December already? Time is flying! We hope that everyone had a delicious Thanksgiving break. We have many fun times to look forward to in December.
As you probably know, I have made a few short trips to Florida during the past few months. I’m fortunate enough to still have my grandparents in my life. Grandma is 95 years young & grandpa will turn 95 in January. I will make another trip in January to celebrate that milestone with him. Grandpa has been ill so my trips have been a big help to my aunt who cares for them both. Ms. Sarah, Ms. Joyce, Ms. Fabi & Ms. Bethany have done an excellent job while covering my absences. They maintain our schedule & activities & it is greatly appreciated.
Singing & Dancing:
Stretching Song (Have Fun Teaching)
Christmas Freeze Dance (The Kiboomers)
Dreidel Hokey Pokey (The Kiboomers)
Reindeer Pokey (The Kiboomers)
Five Gingerbread Men (The Kibbomers)
Creative Kids Anthem
Make a Circle
Jump Up & Down (transition song)
ABC You Later (Sing to Learn)
The Goodbye Song (The Learning Station)
Goodbye (Dream English Kids)
Day-O (The Learning Station)
Books We Read:
The Shape of Me & Other Stuff (Dr. Seuss)
Families (Shelly Rotner & Sheila M. Kelley)
In a People House (Theo. LeSieg)
The Little House (Virginia Lee Burton)
The Feelings Book (Todd Parr)
Wild Feelings (David Milgrim)
Grumpy Pants (Claire Messer)
The Feel Good Book (Todd Parr)
The Way I Feel (Janan Cain)
12/18: Ms. Bethany
Activities: Last week we painted & made snowmen with Ms. Sarah. This week we painted with bows. Next week we will be decorating our paintings with various textured materials. We also discussed feelings & emotions this week during circle time. Developing emotional intelligence is an important skill for children. “Children with higher emotional intelligence are better able to pay attention, are more engaged in school, have more positive relationships, and are more empathic.” (Tominey, O’Bryon, Rivers, & Shapses 2017). We introduced the Mood Meter which we will use to identify our feelings during the course of the day. The mood meter is color coded & we describe each color with one word: red = angry; blue = sad; green = calm; yellow = happy. We will expand upon our knowledge of feeling words that correspond to each color as we progress through the school year. We brainstormed similar words for "happy" & "mad" during circle time. Families can help at home by recognizing your child’s emotions: “I see you are frowning & crossing your arms. I do that when I feel mad. How are you feeling? What happened that caused you to feel that way?”
Dramatic play & sensory activities are always on our agenda. All of our children learn best through multi-sensory play. We introduced our Chanukah sensory table & brought out the
red play dough & seasonal cookie cutters!
This month we introduced the Friday Dance Party Holiday Edition. Ask your children what instruments we used & what songs we played.
Dessa: “Daddy has no hair so he doesn’t know how to do it.”
Tyler: “My dad always sleeps with a pumpkin in his bed.”
Aviana: “Ms. Sheri, your hair is red turning to grey.”
- Winter is on the way & what better way to welcome old man winter than wearing our pajamas to school! Pajama Day is December 21. Wear your comfiest, coziest pajamas to school!
- Pajama party Friday, 12/8/17 from 6:00-8:45. $10 per child. Open play fun.
- Our Winter Holiday Party is on 12/22/17 from 10:30-11:30 in the morning & 2:00-3:00 in the afternoon. All families are invited to attend whether or not your child attends school on Friday. There will be a sign-up sheet located by the front door beginning on Monday, 12/11/17. We are also asking for treat donations for goody bags. We would like to avoid candy/food treats due to allergies. Target’s Bullseye Playground & Dollar Tree have inexpensive winter holiday treats. Please send in any goody bag treats by Wednesday, 12/20. Thank you for your help.
- 12/12 – Menorah Lighting on Main Street, 6:00 pm in front of The Coste Agency
- Dec. 25 – Jan 1 – Winter Break
- We are still collecting pajamas for our pajama drive through 12/12. The pajamas will be donated to children living in a local homeless shelter along with a book donated by Scholastic. Thank you to everyone who has already donated.
- Please keep in mind that our school hours are 8:30-11:30 & 12:00-3:00. Children must be picked up on time. Frequent late pick ups will be result in a late pick-up fee of $5 per 5 minute intervals. We realize there are always extenuating circumstances which might result in an occasional late pick-up. A phone call/text during these instances is appreciated & will not result in a late pick-up fee.
Our thoughts are with Ms. Joyce at this time due to the passing of her father. We wish her well while she gathers with family in Florida. She will return to school next week.
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend!
Ms. Sheri, Ms. Joyce, Ms. Sarah, Miss Fabi
Tominey, S. L., O'Bryon, E. C., Rivers, S. E., & Shapses, S. (2017, March). Teaching Emotional Intelligence in Early
Childhood. Young Children, 72(1), 6-12.