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  • Christmas, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry
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    Christmas, Spelling, and Structured Word Inquiry

    Learn more about Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) by studying the spellings of some vocabulary words related to the Christmas holiday: Christmas, Yuletide, decoration, angel, mistletoe, ornament, poinsettia, fruitcake, eggnog, and gingerbread. Structured Word Inquiry English spelling is rule-based. There are no exceptions, just more rules to uncover. I have yet to find a word whose […] More

  • Felt Mistletoe Craft
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    Felt Mistletoe Craft

    Mistletoe is a leathery-leaved parasitic plant that bears white berries in the winter. Kissing under the mistletoe is a popular tradition during the Christmas season. When I was a kid, my mom had a sprig of plastic mistletoe that hung in the doorway at the bottom of the stairs. I always wanted my own bunch […] More

  • M Is for Mistletoe Footprint Craft
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    M Is for Mistletoe Footprint Craft

    M is for mistletoe! Help your toddler learn about the letter M by making a fun mistletoe footprint craft. Materials Green and red nontoxic paint Blank paper Paper plate or scrap cardboard Cotton ball Cotton swab or paintbrush Instructions Pour some green paint onto the cardboard. Use a cotton ball to spread a thin layer […] More