Preschool Christmas Activities

Preschool Christmas Activities - Mud Hut Mama

Seeing the girls get excited about Christmas and all the magic that surrounds it brings me so much joy! I love using our homeschool to help build that excitement. I found the little tin Christmas tree in the photo above at the grocery store. When you turn the top of the tree it plays Christmas carols. The girls have been having a lot of fun playing with it and dancing around it. We have really been enjoying our preschool Christmas activities. Language Arts: We learned the parts of a letter when we wrote to Santa Claus. I used the same fill in the blank and multiple choice Santa letter that we made last year and, as you can see, the girls took their letter writing […] Read more »

Cookies, Compassion & Chemistry for Kids

Cookies, Compassion & Chemistry for Kids - Mud Hut Mama

We are starting a Christmas tradition of making sure we do an act of kindness for people and for either wildlife or for the earth. Of course I want us to commit acts of kindness all year long but the holidays are a nice time to really focus on compassion and this week’s homeschool was a great way to segue into our new tradition. This post contains affiliate links. I love, love, love Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I came across this book while searching for secular children’s books that teach values. It isn’t a story but more of an illustrated vocabulary list that defines virtues (and some vices) in relationship to cookies. For example, “Trustworthy means, If you ask me to hold your […] Read more »

Thanksgiving Activities for Preschoolers

Thanksgiving Activities for Preschoolers - Mud Hut Mama

Since we recently had a three day drive from Zambia to Botswana, and we are planning to give Granny and Gramps their first Thanksgiving ever, I decided to give road schooling a try and see if I could come up with Thanksgiving activities for preschoolers that could be done in a carseat and that would help us pass the time happily. We were in the car anywhere from six to eight hours a day so there was plenty of time to fit in the schooling that we would normally spread over a week. Last year was the first year that my girls celebrated Thanksgiving, this year I thought we’d focus on learning about Native Americans and thankfulness. Here is what our road school looked like. This […] Read more »

Room on the Broom: Halloween Activities for Preschoolers

Halloween Activities for Preschoolers- Mud Hut Mama

Life is getting a little hectic around here so this post is really short and sweet but I wanted to share our Halloween activities. This week we celebrated Halloween with Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. My girls love the fun rhythm and rhyme of this book and I love that it focuses on friendship. Here are the Halloween activities for preschoolers that we paired with the book. This post contains affiliate links. Arts and Crafts: We used our Halloween Cookie Cutters to stamp images onto construction paper and once they dried we added details with markers. We also made some costumes to help us act out Room on the Broom. I followed the directions at about.com to make construction paper witch hats and the […] Read more »

Making Homemade Books for International Book Giving Day

International Book Giving Day - Mud Hut Mama

We really enjoyed celebrating International Book Giving Day, which happens to be the same day as Valentine’s Day. We started out by selecting a pile a gently used books from our shelf to donate to a school for orphans here in Malawi that is doing amazing things. One of their students recently flew to England to be honored by the Queen for his essay that won the 2012 Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition. He wrote a touching essay entitled, “The Day I Wore My Best Clothes.” In my original post about International Book Giving Day, I wrote about the scarcity of books here and the fact that reading for pleasure is a luxury that the majority of Malawians cannot afford so I was very excited to find out that the school […] Read more »

International Book Giving Day – February 14

International Book Giving Day - Mud Hut Mama

I LOVE this holiday! When I taught at a primary school in rural Zambia from 1998 to 2000 books were hard to come by. Often there was one textbook per subject per grade – about 40 kids per book. The teacher held onto this copy and would write the entire lesson on the chalkboard before class. Class often consisted of the students copying the lesson into their notebooks and by the time they were finished writing there was little time left for any real discussion or teaching. Books for pleasure were almost unheard of, there were a few worn copies of donated Watch Tower magazines floating around but that was about it. I haven’t spent a lot of time in Malawian schools but I hear […] Read more »

Christmas in Botswana

Christmas in Botswana - Mud Hut Mama

We spent three weeks in Botswana over Christmas and New Year and had a great time catching up with family but unfortunately I was pretty sick for most of the trip. Between that and our week of flu at the lake I’m beginning to think I should give up traveling and just stay at home. I’m finally starting to feel like myself again but I really wish I’d been in better health and able to enjoy all the fun things that are accessible in Botswana. There were so many highlights for the girls and seeing them so happy made it wonderful for me too. They got to meet Santa – despite the looks on their faces they loved this and kept begging to go back and […] Read more »

An African Christmas

An African Christmas - Mud Hut Mama

It’s an African Christmas for us this year, we are off to Botswana tomorrow for three weeks with Granny and Gramps. We are so excited to have a break and to spend the holidays with family. Despite Kooks writing to Santa to tell him she’s been naughty, both my girls get Christmas this year and are expecting Santa Claus to visit and leave them a special surprise. This has caused a little bit of a dilemma because I purchased all of the girls Santa gifts here in Malawi and I don’t want to lug them all to Botswana and then back again – especially since I’ve got a plan to utilize that space to carry back homeschool supplies, lots and lots of books, a handheld […] Read more »

Preschool Homeschool Christmas Lesson Plans: Week 20, Age 3

Christmas Lesson Plans

We had so much fun this week! The entire week was geared towards getting excited about Christmas and you can feel the energy and anticipation in this house. Literacy and Language Arts: Our rhyme from Webbing Into Literacy was Gregory Griggs which has nothing to do with Christmas at all but we had fun with it anyway and then moved onto our letters to Santa. This turned into a great prewriting activity. I typed up a letter with multiple choices and helped the girls “write” their letters. It was good for print awareness because once they made their choice I was able to help them identify which words to circle. There were also some fill in the blanks where I wrote their responses and it gave us […] Read more »

Home Made Advent Calendar out of Matchboxes

Home Made Advent Calendar - Mud Hut Mama

This year my girls both get that Christmas is coming and they are so excited. I wanted to feed their enthusiasm and add to the anticipation with a countdown calendar. I’ve been searching online for DIY options and found a matchbox advent calendar from Martha Stewart. It is perfect for us because it is small enough to pack when we travel and I love that as you pull out a numbered box and turn it around a picture is slowly revealed. The trick (if you, like me, are not artistic) is to find a picture that you can replicate. I googled easy snowman coloring pages and copied (to the best of my ability) one of the designs at Kids’ Turn Central. I drew it in chalk […] Read more »