Counting Down to...Christmas

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Dec 3, 2014 8:03:16 AM

Families Can Teach Valuable Mathematical Skills During The Holiday Season


Families can document Christmas memories by making crafts, creating holiday cards together and filling their Christmas with joyful memories. Parents can help children gain beneficial literacy literacy skills by making reading holiday literature a tradition in their family. Mathematics can help the holidays to be an exciting event!

Practice Counting Skills


Students can eagerly countdown to Christmas. Families can use a calendar.

Math learners can count by:

  • Ones
  • Twos
  • Fives
  • Odd numbers
  • Even numbers

Teach Critical Math Skills Using Holiday Advertisements

Educators can also use literature books to teach addition, subtraction and money skills during the holidays. Pupils can add the number of Christmas presents in the books. Teachers can bring in store advertisements to teach students how to calculate costs and use money.

Christmas Books For Students of All Ages

Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these informational and narrative texts. Sharing these informational books is an excellent way to build students reading and comprehension skills. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts at

thumbDown Through the Chimney
by Kim Mitzo Thompson (author), R.W. Alley (illustrator)
ISBN: 9781599227757
The magic of Christmas comes alive as a little boy watches Santa eat the cookies left out for him, then sees Santa wink to him before climbing back up the chimney. This cute rhyme is sure to become every child’s favorite!


by Molly Aloian (author) © 2011
ISBN: 9780778789864 AR: Book Level 4.5 / Points 0.5 / Quiz 126488
Come inside and learn all about this popular seasonal celebration, from its ancient Christian roots to the holiday extravaganza it has become today. Young readers will learn all about Christmas, including its beliefs and customs.


by Rebecca Pettiford (author) © 2014
ISBN: 9781624961953 AR: Book Level 0.9
In Christmas, early readers will learn about the Christian holiday of Christmas and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique holiday.

A labeled diagram helps readers understand the symbols of Christmas, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about Christmas online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Christmas also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Christmas is part of Jump!’s Holidays series.

Connecting To The Common Core Stfreeclipart appleate Standards

The Common Core State Standards clearly outline what is expected of students at each grade level, for students in the United States. The Common Core State Standards can be found at


Integration of Knowledge and Ideas:
Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.Key Ideas and Details:


Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.
Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

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