in all?
- Adding/Subtracting: give each child a few candy canes, have them give and take away several candy canes at a time, adding/subtracting as you go along
- Counting: count the stripes on 1 candy cane
- Less than/more than: count the red stripes vs. the white stripes and see which has more/less
- Fractions or percentages: get candy canes of different colors, ask your child to find what fraction of the candy canes have red on them? etc.
- Measurement: get out those rulers and see how long your candy canes are
- More measurement: using the ruler, ask your child to draw a candy cane that is 4 inches long, 9.5 inches long, etc.
- Graphing: use a variety of candy canes and count/sort how many short ones you have, how many longer ones, how many with green on them, how many with red, etc.
- Money: if our candy canes cost 1.25 for a dozen, how many candy canes could I purchase with $5? Or how much money would I need to purchase 200 candy canes? Make the problems as difficult or easy as you need to for your individual students.
- Play Candyland!
- Make some peppermint playdough! (recipe on our pinterest board)
- Eat a candy cane!
- Have a peppermint taste test party: peppermint candy, ice cream, hot cocoa.
- Find the Legend of the Candy Cane animated movie!
I hope this post has helped you to realize that there is a LOT of learning to be found in reading a simple children’s book and buying a package of candy canes!! It doesn’t have to be difficult! You can be as elaborate, or not, as you wish to be!
Take a peek at our Legend of the Candy Cane pinterest board for lots of candy cane fun including crafts, decorations, art projects, recipes and more!