It's that time of year again! The holidays are quickly approaching & the excitement is tangible. There is nothing more fascinating than experiencing holidays through the eyes of children. Of course, along with that comes varying amounts of stress for parents, children & teachers. Easier said than done but it's helpful to slow down & enjoy the season. Some children become very active during this time of year due to excitement &/or over stimulation as well as limited outdoor play because of the weather. Physical activity is important to help release that pent up energy. We try to keep them as active as possible in school via music, dancing & exercise activities. Your help at home is greatly appreciated.
Now that the cold weather is here we are working with our 4's to independently put on their coats & zipper them. Our 2's & 3's are working on unzippering & independently taking off their own coats. The look on their faces when they accomplish these tasks is one of pure joy!
During small group with our 4's, we identified who has the letter B in their name, stamped & wrote Bb in our journals & circled the letter Bb if we have it in our name. We also walked & outlined the letter B with gemstones
During large group time, we discussed the similarities & differences between Chanukah & Christmas. Check out our FB page for the Venn Diagram we made.
We have been working on a special holiday gift for our families & think you will love it! It's a surprise so don't ask your children about it! We also focused on the star shape this week & used collage technique to glue stars on stars!
Ms. Sheri set up a Polar Express theme center with trains, trees, snow & lights. The children love this area & are learning how to play cooperatively as well as play carefully around the little lights. We're teaching them to treat the classroom toys & books with respect so they don't break or rip. If that happens, they know we won't have the toys or books to use anymore. They are beginning to understand this concept since we started reinforcing this in September.
Books We Read
4's – My B Book (Jane Belk Moncure)
The B Book (Stan & Jan Berenstain)
The Polar Express (Chris Van Allsburg)
Hanukkah Lights (Dian G. Smith)
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel (Caryn Yacowitz)
It's Hanukkah! (Jeanne Modesitt)
12/18: Ms. Bethany
For our holiday party this year, we would like to try something different. We are asking that all families bring in 1 traditional dish (meal or dessert) that you typically prepare for your holiday gatherings. We thought this would be interesting as we are a multicultural group & it will give the children a chance to sample different foods that their friends eat.
There will be a sign up sheet by the front door for you to let us know what you're bringing.
Thank you for your participation.
Caiden: “I'm sugaring my whole mouth.” (While eating a sugar cookie.)
Jonah: “My brain's telling me a story.”
Gianni: “It's a lovely day for a drink of coffee.”
Ms. Sheri: “I don't know what you're saying, Gianni.”
Gianni: “I don't know what I'm saying too.”
“Give your kids a holiday season filled with moments to remember, not toys they'll forget.”
Dates to Remember
12/16 – Drop-Off Pajama Party 6:30-9:30 pm, $10 per child, register on website
12/21 – Pajama Day: Wear your comfiest PJs to school
12/23 – Holiday Party: AM Class – 10:15-11:30 PM Class – 1:45-3:00
All are welcome to attend!
12/26 – Menorah Lighting – 6:00 PM, Main Street in Friendly Drugs parking lot
Dec. 26 – Jan 2 – Winter Break
We are collecting pajamas for our pajama drive through 12/16. The pajamas will be donated to children living in a local homeless shelter along with a book donated by Scholastic.
Remember to send in a small treat (no candy please) by 12/19/16 for the holiday treat bags to be distributed at our holiday party on 12/23/16. We have 21 children who attend in the AM & 18 children who attend in the PM. Thank you to those who have already sent in their treats.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Ms. Sheri, Ms. Bethany, Ms. Fabi, Ms. Joyce, Ms. Sarah