Get ready for FUN with your Fruitcake!

December 27th is National Fruitcake Day

I’m sure the kids have PLENTY to keep them entertained with all the toys and activities they received as holiday gifts. But sometimes, it’s nice to take a break and set down the electronic gadgets and get back to some old- fashioned Fruitcake Fun when you celebrate National Fruitcake Day!

December 27th is the holiday celebrated as Fruitcake Day. I believe it should be celebrated at least once in every household. When you host a Fruitcake Day event, even on a small scale, it will be remembered for years to come. Ours sure is still discussed to this day!

Two great Fruitcake Fun Holidays

Back in 2010, Fruitcake Toss Day (January 3rd) was one of the first major events of our “Holiday Curriculum”. I began my year of “Holiday schooling” with the new year, not the -school year- because for us, it made sense… As a result we *skipped* Fruitcake Day and meshed both into one main event. You can do that too, or you can EASILY celebrate BOTH cool days with our Homeschool Holiday Fruitcake Fun Curriculum.

How to have some Fruitcake Fun!

To celebrate Fruitcake Day (December 27th) begin with a bit of history of the fruitcake. Use the FUN FACTS You can find in our FRUITCAKE ACTIVITY PACK, or there is a quick overview in THIS POST from 2019. Depending on the ages of your learners, that may be enough, or you can certainly assign additional research.

Informational Text page from the FRUITCAKE FUN ACTIVITY PACK CURRICULUM. The activity pack does not contain the image over the text 🙂

The next thing I recommend to celebrate Fruitcake Day – is , well – FRUITCAKE! You can make your own or use store bought. Just the act of making fruitcake can be celebration enough. It is quite an involved process. If you are an experienced baker, that’s the way to go. I’m more along the lines of quick and easy. Our activity pack contains an easy to follow recipe for “Fruitcake Cookies” that make a nice treat. Perhaps you ran out of time to make neighbor gifts? Save the day and wish them a “Happy Fruitcake Day” with these yummy cookies!

Recipe for Fruitcake Cookies

Use the cookies, store bought fruitcake, or perhaps a fruitcake you were gifted or made earlier in the holiday season and hold a fruitcake tasting event. The pictures alone from an event like this can be priceless. The activity pack has a graphing activity related to surveying friends and family about their OPINION of fruitcake. It includes an area for “never tried”, so phone calls and text messages are a great way to add data to your family results!

A priceless reaction to tasting fruitcake for the first time.
Fruitcake Fun Opinion Graphing

Another quick, academically rooted activity I love in this packet is the single sheet Fruitcake Day copywork and coloring page. It comes ready to uses in three different styles, Trace, Print and Cursive. The fruitcake coloring page is the same on each style. Print as many of each style as you need for the learners in your care.

Save some fruitcake for January 3rd

After you have completed these activities, be sure to save some fruitcake, or purchase new for January 3, Fruitcake toss day. This holiday is fun for all ages, especially those who didn’t like the fruitcake when they tasted it! You can read all about our celebration in THE POST from 2019.

Grab the Fruitcake Fun Activity Pack

When you purchase the FRUITCAKE FUN ACTIVITY PACK it contains everything you need for BOTH holidays. You’ll get the Fruitcake Fun Facts, the cookie recipe, graphing activities for BOTH DAYS, copywork and fun fruitcake toss themed awards. There is a fun target included in the activity pack so you’ll have everything in one convenient download. The target is also available FREE – keep reading to find out how to download your copy today!

This Fruitcake Fun Activity Pack contains activities for BOTH Fruitcake Day (December 27th) and Fruitcake Toss day (January 3rd).

Fruitcake Freebie for Curriculum Club Members!

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December 26th is National Thank You Note Day.

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National Thank You Note Day….I couldn’t let the opportunity on NATIONAL THANK YOU NOTE DAY (December 26th) pass without thanking you, the heartbeat of the Happy Hive! We are so thrilled to have you as part of our community. We have AMAZING things planned for 2021 : New products, SALES & Giveaways as well as the continued growth of our MEMBERS ONLY area – the Curriculum Club! I know the holiday season can be busy – so here are a few highlights from the Happy Hive Blog:

HOMESCHOOLING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS
THE EDIBLE CHRISTMAS TREE
GET READY FOR FUN WITH YOUR FRUITCAKE

The January Calendar of Holidays is ready for downloading so you can prepare your CELEBRATIONS for next month. There are some great Holidays you won’t want to miss!
January 3rd – Toss your fruitcake day
January 6th – Feast of the Three Kings
January 17th – Kid inventors day (Honoring Ben Franklin on his birthday)
These are just a few… Keep your eye on the blog for the NEW releases for: National Handwriting day, January 23rd and National Puzzle Day January 29th.Until then… This is our “THANK YOU NOTE” for being part of the Hive. We look forward to all 2021 brings!
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The Edible Christmas Tree

Well… ready or not – here it comes…. Christmas is just 2 short days away. I hope your last minute to do list is manageable, or even dare I say it:

Finished.

My favorite tradition

This time of year is rich with traditions. The things we do every year that bring us comfort and joy. From the time we put up the tree, until the time we take it down, traditions surround us.

Although it is late in the season, I want to share with you my favorite holiday tradition: The edible Christmas tree.

You can’t eat the tree itself, but rather the ornaments, or most of them. This is a tradition passed down to me from my Mother, and I to my children. (and totally NOT rushing things – I hope to my grandchildren!)

Back in the late 1960s, before I was even born my mother had a dilemma each Christmas. The glass ornaments kept getting knocked off the tree and getting broken by her young son and two rambunctious beagles. The beagles also liked to nibble on the tinsel she patiently hung carefully on the tree each year.

Her solution: The Edible Tree. Growing up, just about everything on our tree was kid and pet safe. Cookies, Candy, popcorn, etc.

My first Christmas – and the tinsel covered tree. It’s hard to discern if there are child safe treats on the tree yet.

Elements to include on an Edible Tree

Just like other households, it was our job to help decorate the Christmas tree. As it was age appropriate we strung popcorn, decorated the cookies, hung the candy canes, etc. The kids in the neighborhood LOVED to come to our house because they always got to pick a treat from our tree. We were “famous!”

This Christmas tree is completely Kid Friendly! I will be 3 years old in the “new year”. One of my favorite treats form the way back years was the “ice cream cone”. You can see if if you look closely. What I wouldn’t give for a quick call to heaven to find out how those were made!

The cookies were not just ordinary cookies, they were what are called sugar ornamental cookies. I wish I knew where my mom got the recipe originally, but whenever I pass it along, I give her all the credit. I haven’t come across *that* many people in my life, but I have never met another family (or even heard of one) who has used cookies to decorate their tree, thus having an edible tree. I’m sure they are out there. I celebrate with you!

Even in my pre – teen, teen years the tree continued. I looked forward to painting the “sugar ornamental” cookies with my mom and brothers! In this picture I can even see chocolate Santas hanging!

A little How – to for the Cookies

The cookies were made from a dough my mom made the day before and refrigerated overnight. It was then rolled and cut with the “old fashioned” cookie cutters that left a design embossed into the cookie. This helped us have an idea of what to paint. Some of the shapes, were just that – shapes in which we could be creative. Everyone knows how to paint a Christmas Tree, right?

Sample of cookie cutters we have used

Really any cookie cutters will do if this is an activity you would like to try with your kids… and HONESTLY cookie painting does not need to be limited to Christmas. It’s a great activity ANYTIME!

Our first cookie tree in the works Christmas 2005. My children are 9 months (not pictured, 2 and 3 years old. Their painting party is complete with their Aunt and cousins. My mom is mixing the “cookie paint” and giving the little artists her best advice!

Over the years it has been a comfort to honor my Mother, who lost her battle to cancer of the esophagus in 2007, by passing along the cookie recipe, and the excitement of painting and hanging cookies on our tree.

During winter break from school, friends and cousins are invited to Mrs. Crabtree’s Cookie Camp. We paint cookies, drink hot chocolate and have a good time. Each child gets to hang one of their cookies on our tree, and take the rest home to their family.

Not every year is a cookie tree. We also have the proverbial “kid – made – ornament tree” and once every blue moon Christmas I get what I call my “Martha Stewart” tree. The one that is perfectly color coordinated and the ornaments are hung * just so*. But most of the trees are cookie trees.

This year I have a 16, 18 and 19 year old… we have been “hanging out at home” due to the pandemic predicament, so it seemed fitting that this would be a Cookie Tree year! Staying connected to the traditions that bring us comfort and joy means more this year than ever before. There were no cousins or friends over, just simple, quiet painting.

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I hope regardless of the length of your to do list, you ARE taking time for the family traditions, big and small. Thank you for making Happy Hive Homeschooling and Homeschool Holiday Curriculum part of what’s important to you. We love having you here!

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Wa-Shokuiku -Learn. Cook. Eat Japanese!

Cooking with my kids is a favorite activity. When they were younger, it was designed to teach them life skills. Now that they are all older, it gives us the opportunity to talk about life! The kitchen truly is the heart of the home. If you have been following my blog, you know we have been fairly faithful in our Saturday night family time. It’s simple enough to bond over food and games, and once a month a movie night. 

This month we incorporated  the lessons from:  Wa-Shokuiku – Learn. Cook. Eat Japanese! This is a Japanese inspired food and overall nutrition program created by Table For Two , A non profit that promotes healthy eating and brings  awareness to  critical health issues. Wa-Shokuiku – Learn. Cook. Eat Japanese is an online course  designed for both the homeschool family and parents who want to supplement their child’s education, or provide cultural experiences. 

It is a self- paced course with 6 lessons. Each of these 6 lessons has 10 parts that focus on nutrition, Japanese manners, vocabulary, Japanese culture and customs.

There are short engaging videos as well as the opportunity for participants to interact with each other (or course instructors)  through discussion, photo uploads and short quizzes. The lessons take an average of 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the ages of your children, and if you decide to fully participate in the cooking, questions and photo uploads. 

Course creators suggest middle and high school students are ideal for the course, however, as a parent with over 15 years of homeschooling under her belt, I’m confident grades 3 and up can handle the material when it is completed as intended, as a family. This is not a sit – your –  kid –  down and let THEM do the work course – especially for the younger grades. 

Each recipe addresses food allergies, and course creators / instructors are available via email to offer suggestions and substitutions when possible. Having a child with allergies does not exclude you from this wonderful opportunity. In fact, you can pick and choose which recipes to make. Most of the ingredients are available at your local grocery store or easy to order online. 

The 6 lessons are as follows: 

Lesson 1: Rice – Onigiri (Japanese rice balls)

 Lesson 2: Food from the Sea – Salmon teriyaki / Shrimp, Avocado, Cucumber Sushi roll / Wakame (seaweed) salad

 Lesson 3: Soy – Zunda (edamame sweets), Inarizushi / Miso soup

 Lesson 4: B-kyu Gourmet Popular Japanese Food  (These are the Japanese everyday favorites – perhaps how American’s think of Pizza, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs.) – Okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancakes) / Ramen

 Lesson 5: Sweets – Dorayaki (sweet-filled pancakes) / Anmitsu (Japanese classic dessert with fresh fruit, mochi and agar agar jelly)

  Lesson 6:  Bento – Tamagoyaki (Japanese omelet / Octopus Shaped hot dog (cute!), plus other delicious bento box elements

I have to say navigating the lessons was easy and fun. I completed them with my Son, who is a  High School Senior as well as my 2 college age daughters. One lesson was completed with our 6th grade neighbor so I could adequately provide a fair review – she LOVED IT and participated more fully than my children, if I’m being honest! 

We  learned that Ramen is one of the most recognizable Japanese foods. The course discusses the fact that the level of salt in ramen is not healthy, and it is important to “Keep your eyes on it” – we should always watch what we eat. Making “homemade” ramen was a hit for Family Fun night. 

The 6 Lesson online course is normally $90.00 but is currently on sale for home learning for $45.00. You must also purchase any foods you decide to cook to get the complete course experience. I highly recommend the complete experience found at:

https://www.wa-shokuiku.org/online-course

Enter the coupon code < GAMBARO > to get 50% off! 

You have a full year (12 months) to navigate all 6 lessons. This is more than adequate. Even for working / homeschooling families.

I hope you will visit https://www.wa-shokuiku.org/online-course and register your family for this wonderful opportunity today. 

*Disclosure regarding the “EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT REVIEW” series: Homeschool Holiday/ Happy Hive Homeschooling does not accept any payment for reviewing products/online courses from other Teacher Authors or programs. I do receive the product being reviewed or the course at no charge, or at a discounted price, and provide my HONEST, educated opinion about how the product or course can be used with my target audience: Educators in all their forms: Parents, Homeschoolers and Teachers. 

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Start December the Elf-Tastic Way!

It’s hard to believe the last month of the year has arrived. Perhaps you are relieved, perhaps a little apprehensive at what the New year holds. Set those thoughts aside and start December the Elf-Tastic way! We have a month filled with great holidays big and small. The first week starts off with Elf Day! Let’s take a closer look.

For the purpose of holiday celebrating, Pencil Day is a great holiday. However if you miss celebrating it, you can always revisit it anytime, as pencils themselves are timeless. On the other hand, there are HOLIDAYS like Elf Day which falls on December 4th. Elf day is the kind of HOLIDAY that should be celebrated as close to the actual day as possible. Something about Elf day in April just doesn’t feel right!

In this article, Homeschool Holiday is going to give you an up close and personal look at the origins of Elf Day, as well as easy ways you can celebrate.

Celebrating Elf Day fits right into our Homeschool Through The Holidays mindset.

Elf Day Origins

Elf day is celebrated on December 4th and is officially organized by the Alzheimer’s Association UK to bring awareness and raise funds for those suffering with dementia. Living with dementia, or a loved one with this condition is no fun at all – and Elf Day is a small way to take off some of the pressure.

Anyone can celebrate, and Elf day fits right in with the season.

How to Celebrate Elf Day

First you will want to look the part. (Unless you are already an elf, and then you’re good!) Homeschool Holiday has you covered. We have created a wonderful FREEBIE for you. This full size product is available in my Amped Up Learning Store completely FREE.

This $2.00 value is yours to help you Homeschool through the Holidays!

After you look the part you can celebrate Elf Day by eating elf sized foods (any thing mini is perfect), reading Elf books or watching your favorite Elf-tastic movies. Given that elves are often seen right along with Santa, just about any Holiday movie will do.

A favorite elf- food in our home are Elf made snowmen using mini powdered doughnuts. We made hats out of construction paper and used toothpicks to dab frosting to make the eyes and coal buttons. The “carrot” nose is a toothpick colored orange with a marker. More toothpicks were used for the snowmen’s arms. Stick pretzels also work if you have them on hand!

Don’t over- complicate the day.. part of Homeschooling through the Holidays is the ability to keep things simple, and have your activities blend into the natural flow of the day. Be sure to check out the post HERE for other easy ways to keep it real and squeeze in the learning during this busy time of year.

December Calendar

Be sure to visit our CALENDAR OF HOLIDAYS page to see the complete collection of Homeschool Holiday Curriculum available each month as well as a calendar of Holidays that give you and your family reasons to celebrate and the joy of memory making!

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Got Talent?

At Homeschool Holiday, We like to say there’s always something to celebrate and indeed on celebrate your unique talent day that couldn’t be more true! I have a freebie for you to help you host an easy Easy Homeschool Talent Show!

Today is a day to celebrate your individuality and the gifts and talents that the children in your care have been given. 

Flashback Memory

I will never forget being an elementary school and hearing about auditions for a talent show. I decided to convince my brother who was 4 years younger than I am to audition with me. I don’t want to say that we didn’t have any talent but we weren’t the Osmonds. Lo and behold I decided we were going to sing Yankee Doodle. I loved the line about calling it macaroni. I don’t even know what “IT” is. 

Here I am with my brother – ready for school in the late 70’s… Don’t we just LOOK talented?

Let me see if I can share my vision with you… besides the obvious delight in singing about my favorite food: Macaroni…MY BROTHER WAS GOING TO BE THE HORSE, 

I was going to sit on him and sing the song…

I can’t tell you how wrong our audition went….the adults clearly didn’t see my vision…

I can’t even BELIEVE my mother let us audition with this hair brained idea…But alas, it is a cherished memory and shows how loyal and loving of a person my brother was.

Over the years I have nurtured other talents that have nothing to do with singing about macaroni or any other pasta product. My younger brother has also nurtured his talents. That’s the most important thing nurturing talents. 

Easy Modern Day Talent Show Solution!

I recently held a 10-minute talent show for a group of students I’m working with. They each displayed a different unique talent. There was no long preparation no drawn out auditions just pure joy in sharing something they loved, something they were proud of.  Wa la – Easy Homeschool Talent Show! This can be used in the classroom as well.

That’s the heart and soul of celebrate your unique talent day. 

Do you juggle? Sew? Color in coloring books? It doesn’t matter what you enjoy today is a day for sharing that unique talent with others.  (Dare I humble myself and share my talent of writing curriculum for homeschoolers and classroom teachers!)

If you’d like to put on an Easy Homeschool Talent Show or even something that may last a little longer Homeschool Holiday has your solution. 

In our exclusive members only area, we call it the Curriculum Club, you can download our free printable packet that coordinates with today is great holiday: Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day. 

The Talent Showcase packet contains everything you need for your Easy Homeschool Talent Show. There are ideas you can use for guiding learners to pick a talent they can share as well as Awards you can print & present them at the end of the show!

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Homeschooling through the Holidays

If my  estimation is correct right about now you are sitting in one of 2 positions: Something isn’t working and you need to make a change OR things are going splendidly and you are ready to “add something new” into the mix. 


A word of caution I give to all my homeschool clients as well as to the teachers I have mentored over the years – DON’T make any changes after Halloween  until you get to January… just let the “holiday season” ebb and flow with what you are already doing. 

If something is failing miserably and you and one of your children’s relationships are suffering, by all means, stop the activity – but do not feel obligated to replace it with something else. Let the holidays do that naturally. You are going to get busy with shopping (even if it is online), meal prep, housekeeping and decorating. These activities should fill in your gaps naturally and bring you peace and joy. Go ahead and let the holidays “BE” school – Plan a fun holiday themed activity for each day like a holiday advent calendar.


(This easy advent /countdown calendar is available in my ETSY SHOP)


One of our favorite traditions is to listen to the old radio show called : The Cinnamon Bear. There are 26 episodes  one each day from Thanksgiving until Christmas – each episode is roughly 15  minutes and perfect for the beginning, middle or end of your day. I even used it in my classroom and “doubled up” as needed to make up for weekends and when we were on break. Classrooms don’t have all 26 days consecutively, so I have also included a master link so you can simply do your own calculations for how many to use each day to get you to your winter break.
 

Just listening is plenty activity enough, but as this month’s Curriculum Club Freebie I have A calendar of episodes and 5 Free coloring pages for you to coordinate with the Cinnamon Bear Radio Program.

Your learners can listen and color at the same time. It is also very easy to discuss character traits, kindness and make predictions after each episode if you are in need of more “academic” connections for a classroom setting. Use the backside of the coloring sheets for such writing activities.  

You can also simply make pies and measure ingredients, write a letter to Santa, or family members… paper garlands, cookies, and studying reindeer (caribou) are all great supplements to this busy time. When January arrives… batten down the hatches again, and go ahead and make those changes, add that new art lesson, or math drill to the mix…but in the meantime, cuddle up on the couch and drink some hot cocoa and see if the Cinnamon Bear is able to help Jimmy and Judy find their silver star! 

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Who is more famous than Santa Claus?

As unbelievable as it sounds – Mickey Mouse is more recognized around the world than Jolly ole St. Nick! Today, November 18th we celebrate Mickey (& Minnie’s) Birthday.

Traditionally a characters birthday is celebrated based on their first public appearance in a cartoon. That’s why today is doubly special and both Mickey and Minnie are honored. On November 18, 1928 Mickie and Minnie sailed into our hearts aboard a little tug boat in the famous cartoon: Steamboat Willie.

Did you know that’s not the ACTUAL first cartoon appearance for Mickey? The very young Walt Disney company actually released two cartoons before Steamboat Willie that were a flop. The difference in Steamboat Willie was SOUND. This cartoon was the first animation to use fully synchronized sound. If you watch the two previous cartoons, they have had sound added after the success of Steamboat Willie!

While Sorcerer Mickey is busy giving an autograph… there is trouble afoot. Douglas clearly does not know the consequences for what he is about to do….
In ways only “Disney Magic” can make happen… the Disney photographer captured Douglas’ attempt to transform into the Sorcerer himself. Mickey was nothing but kind and loving! (I was actually horrified for a minute that Douglas was putting on Mickey’s hat…but it turned out happily ever after. )

According to Disney, Mickey Mouse has a 97% recognition rate among children ages 3 – 11. That’s even higher than Santa Claus. You can even hunt for Hidden Mickeys all over Disney parks and in movies.

Cactus planted in Disney’s California Adventure. They form a “hidden Mickey”.

For his 50th birthday he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Mickey’s 50th Birthday Present 🙂

Mickey is blessed to share the day with his Love, Minnie Mouse.

Minnie had the same debut as her mouse-friend Mickie, so her Birthday is also celebrated on November 18th. The Mickey Mouse comic strip story “The Gleam” published for a few months in 1942 gave her full name as Minerva Mouse, although this is rarely used now. It took a little Longer for Minnie to be recognized with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of fame, she was 90 when she received hers. Minnie also is rarely the star of a cartoon or movie. It wasn’t until 1988 when she was the star of her own Television special – Totally Minnie.

You can celebrate today with a FREE download of THE SENSATIONAL SIX by Happy Hive / Homeschool Holiday. This Set includes activities for EACH of the 6 main characters in the group.

For each character there is a brief history, information about their first animated appearances as well as some fun facts. I have linked to the best quality version of the cartoons mentioned as possible, for educational / historic purposes only.

I have also included a brief explanation of the literary terms personification and anthropomorphism. This is aimed at older learners in grades 5 and above as all of the characters except Pluto are considered anthropomorphic.

There are Comic Book Templates, a Cartoon Discussion guide as well as a link to a short video on the 5 Types of Animation all included for extension activities. This is a JAM PACKED FREEBIE! to celebrate 6 Amazing characters and their impact on cartoon culture.

If you would like to read more about the Sensational Six, be sure to check out their special days: THE SENSATIONAL SIX

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