Cranberry Christmas Review



Have you ever wondered why the cranberry plays such a prominent roll in holiday dinners? Learn the answer to this question and many more in a “Cranberry Christmas” from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

Cranberry Christmas makes an excellent quick unit study. Which is always great when your in the thick of the crazy holiday season. It was so nice to have a grab and go study that the kids and this tired mama could enjoy. There was not a lot to prepare and we had most of the supplies that it need on hand. The only exception was cranberries which just happen to be on sale pretty cheap this time of year.

I found that this study was best used with grade school kiddos but the preK kiddos loved the activities. It would be a great starting point to peak the interest of older children also.

There are several fun stories that my girls loved reading and that was a huge help for me during quiet time for the younger kiddos. It has a section all about how and where cranberries grow. Also how they are harvested which was really interesting to my girls.

Did you know that cranberries are one of the few native fruits to America? It was neat to discuss what foods we would currently be eating and why if we lived during the colonial times. What if we didn’t have super markets, quick and easy travel, or a way to get foods from warmer/cooler climates all year round? We would eat what we had available in our own backyards! We learned the disadvantages that this made for the pilgrims  and how the Native Americans shared their knowledge and resources creating the 1st Thanksgiving.

This study was also full of fun cranberry facts… Did you know cranberries bounce? or That cranberries were originally called craneberries! Well we now do and we can tell you why!

On top of all the knowledge that we gained, we also tried out some of the recipes and experiments that are held within this little gem.

We made cranberry sauce…

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We made cranberry dye (or as our little one said “cranberries died” haha)…



Then we used it to dye some white felt that we made into Christmas angels for our trees.

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The above post is a review done for The Schoolhouse Review Crew.


Gobble Gobble – 2014

gobble gobble


This week we have started the count down to turkey day! The kids have had so much fun so far with much more to come! I love love love the Funshine Express material and how easy it makes my planning. It is geared toward preschool age but I always find activity ideas that can be adapted for even older kiddos to enjoy. Today was a perfect example!

I only had my own kiddos this morning so I had some extra craft packs. My two grade schoolers BEGGED to get to use them! So of course I let them haha

All three of them made the turkey headbands that came in November Firelies kit. I can not stress to you enough how easy the craft kits are. Everything always comes neatly organized and packages. The instructions are very clear and include pictures and diagrams when necessary.

Even more exciting is how much the kids love doing them. They are always fun and creative ideas. Super cute too!


It may look like the little is frowning but she is actually saying Gobble! haha

turkey headband


This month also included some great counting practice games. Ashlee is really concentrating on 1-1 ratios and recognizing the numbers and number words. She loves the games and asks to play them several times in a row which is rare for little attention spans!


While she practiced her math,  the older girls practiced spelling words. I adapted the Quill Writing activity suggested in the November Fireflies teachers book to help make that fun! Ashlee got to practice writing the letter Hh when she was done with her math too.

quill writingHere is what you will need…

Feathers ( I had them find their own from the chicken coop)



Dixie cups to hold the ink



Then let them loss! It was fun to hear their comments and to talk about that this is actually how they used to write letters and books. When one would mess up their spelling and comment about not erasing it was a great time to reinforce taking their time and really concentrating on the task.




Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear…



Another fun activity from Funshine Express!

What kid doesn’t love teddy bears and pajama parties?

Well I have lots of kiddos here that love them! Almost everyday id pajama day here! But today was extra special!

Today we made teddy bear faces, had teddy bear tea, and played a great game of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear!

We took turns playing show and tell with our favorite bed time toy. Each child told about what they sleep with and why. Then we used those items in our game.

teddy bear game


We started off with the traditional rhyme below. Then the kids took turns deciding what the teddy bears should do. They thought of a range of things like touch nose, swim, crawl, ride a bike, etc…

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear…

Teddy bear, teddy bear,

Turn around.

Teddy bear, teddy bear,

Touch the ground.

Teddy bear, teddy bear,

Reach up high.

Teddy bear, teddy bear,

Touch the sky!

Teddy bear, teddy bear,

Run up stairs.

Teddy bear, teddy bear,

Say your prayers.

Teddy bear, teddy bear,

Blow out the light.

Teddy bear, teddy bear,

Say Goodnight!