Festive Poinsettias

Aloha friends!  This was a busy week at school and we had fun with the beginning of the month activities.

The kids LOVED the advent jar.  On Monday we started picking from the jar and the first thing they pulled out was "Sing Christmas Carols".

Well this lady is not a good singer and I decided to play some sing alongs from You Tube for them.

They loved it, and it was the perfect way to end the day!

On Thursday they picked No Homework and were overjoyed!!

On Friday I decided to make some poinsettias to decorate the classroom.  Poinsettias grow well here in Hawaii and they are in full bloom right now.  You can see them in many peoples yards.

Poinsettias are native to Mexico and we talked about what that meant.  I then read them this story from Tomie dePaola.

I love reading it to my students and talking about the story and what a legend is.  Since my family is from Mexico, it also adds a personal touch, which students love to hear about.

I made poinsettias before and they turned out really cute.  We just used construction paper and they tore and pasted them all on. Then they colored in the white areas with green crayon.

This year I decided to try something new, since we didn't have tons of time in the afternoon to finish.

We used construction paper again and I had them trace the petals and leaves.  We had 8 red petals and 4 green petals for each flower.  I used the same tracer that we used for turkey feathers last month!
Click on the picture above to grab the template for the leaves and pot.

With the leftover green scraps they made a stem. Then they traced a pot and I gave them a piece of gold ribbon to glue on.  They came out really cute!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our classroom!!

This week we will be practicing for out Winter Program and on Friday we will be making our gifts for parents.  I will make sure to bring my good camera and take lots of pictures!

Hope you have a great week!


  1. Living in CT it is amazing to see poinsettias actually growing in someone's yard! That picture made me smile - especially since we think of snow and cold when we think of those red flowers! I'm going to share your picture with my students tomorrow. - Lisa

    1. When I first say them here, I couldn't believe what they were. The next real poinsettia that I get I am going to plant in my yard :)

  2. LOVE the torn pointsettias! The ones in the pots are adorable too! We have done LOTS of goodies this week...wreaths, watercolor Christmas trees, reindeer ornaments, & snow globes today! WOW! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Wendy 1stgradefireworks 1stgradefireworks


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