Countdown to Christmas with math and reading skills worksheets

Most children have just started their winter break and are home from school for about two weeks.  I remember wanting to keep my children happily entertained, and for me the chore was keeping the television off for a good part of the day.  Parents today have a bigger challenge with all of the electronic options that provide hours of amusement for children.  While some play time with computer games or other electronics is fun (and even educational) for children, I hear from a vast majority of parents that they struggle placing limits on the time their children spend with these toys and games.  Add to that the excitement of the approaching Christmas holiday for many children and the result can be over-stimulation.  Parents are likely also feeling additional tension as they try to complete holiday preparations while attempting to entertain their young children. Well, help is on the way with Christmas worksheets

E-book: Christmas Worksheets For Santa's Little Helpers

These Christmas worksheets will help children hone fine motor, pre-reading, and math skills using Christmas-themed pictures that are sure to add some fun.  These worksheets offer parents an opportunity to sit down in a quiet place and share some one-on-one time with your little one.  All that is needed is a clean work surface, a pencil, scissors and glue stick - no electronic devices required!  When the worksheets are completed, your child may create a Christmas worksheet book to share with family and friends that highlights his learning and skills.  Or perhaps the completed worksheets can be taped to a door or wall and provide some additional Christmas decorations for your home.

The first five Christmas worksheets allow children to practice pre-reading and early reading skills as well as fine motor skills.  The tracing words pages introduce Christmas and winter words while providing handwriting and pencil manipulation practice.  Ask your child to say each letter as he traces it to reinforce letter names.  Your child can practice “reading” the new word by using the picture clues on each line as well as looking at the first letter of the word.  The identical pictures page requires children to identify the picture that is different from the other three on the line.  Directional differences (as with the Santa and little boy pictures) can be harder to spot.  You can direct your child to find two pictures that are exactly alike and draw a square around each.  Then he just needs to find the third matching picture and put a square around that one.  Finally, he can circle the different picture to identify it as the one that does not match the others.  Introduce the sight words as you have with other sight word pages.  Ask your child to point to and read the words that he already recognizes.  Then introduce two new words and review them with your child before adding other new ones.

The directional words Christmas worksheets provides auditory processing practice by asking your child to listen to the sentences you read and follow your instructions.  If your child is still becoming comfortable identifying “left” and “right,” you can write an L in the upper left hand corner of the worksheet and an R in the upper right hand corner.  The next four worksheets offer phonemic awareness practice.  Identify the pictures on the beginning sounds worksheets so that your child names the picture with the initial sound that matches one of the offered letter sounds.  For instance, the box with the bow should be called a “present” (not a “gift”) to match the sound of P presented on the worksheet.

Eleven Christmas math worksheets highlight math skills.  The first three provide counting practice.  It is often helpful for children to mark each picture with a small pencil line to avoid recounting a picture.  The pictograph pages offer graphing activities in a concrete way.  Cut the pictures out if your child’s cutting skills are still developing so that he can accurately paste each picture in a box.  Remind him to build the row of pictures as he builds a tower of blocks, placing the first picture in the bottom square of the correct row and placing additional pictures above the last picture pasted on the page.  The bar graph pages ask children to graph in the same way, but in a less concrete fashion.  Children must mark a picture with a pencil and then represent that picture on the graph with an X in the box.  Again, it is important for children to “build up” each column to match the numerals that increase in value on the left side of the graph.  The bar graph template page allows your child to create his own graph by asking friends and family members a question and recording their answers.  Since there are six columns on this page, your child might want to brainstorm some probable answers and pose a multiple choice question.  Write each choice below one column.  You can also draw or paste a representative picture below each column to help your child as he records the answers to his question.  For example, if your child wants to ask about people’s favorite Christmas activity, he could have the Christmas tree represent “decorating the tree,” the sled represent “playing outside in the snow, and a drawn music note to indicate “singing Christmas carols.” 

The classifying and sorting Christmas math worksheets require children to verbalize their thinking as well as offer opportunities for creative thinking.  As long as your child can name the attribute that defines each box and justify why each picture he chooses belongs in that category, he is correct.  Some attributes he names may be obvious, such as “color” on the first worksheet and “outside things” vs. “inside things” on the second worksheet.  Other attributes may be more imaginative.  For instance, categories for the first worksheet may be “things that breathe” vs. “things that do not breathe.”  Again, cut out the pictures before introducing the worksheet if your child needs help with cutting so that each picture is clearly represented in the cut square. 

These Christmas math worksheets and Christmas worksheets can provide hours of quiet and educational fun for you and your child during these hectic holiday weeks.  I wish everyone a fun and enjoyable holiday break with your children and family.  Regardless of your religious beliefs, the holiday season is a wonderful time to appreciate the special people in our lives.  Merry Christmas to those celebrating this holiday and best wishes to all my readers for a happy New Year!

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