Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Story About Holiday Traditions: Kwanmisadomakuh Big Time!

As the holidays approach - it is important to reflect on what matters to students, children, and well all of us really: to love and be be cared for and care for understand that we are not perfect and that they don't have to be perfect.

The holidays also afford us the perfect opportunity to look across rivers and mountains and oceans and ideologies and try to understand each other - to tolerate. Some people no longer like the world "tolerate" - but it merely means to exist amongst each other without negative interference.  

As you read: Kwanmisadomakuh Big Time! - emphasize to your students, children, adults - as the case may be - that we are all alike - with hearts and souls and flesh and strengths and weaknesses and that the key to it all is education - at the earliest levels - education to understanding that different is okay.

The cover over there is cool right? Only I can't, for the life of me, put a link on it -- so the ebook is here Kwanmisadomakuh Big Time!  Even as a reduced file - it takes a while to download.

To purchase Kwanmisadomakuh Big Time - you'll need to know its new name A Season of Peace and Warm Socks!  go to or - it will make a great addition to your bookshelf. For class set discounts please email

Kwanmisadomakuh Big Time! lessons are also available from amazon as a blackline master book Dealing with the December Dilemma and as a digital download fly emailed - along with other great products.

Kwanmisadomakuh Big Time! is both fiction and non-fiction the fiction is about Janie’s first year at public school, only she discovers that when December 1 arrives she  not everyone celebrates Christmas. 

At first she is horrified her parents would subject her to an environment different than her own, but when she and her friends discuss their holidays – they discover some common themes -- trying to be good, peace on earth and good will to everyone. With these elements in mind they create their own celebration Kwanmisadomakuh Big Time! 

After the story there are non-fiction sections about Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the Miwok Big Time Festival in the non-fiction section.

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May the holiday season and the new year bring joy, laughter and enough to us all.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

FREEBIE: Cinderella Christmas - Playable Books

Elf Princess Charity is a modern version Cinderella for children of all ages - that casts away stereotypes and leads readers and watchers on a wonderful adventure. Watch the video as you or your class or homeschooler reads along and then follow the link below to the HUGE lessons to go along with this spunky holiday tale!

Cinderella Christmas

Cinderella Christmas is timeless -- but with a modern twist: A Christmassy twist to the Cinderella Fairytale. Travel with Princess Charity to the North Pole and enjoy the elements of Cinderella in a whole new, modern, light!

The Lessons

Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti Cinderella Christmas

The Cinderella Book Unit is differentiated and may be used for grades 2 through high school - because - let's face it - high schoolers love a great picture book as well!

This is a HUGE original Unit based on my book -- Cinderella Christmas. This packet contains -- Cinderella Christmas ebook, Cinderella Christmas PowerPoint, over 30 print-and-go activities, Cinderella Elements PowerPoint, Cinderella Christmas Plot Diagram PowerPoint with student sheet, From Sentence Sorting to Essay Writing PowerPoint and student template, teaching Cinderella Powerpoint and a whole lot more!

The Book You Can Touch  

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If you would like to purchase the book - Cinderella Christmas by Elizabeth Chapin-Pinotti - the author would appreciate it! (shameless plug) - either way - enjoy!!!!! The book is slightly different - illustration-wise - than the video!

More Examples from the Lessons...

For variety and goodwill and fairness during December -- look to my "Dealing With the December Dilemma." 

Counter the December Dilemma with rich lessons and links on Christmas, the Native American Miwok Big Time Festival, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Christmas, traditions and holidays in general in a culturally competent context. Also included: an original story about a group of children who combine their holidays into one that focuses on the central themes of all: peace, good will to men and hope.

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A Season for Peace and Warm Socks

A Season of Peace and Warm Socks Part 1   Emmy jumped out of bed, looked at her clock, and screamed! “December 1! Merry Christmas everyone! ...