Christmas for Juniors contains a host of language and craft activities as well as Christmas recipes,all suitable for use in the junior primary classroom. The weeks prior to Christmas lend themselves to a variety of activities that can make the festivities which will be celebrated with the family more meaningful. This book draws on experiences which will already be familiar to most children, but allows children to find out how some of the commonplace traditions originally came to be established.
The book is divided into three sections all on the Christmas theme:
The language section is basically an accumulation of language orientated ideas which can be used in junior primary. The skills assessed are comprehension, (through cloze, question and answer tasks and word searches), creative writing, phonics and dictionary usage. Teacher idea pages and templates are also provided.
The craft section contains some art/craft activities which are useful in the lead up to Christmas. It incorporates both ideas and templates that are suitable for use by junior primary children.
The recipe section focuses on recipe reading and the making of simple biscuit novelties which assesses measuring and counting skills. The recipes used are tried and trusted and most are taken from my late grandmother’s and mother’s handwritten cookbooks dating from 1914 to 1934 respectively.