First of all, a peek from LAST week! Grandparents' Day was a success and the children were so excited to share what they love about school with their guests. They especially enjoyed sharing their favorite classroom activities, specialists and songs and poems we have learned.
It sounds like everyone had a fun, relaxing and joyful Thanksgiving with family and friends!
In other news...
"It's the most wonderful time of the year!"
The children are officially in the "holiday spirit" in room L53! Drawings and stories at the art table now revolve around elves, reindeer, snowmen and Christmas trees galore! December is another fun-filled, magical time for the children and we fully embrace this in preschool. The classroom is filled with holiday stories, projects, poems, songs and celebrations throughout this month. We started off Tuesday morning decorating our classroom tree together!
Some more holiday themed activities in preschool...
On Thursday morning the preschoolers noticed our new month of December right away as they always do when it is a new month. One of their favorite things to do when we have a new month is look at all of the upcoming events and read our monthly poem. We counted down the days until Hanukkah and Christmas, which was probably the most exciting part!
The children learned about symmetry this week when they created their very own evergreen trees by drawing half of one on a folded piece of paper and cutting it out. We noticed that by doing so, the tree ends up the exact same on both sides...pretty neat!
The "L53" bakery opened this week! The children made pretend cookies of many different shapes with play dough. The fun thing about this play dough though, is that it smells like candy canes! They enjoyed decorating their pretend cookies with beads, which is a wonderful small motor task. Play dough exploration continues to be an excellent activity that helps build strength and stamina in young children's hands for writing and drawing.
As part of our letter construction in the project room before Thanksgiving, the children had the challenge to build letters in a new way. They had to form letters using NO materials...the only thing they could use was themselves! They were given the letter sound, the vocabulary to build the letter and had to create it! Some letters they could build independently and others they had to use team work in groups of two, three or four. It sure was challenging, but they used collaboration, problem solving and teamwork to complete the task. We also used some sticks to create the letters once we did it with our bodies. The children are learning the correct method to form each letter and identify the unique qualities and characteristics of each one. See if you can guess a few of the letters we created in the examples below...
After, we added the pictures of our body letter creations to our preschool letter wall!
Just another friendly reminder to please send snow pants, boots, hats and mittens/gloves (preferably water proof ones) with your child to school once the snow arrives. We obviously do not have any snow right now, but it is cold enough for the children to need hats and mittens when we play. Thank you very much!
Next week brings more excitement in preschool and a new project room challenge that is going to involve creating marble runs!
Dates to Remember:
Monday, December 12th- Preschool Hanukkah Celebration
Thursday, December 15th- Lower School Holiday Program at 6:30 p.m.
*The Holiday Program will take place in the chapel at 6:30. Please have the children in the classroom by 6:15. Children are encouraged to wear "semi-dressy" attire.
Friday, December 16th- Preschool Holiday Celebration and Reading of Peef the Christmas Bear by author Tom Hegg
Saturday, December 17th- Monday, January 2nd- Winter Vacation- No School
Tuesday, January 3rd- School Reconvenes
Have a wonderful weekend!