Saturday, December 17, 2016

Happy Holidays!

We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

It was a week full of celebrating in preschool!  We had a Hanukkah Party, Christmas Party, decorated more holiday cards, played Christmas themed bingo and spent a lot of time rehearsing for the concert.

A few highlights from a busy week...

Happy Hanukkah!  On Monday morning, we had an all preschool Hanukkah celebration.  We have been learning all about this holiday through stories and have been lighting a pretend menorah each day in the classroom, even though Hanukkah doesn't begin until December, 25th.  The children learned all about why Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days, the dreidel game and traditions throughout the celebration.

For our preschool party,  the children visited different stations throughout the preschool rooms.  They enjoyed a tasty latke treat in our room, played the dreidel game in the coat room and got messy by making handprint menorahs in Mr. Thayer's room.  What a fun morning and it was so special to be able to celebrate with everyone in preschool!

We finished up our marble run constructing challenge in the project room this week.  The children added and made changes to their existing creations.  It was so fun to watch the preschoolers talk to each other about their plan to get the marble through the different structures as well as share solutions to problems they were encountering.  We notice them getting better at talking to and supporting each other through these challenges, realizing that teamwork is often important in their plans succeeding.  All of the children found many success with this marble run challenge, and thoroughly enjoyed it.  We look forward to new challenges in the new year!

The holiday concert was absolutely wonderful!  The children were so excited to share the songs they had learned.  There is nothing better than children singing together this time of year.  Here they are all dressed up ready to sing...

We ended the week with a Christmas party.  The children loved decorating and eating a cookie with frosting.  Nothing quite like a cookie at 9:00 in the morning!  After our treat, we listened to author Tom Hegg read his book Peef the Christmas Bear, which was wonderful.  It is also pretty neat that he is a teacher at Breck School!  After the reading, the children came back to the classroom and noticed their stockings were no longer hanging on our loft!  There was excitement and smiles all around when they saw their stockings had been filled with a special gift.  We still do not know who filled them, but the children believe that Santa must have made a visit!  Pictures from a fun morning...

Dates to Remember:

Saturday, December 17th- Monday, January 2nd- Winter Vacation- No School

Tuesday, January 3rd- School Reconvenes

Friday, January 6th- The Richfield Readers Visit Preschool

Monday, January 16th- Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School

Monday, January 23rd- Visit from the Raptor Center

Have a wonderful winter vacation!  See you in 2017!


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