December offers many interesting language building events. Remember to talk to the little ones about what they see, hear, smell and touch. Reading comprehension increases when personal experiences build vocabulary.
The Tucson Mini-Time Machine is always an interesting place for children. Thurs. Dec. 1, beginning at 6:30 PM, Jordan Hill tells Winter Tales. December 3 from 12 noon to 2 PM, the Mini-Time Machine is expecting a visit from Santa. Also beginning at Noon and continuing until 4:00 Kids Create a Family Fun Project. This time they make a plate of mini holiday cookies from clay. Check out the Tour on a fly at 11:30 each day.4455 East Camp Lowell Drive, Tucson, AZ, 85712 | Phone: 520.881.0606
The Tucson Children’s Museum has excellent learning exhibits from remote controlled dinosaurs and a human body to crawl through, to outdoor play. December 4 is “First Sunday” when entrance is only $2.00. Wee Play Owls , a program for kids 4 and under will be following “I’m Not Cute”. Wee Play’s schedule is Tuesday at 9:30 and 2:00, Thurs. and Fri. at 9:30, and Sat. at 10:30. Tuesday , November 29 there is Paper Bag Puppet program at 3:00 PM. 200 S 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701 | (520) 792-9985
18th Annual Jingle Bell Walk at Reid Park. Date: Sat., Dec.3. 9:00am – 1:00pm Jingle bells adorn the shoes of 100s of people walking & running a 5K. It also includes costumes, food, fun, and children’s activities. Each runner gets a Free T-shirt,
With all the research showing how exercise increases learning, this looks like an excellent opportunity to discuss costumes, food and children’s activities
$35 minimum pledge for Arthritis Foundation. Location: Reid Park 900 S. Randolph WayCall 520-917-7070 or
The Path to Bethlehem on Saturday, December 3rd from 6-8 pm.,offers an excellent action oriented way to experience the Nativity. It also teaches sharing and giving to the community. A 20 minute, live-walk through guided tour provides five scenes along the path Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem. Hear the music and see the animals as you reflect upon the meaning of Christmas. Refreshments will be served.
Free/Donation of food for the Community Food Bank requested. Sunrise Chapel at 8421 E. Wrightstown Rd 520-298-1245
As the Christmas season begins, there are several Luminario and night light displays. Among them are: Tucson Botanical Gardens. Friday, Dec. 2, from – 5:00pm to Sunday, December 4, at 9:00pm. Luminaria Nights features 2,000 traditional luminarias, music and snacks. Call 520-326-9686
Holiday Nights at Tohono Chul Park December 2-3 is from 5:30-8:30 pm. Features a million lights, with hot cocoa or glass of wine, live performances and ornament auction, $10-15. Call 520-742-6455
Offering a chance for cultural learning is The Nordic Guild Fair. Saturday, December 3, 2011 – 9:00am – 3:00pm Vendors will sell ethnic foods, baked goods, Scandinavian crafts and collectibles. Folk dancers and musicians will entertain throughout the day. This event is open to the public at no charge. Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church 5360 E Pima Road, Tucson 520-887-1114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents may find more ideas for kids ages 6 to 12 in the article on events for Middle School and High school language and science learning.
Don’t forget to talk, discuss, and listen to you children to help them learn. Language learning transfers to reading comprehension.