Christmas Cookies!

Christmastime is another prime opportunity for “cooking up learning.”   Children love to help out in the kitchen.  There are numerous cookie recipes that are fun and easy for kids to engage with.  As I mentioned in my October post, children learn to read, follow directions, use math concepts such as fractions and ratios, as well as spending quality time with mom/grandma.  They have a vested interest in the final product which gives them satisfaction–a feeling of accomplishment.

Some of The Reading Lady Family’s all time favorites are peanut blossoms, Russian teacakes, and sugar cookies.  All of these are fun, easy recipes for kids.  They love to roll the peanut blossoms in sugar and place a chocolate kiss in the middle when they come out of the oven (younger  children should be supervised for this last step).  For a vegan version of this favorite go to  http://quantumvegan.com/2010/12/03/recipe-vegan-peanut-blossoms/.   Russian teacakes are quick and simple.  They get rolled in powdered sugar when they come out of the oven.  For the standard version go to  http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/russian-tea-cakes/.   For a vegan version, you could try the recipe from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar http://www.theppk.com/books/vegan-cookies-invade-your-cookie-jar/Sugar cookies are fun to cut out and decorate with sprinkles, icing, chocolate chips, whatever strikes your fancy.  Check out www.bettycrocker.com for several different sugar cookie recipes.  These recipes use all of the learning concepts I mentioned earlier.

I have fond memories of my childhood being in the kitchen with my mom making Christmas cookies.   Other fond memories include when my children were in the kitchen with me making Christmas cookies.  Create memorable moments  with your children while promoting learning.  Just think, in the end you get to enjoy all of those cookies!  (Remember to share with family and friends.  They make great gifts).

Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year!

Christmas Gifts

Well everyone, the Christmas season is upon us and with that comes ideas for gift giving.  As a lover of reading, my suggestion is, or course, “books” for everyone in your family.  For your little ones, Sesame Street and Dr. Seuss are always a good choice to promote early learning.  They are also very engaging and fun to read.  Little Golden books are excellent as well.  Favorites like The Pokey Little Puppy, The Little Red Hen and The Christmas Story are timeless classics that your little ones will enjoy over and over again.  You may want to check out randomhousekids.com to view other titles.

For third graders, stories such as Judy Moody, Little House on the Prairie, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will keep your children entertained and continue to develop their love for reading.  For children in grades 4-5, the classics remain favorites such as Black Beauty, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Charlotte’s Web, and The Trumpet of the Swan to name just a few.  You may also want to check out scholastic.com  for further ideas.

I hope that these suggestions will assist you in finding quality reading for your children this Christmas and throughout the coming year.  I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with joy and great reading!

Karen Houghton

The Reading Lady    

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