Item description for The Christment Tree Pattern Book: 21 Christian Ornaments on the Meaning of Christmas by Elaine Clanton Harpine...
Why do we celebrate Christmas? Beaded ornaments tell the story in Elaine Clanton Harpine's newest collection of Christments. The designs focus on the symbolic meaning of each aspect of the Christmas story. Over half of the Christments in this volume are easy enough for first- through third-graders to make. The reason for Christmas is reinforced on a kinesthetic level, through the manipulation of chenille sterns and stringing beads. The patterns are arranged from the simplest to the most challenging, with supply lists and easy-to-understand instructions included. Some of the ornaments include the dove of peace, magi from the East, Mary's donkey, a miniature church and a beautiful Saint Lucia tree topper. Includes a story for the hanging of the Christments in a church service.
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Elaine Clanton Harpine, Ph.D., is a motivational psychologist specializing in group-centered motivational program design. She has 41 years experience designing and conducting motivational prevention programs for children and youth. Dr. Clanton Harpine earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology, Counseling from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Clanton Harpine has published 14 nonfiction books, including "Prevention Groups" (2013), "Group-Centered Prevention Programs for At-Risk Students" (2011), "Group Interventions in Schools: Promoting Mental Health for At-Risk Children and Youth" (2008). And "No Experience Necessary!" which received an Award of Excellence in 1995 and was selected as one of the top five children's books in its class. Other published writings include a series on Erasing Failure in the Classroom, a series of ready-to-use group-centered program packets: Vol. 1, the Camp Sharigan program (2nd ed., 2010) and Vol. 2, Vowel Clustering (2010). The program packet for the Reading Orienteering Club (Vol 3.) is being released in 2013, and a new book entitled, "After-School Prevention Programs", is scheduled to be released soon. Her research for the past twelve years has focused on using group-centered interventions with at-risk readers. Dr. Clanton Harpine designed the motivational reading program called, Camp Sharigan, which she has used extensively in her work and research. She also designed the Reading Orienteering Club after-school prevention program and 4-Step Method for teaching at-risk children to read. Her research with these programs has been published in psychological journals and reported through presentations at the American Psychological Association's annual conventions.
Elaine Clanton Harpine was born in 1952 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of South Carolina.
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Christian ornaments made from beads for your Christmas tree Oct 28, 2008
The author gives instructions for using yellow and clear 8mm size beads to make 21 ornaments for your Christmas tree. The ornaments include a shepherd's crook, crown, fish, donkey, star, nativity, fisherman's boat, manger, candle, etc. A list of supplies is given at the front of the book and at the beginning of the instructions for each ornament. Each ornament includes a reference to scripture and an explanation of why that particular design has been chosen. The complexity of ornament construction is rated from 1 (easy enough for young children) through 5 (for adults or teenagers with crafting experience). The author says that the ornaments can be made in a total of approximately three hours, and are scaled for a seven foot tree. There is a hanging diagram in the book, along with a Christmas story to read while hanging the ornaments.
I did not make any of these ornaments because I was looking for something different, but the book seems clearly written and a good choice if this is what you're looking for.