Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night….

Wow, what a great Christmas!  In the blink of an eye, another Christmas has come and gone and we will soon start another new year.   As I reflect back on the year, I can’t help but feel blessed!    I am surrounded by amazing family and friends and exciting job that I look forward to each day…but I think to be able to live a fun and creative life everyday is the best gift of all.

family game night

Getting ready to start our Christmas Eve family game night, with the Game of Life

family game night

Christmas Eve and the Game of Life....Marc won.

cookies for Santa

Getting the cookies ready for Santa!

magic reindeer food

Annabelle sprinkling our Magic Reindeer food in the back yard.

magic reindeer food

Sam taking his turn sprinkling the Magic Reindeer food and hoping that Piper doesn't eat it before Santa's arrival!

christmas eve

Another tradition of ours, reading stories by the light of the Christmas tree. This years selections were "The Polar Express" and "The Night Before Christmas" then it was off to bed, with sugar plums dancing in their heads.



The kids were up bright and early...5am! And ready to dive right in to the presents! Sam couldn't wait to get to his stocking!

christmas morning

Annabelle and her new American Girl, Kanani

christmas morning

Although he had his ups and downs on the Nice/Naughty list...Santa pulled through and Sam got his new aircraft carrier.

santa pancakes

These were just too cute! I found this idea on Pinterest and could not wait to make Santa pancakes for the kids as a breakfast surprise

santa pancakes

They couldn't wait to dig in to this yummy breakfast!

tofurkey roast

We ended the evening with a fabulous Christmas dinner of: Tofurkey Roast with carrots and onions, sauteed green beans with garlic, garlic mashed potatoes and cranberry orange salsa fresca!

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Christmas in the Toy Store….

We have had an amazing time getting ready for the Christmas holiday!  We learned so many fun songs for the Christmas program….we are so proud of the kids they all did a wonderful job!  We also had a lot of fun making our holiday crafts as well.  Every child took home a bag filled with lots of goodies and crafts that we made in class.  Our class party was a great success as well.  The kids had lots of fun decorating their cookies and drinking hot chocolate and  had a great time exchanging books.  We wish you all a blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We are looking forward to 2012 and all the creativity and fun it has in store for us!

The Christmas program: "The True Meaning of Christmas" was a huge success! We all worked so hard learning the songs and everything turned out beautifully! Fun was had by all!

hand print christmas angels preschool craft

Our hand print Christmas angels! This is one of my absolute favorite Christmas crafts!! The boy angels wore blue robes and the girl angels had red robes. I also tried to match the hair color of the angel to the child too.

preschool snowman hand print ornament craft

Hand print snowmen ornaments. These took a few tries to get right, but I found out that you need to use acrylic paint, then after that they turned out perfectly.

magical reindeer food recipe and poem

The magical reindeer food we made! Made of oats and magic glitter to attract Santa's reindeer to your house. This is such a great tradition that we do in my family every year!

Magical Reindeer Food

Inside this special package is a treat, but not for you!

It contains magical reindeer food and here is what you do.

Sprinkle this magical reindeer food carefully on the ground.

And tonight if you are lucky Santa’s reindeer will come around.

But here’s a secret I have to tell, one you must try to keep.

That Santa’s reindeer only come when you are fast asleep.

So quickly put your jammies on and get a story read,

Then sprinkle this magic treat outside

and hurry off to bed!

silly reindeer craft for preschoolers

All of the kids turned into Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! This was such a fun and silly craft!

I thought these songs were perfect for us to learn, since we do not have the typical Christmas weather here in Florida!


            A Sunny Christmas       

(to the tune of Jack and Jill)

There is no snow.

There is no ice.

At Christmas time in Florida.

But I can play

In the sun all day.

On Christmas Day in Florida!

Christmas Sun

(to the tune of Jingle Bells)

We may not play in snow

Or wear big heavy clothes,

But everybody knows

What time of year is near.

We decorate the tree

And light the candles bright.

We sing this song and clap our hands

Because it’s Christmas night, Oh-

Christmastime, Christmastime!

Christmas time is here!

We have sun and lots of fun

When we have Christmas here!

Christmas time! Christmas time!

Christmastime is here!

We have sun and lots of fun

When we have Christmas here!

winter bulletin board theme for preschool

Our bulletin board is complete! We have added sparkley snowflakes falling from the sky to complete the winter theme.

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Just Monkeying around…

This week we learned all about the letter Mm.  I absolutely love monkeys and on Tuesday, we had a busy and fun day learning all about them.  We read books, learned songs and made a really cute craft!

preschool monkey song

The letter M song from the ABC flip chart

preschool monkey felt board

5 Little Monkey's Swinging in the tree felt board song

5 monkeys jumping on the bed preschool felt board

We also sang 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed felt board song.


little monkey lost

Little Monkey Lost by Keith DuQuette

This book has lots of monkeys in it that are mostly from South and Central America.  I shared some pictures with the children from a cruise I went on last summer.  We had many encounters with monkeys in Belize and Honduras.  It was an amazing experience and the kids really enjoyed seeing the pictures.

howler monkey

A Howler monkey in the jungles of Belize

howler monkeys of belize

Feeding the wild Howler monkeys in Belize

capuchin monkey

My husband, Marc holding Diego the Capuchin monkey in Honduras

capuchin monkey

Me and Diego

Monkey's miserable Monday

Monkey's Miserable Monday by Valerie Garfield, from the Alpha Tales book

preschool monkey craft

Making our hand print monkey craft

monkey hand print craft

The finished monkey craft!


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