The girls continue to do for others and we feel that they have a good understanding of "it is better to give than receive"! The ladies in the lunchroom were so touched by their excitement of sharing the cookies they had made and decorated. They made the girls feel very special for thinking of them in such a special way. Our peppermint candy experiment was so fun to watch as the candy canes started changing in an instant when we put them in warm and cold water, vinegar, and cooking oil. "Look Mrs. Allen, they are turning the water red", "I think they will melt", "They might make rainbow colors", "They will loose their stripes" were some of the observations the girls made as we did the experiment. The containers are sitting on a shelf where the girls can continue to observe the changes. We also made some two part pattern candy canes with beads and pipe cleaners and took these to Mrs. Rounder"s JK class to share as another activity of "gifting" to others and.Mrs. Jordan read some fun Christmas stories by the Christmas tree in our pajamas! Our program and party were perfect and the girls did a great job learning and singing so many wonderful songs. Our party was a perfect celebration of the last few weeks and we appreciate the moms that participated.
As we end our first semester we thank each family for their support. We wish each of you the happiest of holidays and we only have one request. This magical time for three and four year olds passes so quickly, so enjoy every second with your sweet girls. We look forward to seeing everyone in January;rest, relax, and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL! Jane and Sandra
The girls have had a very busy week! It is important that they feel the joy of giving to others. We have done several activities that have engaged them in the process of "doing for others" and that it can make your heart very happy! Our bird feeders were our gift to the birds, we made gingerbread cookies for the sweet ladies in the dining hall that serve us lunch each day, and they have also loved creating Christmas cards for their friends and "mailing" them to their friends cubbies! We, of course, are also making some very special gifts for our parents they are excited to give to each family! Next week, we will be doing an experiment with peppermint candy canes and making candy cane ornaments for Mrs. Rounder's JK class. We will have some pictures and documentation of that experiment next week so be sure and visit next weeks blog, plus pictures of our Christmas celebration on Wednesday. We look forward to next weeks program and party. They have practiced very hard and it will, for sure, put you in the Christmas spirit! We will see everyone at the program and those moms who signed up for the Christmas party afterwards for lunch and party. The Christmas joy continues!!
This activity teaches small motor control and hand to eye co-ordination as they are making bird feeders.
This picture shows the girls rolling out dough and making cookies for others.
This activity shows painting skills for one of our reindeer projects.
Here the girls are sharing their cookies for the luncheon people who help us each day.
Christmas is on its way and the girls are enjoying many new Christmas related activities, while also reinforcing the many skills we continue to work on. We are busy painting and creating pine trees. The girls have learned that as the pine cones fall to the ground there are many seeds that then travel and are planted into the soil. These seeds then grow into more pine trees. Of course, our painted trees will become Christmas trees displayed in the hall as we add to our houses. It will become our own "Starry Nights" as we also add lights to our Christmas scene. The many wonderful smells of Christmas are everywhere in our classroom including flour at the tactile table smelling of cloves and cinnamon, play dough that has the scent of peppermint, and there is fresh pine every where for the girls to relate to the fresh scent of pine as we are discussing pine trees.
Our next few weeks will also include activities about how we can do for others. Our first activity will be to make bird feeders for our friends the birds (what better use of our pine cones that we found on our nature walk)! As we think about and work on our "gifts" to others, we hope that the girls will reflect and understand how happy our hearts are as we give special gifts of love in many different ways. Other activities will include making special gifts for one of our Junior Kindergarten classes, baking gingerbread cookies for our wonderful dining room staff who make sure we get a delicious lunch each day, and, last but certainly not least, gifts for the people in our lives that we love the most.....our parents! We are hoping that by doing for others that the girls learn a very important thing about life. That "it is better to give than receive". It will be a very special time for each of us as we share the joy of Christmas with those we love and appreciate, even our friends the birds!
We have provided some pictures of the girls very engaged in our classroom activities and the skills these activities support. Enjoy these pictures, they are learning so much while having so much fun! In the weeks to follow, also enjoy our "Gifts of the Heart" as we experience the true meaning of Christmas while reaching out to show our love of others at this special time of year.
Dramatic Play Center
Skills introduced are collaboration, co-operation and creativity.
Skills Developed are recognizing patterns by shapes and colors and developing a 2 part pattern.
Skills Developed are creativity, collaboration and sharing.
Skills Developed are letter recognition, cutting and small motor skills.
Friendship Chains develop our small motor skills.
This center teaches one to one correspondence.